Built by Spanish colonials in the 16th Century, haciendas once served as large plantations in Mexico's Yucatan Peninsula. Today many have been transformed into luxurious Yucatan hacienda hotels and rental homes. At least 30 haciendas remain in the region, including the five incredible Starwood-owned properties: San Jose, Santa Rosa, Puerta Campeche, Uayamon, and Temozon. These hacienda hotels bring the best of the Yucatan to life for visitors seeking the ultimate in luxury and service.
Why stay at Yucatan hacienda hotels
At Yucatan hacienda hotels, restored elements of the original henequen factories mix with modern conveniences. Expect air conditioning and WiFi, along with luxurious spas and delicious cuisine. Add warm Mayan hospitality and you will feel like you are living a dream.
Most of the hacienda hotels have spa facilities, and a local non-profit has trained locals in traditional Mayan therapeutic techniques. A masseuse will gently rub your temples as Mayan clay dries on your body. As you gaze through the white stuccoed archway at the hammock and pool beyond, you will hear a voice from the doorway. “Agua fresca? Margarita?” Although you are not sure you should follow a detoxifying clay treatment so closely with a retoxifying cocktail, you can’t resist the bright flavors of fresh lime juice mixed with the mellow local tequila.
This image – the breeze ruffling the leaves in the lush garden, the birds sipping water from a fountain, a hammock and cocktail awaiting poolside, the smiling woman arranging flowers on a towel just so – is one that will come to mind any time you think of Yucatan hacienda hotels.
Yucatan hacienda hotels for romance
For a romantic getaway, you will fall in love with Hacienda San Jose and Hacienda Santa Rosa. You can escape and relax with your honey in relative seclusion at either of these small hotels where attentive but discreet staff attend to your needs. Most of the haciendas mentioned in this story can arrange small to medium weddings, including these two. They offer a chapel or church on site and can make arrangements for your special day.
Yucatan hacienda hotels for families
Hacienda Puerta Campeche features a family room for up to two children with parents. Your kids will be wowed by this hacienda hotel's pool with its swim-through doorways and hammocks in which to laze.
Explore Hacienda Puerta Temozon’s sprawling grounds with your family by bicycles, provided at no additional charge. All ages are welcome at the Spa Cenote (which is actually located inside a cave!). No one in your family will ever forget a stay here.
Yucatan hacienda hotel for pet lovers
If you want to bring Fluffy or Fido along, Hacienda Chichen offers pet-friendly rooms with gated patios. This hacienda hotel can even arrange a pet-friendly wedding for you.
Yucatan hacienda hotels for history buffs
The Museum at Hacienda Chichen, and its proximity to Chichen Itza, make it a perfect choice for history buffs. Located steps from the entrance to Chichen Itza, you can get an early start exploring the temple complex before the heat and the hordes descend.
Another tempting option for history buffs is Hacienda Sotuta de Peon. Visit its living museum dedicated to the history of henequen (or sisal) production, which brought great wealth to the Yucatan in the early 20th Century. A mule-drawn train will take you to a stunning underground cenote (underground river), where you can swim at the end of your visit.
Yucatan hacienda hotel for foodies
Foodies rejoice! If you stay at Hacienda Petac, the staff can arrange a cooking class in a dedicated class kitchen. Learn to make local specialties like panuchos – a bean-filled fried tortilla with salsa, and guacamole.
Yucatan hacienda hotel all for yourself
If you would like to rent a hacienda just for you and your guests in the Yucatan, Hacienda Petac can be rented fully staffed with all meals and non-alcoholic drinks included. An equally enticing property, you can rent Hacienda Sac Chich, either partially or fully staffed.
Whichever Yucatan hacienda hotel you choose, you will be immersed in Mayan culture and cuisine, Spanish colonial history, and modern Mexican hospitality.
Which of these Yucatan hacienda hotels would you choose? Let us know in the comments below!
A Note from The Startup Travel Mama: My stay at Hacienda Petac was sponsored by Starwood and Yucatan Tourism. All opinions are mine, as always. This story includes some affiliate links. Your purchases help keep Travel Mamas a free resource for travelers.