Santa Cruz Hacienda

Patty and I stumbled on this lovely updated hacienda on the southern edge of Merida. (Palomeque) It isn’t quite as gussied up (over the top) as many of the other guest haciendas and has a more honest, genuine appearance.

The furniture is comfortable and the coffee is good. It has a fresher, more colorful feeling than most of the other hacienda hotels.


The guest rooms (10) are in the Casa Principal. The place has two pools, a spa, and is geared toward relaxation and good food.

The owner, Caroline Arnaux, is a French woman from Guadeloupe. She and a master chef prepare the food. Every night they offer two prix fixee five-course dinners. We were there in the morning and I asked, just for the hell of it, whether they had any croissants. She apologized that she had yesterday’s and offered to heat it up. It was the real thing. Also, it was slightly singed, which meant it had been heated in an oven rather than a microwave.

From the look of it, the menu is more continental than one usually finds around here.

This woul be a good destination for Xmas eve or New Year’s eve. On both nights, they have special meals. Call ahead to 999-262-7439. I’m thinking about it. I have guests from the north and I think they would be thrilled.

Tiny Patty lost in dining room


The Hacienda Sta. Cruz chapel is larger than most.

Chapel door

Inside the chapel


About BG

Beryl Gorbman is a writer and private investigator who divides her time between Seattle WA and Merida Yucatan Mexico. She has published two works of fiction, 2012: Deadly Awakening, and Madrugada. They are both available on Amazon and other outlets. Also at Amate Books, and Casa Catherwood in Merida. You can read about them in various articles on this site.
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