Mexico || Rosas & Xocolate

Rosas and Xocolate Hotel Merida MexicoA little over two weeks ago I found myself in the heart of the Yucatán peninsula of Mexico with some of Chicago’s most well-known creatives, discovering the Mexico OUTSIDE resort hotel gates. The REAL Mexico — a world of rich history and cultural life.

Vibrant colors and people everywhere you looked. It was a true feast for the eyes AND soul!

Mexico really is a perfect destination for those looking to whet their creative appetites.

And no place we visited screamed vibrant color and Yucatán soul food more so than Rosas & Xocolate.

Located in the heart of the Yucatán’s capital city of Mérida, a stunning European-inspired colonial city, Rosas y Xocolate is hard to miss thanks to its massive bright pink facade and stunning imposing architecture.

But it’s the inside that’ll really take your breath away. Rosas and Xocolate Hotel Merida MexicoThe building itself is an award-winning design combining two abandoned 19th century mansions into one seriously drool-worthy hotel. Located on the prestigious avenue of Paseo de Montejo which was modeled after the Champs-Élysées in Paris, this 17-room hotel is truly one of the most unique places you’ll ever hope to visit.

It even won Architectural Digest’s “Icon of Design 2011” award.

Step inside and you’ll instantly understand why. Rosas and Xocolate Hotel Merida Mexico The entire hotel, inside and out, is hot pink. It’s vibrant. It’s striking. And it’s seriously photogenic.

If you do nothing but stop by for a cocktail and an Instagram shot, you’ll be thrilled.
Rosas and Xocolate Hotel Merida MexicoEspecially once you fix your eyes on their stunning pool!
Rosas and Xocolate Hotel Merida Mexico I could easily see myself lounging around here all day every day. Especially in the notorious Yucatán heat.

Michelada in hand, obviously.Rosas and Xocolate Hotel Merida MexicoIsn’t this space truly magical?
Rosas and Xocolate Hotel Merida Mexico And oooooh so photogenic (spy Simeon Pratt belly diving for the shot next to Graham Chapman in the foliage?).Rosas and Xocolate Hotel Merida Mexico But given the beauty of this space, can you blame them?
Rosas and Xocolate Hotel Merida Mexico I could easily have spent days here in just this pool area and STILL not have gotten all the shots I wanted.Rosas and Xocolate Hotel Merida MexicoThe vibrant colors really do take your breath away.Rosas and Xocolate Hotel Merida MexicoEspecially on a sunny, tropical evening!Rosas and Xocolate Hotel Merida MexicoNaturally I wore my most colorful outfit to such a colorful destination. Can you believe this dress is under $60? Since it’s a linen-blend it was perfect in the hot, humidity and so much fun to wear!Rosas and Xocolate Hotel Merida MexicoRosas and Xocolate Hotel Merida Mexico

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Dress – Asos || Shoes – Joie (similar) || Bag – c/o T & J Designs || Sunglasses – BP

A huge thank you to Erin for shooting this photos of me!

Rosas and Xocolate Hotel Merida MexicoA sneak peek behind the scenes of Erin’s cocktail photoshoot:

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Isn’t that shot stunning? Erin continues to impress me time and time again with her gorgeous, innovative food shots!
Rosas and Xocolate Hotel Merida MexicoSpeaking of food, I’d be remiss if I didn’t take you inside Rosas & Xocolate’s restaurant. Because when I say their restaurant is well worth a visit what I really mean is the food is epically delicious and you’d seriously be missing out if you DIDN’T stop by to check it out.

The restaurant decor has a cool, moody vibe complete with innovative celebrity art and plenty of signature hot pink touches.
Rosas and Xocolate Hotel Merida MexicoBut if the weather cooperates, I highly recommend snagging a table on their outdoor patio!
Rosas and Xocolate Hotel Merida MexicoIt’s a stunning space to enjoy a delicious meal at.Rosas and Xocolate Hotel Merida MexicoAnd Rosas & Xocolate has some seriously delicious dishes to choose from!
Rosas and Xocolate Hotel Merida MexicoLike this delicious pile of fried octopus (my favorite!).Rosas and Xocolate Hotel Merida MexicoOr a stunning crab cake-style salad.Rosas and Xocolate Hotel Merida MexicoOr thinly sliced beef carpaccio.Rosas and Xocolate Hotel Merida MexicoOr one gloriously colorful plate of ceviche (my other favorite on the menu).Rosas and Xocolate Hotel Merida MexicoWhich I could easily eat each and every day for the rest of my life happily.Rosas and Xocolate Hotel Merida MexicoThere’s also a beautiful seared duck breast entrée that’s as delicious as it is photogenic.Rosas and Xocolate Hotel Merida MexicoAnd some colorful fish entrées that rotate seasonally too.
Rosas and Xocolate Hotel Merida MexicoAnd are always worth a try!Rosas and Xocolate Hotel Merida MexicoUpstairs above the restaurant patio you’ll find the Rosas & Xocolate rooftop bar oasis.
Rosas and Xocolate Hotel Merida MexicoIt’s a wonderfully relaxing space to listen to live music and enjoy a cocktail at!Rosas and Xocolate Hotel Merida MexicoAnd naturally has signature hot pink touches all around.
Rosas and Xocolate Hotel Merida MexicoEvery place we visited in the Yucatán opened my eyes to a whole new world of vibrancy and life but none so much as the hot pink hotel that is Rosas & Xocolate.

I’d go so far as to say it has to be one of the most Instagram-worthy hotels in all of Mexico. And certainly worth a visit on your next trip. Oh, and don’t forget to order the octopus!

Disclosure: I received a complimentary visit to Rosas y Xocolate to facilitate this post. Review and all opinions are ALWAYS my own.

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