Chalré Resort and Spa
What We Love
- The resort houses the world’s largest private tequila collection—over 3,000 bottles.
- Freestanding stone tubs in all casitas
- The firefly population here peaks during the summer months, making for a magical display on the resort lawn
What To Know
- Despite feeling so remote, the resort is just 25 minutes from the Yucatán Peninsula’s cultural capital, Mérida
- Though breakfast is not included, you’re treated to a daily complimentary basket of pastries and coffee on your private terrace
- Local shamans are available to perform healing ceremonies at the onsite spa
- Jorge Vallejo, of Quintonil fame (currently number 12 on the World’s Best 50 Restaurants list) oversees the restaurants here
Former hacienda turned standard-setting Yucatán wellness retreat, with 70 standalone villas and a state-of-the-art spa
The creature comforts are seductive at this plush, banyan tree-laden hideout: hammocks, a Mayan symbol for home, dangle outside each limestone casita. Fresh flowers adorn its chicly stark interiors, and a tropical swimming pool, wreathed by swaying palms, continuously beckons. But the real siren here is an ethereal spa, set around a natural cenote, or a cavernous freshwater pool, considered deeply sacred on this peninsula. Guests can bob along a “floatarium” (saltwater pool), sweat it out in a steam room lined with gold tiles, indulge in an astrology consultation, or request a facial that’s inspired by ancient Mayan healing rituals. Upon emerging, the blissfully restored can make their way to Ixi’Im, the main dining room, which has thoughtfully repurposed one of the stone ruins of the original 19th-century hacienda. The elegant four-course tasting menu, with produce sourced from the sprawling kitchen garden, consists of imaginative plates such as Tahmek lamb with charred cabbage, octopus in squid ink, and inventive desserts like a cilantro-flecked sponge cake.
In the Area
To get here, fly into nearby Mérida and consider spending a few days in the bustling medieval city before arriving at this tranquil retreat—spread across 750 acres of verdant forest, its many shaded clearings and cobblestoned pathways are the ultimate embodiments of serenity. Those curious to explore can start with the resort’s legendary Mayan surroundings. The concierge can facilitate a tour of archaeological havens like Chicen Itza, Coba, and Tulum. In the summer months, when the temperature soars, cool off with a dip in the waters of Holbox, a laid-back, under-the-radar island that’s a feeding spot for whale sharks (swim with them if you’re lucky).
How to Get There
I stayed here for Labor Day weekend, the resort was fairly empty at this time- at most I saw 2-3 couples at breakfast. The service at the resort is great, everyone was accommodating and made sure I had everything I needed without hesitation.
ROOMS: VERY nice - the Casita design is lovely - I love the pool area with the table and lounge section. The special touches of the turn down service which included a treat placed near your bed are nice. I also appreciate it that they provide insect repellent because there are mosquitos, they also provide a flash light which I used when riding my bike at night, and I love that they provide a ipad for Spotify and you can listen to your music that is connected to the speakers in the room. My room was very clean, immaculate. My only compliant which I meant to tell the GM before leaving was a few of my plug outlets weren't working in the room. One actually was working initially then stopped after I plugged up the kettle they provide.
GROUNDS: I love it here - the grounds are kept up, the pathways for clean when walking/riding your bike. They keep the property up. I really enjoyed having my own bike and exploring the resort that way.
Activities: I scheduled a excursion to the ruins with the staff before arriving and that process was great. I also scheduled a Mayan cooking class, see the bees, tequila tasting (one of the best things I did there-Andrea did a good job) and temazcal ceremony. The only thing I wouldn't recommend is the Mayan cooking class- I actually wish I was reimbursed lol I just formed tortillas - I think for the price it should include much more assisting or they should lower the price. I wouldn't pay for that again. The Gym is also good - has new equipment.
Overall, I would stay here again but for a longer time, its a lovely relaxing resort with great service and food.
I cannot speak highly enough of this hotel. They were beyond accommodating and gave my wife and me an incredible experience throughout.
Latisha at the front desk and Freddy at the pool restaurant made our experience very comfortable and enjoyable. They really know how to give you a luxury experience at Chable in comparison to the other luxury resorts in Riviera Maya.
This is a very pricey but worth every penny place to go. The casitas are beautiful and very comfortable. The service could not be better. They are all very efficient and looking how to please you.
The food is very good, For my taste a little bit complicated, but excelent.
Its a place to relax and unwind.
There is , however a lot to do. You can visit Merida and buy a beautiful linen guayabera for 30 us. You can go to Uxmal, Chichenitza, and a beautiful town, Valladolid. In the resirt you can go to the spa, ride bikes, and take a cooking class of yucateca food.
We where in casita #1 that had a small heated pool, we really enjoyed.
I would give it 6 stars!!