Casa Wayib in Classical Mayan means a place of sleep or of sanctuary. We hope that our house will be as much of a sanctuary and an inspiration for you as it is for us in this wonderful city.
Featured in the June 2014 edition of Architectural Digest Mexico, Casa Wayib is located in the heart of the historic Centro, midway between the parks of Santa Lucia and Mejorada. It's a bustling, vibrant area and within easy stroll of many of Merida's greatest attractions.
The house was originally built in about 1930, with an extensive renovation by architect Victor Cruz and Estilo Arquitectura completed in March 2014. The renovation has created an evocative blend of Yucatecan traditional and international modern with a warm, romantic vibe.
Inspired by Mexican colonial architecture but also the Riads of Morocco, the house is centered around a courtyard and the boundaries between indoor and outdoor space are blurred. Large steel and glass doors open the main living space to the central courtyard and both bedrooms also open to the outdoors. You can roll straight out of bed and into the pool or shower in the guest bathroom with the big doors open and the sunlight streaming in.
The house features soaring 20 foot beamed ceilings and traditional cement 'pasta' tile floors - some floors are original and some custom made for the recent renovation.
The kitchen features a traditional campana, the bell-shaped vent above the stove. Counters are of a Mexican marble sourced from Puebla and the cabinets were custom made by local craftsmen. The kitchen features modern stainless appliances including a dishwasher, gas oven and cooktop. It's fully stocked with cookware, down to a Le Creuset dutch oven.
Finishes in the house are a blend of contemporary and vintage. Furniture ranges from locally sourced antiques to lighting by Moooi and LA-based Cisco. The sala (living room) is anchored by a giant Swedish fiber wall hanging from the 70s. Artwork ranges from 1950s mid-century works to contemporary pieces by local artist Israel Koh.
Both large bedrooms have very comfortable Sealy Posturepedic beds and soft luxury bed linens. Each bedroom has its own ensuite bathroom stocked with toiletries and fluffy white towels. There is ample closet space in both bedrooms and each features super efficient and quiet individual air-conditioning units.
Outside in the courtyard the pool has a wonderful waterfall. The pool isn't heated but in the tropical, humid Merida climate it warms naturally and is the perfect temperature after a hot day of exploring. A new roof terrace completed in April 2016 offers a shaded pergola, outdoor kitchen with Weber grill and views of the main cathedral.
Casa Wayib is located in the heart of Merida Centro, midway between the parks of Santa Lucia and Mejorada. It's a bustling, vibrant area and within easy stroll of many of Merida's greatest attractions.
We'll start with nearby restaurants because food is dear to our hearts! We love to walk a few minutes up Calle 55 to Parque Santa Lucia and eat at our favorite restaurant Apoala. The female chef there is from Oaxaca and the food is sophisticated Mexican fusion. The zucchini flowers stuffed with Oaxacan string cheese are a must.
The park also holds another good restaurant La Tratto and on Thursday nights there's a wonderful outdoor concert in the park with Yucatecan music and dancing.
If you are looking for authentic Yucatecan food then the now famous Chaya Maya is on our street right opposite Parque Santa Lucia.
Also just a few minutes from the house is Fundacion Mezcaleria, a fun mezcal bar that's very popular with Merida's young and hip set right now. They also serve great tacos and quesadillas. Try their tamarind mezcal cocktail, it's sublime. It's on Calle 56 between 53 and 55.
A little further along C.56 at the corner of C.49 is a tiny Italian restaurant called Oliva which is absolutely delicious. They are always packed so check in and while you wait for your table go have a mezcal at Fundacion.
Casa Wayib is just a few blocks from the Plaza and main cathedral. And likewise an easy walk to Paseo Montejo. On Sunday mornings they block off Montejo to traffic and you can rent bikes and tool up and down the grand old boulevard. Make sure that you stop at Helados Colon on Montejo for some of the best ice cream you will ever eat in Mexico.
Calle 60 is also closed to traffic on Sundays and there are many locals selling handcrafts and lots of good food stands in the Plaza. Santa Lucia has a little flea market that we have found some treasures at in the past.
Also a must visit is the mercado central, about a half hour walk. It's a riot of sights and smells and if you're a cook it's a treasure trove. We buy meat and fish there and it's always been fresh and wonderful. There's a big Le Creuset dutch oven in the kitchen: buy some pork, achiote paste and banana leaves at the mercado and you can make your own cochinita pibil! There's a Rick Bayliss cookbook in the pantry with the recipe - if you make it let me know how it turns out!
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