One could easily drive past the Hacienda Sac Chich without ever knowing you had bypassed one of the most magical gardens and enchanting properties in the Yucatan, as only the 85 foot chimney is visible from the street. The previous owner of the hacienda was a botanist who had a plant nursery with many acres of gardens. Josephina Larrain, a landscape architect, bought the Casa de Maquinas and began to renovate the property and improve the gardens. The current owners have lovingly restored the hacienda and renovated the buildings with the help of Josephina and her husband Salvador Reyes Rios, the team that also restored some of the Starwood Luxury Collection properties and the Hacienda Petac. An adjacent property, the Casa Principal is now owned by a renowned artist from Mexico City.
Sac Chich lies between Ticopo and Acanceh 30 minutes southeast of Merida. There are good regional restaurants within 20 minutes at Hacienda Teya and Hacienda Tepich The Mayapan ruins and the working henequen plantation at Hacienda Ake are 20 minutes drive. Within 45 minutes are the Hacienda Temozon, Hacienda Sotuta de Peon and the Convent town of Mani all with well recommended restaurants.
Casa de Maquinas has two houses that are available for rental, the Casa Vieja and Casa Nueva. These houses share a garden and the pool. They are joined by an arcaded loggia living area surrounded by large lily ponds. This common living area has a dining table for 10, a fireplace and two lounge areas with comfortable sofas and chairs. On the roof is a star gazing platform and seating. The perfect location to see the sunset and enjoy the jungle breeze in the evenings.
Casa Vieja has the beautiful old kitchen with a breakfast table. It opens onto a small courtyard with a grill and the grotto passage to the pool area. The adjacent living room is a cool refuge on rainy days. There are two king bedrooms with separate bathrooms and one of the bedrooms has a loft with a single and queen beds for children. The back of the house opens onto a stunning palm garden and the pool.
Casa Nueva houses the master bedroom suite that has a sunken living area and outside in a private walled court a plunge pool. There are two guest suites with garden views one king the other queen. This house is fully air conditioned Casa Vieja has only ceiling fans throughout. The hacienda sleeps 10 adults and 3 children. It is possible to rent the Casa Viejo alone if you do not need the Casa Nueva bedrooms. It comes with the exclusive use of the grounds.
The Casa Sisal is the latest addition to the hacienda. It is a contemporary two bedroom villa designed also designed by Salvador Reyes Rios. There is a regulation bocce court on the grounds, 4 bicycles, volley ball, badminto, croquet, soccer, basketball, water volleyball and glow in the dark frisbee. There is staff of gardeners and two maids on the property Monday through Saturday. A washer and dryer are available. A driver for airport transfers and day trips can be arranged with advance notice of your arrival.