Price Band: $$$$$
Tags: Beach, Hacienda, luxury, experience, sightseeing
Price Band: $$$$$
Tags: Beach, Hacienda, luxury, experience, sightseeing
In a nutshell:
Opulent hacienda with lavish suites that overlook the beautiful gardens or the volcano “Volcan de Fuego”. Gourmet organic cuisine from the estate, magnificent swimming pool, exquisite service. Sister hotel to Cuixmala, the two hotels make an excellent two-center vacation.
Hacienda San Antonio exudes a real sense of history – tapestries, working fireplaces, hand woven rugs and cozy armchairs are featured in the spacious guest rooms. This is a place for relaxation and appreciation of the spectacular natural beauty of the surroundings – guests can sunbathe by the swimming pool and admire the snow-capped peaks of the two volcanoes in the distance.
Horseback riding, nature trails and tennis courts are some of the activities available at the hotel, and several excursions are offered that will give guests a taste of the real Mexico.
Hacienda de San Antonio lies on a 470 acre expanse within a 5000 acre working ranch, organic farm, and coffee plantation. Almost all food served is prepared with organic fruits, vegetables, dairy and other products grown at the property’s organic farm.
The Pacific Coast is within easy reach at the beginning or end of your trip, and Hacienda San Antonio would make an ideal combination with one of the luxurious and secluded beach resorts between Manzanillo and Puerto Vallarta including the sister hotel Cuixmala.
The Hacienda’s 26 suites are housed in a stately two story building and every suite enjoys far-reaching views of the estate from full length French windows. The ground floor suites open onto a stone terrace bordering rolling lawns, each suite having outdoor seating. The first floor suites have small balconies, whilst the Grand Suite Sol and four other suites on this level have large covered balconies.
New visitors are constantly amazed by the scale of the accommodations – enormous bright and airy bedrooms, with high ceilings and large bathrooms (all with tubs). Lavish drapes adorn every window and the rooms are big enough even to dwarf the capacious armchairs and chaise longues. The furnishings are suitably grand; with heavy mirrors and tapestries adorning the walls and hand-woven carpets partly covering parquet flooring.
The Grand Suites Sol, Volcan and Quetzal have a floorspace of around 1,300 square feet and each has a separate sitting room and bedroom. Volcan is named after its view of the Volcán de Fuego and Quetzal also shares this view, whilst Sol is located on the opposite side of the building with views of the gardens down to the swimming pool and features a wonderful veranda.
The standard suites can be arranged in connecting pairs and two suites each have two matrimonial beds, so families can be accommodated in comfort.
Air-conditioning isn’t necessary at this elevation and the interiors remain cool and airy even when the sun is at its strongest. The evenings can be cool (bring a sweater or jacket, particularly in winter) but every room has a working fireplace.
There are no televisions in the guest rooms, but TVs and comfortable seating are available in the Library and the Mirador room. Large in-room safes (big enough to hold a lap-top computer) and hairdryers are provided in every room.
Summary of room facilities
Very spacious rooms, beautifully furnished, no air-conditioning required, working fireplace in all rooms. Luxury bathrooms with hair-dryer.
One king or two double beds, 600 sq ft.
Bedroom with one king bed, separate sitting room, 1600 sq. ft.
The standard suites are all equally large, with a total floor space of about 600 square feet. Full length French windows and high ceilings add to the air of spaciousness. Suites can have either one king or two double beds and all have a fireplace.
The ground floor suites have full length windows, so you can step out from the room onto the terrace and walk out into the gardens. The gardens slope down towards the swimming pool, and the views are outstanding. Each ground floor suite has outdoor seating, and this is a very pleasant place to relax with a book.
The second floor rooms have two little balconies that are just large enough to walk out onto. It is possible then to open the full length windows wide and allow lots of air into the rooms. Even at the height of summer, the guest rooms at the Hacienda remain cool throughout the day and no air-conditioning is required.
Every suite has a large bathroom with a raised tub and overhead shower. There is a pretty vanity area with hairdryer and luxury toiletries. Lots of bottled water is provided in each room.
