Chablé 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, 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
We chose Chable after carefully studying many properties in Mexico for our one year anniversary, and while our expectations were high, we were still blown away at how great our experience was. Every single staff member we encountered was sincere and delightful to talk with. The grounds were so well taken care of that it felt as though we were in paradise. And the food - excellent, well thought out, and intentional. We LOVED the tasting menu experience at Ixi'im. It was one of the highlights of the visit. But the other food at Ki'ol and the Wellness restaurant were also fantastic. The spa, as everyone has mentioned, is really top-notch. I had three treatments and every therapist I had was great. They definitely keep their standards high. We also took advantage of some of the complimentary activities - we visited the Melipona bees onsite (they are a stingless bee, and their honey is rare) and learned about their history; we visited the Mayan cooking hut and made handmade tortillas with the sweetest ladies; and enjoyed a well curated afternoon tea with delicate little pastries. Our casita offered us privacy where we could lounge about in our pool at night, and savor the A/C when needed. The indoor/outdoor shower was very well designed - you step through glass doors to the indoor shower, and there are a second set of glass doors that open to the outdoor shower. We really couldn't find a single thing they could improve on - they scored a perfect 100% in our books.
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.