In the southeast of México,
bathed by the clear blue waters of the Caribbean and the
Gulf of México, lies the peninsula of Yucatán, where the
great Mayan culture once flourished amidst tropical forests.
At a 45 minutes drive from the International Airport of
Mérida, the state capital, and two and a half hours drive by
is where you find Hacienda San José Cholul.
San José Cholul is a smaller more private Hacienda located
south east of
The 15 rooms and suites are conditioned with exquisite
details and located around the main 18th 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.
The Hacienda was built in
the XVI Century (1549) The land on which The Hacienda San
José Cholul was founded was part of two different holdings:
The holding of Calcalchén, assigned in this year to
Francisco Tamayo Pacheco, and the holding of Tixkokob, which
was owned since the start by a cousin of Francisco de
Montejo until it became in the hands of Martin de Palomar.
The Hacienda San José
Cholul 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 San José Cholul offers not only an
ideal place for resting, but also the possibility of
visiting fascinating Maya ruins, colonial convents and
Almost all guest rooms
form part of the original building that have been fully
restored and adapted to the hotel needs, their high ceilings
and unique décor evoke the splendor of past eras. A specific
restoration project had been developed to express its
particular architectonic personality by conserving the same
spirit that its former and original owners gave it. Thus, in
some cases, the restoration of buildings brings together
both contemporary and traditional aspects and the new spaces
and elements serve above all to highlight the artistic and
architectonic value of The Haciendas original features.
Most of the rooms features 18-foot ceilings with inside
exposed beams and rafters, narrow, 10-foot-high, wooden
double doors, beautiful wooden 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
For those who want to perceive an even more Mayan experience
we invite them to try the "Mayan Villas". Authentic "Mayan
Palapas" which have been transformed into deluxe
accommodations combining the unique Mayan Architecture with
today's expectations of the highly sophisticated traveler.
Definitely a unique experience in a unique place.
exterior plunge pool in all the suites
Private terrace or
garden in all suites and some of the superior
One king or two
Wood closets (at
least two in each room)
Cable TV in all
High speed Internet
in all guestrooms
Air conditioned and
and daily change of amenities
Mini sound system
with CD (Mayan Villas)
Desk (all suites and
some superior rooms)
In addition and according to
category the rooms present the following features:
One bedroom with a large bathroom and with a terrace
that faces the gardens.
One bedroom Suite, large bathroom and a large terrace
with plunge pool and a view to the gardens.
Very privately located spacious villa with in its
oversized bedroom a "hanging bed” and a day bed.
Furthermore, the villa counts with a large bathroom, an
ample terrace and a plunge pool facing its private
Presidential Suite "Casa
del Patron": Ex bedroom of Hacienda owners located
in the old main house and now our Master Suite
consisting out of a living room, a very extensive
bedroom and a spectacular bathroom, 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.
Mini tour through
backgammon, cards, etc.)
with hand towels, Kleenex and repellent for each
Professional assistance to prepare your
personalized "A la Carte" tours
and fruit platter at arrival
AVAILABLE AT EXTRA COST:
(massages, facials, body treatments and
Romantic dinner in
the gardens of The Hacienda
Tours to the
archeological sites with driver and/or bilingual
Surrounded by major
archeological zones and colonial villages like
(one hour 15 minutes drive),
and natural reserves (the rare Pink Flamingos in
the historical "yellow" city of
and The Hacienda Aké, were you still can see how they worked
the Sisal fibers in the glorious days, The Hacienda is the
perfect place for cultural day trips.
The Hacienda is
also the perfect place for the guests seeking recreation,
mountain bikes and horses are available, hikes can be
organized. For relaxation use the SPA services, The Hacienda
offers or just relax for a while at the border of the
beautiful designed and very well located swimming pool.
Weddings and Honeymoons
at The Haciendas are simply a unique experience that lasts
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
After the first contact with the staff at The
Hacienda, 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 in catering and planning.
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.)
WEDDING AT HACIENDA SAN JOSÉ CHOLUL:
If you promise to relax
while enjoying the healing hands of a skilled masseuse, sip
cocktails under seemingly airbrushed skies and cherish each
and every moment you spend along the Yucatán Peninsula, then
say "I do" at The Hacienda San José Cholul and its exclusive
Mayan Symbolic Wedding Ceremony.
Whether you arrive
to march down the aisle or simply wish to strengthen your
vows, this unique package has all the amenities to firmly
tie the knot. Included in the package are his and her
ceremonial preparations, which provide both the bride and
groom with a tender touch massage. The bride further enjoys
assistance with putting the finishing touches on her huipil,
a traditional Mayan dress. The groom then joins her in his
guayabera, a traditional Yucatecan shirt for men, before the
two exchange vows in the resort's private chapel. After the
traditional Mayan symbolic ceremony, the new Mr. & Mrs. slip
away to enjoy cocktails in the gardens complete with
serenading Mayan guitars. Also included in the package are
the talents of a photographer, a photo album and a
post-nuptial newlywed dinner.
Preparation of the bride: 30
minutes massage and a regional Mayan wedding dress (Huipil)
Preparation of the groom: 30
minutes massage and a typical yucatecan shirt for men (Guayabera)
Mayan symbolic ceremony in
the private chapel of The Hacienda San José Cholul,
decorated with original painted murals and flowers
Mayan Children choir dressed
with typical regional yucatecan clothes (during the
A toast in the garden for
bride and groom
One hour of Mayan guitars
A folkloric ballet
presentation (30 minutes)
One album with 20 Photos
HOL BÉ, THE
SPAS 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.
“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 (A couples massages in
the privacy of your room)
Mayan energy massage
therapeutic massage (relieves muscular and bone
“Hol Bé” 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 Hacienda San José Cholul 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
only 45 minutes from The Hacienda.
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 San José Cholul features the Restaurant,
overlooking the breathtaking main gardens and located within
the old factory buildings. The menu proposes a blend of
regional and international cuisine. With our master chef,
Reyes Santos, 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. Reyes
Santos 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 local
"Trio," 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 Hacienda 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 and 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 San José Cholul are inhabitants from the villages
nearby like Calcalchén, Euan and Tixkokob.
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 villages 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 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.
Another very important initiative completed early in 2004
was the employment and training of local inhabitants to
become therapists and offer their services at The Hacienda
San José Cholul, 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 is called "Fundación Haciendas del Mundo Maya."
For more information
reservations, availability and bookings, please contact us