Destinations / Merida Holiday Planning 2009-2010

Merida Holiday Planning 2009-2010

Merida Holiday Planning 2009-2010

21 December 2009 Destinations 1


About this time of year, if you don't already HAVE plans, you are wondering what to do for Christmas and New Years Eve. Here’s our annual rundown of what the local hotels are doing (all prices are in Pesos). If you know of another special event for either of these two days, feel free to add it in the Comments area.


Hyatt Regency Merida
Christmas at Peregrina
Peregrina will be serving an International buffet Christmas dinner, with music provided by a string quartet.
Price includes IVA, and the propina (tip) but no drinks. Reservation and payment in advance required.
Price: $408 pesos per adult and $ 202 children. Children from 0-6 free.
Hours: 8 pm to 12 am

Christmas at Spasso
Spasso will also be serving a Christmas buffet, with ambient music.
Price includes IVA and la propina but no drinks.
Price: $360 per adult; $180 children.
Hours: 10 pm to 3 am

Location for both: Avenida Colon at Calle 60
Tel for Peregrino: 999-942-12-34 ask for the Christmas Dinner
Tel for Spasso: 942-12-34. Ext. 3457

Fiesta Americana
Traditional Christmas buffet with ambient music. IVA and service included in price but no drinks. Since restaurant is almost full, full deposit is required for reservation.
Price: $359 adults, $199 children.
Hours: 7 pm to 12 am.
Location: Avenida Colon at Calle 60
Tel: 999-942-1111

Intercontinental Villa Mercedes: 'Among Friends and Wine'

This Christmas dinner includes an international buffet with all the Christmas goodies and open bar of Mexican wines. There will be dancing to live music. The buffet includes a salad and delicatessen bar, imported cheeses, smoked salmon, tuna and salmon tartare, and much more. There will also be a seafood cocktail and ceviche station, all different kinds of meat and a dessert menu that includes tiramisu, Black Forest cake and créme bruleé. The restaurant will be open from 8:00 pm to 1 or 2:00 pm, depending on the clients.
Price: $650 pesos
Location: Avenida Colon between Calle 60 and 62
Tel: 999-942-9000

Rosas and Xocolate
A three course traditional Christmas dinner will be served at the newest fancy restaurant in the Centro. Live Music (Christmas atmosphere), a bottle of champagne or red wine for every 2 people, and hor’s d’oeuvres are also included. The chef at this restaurant is Mario Espinosa, definitely someone to watch.
$549 per person
Location: Paseo Montejo at Calle 41
Tel: 999-924-2992

Hotel Castellano

Christmas is a buffet dinner with traditional Christmas dishes like Christmas turkey, romeritos (rosemary roasted potatoes), pork marinated with honey, salmon and more. Traditional Christmas desserts like dried fruits, chocolate cake, churros with chocolate or cajeta and more will also be served.
Price: $245 per person, children 50% off.
Price includes IVA and service, but no drinks are included.
Location: Calle 57 No. 513 between Calle 62 y 64
Phone: 999-930-0100

Hotel Casa del Balam
Christmas dinner includes turkey breast, a piñata, punch to drink and live music and traditional sweets. There will even be surprise gifts for guests.
Price: $430 per person starting at 6 pm. Includes a glass of house wine.
Location: Calle 60 x 57

Tel: (999) 924-8844 x 1702

Hacienda Xcanatun
The elegant Casa de Piedra restaurant will be serving a gourmet dinner in its usual elegant setting. Menu highlights include a salad of Baby Lettuce with Cinnamon Caramelized Pear and Roquefort Cheese, and a Puff pastry stuffed with Chaya Mousse and Roasted Chile Xcatic Cream for starters. Entreés include
Roast Stuffed Turkey Breast Marinated with Fines Herbs with Chaya-Potato Au Gratin, Sautéed Green Beans and Gravy. If you are sick of turkey, try the
Spice- Encrusted Filet of Beef with Escabeche-Infused Red Wine Glaze over Parmesan-Smashed Potatoes and Parmesan Asparagus Gratin or the
Crispy-Skin Salmon over Grilled Romaine Hearts, with Crispy Parmesan Potato Gallete
and Red Onion Marmalade. There will be a dessert buffet too! The price of dinner includes your choice of starters, entree, coffee, bread and the dessert buffet.

