Defining luxury at Hacienda Petac Merida Mexico
Bring your kids!
Children are welcomed at the Hacienda with open arms. Families with children that don’t want to share their parents’ room should ask to stay in Casa Ramón, as the rooms are connected through a large living room, which gives parents their own room, but keeps younger kids and teens from getting into too much trouble on their own. Although this is the only building with connecting rooms, other buildings have rooms side by side that share a porch, which is perfect for parents with teens, or grandparents who are along for the trip.
Sampling of family activities
- Piñatas (make your own piñata and smash it open the last night)
- Junior Archaeologists’ Treasure Hunt (Colleen creates an exciting scavenger hunt using an “old” map of the property for kids to explore and find treasure)
- Ping pong and Billiards
- Swimming Pool
- Excursions with Ralf from Lawson’s Original Yucatan Excursions
- Uxmal Mayan Ruins
- Cenote caves
- Merida City Tour
- Kids Cooking classes
- Smoothie making
- Local market scavenger hunt
- Photogram class: Children collect leaves, flower petals, or other found articles to design permanent photograms on special sun-sensitive paper. Photograms can be colored afterwards and are the perfect souvenir.
After four days of sun, exploration and more food than I thought I could eat in a weekend, we headed back to the airport in Merida with a few tears in our eyes. I loved seeing my friends; we had bonded again over good food, drinks, exploring a sliver of the Yucatan Peninsula, and being pampered by the incredible Hacienda Petac staff (I mean seriously. Someone else did my laundry, cooked and did the dishes for four days!). The only thing that could tear me away were my boys waiting for their mom to come back home. I hugged Colleen, thanking her for her generosity of spirit and knowledge of the area as she taught us more about the people and city of Merida than we could get on most guided tours. We all agreed it had been a special weekend, and started planning our return the following year immediately. After all, when your friends are spread across the country (two even flew in from Mexico City and Costa Rica!), it’s not hard to find excuses to come back to a gorgeous place to reconnect in style.
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Many thanks to Hacienda Petac for providing a complimentary three night stay for the purposes of review. As always, my opinions are my own. When they aren’t you will be the first to know.