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HACIENDA TEMOZÓN SUR                                                                 Printer friendly version


In the southeast of México, surrounded by the clear blue waters of the Caribbean and the Gulf of México, lies the Peninsula of the Yucatán, where the great Mayan culture once flourished amidst tropical forests. A 35 minute drive from the International Airport of Mérida, the state capital, lays Hacienda Temozón Sur.

Temozón, a superb residence in the heart of the Yucatán Peninsula recreates the belle époque of the Mexican southeast. The 28 rooms and suites are conditioned with exquisite details and located in the main 16th century building, surrounded by beautiful gardens.

We invite you to evoke the splendor of past eras, developed in the luxurious amenities and services expected of a five-star hotel. Learn about the history, their role in the social context of this ever evolving land, the rich juxtaposition of the ancient and modern cultures. Delight in the flavors of their cuisine, the architectural heritage of their rooms and the archeological zones, colonial villages and the natural reserves that surround The Hacienda.

• 1655 - During this period Temozón Sur was known as an "estancia" and belonged to Don Diego de Mendoza. The Montejo Family was ancestors of the Mendoza Family and Francisco de Montejo was the conqueror of the Yucatán Peninsula and founder of Mérida.
• 1680 - Due to the continuous purchase of surrounding land around the property local from the population of Abalá, Temozón Sur became one of the most important live stock estancias in the area into the first half of the 18th century.

The Hacienda Temozón is located on the Yucatán Peninsula, 38 kilometers from Mérida International Airport. Hidden in a zone whose cultural wealth is comparable only with its natural attractions, The Hacienda Temozón offers not only an ideal place for resting, but also the possibility of visiting fascinating Maya ruins, colonial convents and crystalline cenotes.

Rooms and suites are located in the original buildings that have been fully restored and adapted to the hotel needs. Most rooms have the name of the original use: Pharmacy, school, pay-house, etc. All suites features 18-foot ceilings with inside exposed beams and rafters, narrow, 10-foot-high, wooden double doors; massive iron beds and cabinets made of dark tropical hardwoods, cool tile floors and large bulbous pegs set into the stone walls for hanging the woven cotton hammocks, for which Yucatán is famous, to allow their guests to sleep in the Mayan Style.


  • Private miniature exterior plunge pool in all the suites
  • Private terrace or garden in all suites and some of the superior rooms
  • One king or two double beds
  • Mini bar
  • Desk (all suites and some superior rooms)
  • Direct dial phone
  • Wood closets (at least two in each room)
  • High speed Internet in all guestrooms
  • Safety box
  • Hammock
  • Shower in all rooms
  • Air conditioned and ceiling fans
  • Bathrobes, slippers and daily change of amenities
  • Mini sound system with CD (Mayan Villas)

In addition and according to category the rooms present the following features:
• Superior rooms: Most of these rooms are cabaña style, sharing a central garden/patio with a large plunge pool, two rooms count with bathtub.
• Junior Suites: One bedroom suite, large bathroom and a large terrace with plunge pool and a view to the gardens.
• Deluxe Suites: Very spacious suite with a living room, a large bathroom and with a very ample terrace with plunge pool and a view to the gardens.
• Presidential Suite "Casa del Patron": Ex bedroom of Hacienda owners and now the Master Suite consisting out of a living room, a very extensive bedroom and a spectacular bathroom with a bathtub made of Ticul stone, ample garden with a private swimming pool (the old cistern of The Hacienda) and beautiful teak garden furniture to take sun and enjoy your privacy.


  • Cenotes on premises
  • Mini tour through the property
  • Swimming pools
  • Games (chess, backgammon, cards, etc.)
  • Daily turn-down service
  • Mail services
  • Horseback riding
  • Library
  • Mountain bikes
  • TV room with Cable TV
  • Flower decoration and fruit platter at arrival
  • Room service
  • Professional assistance to prepare your personalized "A la Carte" tours
  • Excursion basket with hand towels, Kleenex and repellent
  • Tennis court


  • Tours to the archeological sites with driver and/or bilingual guide
  • SPA services (massages, facials, body treatments and aromatherapy)
  • High speed Internet
  • Child care/Babysitting
  • Romantic dinner in the gardens of The Hacienda
  • Business services
  • Laundry
  • Private trip by mule cart to cenote "Xaca Mucuhi"

Surrounded by major archeological zones and colonial villages (Uxmal, Chichén-Itzá, Mayapán to the lesser known sides of Oxkintoc, Kabáh, Sayil and Labná), natural reserves (the rare Pink Flamingos in Celestún and Ría Lagartos), the cenotes or sink holes and The Caves of Lol-Tún or Calcehtok, The Hacienda is the perfect place for cultural trips.

