Merida, Yucatan Peninsula, Mexico
At a Glance
The larger and grander of the Yucatan's Starwood haciendas - slightly more formal than San Jose and Uayamon
Lovingly restored hacienda set amid peaceful gardens with gorgeous rooms and suites - think high ceilings with exposed beams, tiled floors, large iron beds and hammocks for relaxing
Much of the original décor and style has been preserved, from the intricately decorated floor tiles to the vibrant red and yellow walls
Conveniently located a few miles from the Pyramids of Uxmal and a great base for exploring Mexico's cultural charms
The suites all have private terraces with plunge pools
Best time to Visit
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Average time to visit
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 Temozon
An exquisitely restored property, Hacienda Temozon is surrounded by lush tropical jungle and is within easy reach of magnificent Mayan ruins and beautiful colonial towns. The grounds at Hacienda Temozon are beautiful and the pool is simply breathtaking.
Hacienda Temozon is the perfect relaxing hideaway, with its large sunlit spaces, colourful archways, beautiful patios, lush gardens, hammocks hanging on the terraces and a majestic swimming pool.
Indulge in a range of rejuvenating spa treatments at the beautiful Hol Be Spa, surrounded by lush sub-tropical jungle and with an soothing candlelit spa cave, featuring pristine massage beds, flower petals, and indigenous spa products. The Hacienda's restaurant with its lovely views of the main gardens, swimming pool and old factory buildings serves dishes that use many ingredients sourced from their own garden. Delicious fresh bread and fresh fish are served daily.
The original character of the historic hacienda has been beautifully preserved and this is evident throughout the rooms and suites. These are set in the original buildings and feature cool tiled floors, high ceilings, exposed beams, stone walls and huge bathrooms with a traditional elegance harking back to colonial times.
Hacienda Temozon is located at the heart of the Yucatan peninsula, making it the perfect base from which to explore many of the fabulous Mayan sites including Uxmal and Mayapan and the extraordinary colonial convents, churches and palaces found all over the region.
Hacienda Temozon has 28 guest rooms and suites set within the original hacienda buildings and ranging from intimate Superior Rooms up to the sumptuous Presidential Suite. The rooms have carefully preserved the original character of the property and feature high ceilings, exposed beams and rafters, cool tile floors, huge iron beds and terraces with hammocks, in addition to modern comforts including LCD TV and CD player. All the suites and some of the superior rooms have plunge pools.
Children are welcome to come and stay at Hacienda Temozon. There are no specific children's facilities available at the hotel, although babysitting, cots and rollaway beds can be arranged on request. Children are sure to love the huge pool in the hacienda's gardens.
Hacienda Temozon has a fantastic swimming pool, set majestically within the hotel gardens, a Jacuzzi, tennis court and the Hol Be Spa in a tranquil setting in the grounds, surrounded by sub-tropical jungle. There is also a bar and a restaurant serving delicious cuisine, featuring many organic ingredients from the gardens, home baked breads and fresh fish brought daily from the coast.
For those looking for something extra special Hacienda Temozon can arrange a private romantic dinner in the hacienda grounds. Hidden away in a secluded location you will be accompanied by twinkling candlelit and the sounds of the birds that frequent the gardens.
Guests at Hacienda Temozon can enjoy swimming, relaxing spa treatments, archaeological walks, tennis and cycling around the grounds or further afield. Visits can also be arranged to the nearby Mayan ruins of Uxmal and Mayapan, the ‘white city’ of Merida, Spanish colonial convents and nature reserves.
Alice Woodford (Staff)
Arriving at Hacienda Temozon, I was met by a gentlemen carrying a tray full of ice cold Jugo Verde (Green Juice) and Agua de Jamaica (Hibiscus Water) and another with many cool, scented towels, an absolute treat in the humidity of Mexico. This Hacienda is a remarkable place, steeped in history and character with handsome rooms furnished to a high spec and an array of relaxing and cultured activities to cater for all. I thoroughly enjoyed my stay here, albeit short, the staff (all from the local town) were wonderful and the food superb. In each room there is a basket containing useful items you might need during your stay, such as mosquito repellent, a thoughtful touch. When the ladies arrived to turn down my room for the night they left me a chocolate treat and a hammock across my room!
Looking down at the shimmering swimming pool - with its four pillars towering pointlessly but beautifully over the water - it's hard to think that barely a century ago Hacienda Temozon was the Yucatan Peninsula's most active plantation, producing hundreds of tonnes of henequen fibre for rope-making. What were once key areas of the hacienda's mini-society (the pharmacy, schoolhouse, workers' sleeping quarters, etc) have been reinvented - in a luxuriously regal fashion - as boutique hotel bedrooms and suites. Grandly proportioned, with 18-foot ceilings, 10-foot wooden double-doors, and sprawling iron beds, the rooms also feature soft, coloured-cotton hammocks as an authentic Mayan alternative to mattress-based snoozing. Despite the stylish renaissance, aspects of the region's rustic roots remain: a donkey-drawn truk takes you around the grounds, across orange fields and to cenotes, the natural rainwater reservoirs in underground caverns that pepper the peninsula. The hotel has built workshops on-site to support the community, and you can see furniture, textiles and other artisan materials being assembled - a flashback to the hacienda's industrious heyday.
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.
Horse Ride to a Cenote
A wonderful horseback ride through the hacienda lands to a beautiful cenote, where you can bathe and enjoy a delicious picnic under the shade of a tree.
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 Bicycle Adventure Tour
Pedal across rugged terrain on this toe-curling mountain biking adventure through Merida before heading underground to explore fascinating caves and swim in crystalline waters in one of the Yucatan's eerily beautiful cenotes.
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.
Truk Tour to the Hacienda's Cenote
Take the truk tour from Hacienda Tomozon's gardens by the pool on a 30-minute donkey led cart ride to the Hacienda's own private cenote.
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.
Family Fun in Mexico
Mexico City, Merida & Riviera Maya
from £5800 pp inc flights & transfers for 11 nights
- A perfect introduction to Mexico for families
- Plenty of activities to keep everyone in the family amused and entertained
- Let your children discover their inner Indiana Jones as they clamber through Mayan ruins and enjoy a scavenger hunt
Location & directions
Merida, Yucatan Peninsula, Mexico
In the heart of the Yucatan Peninsula, south of the states capital, Merida. The Hacienda Temozon is conveniently located a few miles from the Pyramids of Uxmal.
How to get there
11-hour international flight to Mexico City International Airport, followed by a 1-hour 40-minute domestic flight to Merida. Hacienda Temozon is a 35-minute drive south of Merida International Airport.
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