Hacienda Sac Chic is a vacation villa rental on the Yucatan peninsula. It is a renovated sisal factory from 1850 surrounded by lush gardens and ideal for groups of friends or families.
How would you describe La Tropical in a nutshell?
La Tropical is a contemporary lush retreat hidden behind one of the many colonial facades of historic Merida. Proportion, space, privacy, nature and calm make it feel like a villa, yet you are in the middle of one of Mexico‘s fastest-growing and safest cities and in the heart of fascinating Yucatán.
What was your inspiration to open La Tropical?
Our inspiration was to offer a twin center vacation of Historic Colonial Towns with our sister property in Havana — Paseo Penthouse. The fact that these two fascinating cities are a one-hour plane flight away is mind-blowing because it is two worlds apart. It was an organic step for us to extend the brand of hospitality we honed in Havana to here.
How would you describe the interior design and architecture?
When we were property hunting, we’d peep through an old door or window to discover long-abandoned plots with overgrown gardens. That was the inspiration when designing it: indoor and outdoor all merged and all in a long view from the entrance door.
Also, we did not want to do faux-Mexican. Everybody here does that with different results. Not to dismiss it though: doing it right takes a lot of knowledge and... talent. Our only concession to Mexicanism was in the materials. Mexican stones and woods. And a nod to Mexican brutalism with the textured concrete.
To you personally, what is so special about La Tropical?
The feeling of being both outdoors and sheltered at the same time. It’s a world within a world: you can experience to the fullest a vibrant Mexican city and minutes later take refuge in a modern oasis, bathed in light, water, plants, the chirping of the birds.
Please tell us about the food.
The opportunities to experience the wonderful Mexican cuisine are countless and close by. From popular morning tacos to the best restaurants in Mexico, all are within walking distance.
If you rather eat at home, there are many little convenience stores around as well as the huge and colourful Lucas de Gálvez Market, which is a 12 minutes walk away.
Is La Tropical best suited for couples, families, groups? What’s your policy on kids?
Casa Mérida is designed for couples. Or a very tasteful individual.
Is there anything else that’s important to know?
The bedroom does not have blackout curtains. Instead we favoured natural textiles: thick cotton curtains that allow for a natural wake up light.
To encourage responsible use of air conditioning, guests are responsible for the electricity they consume over 30kw per day which will suffice with normal use. Electricity is measured per kwh and the meter will be read at check-in and check-out to determine usage. The current rate is 2.4 Mexican pesos per kwh.
Mérida is in the middle of the Yucatán rainforest and enjoys a tropical climate. Our house is designed to be as open to nature as possible. But nothing is without compromise. Mosquitos, scorpions, spiders and roaches are a natural occurrence. We fumigate for pest control on a regular basis but insects are a fact of life.