One of the things we love about Merida is the mix of experiences you can have, old world or new, quiet and contemplative or exuberant and energetic. Hacienda San Jose Pachul fits in beautifully with this dual personality. Part historic hacienda (the main building is the former machine room where the hennequen was processed), part Barragan-inspired modern retreat, this small hotel was one of the great finds on our recent visit. Just enough off the beaten track to make it feel like we were in the middle of nowhere, yet within a short drive of Celestun, Sisal, Merida and the Ruta Puuc, staying at HSJP was more like visiting friends in their country house than staying in a hotel. The road in from the highway was a little rough, be prepared if you have a horrid little rental car, but we loved it! It immediately transported us into a different frame of mind and brought back wonderful memories of childhood trips to our family cottage. Richard and Jose, who were waiting for us in the parking area, truly were the perfect hosts, adept at knowing when we wanted to chat or when we wanted to just sit and enjoy the views out over the endless trees. Feel like a tour of the gardens? Richard is there. Feel like lounging by the pool with a fabulous banana colada (made with bananas grown on the property)? Jose is there. Or feel like retreating to a hidden corner, listen to the birds and daydream and you would swear you have the place entirely to yourself. The food was some of the best we have had in Merida, not overly complicated and trying to impress, just made with fresh, local ingredients, stunningly presented and absolutely delicious. And you can go just for lunch if you make a reservation, fantastic if you are doing Celestun in the morning but are tired of fried fish! There are only two generous sized guest rooms, one designed in a more classic colonial fashion and the other in a somewhat modernist feel, both with fantastic bathrooms and private courtyards, both very comfortable. But perhaps our favourite spot was the rooftop terrace with the gorgeous feature wall of original stucco, if only we could take that home as a souvenir! Watching the sun set, having a glass of wine with our hosts, gazing at the millions of stars that appeared as the sky darkened, we could have slept right there on the terrace. Truly a perfect experience and one we can not recommend enough. We only wish we had been able to stay for three or four days! Oh well, next time!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Welcome to Hacienda San Jose Pachul. Hidden in the peaceful countryside of Yucatan, Mexico, Hacienda San Jose Pachul is a unique retreat dedicated to tranquility, beauty, relaxation and fine cuisine.Located just thirty five minutes from Merida’s international airport, Hacienda San Jose Pachul will transport you to a place where cares slip away and life is calmer, away from crowds, surrounded by nature.Most of Yucatan’s famous attractions are simple day trips away, but you may well prefer to just unwind in your own spacious room, relax in the gardens, or lounge by the pool enjoying the sound of rustling leaves and gentle breezes. ... more less