The elegant, spacious grounds of a 16th century Spanish home form the core of Hacienda Chichén Itzá & Yaxkin Spa, which pampers guests with its unique combination of traditional Mayan ways and contemporary customer service. The 28 guestrooms occupy 12 cottages – some built in the 1920s for the archeologists exploring the ruins – so carefully sited throughout the hacienda that you are scarcely aware of other guests. Graceful wrought iron furniture, colorful embroidered pillows, and the owner's photographs of local flora decorate each accommodation. Countless species can be observed during early morning guided walks through the Bird Refuge and Maya Jungle Conservation Reserve. The restaurant's Mayan chef serves creative fare using produce grown in the hacienda's own organic gardens; meals are eaten in the main house or on its breezy terrace. Hacienda Chichén Itzá was showcased at the 2010 United Nations Climate Change Conference as a leading example of sustainable tourism.