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Hacienda Sacnicte
Ranked #3 of 5 Hotels in Izamal
El Dorado Hills, California, United States
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“"Exactly what we wanted and then some"”
Reviewed 22 June 2012

Hacienda Sacnicte was everything we were looking and then some; when traveling to a foreign distination one never knows if the pictures are going to truly live up to your expectation. Sacnicte does not disappoint; instead the pictures don't do it justice. It's hard for the lense to capture the magic of staying in an old Hacienda restored in glorious decor. My wife and son stayed for a night and decided rather than getting up early the next morning and driving to Chichen Itza to stay for the day to enjoy the grounds, pool, and even played a game chess in a magical setting one just can't find in a typical or ordinary hotel. From our dinner, evening on the patio, and breakfast the following morning we were treated with service that added to a memorable time we will talk about for years. We highly recommend staying at the Hacienda while traveling to the Yucatan and visiting the nearby cities, ruins, and towns....it will add to the experience a magical time warp feeling you just cant get in a hotel and you'll be glad you did!

Room Tip: Ask to see other rooms if available...each is unique and may be your perfect place.
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  • Stayed June 2012, travelled with family
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Playa del Carmen
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Reviewed 23 April 2012

This was a trip to heaven which the hardest part was to leave. Did not want to leave this amazing place. I travel a lot and I have to say that Hacienda Sacnicte is on top of my list. The premises are beautiful. The rooms with the 8 meters ceiling are spectacular! It was the perfect get away. The staff treated us like king and queen. They were attentive to all our needs. It was so peaceful. We unwind and relax around the swimming pool. The decor I have to say "chapeau" to the owners Philippe and Nadia. They have transform this abandon Hacienda into an exquisite, full of great taste, attention to details bed and breakfast to perfection! Everything was perfect!!! I would recommend to anyone to go without hesitation. I can guaranty you that it will blow your mind. It is a get away that you will never forget! Now my problem is that I need another fix! I want to go back ASAP!!!

  • Stayed April 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 25 March 2012

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.

Room Tip: All rooms looked great to us.... ignore the one bad comment, they did not even stay at the Hacienda...
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  • Stayed March 2012, travelled as a couple
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Playa del Carmen, Mexico
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Reviewed 11 March 2012

a beautiful place for a week end, a week, a month...life!!!...good food, excellent service, the environment looks simply wonderful...every room has is own style, details are priority, every corner of the entire place is special and unique. Fields all around made me feel home. Hospitality, kindness and and excellent food. Love to be back : )

  • Stayed February 2012, travelled as a couple
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Boston, Massachusetts
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Reviewed 28 February 2012

Just returned from an amazing stay at the hacienda. This place left me speechless. My husband and I travel quite a bit and have stayed in many 5 star hotels and this place really knows how to do it. VERY CLASSY and suburb service. If you are looking for relaxation and comfort this is the place to stay. It has such a magical feel to it. It is not stuffy at all and you really feel right at home. The entire staff go above and beyond to make sure your stay is wonderful. The food,is outstanding and any special requests are welcome. My husband and I both had a massage and it was GREAT!! Orlando, Nadia and the chef were all super helpful and sincere, you could tell they really cared about making your stay the best. Rooms are super clean and comfortable and the whole hacienda is beautiful. If you are planning to visit the area this is the place to stay!!!

  • Stayed February 2012, travelled with family
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Toronto, Canada
Level 1 Contributor
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Reviewed 5 February 2012

We absolutely loved every second of our stay at this lovingly restored Hacienda. As soon as we arrived we knew this was going to be a very special experience. We were pampered by the friendly staff from the second we arrived until we reluctantly left 5 days later.

The text on our wall "Listen to your eyes" immediately caught our attention and set the tone for the remainder of our stay. Our suite, Black Orchid, was beautifully appointed - dramatic yet warm and inviting. The hammock on our patio was perfect for afternoon naps after a cooling dip in the pool.

I can't say enough about this gem....the food was devine, the staff were wonderful, the music was perfect. We loved this place and we look forward to coming back next year with our friends.

  • Stayed January 2012, travelled as a couple
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New York City, New York
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Reviewed 30 January 2012

My friends and i chose this amazing place because we wanted a type of out of the urban life theme...As we saw this on the internet we called right away...The staff were very well educated and good service. When we got there they received us in a way like no other, with fresh mint towels, welcome drink and joy. The rooms were beautiful and had scented candles and clean, very well decorated, i might add. We didn't think it would be so nice for being and hacienda., we have been to many and well this one has a magical touch too it and it is not the typical hacienda theme, which people do like a difference. The food was amazing and everything was perfectly fresh and home made. Everything in this place was exactly how we saw it on the internet and how they described it to us and will come back as many times as we can. It is something that needs to be experienced.

  • Stayed January 2012, travelled with friends
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Property: Hacienda Sacnicte
Address: Carretera a Tekal de Venegas Km. 5, Izamal 97541, Mexico
Region: Mexico > Yucatan Peninsula > Yucatan > Izamal
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #3 of 5 Hotels in Izamal
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Hacienda Sacnicte 3.5*
Number of rooms: 10
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
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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