The Casa de Maquinas Residence

yucatan peninsula, mexico
6 bedroom - 5 bath
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$1,151 per night (USD)
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Perks for the Parents

This astonishing restored hacienda was once a sisal factory and is now a heavenly collection of pools, buildings and spaces beneath blue sky filled with birds. There is space for everyone, whether by the pool, in one of the many garden spaces, up on the rooftop deck complete with stargazing platform, reading in a hammock or out by the bocci court. All the rooms are sizable and uniquely decorated in locally crafted furnishings and fabrics; the master bedroom is the cherry on the top, a 1,000sqft area with 20ft ceilings, a private soaking tub in the garden, and a sunken sitting area ideal for tequila tastings or late night videos. There is a reduced rate if you wish to book just 3 bedrooms.

Why Kids Love it

Games, a swimming pool with lots of pool toys, sporting equipment and a football field-sized yard to enjoy it in will put smiles on all the childrens’ faces. When dusk comes, the lawn fills with thousands of fireflies. There are 3 bicycles for teens and 1 for kids. Climbing Mayan ruins, exploring abandoned haciendas and visiting the many local cenotes will be some of the high points of your stay. Gulf coast beaches and nature reserves are close by. There are plenty of large grass areas for kids and parents to play. Equipment for bocci, croquet, volleyball, frisbee, football, basketball and soccer are on site. A crib and a Sassy Seat/hook on high chair are available on demand.

Things to Know

Minimum stay: 3 nights most of the year, 7 nights in the holiday season. Gratuity of 5% is requested from guests usually prior to a stay or upon arrival for household and garden staff. Note different rates for low, high and holiday seasons. The property can be booked in full (6 bedrooms) or in part (3 bedrooms); prices listed are for the 6 bedroom property. For smaller groups, the rates are $550-650 per night. *Hacienda/Casa de Maquinas* *Casa Antigua/Vieja ONLY* Low season May - October $550/night High season November - April $650/night Holiday season Dec. 15 - Jan. 6 not available *Casa Antigua & Casa Nueva* The entire hacienda Low season May - October $800/night High season November - April $975/night Holiday season (Dec.15th-Jan.6th) $1,500/night There are a number of safety concerns for those with toddlers and young children - we recommend it for those with older children and non-crawling babies. There are no gates or fences at the pool and parents must supervise children up on the roof top deck. There are stone staircases with no stairgates, multiple ponds and pools with no gates or fences and cleaning fluids and breakable items stored at a low level.

About the Location

The hacienda is in the small Mayan village of Sac Chich, half a mile from the town of Acanceh and around 40 minutes from Merida International Airport and 3 hours’ drive from Cancun, Playa del Carmen and Tulum. It is a small town, home to 50 Mayan families, and close to markets for basic food supplies in Acanceh. There are supermarkets in Merida. Daily excursions nearby include the Mayan sites of Uxmal and Chichen Itza, both about 1 hour away, along with several other smaller sites 20 minutes’ drive. Other attractions include the beaches of the Gulf of Mexico and the nature preserve of Celestun with its pink flamingos and wildlife. Car hire essential.

Accommodation Details

This complex of 3 limestone building, a water tower and an 85ft chimney, surrounded by palm-filled gardens, is a unique Mexican hideaway. Casa Antigua has a living room, 2 bedrooms with kingsize beds, a loft bedroom with a queen bed and a double, and 2 bathrooms, plus a colonial kitchen. Casa Nueva, opposite this building, has 3 bedrooms (2 kings and 1 queen) and 3 bathrooms plus a central hallway. The largest bedroom has a sunken living area and there is a walled garden with sofa and plunge pool. Between the 2 buildings, an open air living room and dining pavilion is surrounded by ponds and dramatic lighting. There is a rooftop lounge and star-viewing platform up a spiral staircase. There is a 40ft pool plus plenty of shaded and covered areas in the garden, a regulation size bocce ball court, and grounds filled with exotic plants.

Style Notes

Modern luxury. What was once a 1850's sisal factory has been lovingly restored into a 6 bedroom villa with soaring 20ft ceilings and walls in gold and hacienda red (taken from the colors of the Spanish flag). Along with the polished concrete floors, locally crafted furniture and locally sourced textiles, it hangs together to create a modern oasis. Particular features include the star-viewing platform, accessed up an enclosed spiral staircase, and a seashell mosaic tunnel which leads from the inner courtyard to the pool. All around the property there are dry stacked stone walls, hedges of fica and walls designed with cages of local limestone. The house restoration has been a project of the renowned Mexican architect Salvador Reyes Rios and his partner and wife Josefina Larrain.

  • Air Conditioning
  • Baby Bath
  • Baby Monitor
  • Babysitter / Nanny
  • Backyard / Garden
  • Balcony
  • Bathtub
  • Bed Rails
  • Bicycles
  • Cabinet Locks
  • Changing Table
  • Chef / Catering
  • Children's Dinnerware
  • Corner Guards
  • DVD Library
  • DVD Player
  • Dishwasher
  • Elevator
  • Fireplace Guards
  • Game Console
  • High Chair
  • Housekeeper
  • Outlet Plugs
  • Parking
  • Pet-friendly
  • Pool
  • Pool Gate
  • Stair Gates
  • Television
  • Toys / Children's Books
  • Washer / Dryer
  • Wifi
  • Window Guards
5 king
1 queen
1 twin / single
sleeps 1
1 baby crib
Cynthia B.
Member since September 30, 2015

Yucatan Peninsula, Mexico

Beaches, ruins and wildlife adventures

With some of the most beautiful beaches in the world, not to mention ancient ruins, technicolor coral reefs and mesmerising cenotes, the Yucatan Peninsula is a family vacation destination not to miss. Lead an impromptu history lesson around the ruins of Chichen Itza, spot gray baby flamingos amid their flamboyant pink parents on the wetlands or snorkelamid sea turtles in the crystal clear ocean.