MERIDA, Yucatan, Mexico – Overwhelmed by the job, mommy duties, care giving and the weather? Melt stress away by combining ancient Maya practices with luxurious, boutique hotel pampering during a 4-day/3-night Girlfriends’ Renewal Package at Hacienda Xcanatun, Merida, Mexico for only $615 per person.

After gathering those special girlfriends together, fly straight to Merida in Mexico’s Yucatan. A short 20-minute transfer brings you to the Old World romance of the elegant Hacienda Xcanatun (ssh-kana-toon) now a boutique hotel. This former 18th century sisal plantation surrounded by acres of jungle-like gardens, blends the warmth of colonial Mexico with all the comforts and amenities of a world-class hotel.

Rejuvenation, renewal and stress reduction are at the core of Xcanatun’s Girlfriends’ Getaway package, available for $615 per person, double occupancy, until December 15, 2010 (subject to availability, holiday black out dates apply).

The Girlfriends’ Getaway package includes:

* Welcome cocktail
* 3 nights in a garden-view Deluxe Suite, with a private terrace slung with hammocks and an outdoor hydrotherapy tub;
* Daily Xcanatún breakfast
* A gourmet three-course dinner with wine at the Hacienda’s award winning restaurant.
* Two Spa Massages, or one Massage and a Manicure and Pedicure
* Roundtrip Merida airport transfers, hotel taxes/service charges (restaurant gratuities not included)

Spa treatments might include a toning Maya Puuc Clay Wrap paired with an Aura Cleansing, or a Maya Honey & Flower Massage. The Ancient Maya Stone Massage increases vitality and complements the stress-reducing Cibché Wrap and reflexology foot/ shoulder massage. Body polishing; anti-ageing hand and arm treatments, aromatherapy massages; clay, seaweed and cacao body wraps; fruit and botanical-based facials; manicures and pedicures are other options. Additional treatments run about $65 each and are also available in suite, or in the Maya garden palapa. Two freshwater pools set deep in the gardens offer additional relaxation.

Essential to any great escape is great dining and Hacienda Xcanatun’s gourmet restaurant, ranked among the top 50 restaurants in Mexico, serves the finest fusion Yucatecan cuisine. These specialties are prepared utilizing French cooking technique paired with luscious Caribbean and local ingredients.

Yucatan, Mexico – Images by John Mitchell

The Convento de San Antonio de Padua in the Spanish colonial town of Izamal, Yucatan, Mexico. Click on photo for more information.
The Convento de San Antonio de Padua in the Spanish colonial town of Izamal, Yucatan, Mexico. Click on photo for more information.
When ready to explore outside the hacienda, private excursions led by the best guides can be arranged to Maya ceremonial centers at Uxmal or Chichen Itza; flamingo eco-reserves and colorful colonial towns. On your own discover excellent shopping, outdoor concerts and street fairs in nearby Merida, a 10 minute taxi ride away.

For reservations and information call toll-free 1-888-883-3633 or
e-mail: hacienda@xcanatun.com. The website is at www.xcanatun.com.