The Hacienda is also the perfect place for activities with tennis court, mountain bikes and horses available, trekking and hiking tours can be organized. For relaxation, use the SPA or just relax for a while at the edge of the beautifully designed and very well located swimming pool.

If you wish to see The Hacienda Temozón as in the old times, they will take you on a small tour on The Hacienda grounds in a small train which is pulled by a donkey or a mule, visiting the orange fields and a cenote nearby.

Weddings and Honeymoons at The Haciendas are simply a unique experience that lasts forever.

The Haciendas have the idyllic wedding venue. Large gardens, the old machine room and the natural surroundings for their backdrop, are the ideal design for weddings and other events. With luxurious accommodations, facilities and amenities for guests, The Haciendas are a totally different and unique alternative for a wedding venue.

After the first contact with their staff, who will provide you all possible help to make this an extraordinary experience, the magic landscape of The Hacienda, the friendly staff and the relaxing atmosphere, you will have enough reasons to choose The Haciendas as the perfect place for your wedding. Each wedding is tailor-made to suit the groom and bride needs and expectations. Their staff is highly experienced on catering and planning.

Music, video, photography, printed itinerary and floral arrangements; plus organization of day trips for participants.

Birth certificates, blood test done in Mérida (max. 15 days prior to wedding) and Visa (Tourist Card) you receive upon entering México. (Note: For a legal wedding which is also recognized in the United States and Canada there can be no exceptions in these requirements.)

Birth certificates, baptism certificates and a letter to the Arch Bishop of Mérida from your church’s minister giving permission and blessing. (Note: Original documents should be with the local Mexican church minister at least two months before the religious wedding.)

The relaxation, culture, magic, friendliness and beautiful landscapes of Temozón, puts it into the favorite places for honeymooners. The exquisite rooms together with our SPA services and food selections make of Hacienda an extraordinary experience.

Special dinner can also be arranged in the comfort of the room and also at most of the areas of The Hacienda. Just imagine your romantic dinner served in a perfect hideaway were the grounds are lit by twinkling candles and the only noise you can hear, is the sound of the more than 50 species of birds that live on the property or the romantic tunes played by a well known "Trio" or "Trobador."

Surrounded by dense tropical jungle and exotic wildlife this secluded and beautifully restored Hacienda is possibly the most intimate and exclusive atmosphere where guests are invited to distance themselves from the outside world.

The term "Hol Bé" comes from the Mayan language and translates as "Open Way or Opening the Way in the forest" which sets the mood for the unique calming experience within the SPA. Helping to preserve the ancient Mayan healing practices of the Yucatán Peninsula, a select group of the local Mayan therapists have been carefully chosen to provide the special treatments and services offered in the SPA. Several of the therapist’s ancestors were authentic Mayan "Sobadores" or so called "bone healers" and throughout generations handed down techniques and treatments only found in the Mayan world. Their hands and magical restorative spirit help to restore health, energy and beauty in a holistic ambience.

Dedicated to pampering guests in a restful retreat in harmony with nature, The Spas at The Haciendas are based on "high-touch, low tech" concept that celebrates the human touch and use of natural, often indigenous, spa products.

Maya plan: Two energetic Mayan massages of 50 minutes.
Seaweed wrap: A therapy that surrounds your body with seaweed rich in olio elements that help to clean your body from toxins and relax and also revitalizes your skin. During this treatment you receive a relaxing head massage. The therapy ends with the application of a hydrating cream with a light massage of the entire body.
Mayan energy massage: A combination of several Mayan techniques, including a Mayan prayer of health and well-being that harmonizes your vital energy with the universal energy in a mystic ritual achieving a deep relaxation, peace and health in your body, mind and spirit.
Back massage: Relaxing massage that releases tension and muscular pain in your neck, shoulders and back.
Aromatherapy body scrub: A superb treatment beginning with a deep body scrub of botanical salts combined with aroma therapeutic essence oils that will help remove dead skin cells, stimulating circulation and leaving your skin with a healthy glow. This treatment finishes with the application of a hydrating body cream.

