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How the crumbling haciendas of the Yucatan have been reinvented as ultra-stylish hideaways

Fall the old functional buildings turned to leisure – the forts, warehouses and even lighthouses that are now hotels – the haciendas of the Yucatan in Mexico are the most distinctive I have come across. They are a call from another era, hauntingly beautiful, each with a run of Romanesque arches supported on slender coral-stone columns, and they stand out boldly in the luxuriant greens of their tropical gardens, painted in blood-red and gold.

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