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
My husband and I just returned from a much too short, 3 night stay at this magical place. Our casita was amazing - quiet, private, gorgeous design. We loved everything about Chable - the food, the impeccably maintained property, and the wonderful and attentive staff. They arranged a tour for us to Uxmal with a local guide that was wonderful - and arranged for seamless pick-ups and drop-offs from Mérida’s airport (about 25 minutes away).
I really can’t recommend this place highly enough. We can’t wait to go back!
Private casita carved out of the jungle - truly elegant - private pool, expansive space with abundant windows - non without exquisite vegetation, keeping your privacy. It is truly such a thoughtful floor plan with a flow and openness.
The shower was a huge space with two shower heads in the first glassed in shower - then another set of glass doors go out with a “waterfall cascading over you as you look up at the stars..... it was almost spiritual, this entire stay.
The spa was emended and staff were all knowledgeable and caring. We had a “couples massage” overlooking a cenota surrounded by dense vegetation - unbelievable experience. They had a peaceful, candlelite salt pool - actually fell asleep floating.
The food and restaurants are some of the best in the world. Every meal here was special - not just rich in taste, but actually works of art.
We will definitely be returning to this exquisite place.
We really enjoyed our three nights at this property. The grounds are lovely and the rooms aka casitas are outstanding. Each casita has a private pool that was delightful. We found all members of the staff to be very friendly and helpful. Food was good but... expensive. Highly recommended.
The short version: Chable exceeded every one of my very high expectations.
The long version: Rocco Bova, the general manager, and every single member of his expertly trained and gracious staff made this 8 day vacation the trip of a lifetime.
We were a group of 27 traveling to celebrate a very special birthday,between Christmas and new year’s day. With the help of all at chable, planning was effortless for me, and they really came through to make everything flawless. From our first contact, to the day of our departure the team at chable amazed me.
The resort itself is hands down,one of the most beautiful places I’ve ever seen. The design, decor and landscape are simply breathtaking. The cuisine is inspired, beautifully presented, made with the freshest ingredients, and never misses the mark.
They went above and beyond to keep each of our guests feeling pampered and spoiled.
I’m forever grateful to them for making this event a huge success and can’t recommend Chable enough. I certainly look forward to returning and encourage anyone considering visiting for a romantic getaway, with family, or with friends to do so without hesitation.
So many good things to talk about Chable that I could not finish really if I had to make a full review, this amazing hacienda has so many world recognitions and mine is just another one. I don't really think I was ready to experience this place when I decide to bring my wife, we were so happy since the minute we checked in, we came in from Cancún driving on an Avis car for almost 4 hours and we drove passing Merida and went trough this little town where Chable is located, once the gates were opened we felt in heaven. There is no review that matches really the experience of being here, a thousand illuminated Ceibas gave us our welcome and since the reception your are summerged on an arquitectural dream.
This place is the room, the spa, the gardens, the people, daytime, nightime, cycling the hacienda, waking it, enjoying tour room, talking to waiters, meeting the amazing Italian manager so involved with every guest.
You'll have your own pool and everything to spoil yourself here.
We spent time on the spa, on the main pool on the beautiful restaurant which was the oven back in the days and now is an arquitectural poem.
We just couldn't stop looking at all the details in this place, have the money? dont hesitate and come here as soon as possible.
We'll be back here a thousand times if we can in the future.
My full five star recognition to the beautiful Chable.