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
The site, an old Hennequen estate, is simply amazing. Set in ‘jungle’ (with interesting wild life including the now endangered agouti) and wonderful trees (many with botanical labels) is stunning as are the (from the outside) the decaying ruins. Beautiful rooms with ceilings so high that you can hardly see them! The swimming pool set in a ruined building is stunning.
The downside is that while all the staff are charming the service is really quite poor. You could be by the pool all afternoon but no one comes to see if you want a drink (and there is no bell to ring). In the evening there is no veranda on which to sit and sip you margarita. Once you plate has been served in the restaurant the staff seem to evaporate; and the menu is virtually the same as its sister Hacienda Santa Rosa and not very exciting (as opposed to the excellent breakfast). Location (it is isolated) is convenient for several Mayan sites and the lagoons and beach at Celestún and delightful Campeche if you have a car (20-45 mins drive).
My impression is that their main business is weddings and that the hotel is playing second, but still a wonderful place to spend 2-3 days.
Just imagine this place is so rich in history that there are records of it being raided by corsairs in 1685, almost 100 before the US declaration of independence!
The remodeling and recondition of the Hacienda Uayamon, into a hotel have been done with care and love for it’s past. The difficulty of conserving the “spirit of past glory days” and providing modern comforts is not easily achieved, in Hacienda Uayamon this was accomplished.
For me staying at this hotel was a fantastic experience! The location is unique in the middle of the Mexican jungle surrounded and immersed in nature. The rooms special layout is charming.
The restaurant has great service and food, all regional and natural.
I asked for a tour of the hotel grounds and had the great pleasure to meet with Don Luis, along time employee and local resident, who knows the surroundings and history of the hacienda first hand. The tour is about one hour, and I recommend it to everybody interested in the history of Campeche and it’s people.
Last but not least I thank the whole staff for the wonderful time we had with them, specially Mr. Angel.
We visited in late January and saw many birds (exotic to us USA midwesterners) while walking to breakfast and especially enjoying breakfast on the outdoor porch. Colorful Orioles, hummingbirds, woodpeckers, and more flew back and forth as we leisurely enjoyed coffee and our delicious breakfast. The cottages were large and luxurious. The staff was very friendly and helpful.
Hacienda Uayamon is a beautiful property 30 minutes from Campeche. This boutique hotel has 12 suites, of which 10 are individual structures and 2 are spectacular rooms located in a building that once functioned as a hospital. The hotel is literally in the middle of nowhere and provides you with a feeling of being in the jungle with magnificent birds and sounds. In my opinion this is the most beautiful of the five Marriott Mexican Haciendas. The focal point of the hotel is an amazing 300 year old Ceiba Tree (Mayan tree of life). Here are some additional facts to help you decide to book your stay:
Marriott Platinum Recognition- We were upgraded to a spectacular suite with a private covered patio bed and outdoor pool/tub. We were given a bottle of wine and bowl of fruit as a special welcome gift. We selected the breakfast as our platinum amenity, which consisted of anything on the menu. The breakfast food was outstanding. A special thank you to Luis for outstanding service and excellent recommendations.
Room - Our suite was very large with a combination living room/bedroom. The bathroom was beautiful with double sinks, separate shower, and toilet. There were two back doors that accessed the private patio and outdoor tub. There was also a separate covered sitting area that was shared with the suite across the way.
Resort Fee - There was NO resort fee. Yay!
Customer Service- We received some of the best customer service. From the check in to check out, everyone was so attentive and kind. There was complimentary valet parking and the attendants were always polite and responsive. Maid service was impeccable. The overall service was outstanding.
Property - Hacienda Uayamon was once a grand home of the owners of a sisal plantation. It has been beautifully converted into a luxury hotel and in our opinion the most beautiful of the four Marriott Haciendas we visited. The only drawback is that the roads there are currently being upgraded with many construction stops and unpaved stretches. Cell service is limited so make sure you download you route prior. The hotel pool is beautiful, however the water is cold.
Tips- We recommendation spending two to three nights here. On day just to enjoy the property, one day to drive into Campeche, and one day to see Edzna (30 minutes away) and the other near by ruins. Bring a bottle or two of your favorite beverages since there are no stores close by. We also recommend having your own car.
Overall, Hacienda Uayamon is a beautiful boutique hotel. Everything about it is top notch. We find it almost impossible to find fault. We highly recommend for a once in a lifetime experience.
We were not guests here at the hotel, but we stopped in after telephone confirmation that we would be allowed to have lunch here on a Thursday. The restaurant was hosting a wedding that following Saturday and therefore not allowing any outside visits to tour the grounds nor restaurant reservations after Thursday’s lunch, so I would advise you to always call the hotel directly to confirm you could stop by for a tour of the grounds and/or lunch since it’s quite a ways outside the normal highway path and you never know what venues they may be hosting. I must admit that I had a fascination with wanting to visit this hotel after seeing it on a very popular Mexican Telenovela, LOL
I wasn’t disappointed at all!! It was exactly what I was expecting. What a beautiful property, just magical!! We were also pleased with the wonderful and delicious lunch!! All the staff was extremely personable and the service top notch!!