Wednesday, February 14, 2007

Discover Romance with Mexico's Haciendas

Thinking of getting married in Mexico? Couples who are looking to escape the crowds at big all-inclusive resorts can find a romantic escape at one of Mexico’s colonial haciendas. A hot trend in destination weddings, haciendas feature stately grounds, spacious accommodations, and private staff for a completely different wedding experience. These estates were originally made for wealthy noblemen, with some dating back to the 16th century. Today they have been restored and modernized into magnificent luxury hotels. Here are a few great picks:

The Starwood Haciendas
The Haciendas are part of the Luxury Collection by Starwood Hotels & Resorts. They include Hacienda Temozon, Hacienda San Jose, Hacienda Santa Rosa, Hacienda Uayamon, and Hacienda Puerta Campeche, all located in the Yucatan Peninsula of Mexico near Merida and Campeche. These upscale properties offer spectacular rooms, first-class cuisine, and pampering spas for a luxurious and relaxed vacation. For more information, visit the following links: Hacienda Temozon, Hacienda San Jose, Hacienda Santa Rosa, Hacienda Uayamon, and Hacienda Puerta Campeche.

Hacienda Katanchel
A short drive from the Merida airport lies Hacienda Katanchel. Imagine a 17th century Spanish colonial hacienda, splendidly refurbished as a deluxe hotel on 740 secluded acres of pristine tropical jungle replete with exotic wildlife and flora. This newly opened nature resort includes majestic hacienda buildings and spacious private pavillions set in tropical gardens, 38 luxurious rooms and suites exquisitely furnished with art and antiques, featuring private wading pools filled continually with invigorating mineral spring water. For more information, visit

Hacienda Las Trancas
This romantic hacienda dates back 450 years and is ideally situated in a small village midway between San Miguel de Allende and Guanajuato in Central Mexico. The hacienda has 9 bedrooms, but additional beds and linens can sleep up to 30 people in total. Upon opening the gates to your private domain each morning, you can look across the square to the lovely ancient church, watch the slow comings and goings of daily village life, or step out onto the silver trail. For more information, visit

Hacienda El Carmen Resort & Spa
This spectacular estate, located between Puerto and Guadalajara in the state of Jalisco, dates back to 1722. It has been restored and was opened to the public as a hotel and spa in 2002. The archway of its corridors and the beauty of the chapel create a mood that inspires meditation, and finding peace and harmony with nature. Throughout the 16-acre estate you will find gardens and a citrus grove, a 6-hole practice golf course, and stables with horseback riding tours available. Hacienda amenities include 24 beautifully-decorated suites, a restaurant with bar and billiards, a library, a pool and Jacuzzi, and a full-service spa. For more information, visit

For more information on any of these haciendas and others across Mexico, visit

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1 comment:

Working Gringa said...

For some added information about haciendas, you might want to read our article about haciendas in the Yucatan. We've photographed over 30 of them (they say there are over 170 on the Yucatan Peninsula alone). Each one is beautiful and different in its own way.

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