It was very much important to me to explore a lesser visited region of the Yucatan Peninsula on a recent vacation. It’s common for people to travel to the east side, with Cancun and Riviera Maya being usual tourist retreats, but what about the west side? I wanted to go to a lesser known area and discover beautiful hotels and attractions that weren’t swarmed by tourists. It led us to a trip of four days in the west area of the Yucatan Peninsula of Mexico, with Two Wonderful Days at Starwood Hacienda Temozon Yucatan Mexico.
Hacienda Temozon Review and Photos
We arrived to the area via airplane, to Merida International Airport. (Airport code MID.) It was simple to rent a car from there and drive the hour or so journey south to Hacienda Temozon part of The Luxury Collection of Starwood. We felt safe and secure driving in the west area of the Yucatan throughout our stay. The hotel is past a small village after a drive on highways and through some rural areas. You’ll surely be it the right place if you follow all the signs and directions. Signs even specifically mark where to locate the hotel.
A low fenced-in area with a gated entrance to the hotel welcomes you in and you see the beautiful scene below as a twisted ficus tree frames the walkway to the grand staircase of the hotel’s main building.
Hacienda Temozon is a historic hacienda, or estate, with a 350 year history. It is also a member of the World Heritage Alliance, in partnership with UNESCO World Heritage sites. It is a hotel that supports sustainable tourism (and so do we!).
We were welcomed by the resort staff in an inviting covered outdoor seating area, pictured below. We gladly accepted cold and refreshing welcome beverages. Though we arrived a few hours prior to check-in time, which is at 3:00pm, and were informed our room was not ready for us to inhabit quit yet, we were free to enjoy the resort. We gladly obliged and explored it’s various spaces. We ended up at the restaurant where we decided to fill our travel-hungry bellies!
The main building is very open-air, with rooms flowing from one doorframe to the next. A parlor type public space, seen above, complete with couches and various games like checkers and chess drew me in with its checkerboard floor. It connects to the restaurant, the only one at the resort. They serve breakfast, lunch and dinner there, until 10:30pm.
We enjoyed so much of the native food that I believe anyone would love. I adored the ceviche, tacos, morning plantain and egg options, pastries and more. It was especially joyful to relax with a cup of coffee in the morning and listen to the birds chirping as we gazed out to the pool.
Hacienda Temozon was a livestock farm in the 17th century then, more recently in the 19th century as the need for rope in the U.S. grew, a sisal farm and factory. (Sisal is derived from agave plants and is used in making strong rope, which we learned at the resort.) We saw a few agave plants there! The evidence of the sisal factory is certainly still visible, especially where metal tracks lay for use with donkey-pulled vehicles like the one below. They still work!
One of my favorite things about the resort was their activity options. They have just enough options to feel like you have plenty to do but not be overwhelmed with choices. You will not feel at all guilty simply relaxing and enjoying the property.
- Cooking class: We enjoyed a cooking class while we were there set in the prettiest scene: within the wild foliage of a well kept jungle!
- Cenote visit with a Shamen: Our visit to a private, on-property cenote, about a thirty minute donkey-drawn carriage ride away, blew our minds. We were enamored with the Mayan culture and overjoyed to be experiencing an intimate ceremony with one of the 48 remaining trained Shamens of his kind. It was beneficial to have a translator there as well, which was included in the experience. (See my post about The Most Romantic Things to do in the Yucatan Peninsula on the Department of Wandering for more about this activity.)
- Spa treatment: There is a smaller cenote closer to the main property of the resort that they use for spa experiences. It’s a very unique location to enjoy some pampering.
- Private guided tours: Arrange a private tour with the help of the hotel staff. Tour with an archeologist, historian or field expert.
- Relax: There are so many great options for rest and relaxation at the resort. Enjoy the pool, lounge on a hammock, or sip a cold beer on the front colonnade area at the main building. If you have a private plunge pool at your room take advantage of that as well. We sure did!
- Play games: They own many board games and even have a billiard table for guest enjoyment.
- Walk the resort trails: The property is truly breathtaking. Don’t forget to walk the property a bit no matter what your schedule is – and bring your camera! There are so many photo opportunities.
There are less than 40 rooms at Hacienda Temozon. It was nice not to feel like the hotel was packing in guests; it’s intimate size is one of the reasons we felt strongly connected to the property. Its scale allowed us to quickly familiarize ourselves with it and not be overwhelmed by the amount of rooms or people there.
We happily checked into our impressive room at 3:00pm after our delicious lunch. Our plush and comfortable queen size bed was the true mark of a Starwood resort. I have to admit we indulged in a little afternoon nap!
Our room included the following features:
- Indoor hammock
- Fresh bottles of water, replenished daily
- Air conditioning
- Ceiling fans
- Bath products (including shampoo, conditioner and shower gel)
- Shower cap, shoe shining cloth, and nail file
- Hair dryer
- Facial mirror
- Mini bar
- iHome docking station and radio
- Additional seating in a living room area
- Plunge pool (with bath salt)
- Divided screened in windows so we could open the top half, bottom half or both
- Closet and drawers, with hangers
- High ceilings
It was a treat to have turn down service that left us sweets each night. I was very excited to come back to our room one evening to votive candlelight, the perfect size cake square and coloring book with colored pencils. It was truly a special touch.
**Note not every room is the same.**
We enjoyed exploring the area one of the two days we were there. (It’s certainly a good idea to leave at least one day to enjoy the resort, if not more.) Some nearby sites include:
- Merida: This is the major city where the airport is, about an hour to an hour and a half drive from Hacienda Temozon.
- Uxmal: We loved going to these ruins! It was approximately a 45 minute drive to this historic site of Mayan ruins.
- Choco-Story: This museum is across the road from Uxmal and worth a visit. It recounts the history of the region through the importance of cocoa during many centuries.
My Hacienda Temozon review conclusion is it’s truly a wonderful resort to make your destination. Be sure to check Starwood points opportunities if you’re an SPG member.
Please note: we thank Hacienda Temozon for generously hosting us. All the opinions in the post are ours and we bring you genuine content with real facts, photos and thoughts. Always.
Heading to Mexico? Also check out:
- 6 Unique Foods You Need to Try in Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula
- The Best of the West Yucatan: Where to Eat, Play and Stay
Have you been to the Yucatan Peninsula?