Published On: Sun, May 15th, 2016

#1 Urban Hotel in Mexico: Rosas & Xocolate

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You had me at roses and chocolate. The majestic pink Mérida boutique hotel, restaurant, and spa has become an icon on Paseo de Montejo. Its architecture inspires romance, and its grace, almost poetic. One step inside this award winning hotel, and no doubt you will be mesmerized. Its secret, attention to detail.

Embracing the warmth of fresh-cut roses, you feel the need to explore. Behind the lobby you will discover an intimate swimming pool, and of course, the award-winning spa. The tequila bar and sitting lounge awaits conversation and stillness. The dining room, the patio, the rooftop Moon Lounge, all inviting, and perfect. And of course, we cannot forget the romance kissed upon the rooms and suites.

The boutique hotel is a unique blend of a contemporary design and timeless classics bringing all the senses to life. The vision of Rosas & Xocolate came to life in 2007, with the idea to merge elements and distinctive materials of the Yucatecan colonial culture of the early twentieth century with European influence, without neglecting its Mayan roots. The hotel opened in November 2009. Working with award winning Architect Salvador Reyes Rios, the Mérida hotel was awarded “Best Architectural Restoration in Mexico” in 2011 by Architectural Digest Magazine.

The perfected pink color of Rosa Mexicana which adorns its walls does not reflect the hotels strides in sustainability and its kindness to the environment. Its most recent award: the international distinctive ESR® 2016, for the Latin American Meeting of Socially Responsible Companies, given in Mexico City, May 3, 2016. The hotels sophisticated beauty lingers in the whispers of the experience. Receiving “The Best Urban Hotel in Mexico” from the 2015 Mexico Food & Travel Reader awards, Rosas & Xocolate raises the bar for luxury.

Rosas & Xocolate is affiliated with Design Hotels, a handpicked portfolio of one-of-a-kind properties across the globe. This boutique hotel is the perfect escape. From culinary exploration to ultimate relaxation in the spa, there is not a better address in Mérida. World class service (including a selection of champagne) meshed with an atmosphere beckoning your presence, you can’t help but admire this place.

The perfect place to treat yourself, or rekindle a romance with a significant other. Rosas & Xocolate will become your favorite hello and hardest goodbye.

My must share secret indulgences at this Mérida paradise…

  • Sipping rosé champagne in your private outdoor bath while looking up at the star-filled sky by candlelight.
  • Ordering the chocolate soufflé and eating every last bite, including the crystallized rose petals and rose ice-cream.
  • Kisses of heaven by enjoying a massage or the Rosas & Xocolaté signature spa experience. (In the top 5 massages of all time I have received)
  • Pedaling one of the pink bikes down Paseo de Montejo on Sunday at the traditional ‘La Bici Ruta’.
  • Enjoying breakfast. I love the traditional dish of Huevos Motuleños… (there are super healthy options too, but when in Mérida…)
  • Listening to music with a glass of wine in hand on the rooftop bar, Moon Lounge. The perfect night includes a beautiful night sky filled with moonlight and stars.

By Miranda Allfrey for TYT

mandy_bergerMiranda Allfrey is an independent public relations consultant whose clients include resorts, hotels and restaurants. She is also an accredited International Travel Writer, with features published in The Yucatán  Times and Live and Invest Overseas. Discovering charming destinations for more than a decade, she seeks out local experiences, culture, and delicious food wherever her travels take her. Miranda’s  personal travel blog, Cloud Surfing, can be found here- cloudsurfing.life

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