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 45 minute drive from the International Airport of Mérida,
the state capital, lays Hacienda Santa Rosa de Lima.
Santa Rosa, a small Hacienda in the heart of the Yucatán
Peninsula recreates the belle époque of the Mexican
southeast. The 11 rooms and suites are conditioned with
exquisite details and located in the main 18th century
building, surrounded by beautiful gardens.
We invite you to evoke the splendor of past eras, wrapped in
the luxurious amenities and services expected of a five-star
hotel and the personalized service that makes you feel like
being at home. 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.
• 1855 - The first owner was known as Mr. Benito
Montero, a resident of Calkini, Campeche sold Santa Rosa de
Lima in this year to Encarnacion and José Dolores Guzman.
Both brothers set up a partnership to manage Santa Rosa de
Lima and three other Haciendas in the area.
• 1870 - The Guzman brothers decided to dissolve the
partnership and split their properties, leaving José Dolores
with Santa Rosa de Lima.
• 1873 - José Dolores needed to provide collateral
for a $ 4.000 loan so he mortgaged all his Haciendas.
• 1874 - Because of difficulties in meeting his
obligations, the ownership of the mortgaged property was
transferred to young José Dominguez Peon, only 21 years old,
since José Dolores Guzman had borrowed from him.
• 1886 - Santa Rosa de Lima was mortgaged to Manuel
Zapata Bolio for the amount of $ 20.000 pesos.
• 1897 - In this year the first stage of the actual
infrastructure, started under the Dominguez Peon brothers
and Urcelay family management was finished. By this year The
Hacienda had some 90 people living in the community.
• 1889 - José Dominguez had to sell The Hacienda to
his older brother Alfredo Maria de la Trinidad because of
• 1892 - Alfredo Dominguez had to sell The Hacienda
due to economical difficulties. It was purchased by a well
known Hacienda owner, José Antonio Urcelay Peniche. For the
next few years, The Hacienda was owned by Mr. Urcelay until
his death in 1897 leaving Santa Rosa de Lima to his wife,
Guadalupe Martinez de Urcelay.
• 1897 - Santa Rosa de Lima counted in this year with
16 henequén plantations of different ages (young, mature and
old), 363 heads of cattle, 236 cows, 90 bulls, 37 calves, 29
horses (including mares) and 39 mules.
The Hacienda Santa Rosa
de Lima is located on the Yucatán Peninsula, 65 kilometers
from Mérida International Airport. Hidden in a zone whose
cultural wealth is comparable only with its natural
attractions, The Hacienda Santa Rosa de Lima offers not only
an ideal place for resting, but also the possibility of
visiting fascinating Maya ruins, colonial convents and
Rooms and suites are
located in the original buildings that have been fully
restored and adapted to the hotel needs. 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
is famous, to allow their guests to sleep in the Mayan
Style. For those who want to perceive an even more Mayan
experience we invite them to try their "Mayan Villa." An
authentic "Mayan Palapa" which has been transformed into a
deluxe accommodation combining the unique Mayan architecture
with today’s expectations of the highly sophisticated
Each room has its personality with its own charm; decorated
with fresh flowers by the lovely local ladies, dressed with
their hand made, white traditional Mayan dress: the huipil.
exterior plunge pool in all the suites
Private terrace or
garden in all suites and some of the superior
One king or two
Desk (all suites and
some superior rooms)
Wood closets (at
least two in each room)
High speed Internet
in all guestrooms
Air conditioned and
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: One bedroom with a large bathroom
(some of them with a terrace that faces the gardens).
• Junior Suites: One bedroom suite, large bathroom
and a large terrace with plunge pool and private gardens, 2
junior suites share a spacious garden and a private swimming
pool with the deluxe suite.
• Mayan Villa: Very privately located spacious villa
with in its oversized bedroom a "hanging bed" and a day bed
in the bathroom. Furthermore, the villa counts with a large
bathroom, an ample terrace and a plunge pool.
• Deluxe Suites: Very spacious suite with a living
room, a large bathroom and an ample terrace sharing a garden
and pool with two junior suites.
Tour in the
Mini tour through
backgammon, cards, etc.)
and fruit platter at arrival
assistance to prepare your personalized "A la
with hand towels, Kleenex and repellent
AVAILABLE AT EXTRA COST:
Tours to the
archeological sites with driver and/or bilingual
(massages, facials, body treatments and
Romantic dinner in
the gardens of The Hacienda
Surrounded by major
archeological zones and colonial villages (from
to the lesser known sides of
natural reserves (the rare Pink Flamingos in
the cenotes or sink holes and
the Caves of Lol-Tún
or Calcehtok, The Hacienda is the perfect place for cultural
The Hacienda Santa Rosa de Lima is also the perfect place
for activities with mountain bikes and horses available,
hikes can be organized. For relaxation, read a book in the
tranquility of the gardens, stroll around in the botanical
garden of The Hacienda, visit the handicrafts of the village
and learn about the daily life of the locals or take a
relaxing massage in the privacy of your room or in the
garden of your suite.
