Hacienda San Jose
Merida, Yucatan Peninsula, Mexico
At a Glance
Rescued from ruin and sensitively resorted plantation house set within lush jungle in the heart of the Yucatan near Merida
Perfect place to relax after visits to the magnificent Maya sites of Chichen Itza, Uxmal and Dzibichaltun and the 'yellow city' of Izamal
An impressive swimming pool nestles beside a 100-year old orchard
Authentic Mexico at its best - stunning décor in the traditional Maya style with original high ceilings and tiled floors
Delicious Mexican fusion food served on a lovely terrace overlooking the lush gardens - in the evening candle light adds to the magical ambience
Best time to Visit
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The Yucatán Peninsula is hot and humid. The best time to visit is typically during the drier, slightly milder months between November and April. The ‘rainy’ season begins in the south around June and runs until November. Although it can be hotter and more humid at this time of year, usually it only rains for a couple of hours before the weather clears. The wettest months tend to be September and October.
To start planning your holiday to Hacienda San Jose
Hacienda San Jose is a secluded and beautifully restored colonial hacienda outside the Yucatan Peninsula's capital Merida and surrounded by lush tropical jungle and within reach of magnificent Mayan ruins such as Chichen Itza.
Hacienda San Jose, a former grand nobleman's estate, is located 45 minutes from the Yucatan's capital Merida. This gem of a hotel has been restored in a colonial style with stunning pastel blue facades and landscaped gardens.
The 15 rooms have been furnished in a stylish manner evoking the splendour of past eras. Their high ceilings give a spacious feel and their design is an interesting combination of contemporary and traditional styles. The dark, tropical hardwoods of beds and cabinets compliment exposed beams and rafters giving an authentic Mayan ambience.
There is a magnificent swimming pool surrounded by groves of fruit trees and a spa with local Mayan therapists offering traditional healing practices of the Yucatan peninsula to help restore mind, body and soul. At night the stone walls and majestic archways surrounding the hotel’s gourmet restaurant are floodlit to create an intimate dining atmosphere. Here one can enjoy a mouth watering mixture of Mexican and European flavours with many of the ingredients sourced from the haciendas gardens.
Explore the surrounding landscape on horseback or why not visit some of the region's greatest treasures which are within easy reach including the ruins at Uxmal and Chichen Itza and the colonial gem of Izamal.
Almost all guest rooms form part of the fully restored, original buildings that have been adapted to today's needs. Their high ceilings and unique décor evoke the splendour of past eras. A specific restoration project worked to maintain its particular architectural personality by conserving the same spirit that its former owners gave to it. Thus, in some cases, the restoration brings together contemporary and traditional aspects, allowing the new spaces to highlight the artistic and architectural value of the Hacienda's original features.
Most guest rooms feature 18-foot ceilings with exposed beams and rafters, 10-foot wooden double doors, beautiful wooden beds, dark, tropical hardwood cabinets, and cool tile floors. Additionally, large, bulbous pegs in the stonewalls hold woven cotton hammocks, for which Yucatan is famous, allowing you to sleep in the Mayan style.
For an even truer Mayan experience, the Mayan Villas consist of authentic Mayan Palapas transformed into deluxe accommodations. They combine unique Mayan architecture with the modern expectations of today's sophisticated traveller.
Children are welcome to come and stay at Hacienda San Jose. However, there are no specific facilities available for them at the hotel.
Hacienda San Jose has a spa, swimming pool, Jacuzzi, indoor and outdoor dining, a restaurant and beautiful gardens.
Hacienda San Jose's restaurant is found in the old factory buildings with wonderful views of the main gardens. The menu offers a mix of regional and international cuisine.
Hacienda San Jose is a remote hacienda so we do recommend prebooking excursions in advance as the highlights of the region are spread out. Visit fascinating Mayan archaeological sites nearby, enjoy a visit to a cenote or head to one of the cultural villages or towns such as Izamal. Or you can make the most of the spa and pool and just have some relaxation time.
