Merida: The Yucatan's Best Kept Secret
Located at the tip of the Yucatan Peninsula, the city of Merida is a wondrous little village teeming with a vibrant atmosphere that regularly attracts guests from villas in Mexico. With a number of Mayan ruins, a blossoming art scene and burgeoning culinary revolution, Merida has managed to pay homage to its past while welcoming a younger generation of residents and visitors.
Los Dos cooking school, owned by former New Yorker David Sterling, is a hot spot for high-end travelers who want to learn more about the Yucatan culture through its food. You don't have to take a class to enjoy the delicious menu, which features dishes that range from the Mayan-inspired dzotobichay y ibewahes - an assortment of tamales stuffed with pumpkin seeds and beans - or more contemporary offerings like caballeros ricos - a bread pudding baked to perfection in cinnamon syrup, almonds and rum.
Those staying in luxury rentals who want to get together with friends for a truly high-class meal, you can book an evening at the Nahualli art gallery. As you're surrounded by contemporary art and traditional Meridano interior design, you can entertain your guests with a decadent meal prepared by a chef of your choice.