Botanical Garden of The
Hacienda Santa Rosa de Lima is situated in old installations
of a fruit plantation where the plants are watered by
irrigation channels. The garden has a total extension of
9.200 m² and are planted a total of 239 species distributed
in 67 families and 177 genera.
The main goal of the Garden is to maintain a living
collection of plants, with taxonomic information, Mayan
names, and usages. The Botanical Garden is divided in 10
sections plus a section of propagation. Every section has an
identification code and inside each section every species
has its own ID.
Propagation and composting site
Additional information about the
species can be consulted in the catalogue, where you can
find more detailed information (description, pictures and
detailed usages) about every species on each section.
The mayor collection is the medicinal plants. These species
are divided in four sections according to their uses:
dermatological disorders, digestive disorders, respiratory
diseases and different disorders. The collection has a total
of 166 species that have been reported in the traditional
medicine in the Yucatán Peninsula.
The Botanical Garden also has a collection of plants with
edible fruits. You can find native and introduced species. A
total of 30 species can be observed in this section.
Other important collection is the section of native palms. A
total of 23 native species have been reported in Yucatán
Peninsula, in the garden you can see the 50 per cent of
them. In the Garden are planted 20 species reported as
endemic to the Yucatán Peninsula.
WEDDINGS & HONEYMOONS:
Weddings and Honeymoons
at The Haciendas are simply a unique experience that lasts
The Haciendas have the idyllic venue for small weddings.
Large gardens, the old machine room and the natural
surroundings for their backdrop, are the ideal design for
weddings and other events. With personalized service,
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 the 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.
WEDDING SERVICES ARRANGED BY THE HACIENDAS:
photography, printed itinerary and floral arrangements; plus
organization of day trips for participants.
REQUIREMENTS FOR A LEGAL CIVIL CEREMONY WITH A MEXICAN
Birth certificates, blood
test done in
(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.)
REQUIREMENTS FOR A RELIGIOUS CEREMONY:
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
The Hacienda Santa Rosa de Lima is a perfect place for small
weddings. You can have a Catholic ceremony in the church
that used to be part of The Hacienda and has the same style
and colors as The Hacienda itself just by the entrance of
The relaxation, culture,
magic, friendliness and beautiful landscapes of Santa Rosa
de Lima, puts it into the favorite places for honeymooners.
The exquisite rooms together with our SPA services and food
selections, makes of The Hacienda an extraordinary
experience. Choose the charming Mayan Villa with a very
special architectural design, a hanging bed, private plunge
pool, terrace and all the privacy you dream about.
Special dinner can also be arranged in the comfort of the
room, in the privacy of the garden of your room and also at
most of the areas of The Hacienda. Just imagine your
romantic dinner served in a perfect hideaway where the
grounds are lit by twinkling candles and the only noise you
can hear are the romantic tunes played by a well known
"Trio" or "Trobador."
BÉ THE SPA OF THE HACIENDAS:
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
Much of the ingredients used in the menu is organic and
comes from the gardens of The Hacienda Santa Rosa de Lima or
any of the other Haciendas of the group. Fresh-baked bread,
tortillas and delicious marmalades are made at The Hacienda
and the fresh fish comes from the different coastal villages
you can find at the coast of the state of
There is also a wide selection of fruit juices based on
seasonal fruits from our own garden and herbal teas prepared
with medicinal plants of the botanical garden.
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 Santa Rosa de Lima features a restaurant, that
overlooks a cozy patio, but dining is made even a more
special experience by changing the location of the tables
every night. Have your breakfast by the pool, with a view to
the botanical garden, or in the privacy of the garden of
your suite, your dinner on the terrace of the main house,
decorated with candles, overlooking the open sky with
thousands of stars. Take a close look at the moon and the
shining stars through our telescope.
The menu proposes a blend of regional and international
cuisine. With our chef, Eladio Pat Noh, leading the charge,
he will show you how to fully grasp the gravity of this
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. 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
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
you are guaranteed superb Luxury Collection standards of
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 100 per cent of the employees working at The
Hacienda Santa Rosa de Lima are inhabitants from the village
of Santa Rosa de Lima 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 Santa Rosa de Lima during the
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
Santa Rosa de Lima you can find workshops where local woman
work with henequén or sisal fibers, embroidery and silver.
The workshops in Santa Rosa de Lima 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
Santa Rosa de Lima to become therapists in the Spa of The
Hacienda Santa Rosa de Lima, 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 Santa Rosa de Lima is called "Fundacion
Haciendas del Mundo Maya".
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