Defining luxury at Hacienda Petac Merida Mexico
Stepping out of the cab onto a blanket of brilliant orange flamboyant blossoms, I was greeted by two beautiful Mayan women with drinks in hand. I happily accepted the cool beverage after a long day of flying and surveyed my surroundings. I looked up at the ancient, no longer crumbling, Hacienda Petac located just outside of Merida, Mexico, a building that had long been a factory to process the major crop in the region—henequen. This would be my home for the next four days. Somehow it felt like a dream and I couldn’t believe I was here, much less with five of my girlfriends, but I quickly fell under the hacienda’s spell and daily rhythm. We were to be pampered, fed and loved by the people who ran the hacienda, and I would savor every moment of it.
Hacienda Petac is a 17th century estate that was in ruins after being abandoned in 1974, until the current owners bought the property in 2000. It took three and a half years to restore the hacienda into a private, luxury estate that could be rented out to travelers starting in 2004. The hacienda employs 24 people, including the incredibly warm and knowledgeable hacienda manager Colleen, an expat from the states who fell in love with Merida several years ago when her husband came down for business.
Daily laundry service is provided with your stay, so you can pack as light as you want. A swimsuit, sunscreen and warm weather clothing should also be in the mix. We’ve created a handy Caribbean packing list that can cover all of your packing needs. Grab it and let us know if we missed anything!
What special items should you bring?
- Cute skirts and dresses. Although there is no dress code, you may want to look a little nice (sundress, maxi dress, etc.) while you dine with your friends.
- Swim coverup
- Sneakers (if you plan on hiking or explore)