Yucatan Haciendas

 

Haciendas in Mexico were the basis of an economic system begun by the Spaniards in the 16th century, similar to the feudal system of Europe. They were efficient farming and manufacturing centers that produced meat, produce, and other products for export. Over time, haciendas became symbols of wealth and culture, adorned with architecture, furnishings and art from around the world.

Like the southern plantations of the United States, haciendas enforced a social system of castes, based on race, with the haciendados, or landowners, as masters and the indigenios, or Mayans, as slaves.

Most Yucatecan haciendas in the 19th century produced rope from Henequen, a variety of the agave cactus, which was exported for the booming shipping industry. Haciendas maintained huge fields of henequen, tended by hundreds of men. The main house, or Casa Principal was usually the largest building, where the haciendado kept his living quarters and where most of the administration occurred.

Henequen processing took place in the machine house, or Casa de Maquinas. There was usually a Capilla, or chapel, a Casa
del Majordomo, where the Jefe or foreman lived, and many other smaller buildings for storage and living quarters.

After the Yucatan Caste War and the subsequent invention of synthetic fibers, most haciendas were abandoned to decay in the jungles. A trip to the Yucatan is incomplete without visiting some of the many haciendas within a few minutes drive of
Merida.

Some haciendas in the Yucatan have been renovated into beautiful five star hotels, complete with elegant rooms, sumptuous dining facilities, swimming pools and magnificent grounds. These have inspired modern Casa Yucatan architecture and interior design.

Other Haciendas are museums, providing a glimpse into former colonial times. Others are lived in by locals whose ancestors reclaimed them during the Mexican Revolution. And still others remain unrestored and open to the ravages of time.

Feel like exploring? Many haciendas are shown on our map of
Yucatan State. If you are interested in visiting Haciendas while staying in Merida, don't miss our article about the Hacienda Route.

OCHIL

SANTA ROSA DE LIMA

TEMOZON SUR

TEYA

XCANATUN

UAYAMON

SAN JOSE CHOLUL

 

                  

Hacienda Ochil, a tastefully converted hacienda located near Merida, offers a wonderful place to lunch on delicious regional fare, a small henequen museum and shop, and an underground cenote.

In the Yucatan Peninsula, above ground freshwater rivers are almost no nexistant; instead, the region is honeycombed with subterranean rivers that seem almost of another world.

Cenote (pronounced: seh-no-tay), a term unique to Mexico and Central America, originates from the Mayan 'dzonot' and translates as 'abyss'; but this simple term conjures a depth of meaning. As a phenomenom of nature, they are freshwater sinkholes created by the erosion of the soft, porous limestone; but, as the wellspring of life in the Mundo Maya, they are the sustenance of life, an entrance to the wonders of the afterworld, the focus of commune with the gods.


                         

In the southeast of Mexico, surrounded by the clear blue waters of the Caribbean and the Gulf of Mexico, lies the peninsula of the Yucatan, where the great Mayan culture once flourished amidst tropical forests. A 45 minute drive from the international airport of Merida, the state capital, lies Hacienda Santa Rosa de Lima.

Santa Rosa, a small Hacienda in the Heart of the Yucatan Peninsula recreates the belle époque of the Mexican southeast. The 11 rooms and suites are conditioned with exquisite details and locate in the main 18th century building, surrounded by beautiful gardens.

We invite you to evoke the splendor of past eras, developed in the luxurious amenities and services expected of a five-star hotel and the personalized service that makes you feel like being at home. Learn about the history, our role in the social context of this ever evolving land, the rich juxtaposition of the ancient and modern cultures. Delight in the flavors of our cuisine, the architectural heritage of our rooms and the archeological zones, colonial villages and the natural reserves that surround us.

 

               

In the southeast of Mexico, surrounded by the tranquil blue waters of the Caribbean and the Gulf of Mexico, lies the peninsula of the Yucatan, where the great Mayan culture once flourished amidst tropical forests. And in the heart of it all is the Hacienda Temozon, a superb residence that recreates the belle époque of the Mexican southeast.

Once a private family-run "estancia", our hacienda features 28 exquisitely furnished rooms and suites, offering a real experience of the grandeur and affluence of the past. With spacious gardens, a spectacular swimming pool, and a 17th century church, this is an ideal place for relaxation or the starting point to discover the surrounding Mayan architectural sites.

We invite you to evoke the splendor of past eras, enveloped in the luxurious amenities and services expected of a five-star hotel. Learn about the history, our role in the social context of this ever-evolving land, and the rich juxtaposition of the ancient and modern cultures. Delight in the flavors of our cuisine, the architectural heritage of our rooms, and the archeological zones, colonial villages, and the natural reserves that surround us.

GUEST ROOMS & AMENITIES

  • Air-Conditioned Room
  • Room with Sitting Area
  • Balcony
  • Cribs
  • Suite

HOTEL SERVICES

  • 24-Hour Front Desk
  • Car Rental Service
  • Fitness Facility
  • Laundry Service
  • Outdoor Pool

MEETING & EVENT FACILITIES

  • Number of Meeting Rooms: 3
  • Largest Meeting Room Seats: 200
  • Smallest Meeting Room Seats: 10

 

 

     

A wide range and variety of delicious Yucatecan dishes, a hacienda setting, a traditionally attired wait staff and a small gift shop stocked with Yucatecan handcrafts awaits you at the Hacienda Teya (circa 1683). Yucatecan cuisine is something you want to eat for lunch... a late lunch by American or Canadian standards. Open from 12 noon and 6 PM daily, they are located 12.5 kilometers from Merida, just off the Merida to Cancun highway.

