Hacienda Uayamon, A Luxury Collection Hotel, Uayamon
What We Love
- An atmospheric spa, where Mayan-inspired massages and healing rituals are performed
- The outdoor swimming pool, in the crumbling ruins of a plantation building
- The surprisingly sophisticated restaurant, especially the homemade breads
What To Know
- A 5 percent service charge per night will be collected at the Jetsetter checkout
- Beds are somewhat firmer than Starwood’s typical Heavenly Beds
- Very quiet at night; guests have dinner and go to bed
- This is a remote area; you can bike through the countryside, but the city of Campeche is 13 miles away
- Eco friendly
- Free WiFi
- Parking On Site
- Room Service
Gloriously decaying grandeur. Built in 1700, the plantation buildings are in various stages of dishabille, with peeling paint on some, trees growing out of others, crumbling stone walls around the pool, and other spaces where the Mayan-colonial architecture has been restored to its original splendor. Candlelit gardens connect the buildings, making the property especially mysterious at night.
Bed and Bath
The guestrooms are less weathered than many of the public spaces, with buttercup-yellow walls, black-and-white tile floors and eclectic dark wood colonial furnishings chosen by Indonesian architect Jaya Ibrahim. They have indoor hammocks hanging on pegs on the stone walls (for guests who want to sleep Mayan-style), outdoor palapas with daybeds, and lavish bathrooms with big tubs-with-a-view.
The indoor-outdoor candlelit restaurant, in the main building of the original hacienda, serves chef Juan Carlos Sanchez’s blend of Campechean coastal fare and international cuisine, made with organic ingredients from the hotel’s own gardens and fresh seafood from local fishermen. The small but beautiful spa offers traditional Mayan treatments and others with all-natural products, and the outdoor pool is surrounded by hammocks.
In the Area
The reason for visiting this part of Mexico is seeing the Mayan ruins. The closest is Edzna, an archaeological site that dates from 600 BC, and the hotel can arrange private tours guided by archaeologists, historians and field experts, which could be followed by a swim in a cenote (Mayan swimming hole) and a private picnic lunch in a ruined church. The ancient Mayan cemetery on Jaina Island is known for its intricate figures, meant to accompany the dead into the life, and the historic fortified town of Campeche, on the coast, is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
How to Get There
Hacienda Uayamon is a great place to stay if you want to visit Campeche City and its Mayan Art Museum (40 min. drive west) and also visit the stunning Mayan site of Edzna (40 min. drive east). It is a very unusual property; the hotel is built next to the romantic ruins of a very old hennequin plantation (the pool is charmingly placed inside the factory ruins). The lovely dining rooms, including indoor and al fresco spaces, are in the main building, which is designed in the style of a classic plantation house. The accommodations are in the former houses of plantation workers; they have been beautifully restored, are quite luxurious and are stocked with a wide variety of amenities. They have ceiling fans and air conditioning, and several have an outdoor daybed under a roof. The immediate surroundings are landscaped, but the rest of the property is forested, with many beautiful old trees and a thriving bird population. Each morning at 7:00 (except possibly Sundays), a Mayan guide will take interested guests birdwatching for an hour on the property (this is complimentary). We went birdwatching on both mornings we stayed there, and we saw wonderful birds, including a pair of laughing falcons calling to each other, a black-headed trogon, a turquoise-browed mot-mot and a ferruginous pygmy owl in addition to more commonly sighted species of the area. One cautionary note: a long staircase rises to the dining room. However, it has good hand-rails, so it is not hazardous. The menu includes salads, sandwiches, good range-fed beef, and several local specialties (my favorite was cochinita pibil, a delicious pork dish), and the breakfast that is included in the room rate is generous: fresh orange juice, fresh fruit plate, toast and pan dulce, coffee or tea, and a choice of egg dishes. The staff are excellent and will help you with maps, directions, guides and other requests. There is a small gift shop with very nice locally crafted jewelry, clothing and hats. There is a Mayan spa, but we did not try it. Overall, peace and tranquility reign at Hacienda Uayamon. And, you get Starwood points for your stay.
