Hacienda Santa Rosa
- Style Colonial relaxation plantation
- Setting Sleepy Yucatan village
On the Yucatan Peninsula’s Caribbean coast, the Hacienda Santa Rosa hotel is the kind of dreamy hideaway where candlelit dinners are served on an arched, colonnaded terrace patio that overlooks verdant tropical gardens. Located just outside the picturesque city of Merida, the hacienda's sprawling lawns and kitchen-supplying fruit and vegetable garden are dotted with weathered red and blue buildings and private pools for a sense of barely-tamed jungle elegance.
Need to know
- Rooms 11.
- Rates Double rooms from $230.00, 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 Spa treatments, (temperamental) WiFi in the main building. In rooms: TV, CD player, open fireplace, minibar. DVD players are available for a fee.
- Poolside As well as a shallow wading pool stretching across the lawn, Santa Rosa has a deeper pool that reaches underneath part of the main hacienda, allowing you to swim through the arches of the smoky red building into the shady caves beneath.
- Check–out Midday, but flexible depending on occupancy and subject to a $40 charge.
Children Up to two under-12s can stay free in their parents’ room – cots and extra beds are available free; babysitting can be provided with 24 hours’ notice. The extra guest charge for children over 12 or adults is $50.
- Eco‐friendly Hacienda Santa Rosa uses waste water to irrigate its gardens, grows its own fruit and vegetables and its owners are behind the World Haciendas Foundation, which supports henequen rope-making communities in the Mexican southeast.
- Also Smoking is allowed in all rooms.
In the know
- Our favourite rooms We liked the seclusion and spaciousness of the Mayan Villa, as well as the hanging bed, suspended from the ceiling by thick ropes, which gently sways you to sleep. The large terrace is great for lingering breakfasts before a dip in the private plunge pool. Two of the Junior Suites in the main building share an ample private garden and swimming pool with the Deluxe Suite, the hacienda’s largest, which has a living room too. All rooms are decorated in colonial style, with attractive red and cream tile and cotton hammocks enticingly slung across the corner.
- Packing tips A mask and snorkel are essential gear if you plan on exploring the cenotes (underground rivers) at nearby Chochola; otherwise, insect repellent and a good book will help you while away lazy days by the pool.
- Also Ask for a tour of Santa Rosa’s botanical gardens. Spread over 9,200 square metres, the gardens contain a vast assortment of plants used in cooking and medicinal remedies, as well as some rare species.
Food and drink at Hacienda Santa Rosa
- Hotel restaurant Although the restaurant has a grand room indoors for cooler nights, most dining is done on the terrace outside. Gilded black lanterns hang from the beams, illuminating a row of round tables, where guests enjoy mixed Mexican and European cuisine.
- Dress code Linens for lounging, dresses for dining.
- Top table On the front terrace, overlooking the town’s ancient church. Breakfast by the pool beside the botanic gardens.
- Last orders Santa Rosa’s kitchen is open until 10.30pm.
- Room service Restaurant meals can be enjoyed in your room from 7am–10.30pm.
- Hotel bar Although there’s no bar as such, you’re free to enjoy a drink anywhere in the hacienda’s grounds.
Also worth knowing
- Weddings This property is suitable for weddings. More details