Yucatán, Mexico

Cabana and PRIOR’s spirit of unlocking beautiful homes leads us to the Yucatán Peninsula, a region of Mexico filled with lush vegetation, rich Mayan history and hidden haciendas.

JANUARY 17 - 21, 2024 | 4 NIGHTS


During your five day stay, explore archeological sites, beautifully restored haciendas and the rich architectural and cultural imprint left by pre-Spanish history; meet the local stewards of traditional weaving, wood carving, and embroidery; and taste the unique flavors of the Yucatán’s distinct cuisine.

Just outside of Mérida, the capital city of the Yucatán, the urban patina gives way to thick jungle filled with subterranean cenotes, pre-Hispanic ruins and sprawling haciendas built when the region was the center of the henequen, or sisal, trade. Some were left in ruins, while others have been restored magnificently into modern restaurants or palatial places to stay, including Hacienda San Antonio Millet, our homebase for this journey. Set in a secluded location just outside of Mérida, San Antonio Millet was originally known by the Mayan as ‘Red Hill-Mul Chac’, a cattle ranch until 1667 and later transformed into a working henequen plantation. By the 19th century, the hacienda went through an elaborate renovation with materials and objects brought in from France.

Today, the current owners have carefully renovated each of the 11 guestrooms, including restoring the hand stenciled walls which took over three years to complete. During your stay, we will explore different areas of the hacienda with an al fresco dinner in the garden (using the property’s colorful ceramics made in Michoacan), aperitifs by the pool, and a private shopping experience under the arcade.

Next up we will visit the 17th-century church Santo Domingo de Guzmán, most striking for its colorful kaleidoscope-like facade. The church was built originally by the Spaniards to enforce their culture in Uayma, which was at the time an important Mayan center. As is common in Yucatán, stones from nearby Mayan temples were used in the construction, a theme we will see throughout the trip.

Later, venture into the laid-back town of Valladolid, home to some of the oldest colonial structures in the Yucatán. Here we will meet some of the region’s most noted artisans for embroidery and pottery and have a chance to commission custom designs.

For lunch, we will head to the yellow city of Izamal for a private meal at Coqui Coqui Casa de los Santos. Known as the pueblo magico, Izamal is made up of three distinctive cultural histories — ancient Mayan, colonial, and contemporary Mexican. Coqui Coqui de Los Santos fuses these worlds with a design that pays homage to both the historical and religious importance of the region.

We will also visit the nearby ateliers of designers who work with sisal and the artisans who make the area’s colorful animal figures. We will continue to visit some of the great haciendas of the region that represent the history of three great periods in the Yucatán Peninsula: the pre-Columbian period, the Spanish colonial period, and the booming era of henequen cultivation of the late 19th and early 20th century.

    Trip Highlights

    Meet your Host, Susana Ordovàs

    An Irish-born writer and a contributor to Cabana, The World of Interiors, and Architectural Digest (Latam), Susana was brought up in Africa and traveled extensively. She is passionate about interior design, and now divides her time between Spain and Mexico where she lives with her husband and two children.

    An Evening at La Casa Magica

    An intimate dinner in the Merida residence of the late artist James Brown hosted by his daughter Dagmar. Influenced by primitive art and early Modernism, Brown’s works (which include ceramics, collage, and other media) are held in the collections of The Museum of Modern Art in New York, the Centre Georges Pompidou in Paris, and the Museo Tamayo in Mexico City, among others.

    Coqui Coqui Casa de Los Santos

    A lunch amongst religious artifacts, colonial art and contemporary works from the owners’ personal collection. Guests can also shop the owners’ line of signature perfumes and candles.

    Yucatan’s Craft

    While not as well known for its craft as other areas of the country, we will meet with wood carvers who handshape animals to traditional weavers making hammocks from natural dye fibers. We will also meet embroidery artisans, ceramicists, and jewelers.

    The Haciendas of Cabana

    Step into the pages of Cabana magazine as we visit haciendas from the Yucatan issue — from the crumbling yet breathtaking Hacienda Uayalceh to the immaculately preserved home of late artist James Brown.


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    • Double Occupancy Room (2 people in 1 room): $7,415 per person
    • Single Occupancy Room (1 person in 1 room): $9,325 per person


    • Accommodations at Hacienda San Antonio Millet, privatized for exclusive use
    • All tours and admission costs throughout the itinerary
    • All meals throughout the itinerary
    •  All transportation throughout the itinerary
    • Gratuities


    • Airfare
    • Arrival and departure transfers
    • Any visa or travel requirements for entry into Mexico
    • Travel Insurance
    • Other meals and alcoholic beverages not stated in itinerary

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    Terms & Conditions

    Please note, for this trip to proceed, a certain minimum number of people must reserve a place. We will provide confirmation once this number has been reached, so you may proceed with booking airfare and other forms of transportation.

    If you choose to book airfare in advance of final confirmation, please book refundable fares or obtain travel insurance to protect yourself against additional charges should final dates change or cancelation occurs. (Please note, in the instance of an unforeseen date change or cancelation, your 50% deposit is refundable.)

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    Please note, all efforts are made to provide the itinerary as presented, PRIOR reserves the right to make any changes to the final itinerary deemed necessary or due to reasons beyond our control (change in flights, cancelations, political disturbances, natural disasters/phenomena, etc).

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