Hacienda San Jose, A Luxury Collection Hotel, San Jose5.0 out of 5.0
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The Hacienda San Jose was an oasis between Merida and Cancun. Nestled in a small village, there was no bustle of the common tourist. The stay was serene and relaxing, the perfect escape. The hacienda itself is a beautiful preservation of colonial arquitecture adapted for a modern world. There are very few rooms which makes it almost a private retreat. Our room had wonderful massive wood doors and windows sutters. Our back door lead to the pool area. The bathroom had and elaborate sink table and a spacious shower area and even protected a sacred ceiba tree, which was able to grow through the ceiling. The beds were very comfortable, and very clean. The room included an armoire with television, minibar safe and closet. There were two benches for the luggage. Although not air conditioned, the ceiling fans accounted for a wonderfully cool evening breeze, and the lack of air conditioning actually made it easier to adjust to the tropical climate. The ceilings were completed in the hacienda style and were amazingly high. The room included a quaint indoor dining space with fresh fruit, table and chairs, and also an outdoor dining (table and chairs) and a traditional hammock. The staff was very attentive and even charming. The horse ride around the center area of the hacienda, gave the feeling that one had gone back in time. The pool area was beautifully surrounded with palms, haliconias and other tropical vegitation and the gardens of the hacienda were a tropical paradise, with eco-friendly additions to promote the native species of birds, butterflies, iguanas, geckos and frogs. The staff in traditional mayan attire was happy to name the species of birds or flowers(of which a varied from the native plants adorned the room) One of the kitchen staff even showed us how to create and cook a perfect tortilla. The dining facilities were top rate, serving a variety of local delicacies (for which I had come) and continental favorites to please my traveling companion. The local herbs in the sauces were exquisite.My favorites were the Ceviche Mixto, and the Cochinito Pibil. The local version of the mojito was a refreshing delite. And the pink lemonade served poolside was another treat. If all this was not enough to relax you, the spa offered a vast variety of massages and aroma theropies to do the trick. My favorite was the mayan massage. The hacienda also had a library with current texts on mayan and hacienda life styles and there was an adjecent chapel with a very unique candelobra. The hotel also provided a driver and various tour options to nearby mayan ruins or cenotes, and even off the beaten path routes. The sevice was top rate. The experience, and it was and experience was wonderful, and I am planning to return very soon.