The state of Yucatan, in the south of Mexico, is a state that holds immense history, natural treasures, amazing cuisine and vast cultural assets. Throughout the years, Yucatán has been able to preserve some of these cultural and historical properties, such as the Haciendas.
Haciendas are large estates commonly found along the country, built by the Spanish back in the 16th century and these were an important element of the economic system.
In Yucatan, Haciendas were mainly dedicated to farming, henequen and sisal production. These became symbols of wealth and culture, and today, certain have been recovered, restored and revived; some were turned into beautiful boutique hotels, others are event venues, restaurants and so on.
Their architecture, colonial charm and style have become attractive for visitors and the following are five of the Haciendas of Yucatan worth visiting:
• Hacienda Chichén
The first Hacienda in the state that was turned into a hotel, nowadays this estate is known as an exclusive Eco-Spa Resort. It has a peaceful and romantic ambiance. At this resort one can enjoy Maya Spa treatments and relax among its beautiful gardens and luxe amenities.
Original Image: “Hacienda Chichén” by mystuart, used under CC BY-NC-ND 2.0 license, via Flickr.
• Hacienda Sacnicte
Located in the Magic Town of Izamal, this is a secluded and luxurious Hacienda with just a few suites available. This Hacienda is an amazing place to hold a wedding or special event as the place has every little detail down to perfection.
• Hacienda San José Cholul
In this Hacienda you will truly feel back in history as every room and suite has been designed to respect the original disposition of the colonial style. The space has a beautiful contrast with antique and modern features, surrounded by lush gardens.
• Hacienda Santa Rosa de Lima
An old henequen Hacienda that has some of its original features; it has beautiful paint details in every corner and luxurious and charming accommodations. The staff cares for every little detail, such as fresh flowers in every room. It has a central pool and also semi-private pools to enjoy a refreshing swim.
• Hacienda Temozón
A former 17th century farming estate that became a henequen Hacienda in the second half of the 19th century. Years later it was recovered and transformed into a gorgeous place where to stay and eat. Its 28 rooms and suites respect the colonial style but also offer calm and relaxing ambiance.
Yucatan is an ideal place where to visit beautifully restored and maintained Haciendas and the ones on this list are just a few of the many Haciendas found in the state. The next time you visit Yucatan be sure to revive colonial times, today.