$497 per Person.
Price includes taxes and a 15% service charge that will be added to the final bill.
Location: Off of the road to Progreso in the town of Xcanatun

Tel: 999-941-0273

Hotel Aluxes
This downtown hotel is convenient for a lot of us, and a lot of visitors. Their Christmas dinner will be at the Zac-Nicte restaurant and consists of a five-course meal, including a choice of entrada (house paté or eggplant cream), a choice of salad( apple, tartare or seafood), a choice of soup( corn or spinach) and a choice of four main courses (chicken, fish, pork, beef) and dessert (strawberry cake or Christmas Chocolate Cake). The price includes a Christmas toast, soft drinks, and the dinner, accompanied by live keyboard music.

Price: $310 adults, $220 children from 5-13 years.
IVA and tip included. Additional
$120 open bar including national brandy, rum, vodka and tequila.
Hours: 9 pm to 2:30 am
Location: Corner of Calle 60 and Calle 49 in the Centro

Hotel Zamna
This small hotel in the Santiago district will be serving a traditional Christmas day dinner on
Friday the 25th olf December at 2 pm. The
five-course dinner will be served with wine, liqueur and coffee. There will be an
After-Dinner Christmas fun prize quiz. 6 PLACES remain.
Price: $275 per guest

Reef Yucatan in Telchac
Stay for two nights (minimum) at this beachside resort and get a Christmas dinner with Santa giving presents to children and a posada and piñatas included. $895 pesos per person, per room. Children under 12 are free. Check in no earlier than 11 am; check out by 6 pm.
Location: Reef Yucatan in Telchac Puerto.

: 999-941-9494 or

Hotel Yakunah
This Progreso hotel is having a special 6-course turkey dinner with traditional trimmings.
Price: $400 pesos
Location: Calle 23 (21) No. 64 x 48 y 50 in Progreso
Phone: 969-935-5600


New Year’s Eve at Hotels and Restaurants in Merida

Hyatt Regency
New Year's Eve at Peregrina
NYE includes an international buffet dinner with ambient music.
$485 adults; $235 children, which includes IVA and tip, but no drinks.
Hours: 8 pm-12 am

New Year at Spasso
International Buffet Dinner with international open bar and a live band for dancing.
Hours: 10 pm to 3 am

Price: $890 adults; $ 445 children up to 6 years old.
Children from 0-6 years old are free. Price includes buffet and drinks, tip and IVA.
Location: Avenida Colon at Calle 60
Tel: 999-942-1234 (ask for the New Year’s Eve dinner)

Fiesta Americana
Broadway Night
This will be a lavish affair in the Grand Salon of Hotel Fiesta Americana. International buffet, national drinks included and entertainment by the group Montana.
Hours: 9 pm to 3 am
Price: $999 pesos, Children under 11: $599 pesos
Location: Paseo de Montejo 451 x Av. Colon
Tel: 942-1123 or 942-1100

Holiday Inn
Call for details.
Location: Avenida Colon between Calle 60 and Paseo de Montejo

: 999-942-8800 ext. 609

Rosas and Xocolate
Hor’s d’ oeuvres, a very special four-course menu and a bottle of champagne or red wine for every 2 people is included in the price. And of course, also included are party hats, noisemakers, live music to dance to and later, music with a DJ upstairs at the Moon Lounge.
$750 per person
Location: Paseo Montejo at Calle 41
Tel: 999-924-2992

Intercontinental Villa Mercedes – A Night In Black and White
This year, the Villa Mercedes celebrates New Year’s Eve with themed tables centered around famous people. There will be tables in black and white representing Marilyn Monroe, Charles Chaplin, Cantinflas, Marcel Marceau, and Carlos Gardel. Each famous person's table has a different menu. Traditionally they also serve cochinita in the early morning hours. The music starts at 10:30 PM. And the restaurant will be open from 9:00 pm to 3:00 pm.
Price: $750 include buffet, soft drinks and IVA. Add $250 per person for Mexican liquor bar. And $350 per person for international liquor bar.
Location: Avenida Colon between Calle 60 and 62

