The Hacienda de San Antonio—first established in 1890 and acquired by Sir James Goldsmith in the 1970’s—sits in the highlands of Colima, Mexico, near the crater of the Volcán de Fuego. The newly restored property, built on five hundred acres of a coffee plantation, offers comfort, tranquility, and luxury for those seeking either active pursuits or total relaxation.

Last spring I was invited to the Hacienda de San Antonio for a friend’s birthday. The owners, Alix (Sir James’ daughter) and Goffredo Marcaccini, made everything available to us, and the feeling was less that of staying at a hotel and more like being a guest at their house, with attentive and friendly staff who still understand the importance of privacy.

When Alix redecorated the Hacienda’s twenty-two rooms and three suites, her principal goal was to use the brilliant colors of Mexico while balancing the scale of the property and incorporating the country’s traditional arts and crafts. Beautiful wool rugs, for example, are hand-loomed by a family from Oaxaca’s Teotitlán del Valle.

The Hacienda de San Antonio takes advantage of its stunning location with a selection of vigorous activities. A hike or a horseback ride to the Volcán de Fuego both offer an adventure and a challenge with magnificent views of the crater and the adjacent valleys at the end as a reward. The Hacienda also works to connect guests with their food and drink. The coffee roasting process is done regularly and you’re invited to watch and taste and learn about the techniques from the experts. The ranch has a variety of farm animals and even a family of llamas, and most of the produce is 100% organic and comes straight from the garden.

Anybody can find their own special satisfaction at the Hacienda de San Antonio, whether it be a relaxing pool holiday or a romantic wedding. Nothing comes closer to a perfect location than this special place in the mountains of Colima.


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