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
The resort is the destination and is a perfect weekend away. There is not much to see or do in the surrounding village but with all the activities provided at the resort you really won’t want to leave anyway. The rooms consist of a wonderful private casita with a hammock, outdoor shower, and private pool. Coffee and pastry are delivered every morning to your deck. Special requests were promptly addressed such as delivery of flowers to the room. Despite being in a jungle, clearly there was excellent attention to pest control and land scaping. Don’t miss the firefly lawn after dark.
Ixi’im Restaurant has a unique and wonderful décor with every tequila made in Mexico illuminated on glass walls. The food is interesting. The service provided by our waiter Sebastian was outstanding. The cocktail menu in the main hacienda is innovative and incorporates local culinary ingredients. Tea is also served in the late afternoon. The morning breakfast selection is made to order and is vast including many options for the health conscious.
The gift shop has a very thoughtful and well considered selection from local artisans including Smithsonian worthy reproductions of Mayan Pottery.
The spa is critically acclaimed and it is easy to see why. The treatment rooms overlook the cenote which is atmospheric. Before your treatment you will be blessed by a Mayan priest. Anyone that has an opportunity to stay here is of course blessed.
Recently I had the opportunity to visit Chablé. I've heard so much about this destination and was prepared to be wowed. And wowed I was. :)
Starting from the thoughtful check in, to the short ride with information about the history of the location, ending in entering the seriously awesome casita. Chablé offers an experience like no other.
The entire hacienda is beautifully restored and each element feels natural. Nothing seems out of place and there is a serenity about this place.
Chablé is redefining wellness! Talking about wellness - you've got to see the spa and wellness center - one can get lost for hours! The entire center is built around a cenote and is firmly based on the rich cultural and spiritual heritage of the wonderful Mayan people.
The entire team at Chablé is super friendly and each member is an excellent ambassador of the Mayan heritage. They are there when you need them, but they also leave you alone when you don't. :) That's how interactions should be.
If you look for an extraordinary wellness oriented get away, you should seriously look at Chablé. You will not regret this.
before I arrived I was skeptical that this hotel would be worth the room rate. The experience was amazing and the hotel was worth it. The grounds, the pools, the spa, the daily activities and restaurant were amazing. the individual casitas are very private and nicely decorated. I would go back again.
Let me guess: You are thinking about forking out a bucket full of cash for this place, so you’ll want to know that you aren’t being ripped off, and there aren’t that many reviews or photos. So a few thoughts from my recent 3-day visit. Spoiler alter - it’s absolutely worth it.
Firstly; the photos don’t show how magical this place is. They don’t show the vastness of this incredibly well-designed and private resort. There’s been no expense spared on the architecture and landscape design. It’s a member of “Luxury Hotels of the World” and it’s clear from the moment you arrive through two large wooden gates why. There’s about 32 casitas (private lodges) which are less than about 18 months old and they’re luxurious and well-equipped. They’ve thought of everything from the speaker system in the ceiling (controlled by an iPad), to the large glass windows around the casitas which back onto thick vegetation and the outside shower (there’s also an inside shower). They provide bikes that are helpful to get around the resort.
The spa is an unbelievable experience (the best I’ve had anywhere in the world by a mile) and there’s a restaurant serving vegan, vegetarian and gluten free foods. There’s also another fine dining restaurant (Ixi’im). We used this place as a base to relax mid-way though our vacation, although there’s an archaeological site an hours drive away (we didn’t really want to leave the resort). There’s so many nice touches, from the fresh coffee delivered in the morning to wake-up (before breakfast), to the fresh tea and cakes provided at 5pm in the main house.
Finally, and without exception all the staff are very friendly and helpful (we are two guys travelling together), they absolutely made this a trip which we will fondly remember for a very long time.
This hotel is just as magical as you can imagine. My husband and I stayed here to spend 2 nights after our wedding. Everyone working at the hotel (from the director of the hotel Rocco, to one of our many kind waiters Juan) makes every single part of your stay perfect.
The hotel is amazing (the decoration, the landscape, the spaces), the restaurants and food in general is to die for, the spa is INCREDIBLE, the attention to detail is just beyond words.
Worth every penny and more. This should be marked as the BEST HOTEL in Yucatán without a doubt.