Like its sister hacienda hotels - Temozon, Santa Rosa and Uayamon - Hacienda San Jose is a living flashback to days when the Yucatan was a hive of industrial activity, and, wandering around the hotel, it's easy to imagine the time when the hacienda was alive with agriculture, producing sisal, corn, sugarcane, honey, and fruit. (In those days, of course, the tasteful palette of orange hues and powder blues would have been unnecessarily ornate, and the huge sweep of swimming pool largely redundant). Alongside the modern renovation, parts of the Hacienda have been left artfully distressed - ruinous reminders of bygone days - and the manicured rainbow of a garden is encircled by the jungle wilds, creating the feeling that you've stumbled into some kind of lost city - your own private El Dorado.
Chichen Itza & Private Cenote
A superb experience that combines exploring the archaeological wonders of Chichen Itza, a delicious picnic and relaxation by a beautiful cenote in complete privacy
Coba by Bicycle
Explore one of the Yucatan's less known Maya sites by bicycle, and climb the 120 steps to the top of the Nohoch Mul pyramid temple. Accompanied by a historian guide you will learn about the ruins and natural wonders which can be found at the site.
Cook at Hacienda Tekik
Join a top local chef at Hacienda Tekik de Regil for a course in traditional Yucatecan cuisine that takes you from the roots of the cooking all the way through to learning how to prepare an authentic meal.
Ek Balam & Xchen Cenote
Explore one of the Maya world's less visited complexes, the magnificent Ek Balam, before relaxing by a beautiful cenote in the afternoon.
Stay in the walled city of Campeche or visit for the day and explore its intriguing and colourful streets and the stories and history they hold.
Meander through Merida
Explore the city of Merida, also known as "the white city" and considered the cultural capital of the Yucatan boasting plenty of historic sites and culture.
Merida Private City Tour & Celestun Biosphere Reserve
Visit the Celestun National Park and see an stunning array of wildlife such as white tailed deer, armadillos, crocodiles, and flamingos. Go on a boat ride in the beautiful lagoon and enjoy the beaches and crystalline water.
Out-of-Hours Chichen Itza Private Tour
Rise early to explore the impressive site of Chichen Itza as the sun comes up and before the gates open to the public on this exclusive private experience, allowing you to escape the crowds and make the most of your time at this must-see landmark.
Private Chichen Itza tour
Enjoy a private guided tour of Chichen Itza, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of the 'New 7 World Wonders', a unique place to be discovered! This ancient Mayan capital is the most famous of the archaeological zones in the Yucatan.
Uxmal & Kabah
Visit the impressive archaeolgical site of Uxmal, a World Heritage Site, located 80km south of Merida. See archaeological discoveries at one of the region’s oldest sites while you learn how archaeologists date and restore them.
Uxmal archaeological site & Family Scavenger Hunt
Solve a series of clues and look out for amazing Mayan artefacts on this family scavenger hunt around the archaeological site of Uxmal, its temples and ball courts an impressive reminder of the Mayan empire and its fascinating history.
Originally named after the then Spanish capital city and then relocated to its current area, Valladolid is a wonderful city to explore and offers much in the way of history, culture and natural wonders.
Mexico City, Campeche, Merida & Riviera Maya
from £6200 pp inc flights & transfers for 12 nights
- Perfect for couples or honeymooners interested in exploring authentic Mexico with some beach relaxation
- Soar over the ruins of Teotihuacan in a hot air balloon
- Explore impressive Mayan ruins from Uxmal, Kabah, Chichen Itza & Edzna
Merida & Isla Holbox
from £3900 pp inc flights & transfers for 9 nights
- Relax on the barefoot beaches of Isla Holbox
- Enjoy a stay in a traditional Mexican hacienda
- Snorkel with whale sharks off the coast of Isla Holbox between July and August
Location & directions
Merida, Yucatan Peninsula, Mexico
Hacienda San Jose is located in the heart of the northern Yucatan Peninsula, east of Mérida, the state capital.
How to get there
11-hour international flight to Mexico City, followed by a 2-hour domestic flight to Merida. Hacienda San Jose is a 45-minute drive from the International Airport of Mérida, or a 2-hours 30-minute drive from Cancún.
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