Hacienda Sac Chich

  • Location: Countryside
    Merida: 25km (30 mins drive)
    Restaurants: 10 mins drive
    Local food market in Acanceh: 1km (5 min drive)
    Progresso beach: 65km (1 hour drive)
  • Mérida Airport (MID): 43km (45 mins drive)
    Cancun Airport (CUN): 300km (3h 15 mins drive)
    Airport transfer available on request
    Car recommended
    Free parking

Stay at a truly authentic former hacienda in the middle of the jungle.
Great place to discover Yucatán, its jungles, Mayan ruins, and beaches away from the tourist crowds.
Mayan sites (Uxmal, Kabah, Sayil, X-Lapak, Labna) are within easy driving distance.
Visit the cenotes – thousands of miles of underground rivers with sinkholes filled up with crystal-blue water.

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An introduction to Hacienda Sac Chich

How would you describe Hacienda Sac Chich in a nutshell?

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.

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

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.

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

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.

What else would you recommend to see in this part of Yucatán?

For guests interested into architecture, I would recommend keeping a lookout for chimneys, often the hacienda’s they are attached to, are in a poor condition. It’s interesting to see the scale of them and how some still have the machinery in them. It’s amazing to think about how these were built in the jungle, without roads, just connected by some narrow trains. There are working haciendas only 30 mins away from us, which you can tour as well.

There are two cities that are also just about 30 mins from Casa Sisal. The capital Merida has a historical downtown with the oldest cathedral of North America and nine big Mayan ruins nearby. Izamal is known as the golden city and has a large Franciscan convent that was built on top of a Mayan ruin, sitting up above the town. There is also a delicious Mayan restaurant, which we can highly recommend.

Tulum is our preferred beach coast city. It is very charming with nice beaches and a couple of Mayan ruins. It’s on the east coast of the peninsula and about three hours away from the hacienda.

What’s been the biggest reward renting out Casa Sisal and Hacienda Sac Chich?

The biggest reward of owning Hacienda Sac Chich and Casa Sisal so far has been meeting all these interesting people from all over the world. It is so nice to be able to share such a beautiful and luxurious place, especially for occasions such as weddings and other big events.

Twenty years ago we never would have guessed we’d be in the middle of the jungle, and yet it has turned out to be the best thing our family has ever done. It truly has fulfilled our fantasy of owning an old architectural structure and turning it into a vacation rental like this.

For me the amazing part is how interesting and enjoyable it has been to be out here in the middle of nowhere and just see lovely rural Mexicans living up close and personal as well as all the rodeos and celebrations.

What’s the feedback you get from your vacation guests?

Oftentimes guests are pleasantly surprised. They often say Hacienda Sac Chich and Casa Sisal are even more beautiful than the photographs, which is true; you really can’t capture the immensity of the architecture, the openness, and its natural sounds with a camera.

Some of our guests are very unsure of traveling around Mexico. They have pre-conceived ideas of the (lack of) safety in places such as Cancún. It surprises them when they realize that Yucatán is the safest state in all of Mexico. Also, the people’s authenticity and the beauty of this place make them feel welcome right away.

Hacienda Sac Chich
Hacienda Sac roof terrace
Swimming pool
Lush gardens
Pool and terrace
Living area
Dining area
Casa Nueva Master bedroom
Casa Nueva bedroom
Living area and kitchen

Hacienda Sac Chich rooms & rates

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 (these 3 bedrooms all now have air conditioning) 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. the 3 bedrooms at Casa Nueva are blocked off, all other areas are available for guest use. Casa Sisal immediately nearby is also available to rent for larger groups. This will add two more bedrooms, one with a king bed and the other with two queen beds, to accommodate six more guests. There is also another swimming pool at the property.

