The Mexican State of Yucatan is famous for its splendid Haciendas, which are old colonial estates that have stood the test of time and have been restored and adapted to serve as luxurious boutique hotels. A jewel among these is the Hacienda Temozón, a stately home located just 35 minutes from Merida International Airport. Its magnificent proportions, covering about 90 acres—divided into three main buildings and various plazas—give it an air of opulence, but the simplicity of its architectural elements make it a dazzling, elegant property.
Located in southeastern Mexico, Yucatan is one of the country`s most diverse and beautiful areas. Yucatecans—as the locals are know—love good food and their proverbial friendliness has become characteristic of the region. Also considered one of the richest States in history and culture, Yucatan is also known for its beaches, archeological sites, and charming towns and villages.
Temozón`s main building, originally built by Don Carlos Peón Machado as a sisal estate, dates from the 17th century. It was restored in 1995 by architect Luis Bosoms to bring back the estate’s splendor as it was in its golden years, turning it into the grande dame plantation retreat.
The main house rests on a platform constructed in the style of the finest colonial buildings. Set amid the lush Mexican rainforest, the walls of the home stand out for their refined color palette, coral walls, white moldings and yellow details. Temozón`s 28 rooms and suites, located in the main building, are exquisitely decorated, spacious and named according to the original use of these spaces: the kitchen, the school, the pharmacy, etc. All of them have been outfitted with the finest finishes, including a traditional hammock where guests can enjoy a siesta in the purest Mayan style.
With a magnificent open view of the main garden, the pool and the old town, the restaurant at Hacienda Temozón offers dishes that reveal an interesting fusion of international haute cuisine and Mayan traditions and cooking techniques. The organic ingredients used in the kitchen are harvested in the estate’s own orchards, and most of the dishes are true farm-to-table delicacies. The Hacienda offers is romantic dinners by candlelight in the middle of the rainforest, which is an unforgettable experience.
The green spaces are dominated by the stunning pool which expands through the gardens. The internationally renowned spa offers an extensive menu of treatments that will heal your body and relax your mind with traditional Mayan therapies using natural local products. And if you want to take your relaxation experience to the fullest, you can have the treatment inside the cenote or natural sinkhole located in the hacienda.
Hacienda Temozón is the ideal venue from where to explore Yucatan in style and comfort. Its excellent cuisine, exquisite decor, and wellness options make all the difference when visiting this beautiful part of Mexico. The retreat may be rooted in history and tradition, but its style and service couldn’t be more contemporary. ■