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Hacienda Sac Chich is managed by Howard, the owner.
$400 - $1400/night
Suitable for 6-13 people

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Hacienda Sac Chich - Hacienda Sac Chich, in Yucatán, Mexico
— Howard: “What is so captivating about Yucatán is the availability of this kind of architecture and all it has to offer — the jungle, Mayan ruins, beaches, and plenty of amazing places to explore.”
Interview By:

— How would you describe the Hacienda Sac Chich in a nutshell?

Howard: “Hacienda Sac Chich is a luxury vacation villa rental that serves as a great gathering place for families and groups of friends offering a sensory experience in Mexico’s Yucatán region. The villa rental’s setting is very private with lots of nature surrounding it.”
Hacienda Sac Chich - Hacienda Sac Chich, in Yucatán, Mexico
— Hacienda Sac Chich

— Please tell us a bit about the history of Hacienda Sac Chich.

Howard: “The haciendas were set up like plantations, with a business structure and a factory. Casa de Maquinas was actually the heart of the factory. The floor of the main outdoor living area was where the machinery was stationed and below it ran the trains bringing in material from the fields.

The lands had then been subdivided by a couple of prior owners and eventually it was bought by a couple 10 years before we acquired it. They converted the factory into a residence, put the roofs back onto the structures and restored Casa Antigua, which now houses the living room, dining room and kitchen next to the swimming pool. Since then we have kept working on it to restore it to its former glory. There are a few remnants of the former factory we kept, but not much was left.

The main house of the original complex, Casa de Principal, the former owner’s residence, is on our neighbor’s property.”
Hacienda Sac roof terrace - Hacienda Sac Chich, in Yucatán, Mexico
— Hacienda Sac roof terrace

— What about the facilities at Hacienda Sac Chich and Casa Sisal?

Howard: “Hacienda Sac Chich has two residential buildings with an open space in between. Casa Antigua has 2 king bedrooms, a loft bedroom with a queen and a double and 2 bathrooms and a colonial kitchen. Casa Nueva is the newer, air-conditioned building with three bedrooms, three baths, all with soaring 26’ ceilings, and an outdoor plunge pool and patio within a walled garden.

Between the two buildings, there is the open-air living room and dining pavilion. Here is also the access to the rooftop lounge and star-viewing platform. Our 40-foot pool is set within the lush garden.

Guests can either rent both houses with 6 bedrooms or if they don’t have a big group, they can stay only at Casa Antigua with the kitchen, living room, the pool, all the grounds and 3 bedrooms.

Adjacent is Casa Sisal, the modern house, which is a luxury vacation home as well. All three houses together can sleep up to 19 people.”
 - Hacienda Sac Chich, in Yucatán, Mexico

— What was your inspiration to buy the hacienda, restore it and rent it out to vacation guests?

Howard: “We’re both architecturally oriented and during past travels to Mexico had always very much enjoyed staying in the regions we were visiting. We deliberately came to the Yucatán to look at haciendas and experience staying at hacienda hotels. Ultimately we became more and more attached to the Yucatán culture, its area and the region in general.

For my 50th birthday we rented one of the big haciendas and sort of had a sense of ownership for the four days we were there. We looked at Hacienda Sac Chich while on that vacation and bought it within six months. It was one of the few haciendas that needed a lot of work but wasn’t a complete ruin so that we knew we could bring back at least part of its original glory and turn it into the luxurious vacation home it is now.

Basically, our desire to own a place and rent it out came from our love of Mexico and these haciendas.”
Swimming pool - Hacienda Sac Chich, in Yucatán, Mexico
— Swimming pool

— What services do you offer your vacation guests?

Howard: “For food there are different options available to our guests. They can either bring their own food with them or if they give us notice in advance, then we can prepare something for them. Our employees occasionally cook for the guests but since they don’t have a car to go to the large supermarkets. But they can go to the local market and prepare simple and very delicious meals. Another option is to bring in an outside chef for more extravagant food.

As a high-end, luxury villa rental, our employees are around to assist if needed. They will prepare coffee and juice in the mornings, provide daily housecleaning, and can also arrange massages and suggest a lot of activities to do in the area. They are always here to help!

The area is still young to tourists, so some services are a bit more difficult to organise. But that’s also nice because it’s still very authentic, you’ll see people in their traditional garb, which is the beauty of the Yucatán.”
Living area - Hacienda Sac Chich, in Yucatán, Mexico
— Living area
 
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