Gorgeous private-pool casitas in the Yucatan forest
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
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 Chable is probably the nicest hotel we have ever stayed at , and we love to travel. The grounds are stunning, the food is amazing - maybe the best we have ever had. And the staff is so attentive. They knew our names, the fact that I was gluten free. Chablé is a great place to relax and recharge.
There is so much to share about this magical resort. Very easily accessed with a friendly easy airport relatively close to the resort. From the moment you arrive to this incredibly well renovated 300 hectare plantation, the local staff is so happy and prepared to accommodate you in the most pleasant ways. The attention to detail at every aspect of this property was truly remarkable to enjoy. Every step is a vista worthy of a picture. The Mayan heritage and architecture design was preserved and enhanced perfectly blending the historical with every modern creature comfort you would expect in a five star resort spa vacation. The casitas each hidden from each other surrounded by the manicured jungle provided a private pool and indoor /outdoor living at its finest. Even the indoor outdoor shower was truly a magical relaxing experience. Being in your casita was a mini resort unto itself.
The farm to table food prepared by Luis the chef and served by very polite and attentive locals was presented in magazine style. Super healthy and genuinely concerned that you not only had what you desired but interested in any comments to make it to your liking. There are numerous options all of which are fabulous.
The spa treatments, the spa lounge and gym facilities are truly world class. As a spa connoisseur myself I felt the treatments we selected were some of the best in the world. Certainly the ambiance of the spa and its incredible vistas from each treatment casita was worth it. It was presented as an experience to enhance your mind, body and soul. Cudos to the staff who made it so memorable. Many yoga and meditation classes were offered throughout the day to enjoy . A wellness cafe full of so many choices of herbs and teas all grown on site made for the perfect transition either before or after !
This resort is a place to seriously relax and unwind in style. Stay a long time .. it was worth the reasonable rates requested and we truly felt safe everywhere on the property.
Beautiful property, great staff, large comfortable rooms on a charming historic estate. Wonderful retreat for weddings or hosting an event (as we did). Resort is conveniently located for touring Mayan sites, cenotes, and historic Merida. The world's largest tequila collection is impressive!
This place has it all. From the moment you drive through the gates you know you are someplace special. The main house is a gorgeous mix of old hacienda exterior and very chic modern interior and all of the buildings on the property are treated with the same care and respect.
The grounds are lush and beautiful, but not so manicured you forget you're in the jungle. There are suprises everywhere; the "firefly lawns" where every evening we were treated to an amazing display of fireflies, a secret walled garden with a chandelier in a tree, pods to sit in hanging from the trees. Beautiful birds were everywhere making the most magical sounds.
The casitas themselves were stunning. Ultra modern, clean and very spacious with an incredible bathroom (indoor and outdoor showers). The huge bed was extremely comfortable with a fantastic mattress and bed linen. There's a large plunge pool and a beautiful veranda to relax on. The WiFi was also stable, strong and fast. There's an espresso machine but no kettle, but as soon as I asked for one it appeared. I absolutely loved our room, so private and peaceful.
The Spa was great, expensive, but the treatments were worth it. The gym was really well appointed and all the equipment was top-notch.
There are three restaurants and they all looked after us very well. We are vegan and Luis the executive chef was so helpful in making us feel special at every meal, coming up with new dishes not on the menu and cooking us some of the best & most interesting food we've ever eaten. I think he even quite enjoyed experimenting with vegan food! Oh and Rudy at the bar in the main house makes a mean cocktail.
The pools area was nice, comfortable loungers and a good pool (there's another one in the spa complex). There are also plenty of wellness activities you can do each day if you wish (yoga, cycling, gym actives etc). I did yoga one day by their beautiful cenote and it was a highlight.
The best thing about this hotel though was the staff. Friendly, helpful and nothing was too much trouble. The manager Rocco came and had a cocktail with us and was charming, personable and clearly very passionate about the hotel and ensuring his guests want for nothing and he achieved his aim with me. I'm writing this from another hotel in Mexico but have been so spoiled by my stay at Chablé that I fear the next 4 days will not be nearly as good as the last. I promise this place will not disappoint even the most seasoned connoisseur of fine hotels.
I've traveled all around the world and very fortunate to be able to stay in very luxury hotels, Aman, Four Seasons, One & Only, Rosewood... all excelent in beauty and service, but I have never been in a place like Chablé, they did an amazing work of restoration of the antic Hacienda, respecting all the native materials and the old construction combining it with a new architecture and modern materials to make it become the most comfortable place you can stay in, this is what makes this place unique in the world.
The staff is amazing, so gentle well trained and happy people, most of them are locals from the near town called Chocholá, I spoke to some of them about working there, they love their work, they said it's like been on holidays, it's not like a job, so this is one of the reasons why they have allways a smile for you.
The food is so good, we had a special evening, we asked if they could arrange for us a real typical Yucatan food tasting and they did, we where a group of 9 people, they arranged a beautiful table at the main home in a private dining room, it was incredible!
The SPA, there are no words to describe it, the Hydro therapy with the different water temperatures is so amazing and relaxing, there is also a cenote style pool where there are many activities to do with great instructors and the massage was perfect!
There are so many activities to do there, bycicle rides, bees making honey, Yoga, Pilates, aqua fitness, tennis, Reiki, there is no way to get bored, or if you just want to relax you can stay in your room in your private swiming pool and do nothing or see nobody, get pampered by all of the staff.
I can't wait to be able to come back with my Husband and 2 daughters.