We had the pleasure of staying in this home for 10 days, and it was an incredible experience. The home is absolutely beautiful – the photos represent the house very well, but honestly don’t do justice to the whole vibe of the place and how tranquil and lovely it is. The house was very well cared for, clean, and well stocked (we loved cooking in that beautiful kitchen!), and had nice quality linens and bedding. Tracy gave us great information to help us with our stay, and the property manager met us promptly to give us the keys and show us through the house when we arrived (even though it was nearly 10pm). They even helped us find local (English speaking) Chiropractors and Massage Therapists when my husband’s back went out.
I can’t say enough good things about this place - it was so nice to be there lounging around we had to force ourselves to leave and go out sight-seeing! It was also great to be tucked in the neighborhood and experience what it’s like to live there – we set out each day to walk the block or two around the corner to the Chen Bech market for produce, or one of the tortillerias just beyond. (Also, very tasty salbutes and panuches from a vendor that opens up in the evenings outside the Chen Bech market.)
It’s a short walk to the town square, just about a mile, and we found some great restaurants. Our favorites were Oliva Kitchen and Bar (Italian), a tiny place tucked on a quiet corner with amazing housemade pastas, and Apoala (located in the busier Parque Santa Lucia) had some of the best regional food; the steaks were spectacular and I loved the fried squash blossom appetizer! La Negrita was our favorite bar for afternoon stops; a happening spot with great music , a nice mix of locals and a few tourists here and there. Again, all about a mile walk from the house, and very safe. On the nights we were tired of being on our feet it was easy and inexpensive to grab a cab back to the house.
Despite all the lounging at the house, we did manage to zip out to Progresso Beach for a day. It’s an easy bus ride, but we ended up just jumping in a cab which cost about $20 USD each way. It was a fun little beach town, and there is a corner joint with some of the best rotisserie chicken I’ve ever had about 3-4 blocks due south of the beach on the main drag heading back to Merida.
This is one of the best I’ve ever taken; I rarely want to visit the same place twice – but we will make a point to come back here to this house every year. Enjoy!