Hacienda Santa Maria

La Trinitaria, Near Comitan, Chiapas, Mexico Book from

Reviewed by Lucia Appleby
19th-century countryside hacienda and art museum south of San Cristóbal de las Casas, near the Montebello lakes
Nobody would guess the Santa Maria was near San Cristóbal. Say San Cristóbal and you think Zapatistas, hand-woven sweaters, rural communities, and lots of jungle. Think again. The Santa Maria is a 19th-century hacienda surrounded by corn fields near the famous multicoloured Montebello lakes.

The view from the terrace restaurant down a deep valley into the lake below will convince you that you’re in fact in the French Riviera. Take a tour around the hacienda's 8 rooms, filled with dark wood armoirs and chandeliers, and you’ll be sure that you’re in an antiques shop in Paris. But when you see the private museum (in the hacienda chapel) housing an impressive collection of 16th- to 19th-century oil paintings of religious scenes by European and Mexican artists, you’ll be completely thrown. Never mind, it must be the heat, time to have a glass of red wine before lunch. Which country are we in again?


  • Beautiful views of the surrounding mountains and Montebello lakes
  • Impressive collection of religious art
  • Organic food grown in the gardens
  • Peace and tranquility
  • Hacienda style at budget prices


  • The off-the-beaten-track location makes it inaccessible without a car or taxi
  • You'll need transport to access the nearby ruins and lakes

Best time to go

The rainy season lasts from July to September. From November to June, it’s drier and more pleasant to explore the nearby ruins and lakes. It's a lot hotter from March to June, which may make tours around the ruins that bit more uncomfortable.

Our top tips

Take time to wander through the hacienda's lofty salons and elegant terraces - you'll find a fascinating painting or antique around every corner.

Great for...

Cheap & Chic
  • = Recommended
  • = Best in region
  • = World favourite
  • Hacienda Hotel
  • 8
  • Restaurant and bar (open daily)
  • All ages welcome
  • Open all year
  • Outdoor Pool
  • Spa Treatments
  • WiFi
  • Pet Friendly
  • Disabled Access
  • Beach Nearby
  • Off-street Parking
  • Restaurants Nearby
  • Air Conditioning
  • Guest Lounge
  • Terrace
  • Garden
  • Gym
  • Snooker Table
Room: Double Room


The hacienda has 8 elegant rooms - 4 doubles and 4 twins. They have white walls, rustic beamed ceilings and tiled floors, and are packed with an impressive collection of antique furniture. Some come with four-poster beds with breezy white drapes; others have intricately-embroidered bedspreads and walls adorned with cherubs and religious paintings.

Each room has its own name, connected to the furniture inside: hence the Chiapaneca Room has 2 carved beds from Chiapas, and the French Room has a French dressing-table and a traditional wooden armoir. The Plateresca Room is connected to the porfiriato epoch, and has a chimney and 2 beds carved by Mexican cabinet-makers. The Art Nouveau Room has a magnificent brass double bed, and the Comiteca Room has furniture by Don Adonahi Herrera - a native carpenter of nearby Comitán.

All rooms look on to the hacienda terrace (which has sedan chairs and comfy hammocks), with a view over the garden.

Features include:

  • Cots Available
  • Internet access
  • Phone
  • Terrace


In the pretty terraced restaurant next to the main house (with a wide view over the hacienda garden and the valley below), chef Richi prepares salty meat dishes, quesadillas, fresh maize tortillas, magnificent sweets and delicacies of Comitecan cuisine. Most of the various grains, fruit and vegetables (from avocado to cauliflower and elote) used in the dishes are organically cultivated and harvested on the property (as are the coffee beans).

The house specialities are pork in orange sauce and pork cooked with chile, tomato, onion and herbs, but there are also plenty of vegetarian options. The salads in particular are an organic feast, using fresh ingredients picked from the garden that day. Don‘t miss the Aztec carrot cake prepared with chayotes.

If you want a tipple before or after dinner you can head inside the main building to the elegant salon-bar, which has arched doorways, carved stone fireplaces, antique furniture and a pool table.

Features include:

  • Bar
  • Breakfast
  • Dinner by arrangement
  • Lunch by arrangement
  • Organic produce
  • Restaurant
  • Room service
  • Vegetarian menu


  • Visit the vivid multicoloured waters and pine-forested slopes of the nearby Montebello lakes, which stretch across the Mexican-Guatemalan border

  • Climb the near-deserted Mayan ruins of Chinkultic, admire the views and swim in the nearby cenote (the hacienda can arrange guided tours)

  • Hop across the border for a day trip to Guatemala

  • Explore the Lacandon Jungle, home to waterfalls, indigenous Mayan communities and nature reserves

  • Admire the private collection of religious art in the hacienda's museum, set inside a chapel in the grounds

  • Go shopping at the markets and craft shops of San Cristóbal

  • Enjoy a countryside walk through corn fields and rolling hills

Activities on site or nearby include:

  • Birdwatching
  • Fishing
  • Hiking
  • Historical sites
  • Horse-riding
  • Museums / galleries
  • Plantlife / flora
  • Private guided tours
  • Shopping / markets
  • Swimming
  • Traditional cultures
  • Trekking
  • Wildlife


Children are very welcome here, though there are no particular facilities for them. Extra beds can be set up in the rooms and baby cots are available.

Best for:

Children (4-12 years), Teens (over 12)

Family friendly accommodation:

Cots Available

Baby equipment:

Baby cots are available on request.

Remember  baby and child equipment may be limited or need pre-booking

Kid Friendly:

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