The Experience

The greatest city of the Itza Maya is a place of wonder and magic and at Mayaland, you’ll feel its heartbeat.

Mayaland was the first Hotel built at Chichen Itza (in 1923), and, with its superb location amidst the temples, the first within an ancient site in the world. In a way, it’s as much a landmark as the pyramids that tower above it.

Mayaland is a creation of Old Yucatan, built and operated by its original owners and their descendents in a style reminiscent of the hacienda nobility of a century ago.

Its air of genteel hospitality and old-fashioned charm is a legacy enhanced by the addition of every amenity. The grounds are alive with birdsong and butterflies, and all the exotic fruits and flowers of tropical Yucatan.

Over 100 acres of gardens surround the main house and its outlying Mayan bungalows, offering your choice of accommodations. The main building was designed by Sylvanus G. Morley, the head of the Carnegie expedition that rebuilt Chichén Itzá in the 1920s.

Its Hacienda-style main corridor offers views of the ancient Mayan Observatory. The Mayaland Hotel is an experience in itself; one that will enrich your stay at Chichén Itzá.

Built in 1923 by the Barbachano family, who own and operate it to this day.

You may choose to stay in the main house with breathtaking views of the Mayan temples or in our Mayan bungalows located amidst tropical flowering trees.

The main house is beautifully proportioned, and embellished with the trappings of a bygone era. The staircase sweeps from an open mezzanine down into an entrance hall filled with antiques, polished tile potted plants and sunlight.

The 55 rooms and five suites of the main house have the gardens before them, and the Observatory of Chichen Itza to the west. The spacious air-conditioned rooms come with ceiling fans, satellite TV, mini bars, bathrooms hand-tiled in ceramic, marble and stone tubs, and breezy private balconies. Suites offer Jacuzzis.

In addition, individual, dual and three-unit villas are nestled among the trees and flowers of the beautifully landscaped hotel. Hand-carved mahogany woodwork and delicate stained glass compete for attention with the many exotic birds and butterflies that are perennial resident guests of our gardens. The villas all have large shaded terraces and verandas, a perfect place for relaxing after a day among the Mayan temples. The hotel has pools, several bars, four restaurants, a convention hall, masseuse and craft shop.

The Pavarotti Villa (inaugurated and used for a week by the tenor himself) is available for private events.

To facilitate getting about and enjoying Mayaland’s spectacular gardens, the grounds are laced with interconnected paths, in fact there are over five kilometers of trails within our own private, protected grounds for walking, jogging, cycling and horseback riding. We offer golf cart service for those who prefer to ride.

Added attractions are the ancient Mayan sites that dot the grounds: four buildings are currently being excavated and restored. The hotel has its own entrance to the archaeological site. Reservations for the Light & Sound Show, private excursions, guides, and a horseback riding to The Thompson Rehoyada (sinkhole) can also be arranged at the front desk though our concierge.

Mayaland’s three restaurants and its poolside grill aim for variety and authenticity and are successful on both counts. Options include international cuisine as well as the best of both Mexico and the Yucatan.

Regional Yucatecan cooking is a world apart from the tacos and refried beans one generally associates with Mexico. The Yucatecans take pride in being different, and so they are. Their cuisine depends heavily on turkey and pork, rare spices, Mayan cooking techniques and a quirky love of peas and olives.

The kitchen takes its fruits and herbs, and many of its vegetables straight from the garden; it’s no wonder the results are so delightful. Service is low-key and efficient in dining rooms whose ambiance ranges from informal to refine.

School children perform regional folk dances at lunch, and in the evening, guitar-strumming minstrels fill the air with the music of Yucatan’s favorite composers.

Welcome to our Mayaland Spa Services.

The moment you visit our beautiful Natural Spa located at our properties in Chichen Itza and Uxmal, a warm welcome and our sensitive staff of professionals assure you that you have come to the right place. This is the place to be pampered and rejuvenated, where you will find soothing treatments and thoughtful service.

That’s exactly what makes Natural Spa such a popular spa getaway.

Whether you are celebrating a special occasion, or just want to turn your vacation day into an extraordinary day, Natural Spa at Mayaland has a distinctive Spa Services Menu that offers just the right treat for every personal taste.

Committed to enhancing the lives of our guests through beauty, harmony and well-being, we invite you to take a look at the possibilities, and join us for the service, sophistication and serenity at the heart of Chichen Itza and Uxmal that can only be experienced with us!. Maa’lo Koh cech yetel utz Mayaland!!

It’s nice to know you arrived well to Mayaland!!

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