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 for 13-14 people / 600 m²
    975 / night
    • 6 Double bedroom
    • 1 Single bedroom
    • 5 Shower room (ensuite)
    • 1 Living room
    • 2 Dining room
    • 1 Kitchen
    • 1 Other rooms
    • 1 Extra bed (on req.)
    • 1 Baby cot (on req.)
Included in the rates
Bottled water via water cooler, Wifi, bathrobes, hairdryers, soap, shampoo and conditioner, all condiments needed for cooking, 3 adult & 1 children’s bike.
Optional extras
Mesages, Mariarchi &Trova musicians, group transport, custom meals and cooking classes available with advance notice.
Extra charges payable at the property
Gratuity for the house staff of 5% of the rental fee. Food shopping fee or meals if requested.
Children & Extra beds
All children are welcome. Baby cot and high chair are available free of charge. An extra bed is available at USD 25 per night.
Minimum stay
3 - 7 nights (check calendar for dates)
Check in time
after 14:00
Check out time
before 11:00

Facilities & services

  • Children welcome
  • Swimming pool
  • WiFi
  • Air conditioning
  • Terrace
  • Maid service
  • Babysitting on request
  • Fireplace
  • Garden
  • Washing machine
  • Whirlpool/Plunge pool
  • Music system
  • Courtyard
  • Toys for kids
  • BBQ area
  • Iron & Board
  • Pets welcome
  • Laundry service
  • Safe box
  • Bicycles
  • Hair dryer

For food there are different options available to our guests. They can either bring their own food with them or we provide customized meal options from local Yucatan specialties to gourmet dinners prepared by our onsite chef, Lisa.

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.

Things to do in Yucatán & Acanceh

  • Art / Culture
  • Shopping / Markets
  • Cooking classes
  • Wildlife / Animals
  • Massages / Treatments
  • Yoga classes
  • Cycling
  • Scuba diving
  • Sailing
  • Boat trips
  • Fishing

The cenotes are fun to explore. There are thousands of miles of underground rivers with the sinkholes filled up with crystal-blue water and you can swim in many of them. Some have been developed for tourists, and they’re becoming a bigger draw now.

As for beaches, Mexico’s Gulf Coast is about 40 mins away, with shallow waters. Many locals have beach houses up there, so that it is much less touristy.

Celestún is another place worth visiting. It’s about 1.5 hours away with a reserve for flamingos that also offers boat tours through the mangroves. In fact, there are quite a few natural reserves on the peninsular. And there is also Progresso, another place our guests like for seafood lunches and the beach.

The Mayan ruins are always worth a visit! Chichen Itza is the most famous one only just over one hour away, and is quite spectacular as one of the new wonders of the world. But with all the tour buses going there, it is always crowded and people aren’t allowed to climb up the ruins anymore. Therefore I recommend going to Uxmal, which is just as amazing but much less crowded.

There’s another small Mayan ruin about 20 mins from us called Mayapán. It is an interesting site with only 3% restored and they say that it is as big as Chichen Itza. You’ll probably be the only people visiting it and you can climb on it.

The location of Hacienda Sac Chich

Hacienda Sac Chich is located in the Yucatán region in Mexico, 30 mins to the city of Merida and only three hours from Cancun and the Riviera Maya.

It is very easy to get to the hacienda, as it is just a 10 minute ride off the major road crossing the peninsular. The surrounding villages are essentially the way they’ve been for the last century. What guests can experience here is an authentic, non-commercialized environment.

What is so captivating about the Yucatán is the availability of this kind of architecture at a reasonable price versus other Mexican cities that we liked that were much more popular. The Yucatán is quite diversified with jungles, Mayan ruins, beaches, and plenty of things to explore.

The hacienda is the perfect base to discover all these places. Many of our vacation guests have plans for every day to discover the area but after coming here they all change tune and end up hanging out at the hacienda enjoying the ambiance, the pool, the lush gardens etc.

When is the best time to visit Yucatán?

Fall, winter and early spring are the cooler seasons. But summer allows for late night swims in the jungle pools.