Volcan is a sumptuous suite with a total floor space of around 1600 square feet. It features a large and bright sitting room beautifully furnished with antiques. Both the sitting room and the bedroom enjoy views of the Volcán de Fuego and there are small step-out balconies at two of the four French windows in the sitting room and two similar ones in the bedroom. This is a wonderful choice for those who want the very finest accommodations or who require extra space for entertaining.
Volcan’s bedroom is an airy room with a high brick domed ceiling. This room alone is the same size as the standard suites, and has a large ensuite bathroom. There is a second bathroom off the sitting room.
The grand suite Sol has a slightly smaller interior due to the large, private balcony that runs the length of the sitting room and the bedroom. This suite offers a great combination of indoor and outdoor living space in addition to the comfortable bedroom. It overlooks the colorful gardens and lawns that stretch down to the swimming pool. The sitting room features fine furnishings and Mexican art and two full length French windows open onto the terrace.
This large, second floor terrace enjoys wonderful views of the Hacienda’s gardens. It is furnished with comfortable seating and sun loungers, and is a very private and tranquil spot for relaxation. The bedroom has a king bed and two French windows that provide direct access to the terrace. It has a large bathroom with tub (a second full bathroom is accessed from the sitting room).
Elegant and imposing, the Hacienda’s formal restaurant makes any meal a special occasion. High vaulted ceilings, French windows lined with yards of lavish drapes and a black, volcanic rock fireplace set the scene for fine dining in the evenings. There are also several romantic locations within the Hacienda and its gardens where a private dinner for two (or a family group) can be served. One of our favorites is the rooftop terrace, where the breezes cool the balmy evenings enough to warrant a jacket or sweater.
An optional meal plan can be reserved. There’s a very extensive menu for breakfast and dinner, whilst dinner menus are changed daily and are posted in advance in the Yellow Room. All dietary requirements can be catered for with sufficient notice.
During the daytime, and particularly at breakfast, the terrace overlooking the gardens is our favorite place to eat. The smell of freshly baked bread often lures guests to their tables, where a tempting menu of hot dishes, freshly squeezed juices, cereals and fruit awaits. Lunch is also served in the Pool Pavilion, a more casual setting where swimwear with cover-ups is acceptable (meals and snacks can also be served at your poolside sun lounger). The menu includes Caesar salad, grilled meats, fajitas, tacos, burgers and pasta.
The 115-foot long swimming pool is surrounded by lush gardens, with the Volcán de Fuegoproviding a spectacular backdrop. The pool graduates from 3 feet to 9 and is surrounded by terraces with sun loungers and parasols. Bar and restaurant service is available poolside.
The Pool Pavilion serves lunch, plus snacks and drinks throughout the day. An extensive menu featuring a mix of Mexican and International dishes is available, including salads and grills.
The Hacienda was built between 1879 and 1890 by a German coffee planter named Arnoldo Vogel and his Mexican wife, Clotilde Quevedo de Vogel. The Arabica coffee grown on the estate was exported worldwide and at its apogee the plantation extended almost as far as the Pacific coast.
The Chapel of San Antonio was built by Madam Vogel when the estate escaped unscathed following a volcanic eruption. The original icon of Saint Anthony still stands on the pulpit. The chapel is still used for special local festivals, including the fiesta of San Antonio in the nearby village of Becerrara (June 3 – 15) when the villagers make daily visits to the chapel and celebrate with marches and parades.
The closest commercial airports are at Colima, Manzanillo and Guadalajara.
Colima airport is about 30 minutes by road from the hotel and has direct flights to Mexico City and Tijuana. Manzanillo airport is about 90 miles away and has direct international flights to Los Angeles, Phoenix and Seattle. Guadalajara airport is about 2 hours 30 minutes away by road and has many international flights.
The Hacienda is located just 18 miles from Colima and the highway #54 which connects Guadalajara with Manzanillo. Driving time from Guadalajara is around 2½ hours (145 miles) and from Manzanillo around 90 minutes (80 miles).