Rosas & Xocolate
Mr & Mrs Smith have just returned from a stay at this Mexican boutique hotel, and as soon as they've unpacked their bespoke chocolates and xocolatherapy books, a full account of their Mexican luxury city break will be with you. In the meantime, to whet your wanderlust, here's a quick snapshot of Rosas & Xocolate in Yucatán Peninsula…
It only took a few moments of gazing at a run-down mansion on Avenue Paseo de Montejo for owner (and Sean Connery-lookalike) Carol Kolozs to be certain he had found a home for the hotel he’d been dreaming about. As luck would have it, the mansion next door went on the market shortly thereafter, and he snapped it up as well. Rosas & Xocolate was born.
After Kolozs decided his mother’s name would grace the hotel, it only seemed natural that it would also inspire him to pick a bright-pink shade for the façade and much of the interior. He contemplated how to infuse the ever-present Mayan influence before settling on xocolate, the sweet treat traded as currency at one time in the Yucatán. The hotel’s namesakes are ever present, thanks to the in-house chocolate shop and fresh-cut roses topping tables. Much of the original construction is smartly preserved, including the imposing archways and the granite staircase with a curved rail of wrought iron found in the lobby.
In the high-ceilinged bedrooms, colonial design is pepped up with modern additions such as flatscreens and Bose sound systems. Take an afternoon siesta in the hammock before hopping in the tub-for-two on the terrace. Completely private, this alcove has an open roof for stargazing mid-soak. Add in the signature chocolates and you may have discovered the ultimate couples therapy.
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