: 999-942-9000

Hotel Aluxes – New Year’s Eve Dinner
This will be dancing to a gropu called Enlace, and an international buffet at the Gran Salon Popol-Vuh. They’ll have the 12 traditional grapes, a champagne toast, and national beverages are included.
IVA and service are included in the price of $560 for adults and $310 per child. Festivities start at 9 pm and end at 3 am. Call for reservations and to put down a 50% deposit.
Location: Calle 60 at Calle 49
: 999-924-2199

Hotel Casa del Balam
Dinner includes a surprise gift, a glass of house wine, a piñata, music by a DJ and a sparkling wine toast at midnite. Dinner starts being served at 7 pm.
Price: $430 per person.
Location: Calle 60 x 57
Tel: (999) 924-8844 x 1702

Hacienda Xcanatun
New Year’s dinner at Hacienda Xcanatun... que élégante! The menu includes Smoked Salmon Tart with Fresh Goat Cheese and Brandy-Glazed Grapes for starters. The main course choices are equally delicious looking, and include Shrimp Crowned in Lime Butter with Asparagus, Chaya and Oyster Mushroom Ragout or Cacao and Three Chiles Encrusted Beef Medallions over Creamed Wild Mushroom Ragout, with a Raspberry and Red Wine Glaze. We're hungry just writing about it! There is also a dessert buffet and their traditional semisweet chocolate fountain, finished off with a French sparkling wine toast and the traditional 12 grapes at midnite. All of this accompanied by a jazz quartet!
Price: $880 per person, IVA included plus 15% service charge. Reservations with a credit card required.
Location: Off of the road to Progreso in the town of Xcanatun
Tel: 999-941-0273

El Castellano
An international buffet dinner will be served, including snacks and appetizers of seafood, lobster and salmon. The buffet includes prime rib, lamb, marinated salmon, seafood, shrimp, ham and fish and a wide variety of desserts. The price includes the traditional toast and 12 grapes at midnight.
Price: $245 per person with 50% off for children
Location: Calle 57 # 513 x 62 y 64 Centro
Tel: 930-0118

Four course meal.
Price: $695 per person. Drinks not included.
Location: Circuito Colonias, between Paseo de Montejo and Mega grocery store
Tel: 999-927-2320 for reservations (50% deposit required)

Four course meal.
Price: $695 per person. Drinks not included.
Location: Calle 59 between Calle 60 and 62, Centro
Tel: 999-923-0942 (call after 6 PM) for reservations (50% deposit required)

La Tratto
Three course meal.
Price: $475 pesos for dinner. Drinks not included
Location: Prolongacion Montejo # 479 C between the Monumento a la Bandera in front of Centro Cultural Dante (the Dante Bookstore).
Tel: 999-927-0434 for reservations (50% deposit required)

Hotel Zamná
The theme for this New Year's Eve party is "A Night of A Thousand Stars". Dinner includes a welcome gift upon arrival, a banquet dinner buffet with musical entertainment, and 'champers' and fireworks at midnight to ring in the New Year.
Price: $390 per person, which includes local spirits, beer and house wine
Location: Calle 53 #547 x 70 y 72
: 999-924-0103

Reef Yucatan
Staying at the hotel during this time includes a New Year’s dinner, with traditional champagne or sidra (cider) toast and grapes, and a dance “Mr. Back-in-Time”.
Price: $945 per person per room. Children under 8 stay for free. Three night minimum stay.

Location: Telchac Yucatan
Phone: 01-800-000-7333

Hotel Yakunah

This Progreso hotel is having a special party on New Year's Eve with a buffet dinner, music, a champagne toast at midnight and fireworks.
Price: $300 pesos
Location: Calle 23 (21) No. 64 x 48 y 50 in Progreso
Phone: 969-935-5600


That's everything we know! We hope you all have a wonderful holiday season, and we look forward to more Yucatan Living in 2010!



  • mcm 13 years ago

    Question -- Are the hours for the "Christmas dinners" for Christmas Eve (December 24)? I assume so, but it isn't clear...

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