VENUE TYPE: Plantation

Where was Taylor Swifts controversial video 'wildest dreams' filmed?!
Cortnie Fausner
REPORT
No. 26795
VENUE:
San Camp
LOCATION:
The Makgadikgadi, Africa
TYPE
STYLE
SETTINGS
Taylor Swift Sanctuous Safari Camp
1940's Luxe Safari-Style Glamping
The Very Edge of the Pans
REPORTER: Cortnie Fausner

If you were glued to the television for this past Sunday night’s VMAs, you saw Taylor Swift debut the video for her new song “Wildest Dreams." Since the debut it is already under fire for being a racially insensitive "fantasy" depiction of colonial Africa. The "Wildest Dreamsvideo was Directed by Joseph Kahn, and captures an old Hollywood Hemingway vibe. Featuring Taylor (of course) and Scott Eastwood (son of famous actor Clint Eastwood), the video tells a story between Swift and Eastwood, who both play 1940s-era movie stars.

The video has already been viewed almost 21 million times, and apart from the buzz and controversy, there is no denying the stunning film location. So where was Taylors highly controversial video shot? 

 

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Hacienda Sac Chich + Casa Sisal
Cortnie Fausner
REPORT
No. 5665
VENUE:
Hacienda Sac Chich, cas de maquanis
LOCATION:
Tekoh, Yucatán
TYPE
STYLE
SETTINGS
Estate / House / Mansion / Villa
Modern Maraca & Mariachis
Historic Yucatan
REPORTER: Cortnie Fausner
Hacienda Sac Chich + Casa Sisal
Hacienda Sac Chich + Casa Sisal
Hacienda Sac Chich + Casa Sisal

The Report

When we were contacted by Howard about his lovely property in the Yucatán we were thrilled, not only by his stunning venue but also because of his excited nature and gracious demeanor throughout our correspondence. We quickly learned about his glittering getaway and venue space, Hacienda Sac Chich. Maracas and Mariachi bands here we come!

Tucked away on the lush grounds of Hacienda Sac Chich lies Casa de Maquinas, comprised of 3 limestone buildings, a water tower and a stately, 85ft chimney. Surrounded on all sides by the exotic greenery of local Mayan Palms belies the antiquity of the building's history dating back to 1850. Sprinkled throughout the Hacienda there is evidence of the property's utilitarian past. Within Casa Nueva lie iron wheels and massive, exposed beams juxtaposed with the sunken modernity of the master suite's settee and refreshing plunge pool. Moving through more of the venue brings one to the open-air living room and dining room called the Loggia, surrounded by reflective lily ponds. With closed eyes one can imagine the spectacular revelry good wine and music would bring and overtake the senses, one at a time. Climb the dramatic spiral staircase to the rooftop lounge and star-gazing platform. As the sun slips past the horizon and the night becomes tender in it's soft embrace nothing in the world could possibly seem as important as drinking in that view.

Continuing our exploration through a seashell mosaic tunnel (worth the visit just to say you walked through a seashell mosaic tunnel) one arrives at the 40-foot pool, a shimmering refuge from the glorious Yucatan heat. A steel and bamboo pergola and playita of shallow water lie beneath a sweetly suspended hammock begging for an afternoon siesta. Beyond the pool lies a bocce court for impromptu competitions and much-needed leg stretching in the cool of the evening sky.

Casa Sisal is the third building in the Hacienda Sac Chich, Casa de Maquinas trifecta. Want a little more privacy from the rest of your guests? It's surrounded by more lily ponds as well as 2 acres of henequen drying fields and enclosed by 10-foot walls creating its own private, delicious world. Walk out of the living area and you'll find a 3-sided Infinity pool (yes, another one!), palapa and patio. High entryways and ceilings add to the grand feeling of open space and heighten the drama. As special and relaxing as the property is at night, 175 outdoor architectural lights coupled with the star-gazing platform make this property truly sing at night.

HOW WILL MY GUESTS GET HERE?: Sac Chich is usually reached in two ways: 1. Direct to Merida from Houston, Atlanta, Miami or Mexico City  2. To Cancun direct from many cities, then car rental to Merida (approximately 3 hours driving time)

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