Tucked away on the lush grounds of Hacienda Sac Chich, Casa de Maquinas are 3 limestone buildings, a water tower and an 85 ft. chimney. Surrounded by palm filled gardens Casa de Maquinas consists of three 2000sq.ft. rectangular structures that date to 1850. Throughout the hacienda there is evidence of its previous utilitarian life. Iron wheels and massive beams are remnants of its past. One building, CASA VIEJA, houses the living room, 2 king bedrooms, a loft bedroom with a queen and a double and 2 bathrooms and a colonial kitchen. Opposite the Casa Vieja is another building, the CASA NUEVA, where a dramatic central hallway is the entrance to 3 bedrooms and 3 bathrooms, all with soaring 26 foot ceilings and 13 foot high doors. The large master has a sunken living area, and outside within a walled garden is a settee and plunge pool.
Between these two buildings the open-air living room and dining pavilion, the Loggia, is surrounded by lily and fish filled reflecting water ponds and dramatic lighting. From the loggia climb an enclosed spiral staircase to a rooftop lounge and star-viewing platform. Here you can watch the moon, stars, sunset, an approaching storm or enjoy the night breeze. Through a seashell mosaic tunnel from the inner courtyard you find the 40-foot pool. Once the water tank for the hacienda, the pool is now a shimmering refuge from the heat of the Yucatan. A steel and bamboo pergola and a playita of shallow water with a hammock suspended above provide areas for rest and shade. Beyond the pool, in a hidden garden you find the regulation size bocce ball court. Framing the entire hacienda are dry stacked stonewalls, tall hedges of fica and walls creatively designed with metal cages filled with local limestone. The grounds are filled with exotic rare palms, bamboos, gingers, tropical plants and fruit trees. The house restoration has been a project of the renowned Mexican architect Salvador Reyes Rios and his partner and wife Josefina Larrain. Most of the furniture throughout is designed by Salvador and fabricated locally.
Adjacent to the hacienda is an award winning contemporary home, Casa Sisal. Surrounded by water lily reflecting ponds and a large green lawn, this 2000 square foot home is built within the 2 acre henequen drying fields of the hacienda and is enclosed by the haciendas original 10-foot wall, creating its own private world.Casa Sisal has 2 bedrooms (one king and 2 queens), 2 baths, full kitchen, living area and dining for 8. Walk out of the living area on one side you'll find a patio with a 30- foot lily pond and out the other side is a beautiful 3-sided infinity edge swimming pool, palapa and patio. This home is constructed of hard woods, limestone and plaster polished to a sleek finish by the ancient Mayan technique called chukum. The ceiling and door heights are 10 feet giving every room a sense of great space. The house is lit very dramatically and on the lawn there are two rows of royal palms that at night seem to be suspended in space. Designed to experience the beauty of the Yucatan light and sky you will find Casa Sisal a respite from it all. For information about renting this home with the hacienda or separately please visit the Hacienda Sac Chich website.
This estate can become what you want it to be: a private oasis away from the rest of the world, a fun filled family retreat, or a magnificent event environment. Sac Chich is the perfect hideaway haven for one couple, a group of friends or a family reunion. There is privacy and space for all. As you would expect from a villa of this caliber, almost every detail of the interior and exterior finish is flawless. Hacienda Sac Chich is not a hotel experience yet goes beyond a home rental. This historic hacienda captures the true spirit of Yucatan culture and reflects a sense of peace and harmony.TripAdvisor property ID 4289484...Read more
Historic Luxury Hacienda with Sumptuous Design Merida, Yucatan-Mayan Riviera, Mexico
Additional Location Information
In a traditional Mayan village, 40 minutes from the Colonial city of Merida, is the historic Hacienda Sac Chich. Surrounded by towering palms and bamboo, and flowing gardens of tropical plants you will find peace and solitude in an authentic Mayan village. Hacienda Sac Chich is conveniently within an hour drive from Chichen Itza, Uxmal and other smaller Mayan ruins, the golden city of Izamal, on the convent and Puuc Route, many well known and some secret cenotes, caves and much more. Being 10 minutes off of the Merida-Cancun highway, Sac Chich is an accessible location and truly beautiful and novel vacation spot.
