The Sisal Residence

yucatan peninsula, mexico
2 bedroom - 2 bath
(4 reviews)
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$443 per night (USD)
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Perks for the Parents

This astonishing award-winning modern Mayan home, within easy reach of the Mayan sites of Uxmal and Chichen Itza, is a study in indoor-outdoor living and is surrounded by landscaped gardens and fireflies at dusk. With the master bedroom at opposite ends to the guest room you will enjoy the privacy and views every room offers. The bathrooms are beautiful. The pool is visible from anywhere in the house. A masseur or private chef is available upon request at an additional charge; housekeeping staff are included.

Why Kids Love it

This wonderful home offers plentiful opportunities to play, in the open air living spaces, palm-lined yard and easily accessible pool. Note that there are no pool gates and limited childproofing. Kids can enjoy playing soccer with Eva, the property’s friendly German Shepherd, who also loves playing with the water cannon. Fireflies come out at night - a magical sight for all ages. A travel crib is available but there are limited baby items on offer. Cenotes, underground caves with bright blue water, are scattered around the area and are a must-see experience.

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. Low season rate is $300/night May through October. High season rate is $350/night November through April. Holiday season rate is $425/night December 15th through January 6th. There is a 1 week minimum rental period during the holiday season. As typical in Mexico, there are few safety features - there is no pool gate and there is a series of shallow ponds (12"-16" deep) in the garden. The living space is open to the garden via sliding doors so those with younger children will need to be vigilant. Daily cleaning is provided and linens are changed every 3 days. There is ample private parking. While there is no cable TV, there is a flat screen TV and DVD player and a library of popular and kids videos, plus Apple TV. There are 3 adult and one child’s bikes for guest use.

About the Location

The residence is in the 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.

Accommodation Details

This contemporary Mayan villa is set in a 2.5 acre field and has 2 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms. It has a central living area with sliding doors to the garden, which has an infinity-edge pool and reflecting pond. There is an open kitchen/dining/living room and master bedroom with kingsize bed and guest room with 2 queen size beds. Both bedrooms have ensuite bathrooms with shower only.

Style Notes

The Sisal Residence is an award-winning home. In 2011 it was the first placed Mexican home in the Cemex Design awards and subsequently won overall as the best international home. The residence is constructed of hardwoods, limestone and plaster polished to a sleek finish by the ancient Mayan technique called chukum. It is designed to experience the beauty of the Yucatan light and sky.

  • 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
1 king
2 queen
sleeps 1
1 travel 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.

4 reviews

Aaron W.
Visited in June 2018
We - family of four with two kids ages 4 and 6 - stay for five nights a Sisal. It was amazing. The house and grounds are beautiful. The pool is perfect for kids to burn energy for a few hours. The huge lawn is great for kids to run around. We had a few meals prepared for us by the staff and there were delicious. The house is amidst nature - frog, birds, iguanas. It reminds you of the beauty of the world. If that's not your thing, though, you might get a little skittish. Sisal is in a small village and you need a car to get there and get around. If you're there only for a couple days and content just lounging at the residence then maybe paying for a transport from Merida airport is sufficient. (We drove three hours from Cancun airport). There is not much to do in the closest village (5 minutes away), but there are fun things do within an hour or so drive - from Mayan ruins to cenotes to Merida. Our only small issue was getting consistent internet to work so our kids could enjoy a movie via Apple TV. All in all a great family vacation in a quiet and relaxing venue. Thank you, Cyndy and Howie.
Sophie I.
Visited in November 2017
We stayed at Casa Sisal for four nights in November. This was part of a trip around the world we are on and came at the end of two wonderful weeks in Mexico. After several stays in fairly average hotels (travelling budget!), arriving at Casa Sisal was the most wonderful experience. The house is exactly as it appears in the photos and is part of a larger estate with the most beautiful gardens and renovated Hacienda. Our three girls were immediately in the pool shrieking with glee. We were welcomed shortly after our arrival by Howard who was warm, friendly and incredibly helpful. Having familiarised ourselves with the house, we started to think about cooking supper...just at this point the wonderful Bartola walked up the long, manicured garden bearing in her arms a welcome gift of freshly baked- still warm from the oven - plantain bread. We devoured it within minutes and soon forgot about cooking supper! The rest of our stay was equally as relaxing and enjoyable. We made several trips to the surrounding area. The highlights for us being the ruins at Mayapan - we were the only ones there which was an amazing experience after the crowds at Tulum ruins and Coba; Seeing flamingos for the first time and a crocodile at Celestun and arriving in the local village to buy provisions just in time to see a parade taking place with a fantastic and wildly out of tune band playing. Howard kindly gave us a guided tour around the rest of the estate which was fascinating. The staff are all super friendly and helpful. Everyone smiles and we were made to feel extremely welcome - even with three very loud daughters. The magic of Casa Sisal is to be discovered at dusk but I won't spoil the surprise. We didn't tell our children and what they witnessed will I'm sure stay with them for the rest of their lives. I can't recommend this place enough. It was magical.
elizabeth g.
Visited in March 2017
We loved our stay at Casa Sisal! Cyndy and Howie were very nice and helpful and the staff was kind and welcoming. Cyndy arranged for her staff to cook breakfast and dinner for us every day which was delicious and a lovely way to immerse ourselves in the local culture. They also laundered our clothes before we left which is a huge help when traveling with small children. Our three kids enjoyed splashing in the pool and loved the owner's sweet dog Eva. We made two side trips--to a local ruin and to a fabulous nature reserve a few hours away where we saw literally thousands of flamingos. I highly recommend this beautiful home and hope to visit again some day.
nara g.
Visited in July 2016
We didn't know what to expect and it was an adventures trip! I would recommend everyone to experience Yucatan while staying at The Sisal Residence. We requested breakfast every morning which was delicious and chef we hired to cook for us dinner was outstanding too! Cynthia will give you everything you need to know even the places to visit.