Hacienda Santa Rosa
Santa Rosa is a first class, beautifully restored hacienda offering luxury countryside accommodation within easy reach of Mérida and Celestún.
This romantic restored colonial Hacienda Santa Rosa in the western part of the Yucatán Peninsula shelters behind huge gates on the edge of a small village.
During the colonial period this was a cattle ranch, before switching to specialise in the production of dye-wood. Abandoned, it fell into disrepair until the 17th century buildings were converted into blissful luxury accommodation, with vast guest rooms featuring lofty ceilings, gleaming tiled floors and polished antique furniture.
Tropical foliage spills over retained walls and stone pools in a much-loved landscaped garden of flowering plants and orchards. There’s a gorgeous pool and an al fresco restaurant under the arches of the main house and a candle-lit library.
Many of the original features have been incorporated into the design, and with the understated décor a rustic-chic effect is created; but there is no denying that the property also evokes the affluence of the old days.
What our clients say
97% of our clients rated their experience with us as Excellent or Good.
Highlights: A day trip we took to Xel-ha where we swam with dolphins. Also, the visits to the main piramids, such as UxmalEP Royal Oak
Highlights: San Cristobal was lovely. Chichen Itza was very impressive. Merida was fun in the evenings.AC, West Byfleet
Most memorable experience: “Difficult to single out any particular aspect. The holiday was an excellent blend of history and culture, along with a final day to relax on the coast. We had time to explore on our own (important in the case of Chichen Itza where the timing of the guided tour on our arrival meant we were part of a vast circus of visitors).SR Borehamwood
Uxmal and Kabah archaeological sites, Mexico City Very enjoyable, despite the tropical rain storm. Our guide was excellent.DC Nottingham
Uxmal and Kabah: Much quieter than Chichen Itza but therefore more enjoyable.JF Bishops
Best experience: “Chichen Itza. That was the reason for making the trip and it lived up to its expectations. I also loved the snorkelling in Azumal. It was spectacular.TH Sweeden
Most memorable experience: The live music in Merida, Izmal, Edzna and Campeche.JS Winscombe
Enjoyed the fact that the cenotes we visited were far from the tourist circuit and had not been turned into themed experiences.SR, Borehamwood
"A highlight was the street dancing and music in Mérida, what a lively city!"Ms, Cambridge
Most memorable experience: We stayed in varied and interesting places and learnt a lot about Mayan culture. The day out to Bonampak and Yaxchilan was outstanding. However, we also arranged 2 bird watching activities for ourselves and 2 further excursions to archaeological sites which we enjoyed arranging on the ground. Having the free time to improvise in this way was enjoyableAD, Reading
Highlights:- We liked the variety of our trip - ancient Mayan ruins, real Mexican towns and people, and beautiful beaches. It was wonderful to access Chichen Itza from the grounds of Mayaland Resort and get in there early and before it was too hot without any crowds. We loved swimming in Dzitnup Cenote.PR, Brentwood
Most Memorable Moment: Street dancing and music in Merida, what a lively city!MS, Cambridge
"Uxmal - I loved everything about that day trip, the company of Raul, we learned a lot about Mexico with him, the food as he took us to a nice place but most of all he was able to understand that we were a kind of slow paced people and he gave us plenty time."AS, Chiswick
Most memorable experience?: It's impossible to pick any individual aspect; but a number of experiences stood out: the visit to the "voodoo" church at St Juan Chamula (extraordinary and unexpected), the visit to the shrine of the Madonna of Guadalupe on the way to Teotihuacan in Mexico City (similar, and helped understand Mexican history), Palenque (the most beautiful and atmospheric of the pre-hispanic sites), and swimming in the three cenotes at Cuzama near Merida, which we arranged ourselves.AR Gospel Oak
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