Known for serving exquisite traditional dishes, these include cochinita pibil (suckling pig roasted in banana leaves), pollo pibil (chicken roasted in banana leaves), lomitos de Valladolid (chunks of pork in a tomato sauce), relleno negro (turkey and pork meatballs flavored with toasted chilis and hence the black color of the sauce), queso relleno (a minced meat stuffed Edam cheese), sopa de lima, panuchos, salbutes, pan de cazon and more.

At the entrance to the restaurant take note of the photo gallery where you will see the Cardenas family (the owners) with such personalities as Bill and Hillary Clinton, Mexican and American stars and Mexican politicians. The fact that these personalities have visited Hacienda Teya shows this is a quality place.

Hacienda Teya is also known for the installations they have for weddings, banquets and other events. Stained glass windows, lush gardens, a chapel, elegant staircases and their delicious food are key ingredients when you are planning a special event.

 

                               

Hacienda Xcanatun Through The Centuries

Hacienda Xcanatún was built in the 18th Century to cultivate corn and to raise horses and other carriage animals. Haciendas were home to rich landlords whose huge properties were ususally the only job opportunity for hundreds of peasants and servants, who lived nearby with their families.

Social upheaval in the 1840s (known as Yucatán's "Caste War") and economic needs led its owners to transform it into a huge "henequén" (sisal) producer, an activity that required new buildings to house machinery.

The development of artificial fibers after World War II and Mexico's land ownership policies led to the decline of most Haciendas in Yucatán. In the 1970s Xcanatún became more a resting place for its owners than a productive village. By 1980 most of the machinery had been dismantled and its owners stopped visiting the Hacienda regularly.

Recovery efforts were aided by experts in Mayan and Colonial architecture, who developed plans to recover as much as possible from the existing buildings and to rebuild those that were useless, preserving the original architectural characteristics. Special attention was paid to maintain the original concept of spaces, ambience, ornaments and materials, even when changes had to be made or a new building had to be built, to be able to offer guests the highest comfort and functionality.

Accomodation

You will relax immediately upon entering Xcanatun's luxuriously appointed Master Suites, Suites and Junior Suites. Outdoor jacuzzis in our Suites, hand carved coral stone bathtubs in two Master Suites, unique decor and outstanding attention to detail will make you want to stay longer

Master Suites (5 available)

Suites (9 available)

Junior Suites (4 available)

Facilities

Xcanatun's facilities will make your stay even more memorable: Exquisite haute cuisine at "Casa de Piedra" restaurant; pools and beautiful, quiet gardens to forget about the outside world; spa services for your complete relaxation, and special function rooms for groups. There's plenty to do at Xcanatun, and plenty to do in Yucatán.

"Casa de Piedra" Restaurant & Bar

Unique international-Caribbean haute cuisine, with Yucatecan specialties. Caribbean Colonial decor, antique bar, wine list. Live music Thursday through Sunday.

Pools: Two unique and refreshing swimming pools. Bar service.

Gardens: Local and exotic tropical flora in three acres of gardens, ponds and fountains

Spa Services: Massage, facials, manicure and pedicure available by appointment

Business: Hacienda Xcanatun offers a unique, exclusive ambience to hold business meetings, presentations, creative retreats and special events. Computers and A/V equipment available upon request. Meeting room can accomodate up to 60 people.

Our Executive Chef will gladly design a special menu for your event, or you may choose "á la carte". In both cases, your guests will be delighted. Ask about our special rates for business groups.

Groups: Private events like anniversaries and weddings of under 100 guests can be held at Xcanatun's "Casa de Piedra" restaurant. Please call for details. The Hacienda does not hold events for children.

Group rates apply to parties of 10 or more guests. Packages can include meals and transportation arrangements. We will help you plan activities to make your group's trip to Yucatan and stay at Xacantun as memorable as possible.

 

                    

Situated in northern Campeche, the Hacienda Uayamon is close to Edzna, one of the most intriguing of the Mayan sites. The Hacienda was built in 1700 and is a perfect example of colonial architecture with high ceilings, elegant decor and spacious public areas. Each of its twelve luxurious freestanding casitas features exquisite accommodations, a terrace and private garden. See for yourself why this unique hotel is a Condé Nast Traveler 2001 'Hot List" award winner.

Special Condition

From September 5, 2005 to September 25, 2005, the hotel will have limited availability due to renovations. Please contact the hotel for further information.

GUEST ROOMS & AMENITIES

  • Air-Conditioned Room
  • Alarm Clock
  • Cable Channels
  • Cribs
  • Garden View Room

HOTEL SERVICES

  • 24-Hour Front Desk
  • Babysitting Service
  • Concierge Service
  • Massage Treatments
  • Outdoor Pool

                 

Located inthe northern Yucatán peninsula, close to the Chiché n Itzá archaeological site, the Hacienda San Jose occupies what were once the quarters of a colonial plantation house. Fully restored, this exclusive full service hotel now consists of fifteen rooms and suites surrounding an impressive courtyard where guests can immerse themselves in the atmosphere of the past.

Special Condition

From August 29, 2005 to September 15, 2005, the hotel will have limited availability due to renovations. Please contact the hotel for further information.

GUEST ROOMS & AMENITIES

  • Air-Conditioned Room
  • Suite
  • Balcony
  • Cable Channels
  • Garden View Room

HOTEL SERVICES

  • Tour Service
  • Wake-up Service Available
  • Babysitting Service
  • Car Rental Service
  • Room Service