Hacienda Sacnicte like most Hacienda’s in the Yucatan is an old henequen large home dating back to the “green gold” of the henequen (sisal) age. This particular one has been lovingly restored to feel like one is the guest of the owners. The location is great, the rooms are large and comfortable and the service is personal and attentive in every way. This is far more than a hotel… it is a wonderful mixture of Yucatecan and Italian hospitality thrown into one.
While all the roads we encountered in the Yucatan are in excellent shape, some of the minor roads are not very well sign posted, but there is always an incredibly friendly local on hand to offer directions. Our tip is to solicit driving directions from someone who drives… either a car or motorcycle, their directions tend to be more accurate!
Upon arrival the gates were opened and we were directed to park at the top of the driveway. The first impression is that the gardens are lush and well tended even in this dry period.
From the car we walked up a couple of steps into a courtyard that is dominated by an inviting looking pool, finished in simple white concrete which is how they all are done at the Haciendas and the terrace of the main building.
Here we were greeted with wonderful cold face towels and a refreshing welcome glass of tamarind water by our wonderful host, Orlando supported by Carlos the chef and Paco the gardener and handy man whose wife is the maid.
It has to be stated, that while the atmosphere, architecture and design elements are all wonderful, it is truly the staff that make the difference. Nothing was too much for Orlando, Carlos and Paco and like an exceptionally good hosts they seemed to be able to anticipate our needs with uncanny accuracy.
We were two couples, one of which stayed one of the bedrooms in the main house; a very large room with comfortable king-size bed and an extensive bath area with a large step down shower, two large sinks and a large shuttered window. Each room features original art and a wonderful assortment of furniture that has been picked out with great taste by (presumably) the owners.
The other master suite was in one of the side buildings (which featured three bedrooms) which also has a king-size bed overlooked by a gigantic hand-carved mirror and another very spacious bath with vast walk-in shower and vanity area.
The floors throughout are of polished cement inlaid with “carpets” of old tile, the overall effect is one of cleanliness entirely in keeping with the age of the original building.
The rooms both had ample hanging and storage space as well as a/c provided by mini-split wall mounted units that run pretty quietly (when needed) and ceiling fans.
After a cooling dip in the pool we freshened up for dinner and were pleasantly surprised by the quality and presentation of dinner, which was superb. The dinning room is elegant, dominated by a long table and huge chandelier, surrounded by original art.
Breakfast was served on the terrace and was fresh and again very nicely presented, washed down by strong, hot coffee. Orlando provided us with tips on how to spend our day in Izamal that we followed to the letter.
Izamal is a charming colonial city boasting one of the oldest (if not the oldest) convents in the Americas. The entire center of town is painted yellow with white trimmings on honor of the staple food of the area – corn. We thoroughly recommend hiring one of the horse-drawn buggies to see the town as it saves driving and is a journey in time as well as the colourful streets. Your visit will not be complete without meeting the wonderful Estaban Aban who can be found at the wonderful Lol-Yuk jewelry workshop where he and his family make unique and beautiful pieces from henequen spines and 30 year old cocoyol seeds. From his welcome sung in Maya to his overall knowledge and love of the area, this is a must stop on any visit to the area. He can even arrange a guided tour to off-the-beaten-track cenotes and Mayan sites… well worth the time and effort.
Another fantastic character is Don Felix (Feliciano Patron) who practices the Mayan curative techniques based on herbs and plants, his family also produces beautiful guayaberas and women’s clothing that are beautifully embroidered.
Also, no visit to Izamal can be complete without eating lunch at Kinich restaurant. It will be busy and that is due to the quality and taste of the typical dishes on offer such as Relleno Negro, Queso Relleno, Poc Chuc all taken with copious quantities of delicious hand made corn tortillas and fresh drinks served by the jug-full!
Back to Hacienda Sacnicte… we loved our stay and will be back for more.
If you are looking to immerse yourself in true Yucatán culture, then come stay here, you will not be disappointed.
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- Hacienda Sacnicte (white flower) is a truly unique, contemporary, luxurious, hip and secluded resort.To strike the balance between the 17th century and today, Philippe & Nadia have created an unforgettably serene atmosphere, to offer you a new reality of sophisticated vacations to spend with your family and friends. ... more less
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