Starwood Hotels owns or operates more than 1,000 hotels in more than 100 countries. Fewer than 90 of those are part of the hotel giant’s elite Luxury Collection and only five of those are part of The Haciendas group in southern Mexico.
These luxury hacienda hotels are housed in what were once the grand homes of the owners of sisal plantations which supplied natural plant fibers to the rope and twine making industry in the late 18th and early 19th centuries. When sisal was pushed aside in favor of cheaper and stronger synthetic materials most of these haciendas were abandoned and fell into ruin.
A few have been saved and restored, however, including the five haciendas that make up the Starwood Haciendas group. We recently stayed at all five of these atmospheric and history-filled hotels and here’s some photographic temptation.
Presidents and celebrities have stayed at Hacienda Temozon.
Hacienda Uayamon is the most remote and the most sprawling of these hacienda hotels with stand-alone rooms dotted throughout its lush setting.
Hacienda San Jose
Hacienda San Jose is less than an hour away from the city of Merida and has just 15 rooms which ring a large garden and an open-air restaurant.
Hacienda Santa Rosa
Hacienda Santa Rosa was the most feminine of the haciendas with lots of color and intricate decorative painting throughout, some of it original.
Hacienda Puerto Campeche
Hacienda Puerto Campeche isn’t actually a hacienda at all. Rather, it’s a series of buildings which were used to store sisal once it was brought from outlying haciendas into the city of Campeche.
For full details about these luxury hacienda hotels, read our full profile of The Haciendas for iTraveliShop.
Definitely the most amazing range of Hacienda’s I’ve seen! We have used Hacienda Arango just out of Merida for our own photoshoot for our hammocks. They make for amazing photo settings. Wishing you good travels.