“Luxurious and beautifully presented 18th-century hacienda outside Mérida, with a stylish modern finish”
The 11 spacious rooms and suites have an air of luxury and exclusivity. With the exception of the Mayan Villa, which is set in its own small garden, all are converted from the original buildings and are set on the ground floor, with leafy garden views. The décor is understated 19th-century colonial style with antique iron bedsteads and crisp hand-embroidered bed linen (decorated daily with fresh tropical flowers). There are plenty of modern conveniences, including air conditioning, phones, minibars and hairdryers.
Most rooms have a private terrace and a garden area, and all have a large ensuite bathroom with a shower (many also have bathtubs). Three of the suites (numbers 4, 5 and 6) have small private plunge pools; the other 3 suites (numbers 8, 9 and 10) share a beautiful pool set in front of their patios, which is for the exclusive use of these rooms. This is definitely somewhere to pamper yourself, unwind and drink cocktails under the stars. The other rooms share the hotel's main pool.
Less glamorous than the suites, but a favourite with romantics, is the lovely Mayan Villa: a self-contained thatched bungalow with a dreamy kingsize bed suspended from the ceiling by ropes and covered with plump white cushions. Interior hammocks, a large bathroom with a walk-in shower, a private patio, and a garden with a small plunge pool add to the sybaratic feel.
Room 6 (a suite with double-sized twin beds) and room 7 (a Superior Twin) are adjacent to each other and would be ideal for a family. Room 10 is the largest and has its own sitting room. Extra beds can be provided in most rooms.
Meals are served on the original hacienda terrace overlooking the pretty fruit tree-filled garden, or in one of the grand reception rooms. Alternatively, if you’d like to arrange a romantic candlelit dinner for 2, the staff will happily lay a table for you wherever you wish within the grounds. And if you’ve become so laid-back that you’re almost horizontal, you can order room service or ask for food to be delivered to your private terrace at a time of day that suits you.
The menu is a simple selection of Yucatecan specialities plus a variety of grilled meat dishes cooked on an open barbecue (chicken, pork, T bone, sirloin). Try the Poc Chuc - grilled pork fillet flavoured with spices and bitter orange juice and served with onions and a tomato sauce. There’s always pasta, pizza and salad on offer too, so most of the family’s tastebuds should be catered for.
The hacienda also has a well-stocked bar, ironically located in the former chapel, and an extremely elegant dining room with period furniture and an antique tiled floor which can be used for functions and parties.
If you want to eat out there are basic cafés in the nearby village, and excellent lunch options at some of the haciendas in the surrounding region. Try the famous restaurant Los Almendros in Mérida, which specialises in traditional cuisine with Mayan influences.
Children aged 12 and under stay for free if sharing their parents' room, but pay for meals. Extra beds and cots can be added to most rooms, and the hacienda provides a babysitting service on request.
Room 6 (a suite with twin beds) and room 7 (a Superior Twin) are adjacent to each other and would be ideal for a family.
Babysitting is available by arrangement.
Baby cots are available on request.
Remember baby and child equipment may be limited or need pre-booking