Hacienda Merida is remote - it's located at the very end of a dirt road and offers one of the most stunning sunsets I've ever seen. It is located right on a corner of the lake, so it's a phenomenal swimming spot with great views.
It is not, however, for the backpacker budget. The food was delicious and the homemade coconut ice cream was to die for, but it was very expensive ($6-8 for a meal). They do not have a working kitchen so cooking for yourself is not an an option. Additionally, the wifi didn't work well.
The staff was very friendly and helped arrange transports to the ferry. They didn't speak English though, so it helps if your Spanish is up to date.
Pros: stunning views, great swimming spot, clean, great food
Cons: poor wifi, no hot showers, expensive food/drinkMore
- Free Parking