Need to know
12 noon, but flexible, subject to availability (US$60). Check-in, 3pm–8pm. Contact the hotel for instructions on how to check in after hours.
Double rooms from $310.00, excluding tax at 19 per cent. Please note the hotel charges an additional service charge of 10% per room per night on check-out.
Rates usually include Continental breakfast.
Sniff and spritz your way around the on-site perfumery and lab, recreating fragrances made from locally sourced essential oils (the Franciscan monks were big fans). Pick up handcrafted accessories by Hacienda Montecristo, also sold in the perfumery. Surrounded by manicured vegetation, the thatched-roof spa has two treatment tables for massages à deux and two outdoor roll-top tubs for side-by-side unwinding. Try the skin-softening two-hour coconut and papaya body scrub, followed by a 90-minute stress-melting holistic massage.
At the hotel
Perfumery, spa, gardens, library, stash of CDs and free WiFi throughout. In rooms: CD player, iPod dock and Coqui Coqui Perfumes bath products.
Our favourite rooms
This is an easy decision, since there’s only one to choose from. The Perfumery Suite’s drama begins at its entrance: an open-air staircase leading to a courtyard with a private plunge pool. This is not a stay for the unfamiliar/shy, as the freestanding roll-top tub sits boldly exposed to the rest of the room. A simple bed and the gilded chandelier suspended above it are the room’s focal points, and exposed beams break up the monochrome colour scheme. Doors lead to a private terrace with an oversized sun lounger and umbrella.
Flanked by trees and fragrant flowers, the rustic outside plunge pool has a weathered stone exterior and buckets of wild charm.
Leave your cologne at home and pick up a bottle or two of the jasmine- or coconut-scented fragrances from the perfumery. Pack swimwear for a trip to the nearby <i>cenotes</i>, limestone pools linked by a system of underground caverns and rivers.
Smoking is allowed in the outside areas. Pets are welcome in the garden and on the terrace of the suite.