Swimming pool

"Zazil Ha" plan, an ancient Maya energizing treatment starting with a relaxing foot massage and continuing with an exfoliating treatment using totally natural ingredients derived from flowers and honey. The entire body is vigorously massaged to remove dead skin cells. This is followed by an invigorating shower, a rub to detoxify your skin and is finished with a soft and relaxing massage with moisturizing oils. This full body treatment lasts for 125 minutes.

The culinary delights of a typical Yucatecan kitchen come from a mouth watering mixture of European and Mexican flavors (Mestizo Cuisine). A bit of history will explain this strong European influence. Once upon a time the Yucatecan Peninsula was considered to be too far away and too difficult to reach from the rest of México. Mountainous terrain and very poor roads kept the peninsula isolated. Having ports with commercial and cultural contacts with Europe, (especially France), New Orleans, Cuba and Arab immigrants, the Yucatecans were easily influenced by many aspects of these countries and cultures, such as dress, architecture and cooking, which explains why there is a lot of European flare in its cuisine.

Much of the ingredients used in the menu is organic and comes from the gardens of Hacienda Temozón or any of the other Haciendas of the group. Fresh-baked bread is “made at The Hacienda” and the fresh fish comes from the different coastal villages you can find at the coast of the state of

Ingredients first used by the Maya include corn, beans, tomatoes, chiles, squash, chaya (a Spinach-like plant), avocado and achiote (annatto). The Spaniards introduced citrus fruit-limes and Seville oranges feature in many dishes, chicken, beef, dairy products, coriander, garlic, olives, oregano and rice. Pork, chicken and turkey are widely used in Yucatecan recipes, usually in conjunction with recados, which may contain achiote, Seville orange juice, pepper and chiles.

The Hacienda Temozón features the "Casa Principal" Restaurant, overlooking the breathtaking main gardens, the swimming pool and the old factory buildings. The menu proposes a blend of regional and international cuisine. With our master chef, Orlando Euan, leading the charge, he will show you how to fully grasp the gravity of this emblematic cuisine. He elides nothing offering all his secrets and your culinary knowledge and skills will blossom under his guidance. Orlando's cuisine will melt in your hearts.

Once you arrive at The Hacienda do not forget to ask your host for their "Romantic Dinner" arrangements, just imagine your dinner for two served in a perfect hideaway were the grounds are lit by twinkling candles and the only noise you can hear is the sound of the more than 50 species of birds that live on the property. They can also take care of regional romantic music arrangements, the well known "Trio" or "Trobador," just for the two of you.

Imagine a uniquely creative event. From an elegant dinner with twinkling candles and torches in the old machine room to a dinner in the middle of a Mayan Community held in the magnificent main gardens of The Hacienda.

Add their sales executive with the imagination and innovation to ensure the event exceeds all expectations. People who can collaborate with you in planning the ideal incentive experience.

Then picture all this in the luxurious surroundings of one of The Haciendas in the Yucatán Peninsula, México. Each a prime location with its own distinctive style, offering a wide range of ideas for your special events and incentive travel. A colonial city or a historical resort, the choice is yours. And with every Hacienda from
Hacienda San José Cholul in Yucatán to Hacienda Puerta Campeche in the city of Campeche you are guaranteed superb Luxury Collection standards of service.

At The Haciendas the range of ideas and the variety of locations means every event taste can be catered for.

We believe that you deserve much more than just another ordinary event. So you can be sure that whichever Hacienda you choose, with whatever extraordinary event you ask us to stage, your stay will be characterized by just that little bit extra. Extra creativity, extra professionalism, extra enthusiasm. All in true The Haciendas style.

The Henequén Haciendas were subjects of complex disputes over ownership. Over time, they were broken up and gradually abandoned, leaving many of the families of The Hacienda communities who depended for so many years on the "green gold" economy, without work. The result was a high rate of unemployment leaving the following generations without a chance for a better future in the rural area of the Yucatán.

