Thursday, March 25, 2010

Hacienda Series Part I - Hacienda Uayamon in Campeche, Mexico ~ I'm off to Mexico

I am officially off to Merida and Campeche, Mexico this Saturday for an
entire week.  A much needed vacation.  I'm Very excited about the tropical
weather that I'm going to be experiencing.  In the meantime, I wanted to 
share a special Hacienda from the area around Campeche, Mexico with 
you.  Many of you may not realize that the Yucatan peninsula in Mexico
was home to the most number of millionaires in the world at one time.  
Amazingly, they had made their money from what they termed "Green

 What is "green gold?"  Green gold actually refers to henequen which is the
plant material used to make sisal.  Before synthetic material was created to
make rope, henequen was solely used to make rope, rugs and many other
products.  With the onset of synthetic materials to make rope, it pretty
much made henequen (sisal) obsolete.  

During the hey day, all of these wealthy merchants built huge estates and
haciendas littered the Yucatan.  After henequen was no longer used for
rope, their fortunes disappeared and all of these once beautiful haciendas
were abondoned.  In the last 10-15 years, people have been slowly buying
these neglected haciendas up and fixing them up as luxury resorts.  The
funny thing is that the world sisal is not the material itself but the port city
on the Yucatan that was used to export the henequen.  It's the same sisal
you see in rugs today.

This is Hacienda Uayamon in the province of Campeche, Mexico.  

What I think is so striking about this particular Hacienda is that instead of
trying to repair or take down the old ruins, the architect chose to preserve
 some of the ruined architecture and build around it - including this
 fantastic pool.

Very tastefully appointed rooms.

I love the traditional wooden doors.

Doesn't this look romantic?  Notice the stone work on the walls.  Today,
the builders literally use the same building techniques they did 300 years

I love the little dipping pools - sometimes you just want to sit and
dangle your legs to cool down a little without having to go swimming.

Isn't the setting just fantastic?  There aren't many luxury places where you
can still sit among original ruins.  It really is a novel idea to incorporate it
into the existing landscape.

Simply Wonderful.  Can you imagine a wedding here?

Isn't the ambience just fantastic?  Very unique.

I'm on my way to the cities of Campeche and Merida on the Yucatan this
next week so no post next week.  Will definitely take photos and share.

Photos from Hacienda Uayamon and the Kiwi Collection


Jan said...

Most informative Karen - have a good trip !

Southern Aspirations said...

Oh this looks fantastic! Have a fabulous time and please post a full report upon your return!!

erica@ moth design+luxe life said...

Gorgeous images!! following. :)

vicki archer said...

Have a gorgeous time...xv

Angie Vázquez said...

The place is divine.

I am happy you have the opportunity to visit this beautiful state in Mexico ... I feel very proud of my Mexico. Enjoy it!

Very nice post!

Nimo said...

that hacienda is enchanting. The two words dont seem to go together but the truth must be told. I must remember this place if i ever visit mexico! have a great trip!

Yoli said...

Enjoy your vacation Karen!!! Thank you for sharing these images, this place speaks to my soul.

Amy Skehan said...

WOW-lucky girl. Have fun!

lisa golightly said...

I am just swooning over this place .... SO romantic ! Lucky girl indeed ... have fun !

Patty said...

Oh my gosh I'm so crazy in love with this place! Have a great trip you lucky girl ;)

Jürgen said...

It is certainly a wonderful place to spend holidays.
The architecture and exterores are spectacular.
Happy weekend!

Jürgen said...

It is certainly a wonderful place to spend holidays.
The architecture and exterores are spectacular.
Happy weekend!

Miki said...

Thank you so much for this beautiful post! I lived in Cozumel for a time and traveled around the area so your post makes me feel happy like I was homesick and didn't know it. I can't wait to see more!

girl Japan said...

My parents are frequent flyers to Mexico... having said that, that is a HUGE BEDROOM... looks like the size of a Tokyo apt.

Laura Casey Interiors said...

Looks beautiful!! Have a great trip!

VINTAGE said...

That looks great! It's a perfect location for vacation. Have fun and a wonderful time.



featherbed said...

Such great images! I hope you're enjoying your trip :)

blah said...


hope you're having a good time...can't wait to hear about the trip when you get back!


ceo said...

Have fun... Great images.........


Mélanie said...

I would love to get married there...such a wonderful place

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qerat said...

Beautiful and very tastefully done

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