If you are looking for a different kind of lodging, with privacy, in a pretty, peaceful town, with the authentic feeling of Mexico at its best, how about a private villa in the magical town of Izamal? Its strategic location makes it an ideal alternative to Mérida for exploring Yucatán.
Casa Azul Izamal Catherwood

There are three villas in Izamal which are part of the Catherwood Travels group of properties. Catherwood Travels’ tours are known for their attention to detail, with custom designed itineraries. They provide archaeologists, hosts, or experts to lead your group, and on-tour lunches and fête-champêtre-style picnics in amazing private ranches, haciendas, and other exclusive settings.

Casa Azul is a one-bedroom house centrally located just steps from the famous Franciscan convent. The bedroom with queen-size bed is air-conditioned, with a spacious, luxurious bathroom. The fully equipped indoor-outdoor kitchen and dining area will inspire simple dinners under the stars, and the pool in the lush garden is nestled against a pyramid wall. The rustic house is charming, cozy, and restful, with five-star comforts in every corner. Rates from $250 USD per night.

Centrally located Casa de Madera is a unique, refined home with hand-stenciled wooden walls, a rarity in Yucatán. Its magnificent restoration features a living room, dining room, and fully equipped kitchen, and its gardens and pool are intoxicating. Cocktail hour on the terrace, overlooking the lily pond, couldn’t be lovelier. All of the four bedrooms have air conditioning and private baths. Rates from $500 USD per night.

Located a block from the convent, Casa de los Artistas is a stylish, sophisticated six-bedroom home which combines traditional Yucatán architecture with modern design, where every room offers its own unique style. The fully equipped kitchen, dining room, study, and parlor are the epitome of splendid design while retaining their warm, inviting ambiences. The three-level house reveals many corners to relax, read, and socialize after—or instead of—a day of exploring. The swimming pool, gardens, and terrace will bewitch you, and the stunning rooftop lounge cannot be beat for an evening cocktail under a starry night. All six air-conditioned bedrooms have private baths. Rates from $600 USD per night.

Casa Azul is ideal for couples celebrating honeymoons or anniversaries, and Casa de Madera and Casa de los Artistas are perfect for families traveling together or friends planning a weekend escape. All rates include breakfast, snacks, and fresh fruit waters, daily cleaning service, and wireless Internet in dining room areas. A four-night rental additionally includes a welcome dinner and tour of Izamal in a horse-drawn carriage.

Izamal is one of Mexico’s “magical towns” and visitors are enchanted by its all-yellow colonial buildings. Strolling on cobblestone streets, visiting the Franciscan San Antonio Convent with its massive courtyard, or taking a horse-drawn carriage ride are perfect ways to spend a vacation. The Kinich Kakmó pyramid is fascinating and the artisans’ workshops are inspiring. Another must while in Izamal is a visit to the Centro Cultural y Artesanal, with its two museums and the stunning “Grandes Maestros de Arte Popular” folk art collection, as well as a patio café and a spa. But the most wonderful thing about Izamal is the people, warm and friendly, making every visitor feel welcome.



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