One of the most note-worthy aspects around the reconstruction and opening of The Haciendas as hotels was the social implications of hiring and training of local workers, first in the construction work and later on in hotel positions. These were permanent positions offering better conditions than other employment in the area and gave concrete opportunities for advancement for the inhabitants. Currently 90 per cent of the employees working at The Hacienda Temozón are inhabitants from the village of Temozón Sur or one of the other villages nearby. Another interesting fact is that the majority of the employees are descendents or relatives of the people who worked at The Hacienda Temozón during the Henequén period.

The revitalization of The Hacienda has also resulted in the development of a series of social projects. The main purpose of these projects was to create new activities for the local inhabitants that for different reasons were not able to work in the hotel. These projects were primarily focused on the rich cultural traditions that can still be found in most of the Mayan communities in the peninsula such as handicrafts and other manual arts.

The inhabitants of the village who volunteered to participate in the project were not only trained in producing goods, but were encouraged to use regional natural elements and traditional methods. They also received support with the construction of their workshops from the foundation that started the project. The majority of their produce is purchased by The Hacienda for different purposes such as turn down gifts, amenities for the bathroom and items to sell to guests in The Hacienda store. In the village of Temozón you can find workshops where they work with Henequén or Sisal fibers, broidery, cow horn and the sowing of traditional dresses called huipiles. In Hacienda Ochil, located ten minutes from Temozón Sur, you can find goods made from silver, henequén or sisal fibers, wood and stone carvings. The workshops in Temozón are beside the village schools and shops and the villagers and guests of The Haciendas mix in a very interesting and unique way.

Another very important initiative completed early in 2004 was the employment and training of local inhabitants of Temozón Sur to become therapists in the Spa of The Hacienda Temozón, several of them with ancestors who were authentic Mayan "sobadoras" or "bone healers." Again, this was a way of creating opportunities for locals, especially women, who would never have had the chance to do this type of work and earn a living.

The foundation that today is responsible for the coordination, financing and supervision of all the social projects in the community of Temozón Sur is called "Fundación Haciendas del Mundo Maya".

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Yucatan, Abala, Hotel Hacienda Temozon, Main Entrance 1 - Photo by German Murillo-Echavarria 0405

Main Entrance at The Hacienda Temozón

Yucatan, Abala, Hotel Hacienda Temozon, Pool - Photo by The Haciendas
Pool at The Hacienda Temozón
Yucatan, Abala, Hotel Hacienda Temozon, Room, Junior Suite - Photo by The Haciendas
Room at The Hacienda Temozón
Yucatan, Abala, Hotel Hacienda Temozon, Room, Presidential Suite, Bedroom - Photo by The Haciendas
Presidential Suite at The Hacienda Temozón
Yucatan, Abala, Hotel Hacienda Temozon, Garden - Photo by German Murillo-Echavarria 0405
Garden at The Hacienda Temozón
Yucatan, Abala, Hotel Hacienda Temozon, Front Terrace - Photo by German Murillo-Echavarria 0405
Front Terrace at The Hacienda Temozón
Yucatan, Abala, Hotel Hacienda Temozon, Patio - Photo by German Murillo-Echavarria 0405
Patio at The Hacienda Temozón
Yucatan, Abala, Hotel Hacienda Temozon, Spa, Treatment - Photo by The Haciendas
SPA at The Hacienda Temozón
Yucatan, Abala, Hotel Hacienda Temozon, Spa in the Cenote- Photo by German Murillo-Echavarria 0405
Cenote-SPA at The Hacienda Temozón
Yucatan, Abala, Hotel Hacienda Temozon, Entrance at night - Photo by The Haciendas
Entrance at night at The Hacienda Temozón
Yucatan, Abala, Hotel Hacienda Temozon, Pool at Night - Photo by The Haciendas
Pool at Night at The Hacienda Temozón
Yucatan, Mukuyche, Cenote Kankirixche - Photo by The Haciendas

Transportation to Cenote Kankirixche at The Hacienda Temozón

Yucatan, Abala, Hotel Hacienda Temozon, Room, Superior, Terrace - Photo by German Murillo-Echavarria 0405
Room Terrace at The Hacienda Temozón
Yucatan, Abala, Hotel Hacienda Temozon, Logo - Photo by The Haciendas