For those in search of tranquility in beautiful, lush surroundings, Hacienda Uayamon is the place. Set in the remodeled ruins of a 1722 sisal plantation, a limited number of visitors have a private casita with comfy beds, fans and A/C, wi-fi, an elegant bathroom, and an outdoor ramada. The hotel's spa, main house, restaurant, and the most gorgeous swimming pool anywhere are short walks from your casita. The Mayan ruins of Edzná, the colonial port of Campeche, and the airport are each a half-hour away, with good taxi service. If you require a wild bar and beach scene, posh restaurants, and label shopping, this is not the place for you.
My husband and I spent 3 nights here,quiet, good food, beautiful room and attentive staff. If you want to relax after being on tours this is the place. 20 mins from the town of Campeche you feel carried away in a time forgotten. Built among 200 year old ruins. There is not much to do here, take their bikes for a spin, swim in the pool or the spa, perfect for us!
after 10 years we returned with our small kids to four of the haciendas of luxury collection. as three of them
offer still the same great feeling, uayamon unfortunately needs some minor improvements. although the staff is very friendly it is difficult as only spanish is spoken and no one (especially at the reception) speaks english. at least in the morning to settle the bill an englishspeaking person was at the reception. the bed in our villa 8 smelled terrible as the fabrics were totally moldy (not very healthy) and the sofa was full of ugly stints. we had to cover everything with bathtowels to sleep in the bed. they never installed the extrabed for our older girl eventhough they promised as we thought to understand... the babybed was there for the little young. during the night from 1 a.m. to 5 a.m. some people sang songs close by (there were only two other couples as guests who were quiet)that made sleeping difficult.
all in all this is a beautiful place and the spa treatments were great!
hopefully some staff will be trained a bit of english and the moldy furniture is being replaced for the next guests.
We have stayed at four of the five haciendas in The Luxury Collection and Uayamon is the "creme de la creme" IMHO. It is a large sprawling complex of romantic ruins that appear taken over by the jungle, but the key elements have been restored and maintained to a high degree. There are so many trees surrounding the avenue of casitas that it was hard to take a picture; it's not overgrown, just shady. The pathways and paved walks are swept clean and well maintained, so it's like walking through a botanical garden.
The grounds are impressive when you first drive up. On one side of the lawn is an enormous ceiba tree (supposedly 200 years old). Behind it is a complex of ruined buildings that house the swimming pool/piscina cleverly built into the ruins of the former ball room, making it one of the most picturesque pools I have ever seen.
Manuel Ortiz checked us in and personally walked us down to our casita and gave us a detailed orientation of the room and the grounds; he is very personable and was very helpful in providing printed directions the next morning to Edzna and getting back to Merida.
The rooms essentially fall into two general categories, i.e., colonial suites (4) located in the remains of the old hospital and another building at the end of the lane of the casitas. The casitas themselves all have pretty much the same floor plan, albeit positioned at differing angles to the lane. We were in #4 (named after a tree that I do not recall; maybe "polbok"?) and we couldn't have been more pleased. These casitas are very spacious (read huge), with a wooden cathedral ceiling that must be 15-18 feet high, and an iron four-poster king-size bed. To reach the large bathroom you walk down a connecting corridor that has sliding panels on one side; the panels in turn open up to a separate exterior lounge area with a large day bed under a covered patio built on a stone/concrete platform. Incredible!
The bathrooms are similarly large, with dual vanities, a huge soaking tub and separate tiled shower and ample storage space.
The restaurant has both indoor and exterior seating; we chose to sit outside under the porch area since mosquitos were negligible. Our mesero Manuel was perfect; friendly, polite, attentive, but not intrusive, and he served us an excellent meal.
Bottom line: This was one of the highlights of our recent trip; really brilliant lodging just a few kilometers driving time to the excellent Edzna Mayan ruins. It doesn't get much better than this.