The buildings and grounds of Hacienda Santa Rosa are surpassingly beautiful, filled with history, and anchor the surrounding village. But the people who work at the hacienda are its true glory. Never have I felt so cared for, welcomed, and at ease. I spent three days at Santa Rosa and another three days at its larger sister property, Hacienda Temozon. Hacienda Santa Rosa was, in every way, superior: the perfect marriage of intimacy, warmth and luxury.
Santa Rosa is ideal for relaxation. There are lovely pools here and there, tucked into the historic property. The restoration of the old hacienda is perfection: sensitive, romantic, luxurious. Hammocks, nooks and patios abound. Before arriving, I thought the grounds might be small. But they are not. There is an intimacy to the main buildings, but several acres of the old sisal plantation has been converted into a botanic garden featuring local and medicinal plants. It is interesting to wander around and work out how the growing of henequen and production of fiber was handled on the property.
The superb resident manager (she lives next door), was kind enough to give me a detailed tour, explaining not only the history, but how the hacienda is part of the village today – many of the staff live and worship in the village. In fact, I heard hymn singing one evening from across the lawn that turned out to be from a house church across the street. While I stood and listened, one of the staff came up to tell me about it and his coworkers who worship there.
I was lucky to spend new year’s eve at the Hacienda. It was the best new year's celebration I’ve had. The grounds were candlelit. Cocktails and appetizers were spread. The village girls’ choir, dressed in their local finest, sang and then helped the guests break the piñata. We all laughed and played. A bonfire was lit. An elegant multi-course dinner was served on the front patio, until, at midnight, the traditional straw man was burned, the twelve grapes eaten, and the guests retired.
I will not forget the happiness of being at Santa Rosa: the smiles, the efficient, thorough, heartfelt service, the splendid grounds, the beautiful ease.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Right in the heart of the Mayan archeological zone, Hacienda Santa Rosa showcases its splendid building from the mid-19th century. This building, formerly an important property of the nobility, has become a luxurious residence through the generations. Just a 50 minute drive from Merida’s International Airport, the place is surrounded by natural beauties such as the Calcehtok and Oxkintok Caves, and cultural sites such as the Ruins of Uxmal and the town of Becal. An enormous door, meters and meters high, gives access to this wonderful hacienda which has 11 comfortable guest rooms and suites. Hammocks and wicker chairs, a private terrace and a garden make this place a perfect spot to live an unforgettable experience. Its aloe field is home to a Mayan style little house where one can enjoy enchanting moments outdoors. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Hacienda Santa Rosa Merida
- Hacienda Santa Rosa Hotel Merida