Half an hour from the Yucatán state’s capital of Mérida, conceptualised more than a decade ago and making its hospitality début last year, the aim with Chablé was always to go beyond just another hacienda-style resort to create a calm and peaceful place for wellness and complete relaxation, and not only restore the traditional XIX-century buildings, but also reignite the prosperity the property enjoyed centuries ago and to tie it back to the community.
The result is a resort which blends five-star hospitality, superior cuisine, the world’s largest tequila collection and an enviable location within a mystical natural environment, anchored by a spa and spread across 750 acres in the heart of the steamy Mayan jungle, providing the utmost in privacy, intimacy and tranquillity. Basically, right now Chablé is the coolest spot in Latin America’s to kick off your shoes, disconnect and relax.
Chablé is very much a hotel of two halves: a stunning modern spa and painstakingly restored 19th century hacienda. Yet at the heart of Chablé is a traditional Mayan garden – consisting of raised beds made from local woods and constructed without using man-made elements – recreating 17th century harvesting techniques that had not been used for many generations.
Chablé’s world-class spa has been built alongside a private and natural cenote – a natural limestone swimming hole celebrated by Mayans as the entrance into the sacred underworld – and the spa’s philosophy draws from this ancient culture to offer a wide range of Mayan-inspired treatments, harnessing the powers of the area’s most ancient techniques and ingredients mixed with modern amenities. Each treatment room has been placed within the lush gardens where nature can be enjoyed to its fullest.
Gourmands are amply catered for by consultant chef Jorge Vallejo of Quintonil in Mexico City (one of the World’s 50 Best Restaurants), and his right-hand man, Luis Ronzon who helms all three of Chablé’s restaurants. As well as using the hotel’s own organic herbs and veggies, Ronzon sources the best ingredients from around Mexico and keeps menus light and inventive. After dinner rest your head in one of the resort’s forty villas, each with its own pool, hammock and outdoor shower.
The modern touches incorporated with Maya architecture, warm woods and original 19th century walls of the working hacienda are what make Chablé a veritable work of art. Every room has a view and every view is a living part of Chablé.