Please note: these rates exclude taxes and fees and may vary depending on the length of your stay. Rates are also subject to change at the [owner/manager]’s discretion.
Damage Deposit | $1,000 per stay
Additional notes from the owner
**** The Hacienda is for rent two ways You can rent just the Casa Vieja with the grounds, the loggia and pool( which would be $400 low and $500 high), or the Hacienda in its entirety ( Casa Vieja and Casa Nueva as priced above).
*****During Holiday Season only the entire hacienda is for rent.
**** Laundry services and meal preparation are extra. Please inquire.
Left on 04/11/2014 for a stay in April 2014 | A FlipKey verified reviewerReviewed Apr 11, 2014Stayed Apr 2014
Contrasting with its pristine modernist neighbour Casa Sisal, the Hacienda is offset fabulously. The play of modern touches through the shabby chic Hacienda look creates a scene plucked straight from a film set. The cavernous rooms and vaulted ceilings interspersed with giant sized furniture causes a virtual loss of scale rarely found in homes these days. Quirky touches such as a sunken sitting area in the master suite underline further the sheer grandness of the space. The interlinking communal area or loggia as it is known again displays large arches and high ceilings to great effect. A very majestic and magical space in which to dine or socialise. Don't be mistaken though that this is some generic homogenised 'boutique hotel' as seems to be the big buzz word currently. Very much a unique 'home' that neither intimidates nor disappoints. Quality as expected minus the bland. The hosts/owners who can be found close to hand when required are truly gracious, honest and enthusiastic people. Qualities rarely found these days. Location wise ideal for the city of Merida and numerous sites all within day trip distance. Beautiful peaceful location around the Hacienda with lush tropical gardens and tropical birds a plenty. A certain 'type' of traveller may not like this space but that's who 5 star chain hotels were built for and is all the more reason we loved it.
Left on 03/25/2014 for a stay in March 2014 | TracyReviewed Mar 25, 2014Stayed Mar 2014
Hacienda Sac Chich is one of the best places I have ever stayed! Located 40 minutes from the Merida airport it is easily accessible. Sac Chich offers a luxury experience in the heart of the Yucatan with easy access to the surrounding sites, such as the city of Merida, off the beaten path cenotes-where you will be the only one exploring the water caves, Mayan ruins, outdoor markets, and exploring the local scene. You can ride a bike to pick up freshly made corn tortillas and frozen fruit bars. The property houses spacious bedrooms with queen/king beds and individual bedrooms. There are small ponds full of lily pads and frogs, palm trees, and nothing but green surrounding you. You will have a pool all to yourself that is perfect for sipping freshly made margaritas and reading a book. There is a roof top to watch the sunsets, bocce ball, a field full of fireflies at night and a great sound system, in case you want to have a dance party. Everything is clean and well taken care of. The owners are more than happy to supply you with where to shop/dine, the best keep secrets of the area, maps with directions to everything and any other help you need. Staying here we had privacy, quiet, comfort, easy access to exploring and a place that felt like we had a home during our vacation. There is nothing negative I can say about my stay here. I would highly recommend Hacienda Sac Chich to anyone who is looking for a cultural Mexico experience.
Left on 03/23/2014 for a stay in March 2014 | HeatherReviewed Mar 23, 2014Stayed Mar 2014
Stunning. Each morning I woke to a cacophony of exotic singing birds summoning me to the outdoor beauty and warm sun that shines on Hacienda Sac Chich. The gardens are gorgeous, the architecture is unmatched in the area and I felt outside of reach of the world but had the option of connecting to the internet (which is great for listening to music on the house-wide stereo system). The location is close enough for day trips to anywhere on the peninsula and remote enough to feel like you are really escaping it all. The food is incredible - authentic and delicious. The food was better than any I've had at nearby luxury collection hotels. The evenings we spent watching the sun set from the star gazing platform on the roof with a glass of wine. Or having a great conversation in the open air living room. Or dancing by the pool next to the palm trees lit from below. True relaxation in an authentic and historic Hacienda. You will be moved if you visit too.
