- Style Belle époque Mexicana
- Setting Peninsular palm-tree gardens
Once the most productive sisal estate in Yucatan, now the Peninsula’s largest and most luxurious hacienda hotel, Hacienda Temozon is the grand dame of plantation estates in the region. Its cattle-market/rope-making past is still visible in the ruins and artisans’ workshops that line it, and the 17th-century ruby-red architecture still reigns resplendent, but, in terms of service or style, it couldn’t be more up-to-date.
Need to know
- Rooms 28, including nine suites.
- Rates Double rooms from $202.00, excluding tax at 19 per cent. Please note the hotel charges an additional service charge of 5% per room per night on check-out.
- More details Rates exclude breakfast.
- Facilities Heliport, spa, library, tennis court, pool table, TV room, free WiFi in the main buildings. In rooms: CD/MP3 player, hammock, minibar.
- Poolside The hacienda’s glorious pool is one of the hotel’s highlights. Its fountain-fed length stretches across the gardens like a swathe of blue carpet, with four columns rising high out of the water. There are plenty of loungers too.
- Check–out Midday. Later check-out is subject to availability and a charge of $40.
Children Up to two under-12s can share their parents’ room free. Babysitting can be arranged, with a day’s notice. There’s a children’s area in the restaurant. The extra guest charge for children over 12 or adults is $50.
- Eco‐friendly The hotel recycles where possible, reuses water through irrigation and Temozon’s owners are behind the World Haciendas Foundation, which supports henequen rope-making communities in the Mexican southeast.
- Also Smoking is allowed throughout.
In the know
- Our favourite rooms Number 8 got us the most excited, on account of its secluded terrace and the plunge pool that leads off from the large bathroom. Hacienda bedrooms were traditionally designed to be airy rather than light, but rooms 4 and 7 are the hotel’s brightest. Room 7 also has the most extensive garden views, and big, black-and-white-tiled room 4 boasts a plunge pool set in a dainty private garden. La Casa del Patron (the owner’s house) is the largest and most private suite, with a full-size pool fashioned from the Hacienda’s erstwhile cistern and a vast bathroom with a Ticul-stone tub.
- Packing tips Hacienda Temozon’s glam, bordering on regal, atmosphere means that high heels and haute couture aren’t remotely out of place.
- Also The Hol Bé spa (named after the Mayan for ‘open way’ has treatment beds set up in a candlelit underground cavern, where you can experience traditional Mayan massage techniques.
Food and drink at Hacienda Temozon
- Hotel restaurant Overlooking the pool, the Yucatecan restaurant, Casa Principal, blends European and Mexican cuisine in the traditional manner of the region, to produce spicy organic dishes and a range of marmalades and jams.
- Dress code While the devil may care by day, he has more elegant requirements at night.
- Top table For a quirky private dinner in a romantic setting, as staff to set up a candlelit table in the gardens or one of the Hacienda’s tumbledown buildings.
- Last orders Casa Principal’s ovens cool at 10.30pm, when the bar closes too.
- Room service Meals can be served in-room during restaurant hours.
- Hotel bar The hotel’s little bar, Gárgolas, is a quiet spot for enjoying views of the garden over a tamarind margarita. It’s especially attractive when the Hacienda’s illuminated at night.
Also worth knowing
- Weddings This property is suitable for weddings. More details