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The fact that the Hacienda Temozon was a Starwood Luxury Collection property was a guarantee for an awesome, blissful experience. However, what we found there totally exceeded our expectations. I had always dreamed of spending a weekend in one of the ever -popular luxury haciendas, and it finally happened – well, I made it happen with some friends!-
Located about 1 hour southwest of Merida and about 350km from Cancun – if you take the regular road, as opposed to the highway. Keep in mind that it will take you all day, since you will be fascinated by the small towns that you will find along the way, with their plaza, churches and numerous cenotes, which will invite you to jump into their refreshing water. I always try to take these side roads, as you never know what wonders you may uncover. Also, because once you arrive at the Hacienda Temozon you will never want to leave.
When you arrive and enter those sumptuous gates, you will already feel like you are going into a different dimension, another world; a piece of history of Yucatan which you are going to be part of, as if you were the owner of your own beautiful hacienda. Don’t laugh, it really feels that way! You are welcomed by a smiling concierge who will take care of your car and your bags, while others will show you the way to the check-in area. The registration process will take place in the main area, on a veranda overlooking the beautiful, impeccable gardens, which are even more wonderful if it is raining! I hope you have the chance to experience a rainy afternoon at the hacienda, sipping your tea on the main veranda, while watching the lush vegetation being fed, and glimpsing a huge rainbow. It’s just magical.
The rooms are situated in the east wing of the property, spread throughout the different cloisters of the original buildings, which have been refurbished and named according to their original functions; pharmacy, school or pay house. A lush, tropical garden, in between the buildings, offers you shade and privacy, and the comfortable hammocks there, besides being very comfortable for your reading time, are a cute detail of the local customs. There are only 18 rooms among which you can find Superior, Deluxe Suite, Junior Suite and the bigger Presidential Suite, which was originally home to the master of the hacienda. It’s stunning. The accommodations are all beautiful and fully equipped with high-quality toiletries, Egyptian-cotton bed linen and goose-feather pillows, which you can feel in your sleep, trust me!
At the back of the huge property you can find the famously-portrayed swimming pool, where you can relax and chill out during the day.
In the same spot, you can indulge in an even more relaxing spa treatment. I suggest you ask for a massage in the cenote. It sounds like a unique treat!
At the back of the spa there is a huge garden with an old henequen dry field, where they used to hang out the henequen fibre to dry, before packing it up for distribution. To the left, there is a 3 km trail, where you can do your morning or evening run, and discover another lovely, refreshing cenote.
THINGS TO DO FROM THE HACIENDA TEMOZON
Needless to say, you will have a hard time dragging yourself out of the hacienda, what with it being so beautiful and relaxing. However, it is strategically located in a very fortunate position, in an area rich in natural and historical beauties. In fact, if you are interested in history and archaeology and are fascinated, like me, by Mayan archaeological sites, you will be happy to find the beautiful Uxmal only 45 minutes away, and other settlements of the famous “Ruta Puuc” Sayil, Labna’ and Kabah and ‘’Grutas de Loltun’, close at hand.
If you are a nature lover, like I am, you will in fact appreciate the proximity of the “Grutas de Loltún,” and the “Ruta de los Cenotes”, very popular subterranean bodies of water, which this area is densely populated with. Furthermore, if you happen to visit the town of Homún, you will see young men on the corners of the vast square, in their funny motor-rickshaws, who will offer you tours to visit the cenotes.
The cenote Ik Kil and Chichenitzá are very popular touristic places like “you-cannot-live-without” kinda thing. I partially agree, but I would wholeheartedly suggest you to go very early in the morning, like not later than 8 am, before the crowds come in, so that you can appreciate the grandeur of the most popular mayan site before all the magic is interrupted by the noisy excess of people. It’s inevitable.
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