Hacienda de San Antonio
Colima, Colonial Highlands, Mexico
At a Glance
Luxurious and opulent suites furnished with colourful Mayan textiles, colonial antiques, exquisite tiles and hand painted frescoes
Large outdoor pool set in beautifully landscaped gardens
Lies in the shadow of the stunning Volcán de Fuego in the unspoilt western highlands
Formerly a coffee plantation house, the hacienda has been beautifully restored and is now a luxurious retreat
At the heart of a 5,000-acre working ranch, which can be explored on horseback or foot
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The Colonial Highlands are blessed with a spring-like climate year-round. The average day is brisk in the morning, warm and sunny in the afternoon and cool at night. Winter days are warm (in the 20s C), although you may require a sweater after the sun goes down. April and May tend to be hot and dry. Expect brief afternoon showers 3 or 4 times a week from June to mid-October. Rains are typically heaviest in July and August.
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Experience traditional Mexican life at the luxurious colonial Hacienda de San Antonio set in the midst of magnificent landscaped grounds in the foothills of the Colima Volcano. The working ranch has an organic farm, stables and coffee plantation.
Hacienda de San Antonio is one of Mexico's best kept secrets and is a stunning country house dating back to 1879. Formerly owned by billionaire Sir James Goldsmith, this authentic plantation estate has 25 spacious suites featuring large bathrooms, vaulted brick ceilings, fireplaces and French-style doors, which open out onto terraces or balconies with breathtaking views. Enjoy the delicious international and Mexican cuisine prepared by the French chef David Ferre with organic dairy, meats, fruits, vegetables, coffee and other locally produced products.
Each individually decorated suite is oozing with history and culture in its decor and artefacts. Organic and local food is served in a venue to suit your preference and the service at the hotel is impeccable with your every need catered for.
The extensive grounds of the hacienda boast a stunning garden scattered with fig trees and blue agave, the plant used to make tequila, all watered by a working aqueduct. The hotel offers various activities such as hiking trips to the nearby volcano, horse riding, mountain biking and tours of the local coffee plantation and cheese factories. To relax at the end of the day why not enjoy a massage on the terrace or take advantage of the spa treatment room. Hacienda de San Antonio's sister hotel is the fabulous Cuixmala on the Pacific Coast.
Hacienda de San Antonio boasts 25 individually decorated suites, including three Grand suites. All are lavishly decorated with traditional Mexican arts and crafts, open fireplaces, under floor heating, bespoke toiletries, spacious bathrooms and wonderful views.
Children are welcome to come and stay at Hacienda de San Antonio, and babysitting can easily be arranged upon request, although children's activities, while excellent and great fun, are generally unstructured. Several suites interconnect, making them ideal for families.
Hacienda de San Antonio boasts a restaurant, bar, lounge, meeting/conference rooms, swimming pool, fitness centre, tennis court, garden amphitheatre, library, hiking trails and a 9-hole golf course nearby.
The hotel's refined dining is inspired by authentic Mexican cuisine with an international touch. Locally sourced and organic products, mostly from the ranch itself, are used to create flavoursome cuisine.
With the eternal spring like weather, activities during your stay at Hacienda San Antonio are numerous. You can rent mountain bikes, go horseback riding, hiking, bird watching and embark on local cultural tours to the hacienda's organic coffee plantation and cheese factories.
The swimming pool with its fabulous views and Mirador Terrace provide an idyllic environment if you want to relax with a good book. If you're feeling a little more active, you could play a spot of tennis or take some lessons.
If it's space you're after, you've come to the right place. I heard about this mountain-side retreat from Alexandra Coigny in Mexico City—sounds like a great escape. At the foot of Volcán de Fuego, the property occupies nearly 500 acres of manicured parkland inspired by the gardens of the Alhambra in Granada, Spain. On top of that, it's surrounded by another 500 acres of working ranch and organic coffee plantation—so no shortage of morning espressos! The 26 suites are creative and colourful, with 15-foot vaulted ceilings, fireplaces and over-sized antique furnishings—but no TV. Eat wherever you like, whether it's in the grand dining room, or relaxing on couches by the side of the pool. Adventurers will head out into the surrounding countryside on foot or horseback while the more sedentary relax by the pool. Or you could always play tennis or golf, on property. Kids and pets are welcome to join you, completing the chilled out atmosphere.
Mexico City, Colima & Pacific Coast
from £6400 pp inc flights & transfers for 10 nights
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Location & directions
Colima, Colonial Highlands, Mexico
Hacienda de San Antonio is in Mexico’s small highland state of Colima, at the foot of Colima volcano. 2 hours from Manzanillo and 2.5 hours from Guadalajara.
How to get there
11-hour flight to Mexico City International Airport, followed by a 1-hour domestic flight to Colima. Hacienda de San Antonio is a 40-minute car transfer from Colima Airport.
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