Left on 04/07/2010 for a stay in June 2009 | Kit2Reviewed Apr 7, 2010Stayed Jun 2009
You enter into a tropical garden paradise. The atmosphere of Sac Chich makes you feel more as though you are in a castle than a transformed, historic factory. Architecturally it is very unique.Candle light fills the indoor and outdoor spaces at night creating a very romantic scene. Our bedrooms were very large and clean. The owners have elegant taste and have decorated the whole compound with lovely furnishings. We stayed quite cool within these high, stone walls despite the heat outside. The staff is very friendly and did the things for us that brought Sac Chich beyond just renting a house for vacation. Without the intrusion of a hotel staff we felt like we were hacienda owners! There is a large grass area where we played soccer and frisbee, we toured nearby Mayan ruins,we rode the bikes through Mayan villages, we trampolined, we swam in cenotes and the pool. There was more to do than our time allowed. And who wants to leave the lure of this place? The beautiful pool area is where we had the most fun playing water volleyball and then relaxing on lounges under the shade of the pergola, listening to the many varieties of song birds. The owners were very knowledgeable of the Merida area, directing us to historic ruins, cenotes, and local festivals. Pictures cannot capture how grand Sac Chich is. Our Sac Chich stay was a wonderful and unique vacation experience that this family of 4 totally enjoyed and we look forward to our return.
Left on 04/01/2010 for a stay in January 2008 | A FlipKey verified reviewerReviewed Apr 1, 2010Stayed Jan 2008
Arriving late, much of what we were about to discover was still under wraps
with the night. As we unloaded our traveling bags we could feel as though we
were travelers of yesteryear. Majestic walls and windows and door that have
opened and closed for hundreds of years were now at our touch. We entered
with-eyes wide open. Vaulted ceilings, spacious rooms, candle light and low
mood light greeted our overwhelmed faces. This place was more than we had
asked for. We dropped everything in our rooms and just wandered the Palm
gardens under the canopy of stars. Sleeping was easy for the trip was a days
work and the beds were better than my own at home. Awaking to the smell of
coffee and banana bread. Birds singing and flowers so fragrant I knew we had
made the best choice. The staff was like family. They made every day worth
while. We were why they came to work and they were why we were so able to
rest and relax. The location is great . It's hub for all the Ruins to see or the
Convents to visit but I just wanted to spend every day on the grounds with
the fauna and flora and the pool and the hammocks. You must stay here.
Left on 04/01/2010 for a stay in February 2010 | kdinesReviewed Apr 1, 2010Stayed Feb 2010
My husband and I had THE BEST time at Hacienda Sac Chic--at what has to be one of THE BEST kept secrets in the Yucatan! If you are into history, adventure, privacy AND luxury, this hacienda has it all. In terms of the Mayan culture and true Mexican experience, it's the real deal.
Over the last six years, proprietors Cynthia and Howard Berger, have done an exceptional job restoring Sac Chich with the help of award-winning architect Salvador Reyes-Rios. We have been back three times since 2004 and seen it evolve into something truly magical. Its latest transformation includes beautiful reflective pools throughout the property, and a star gazing area complete with cushions on the roof that you reach by climbing up a gorgeous circular stairway. Every one of the rooms are well-appointed, and the bathroom in the original chimney (huge circular structure) is fabulous.
Located 25 minutes outside Merida, the capital city of the Yucatan, Sac Chich offers a lot of things most "touristas" are not familiar with. Visiting an active henequen (sisal) plantation to see how rope is made, snorkling/diving in countless cenotes (deep fresh water pools), hiking amongst Mayan ruins, bird-watching, and strolling through the old colonial streets of Merida are tops on our list, though lounging around Sac Chich's lovely fresh water pool sipping margaritas is pretty hard to beat! And once the candles are lit at night, the 200+ year old hand-made adobe walls of Sac Chich take on a truly magical quality. It becomes one of the most romantic places we have ever been.
Although Cynthia's staff provided light cooking and cleaning, we also enjoyed visiting the mercados (or even the local Costco) for fresh fruits and local food, and cooking some of our own meals.
So if you or your family or friends are searching for an alternative to the beach, try a unique, interesting and rather exceptional experience, by visiting Hacienda Sac Chich. You will find forever memories.
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