Mérida, Mexico

Chablé Resort & Spa

Rates from (ex tax)$928.00

Price information

If you haven’t entered any dates, the rate shown is provided directly by the hotel and represents the cheapest double room (including tax) available in the next 21 days.

Prices have been converted from the hotel’s local currency (USD1,104.32), via openexchangerates.org, using today’s exchange rate.

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Style

Luxury historic hacienda

Setting

Mérida jungle

Find luxury wellness retreat Chablé Resort & Spa just outside the colonial city of Mérida, deep in the unspoilt Yucatán jungle. The restored 19th-century hacienda has more than a few surprises for its guests: under the hotel, the spa sits by a cenote (Chablé’s one of the only hotels in the world to have its own mystical sinkhole) and a tequila bar serving more than 1,000 different spirits. Your to-do list for the day: sweat lodge, spiritual healing, shots…

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Facilities

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Need to know

Rooms

40, including two villas.

Check–Out

11am, but flexible, subject to availability. Earliest check-in, 3pm.

Rates

Double rooms from $928.00, excluding tax at 19 per cent. Please note the hotel charges an additional service charge of 10% per room per night on check-out.

Price information

If you haven’t entered any dates, the rate shown is provided directly by the hotel and represents the cheapest double room (including tax) available in the next 21 days.

Prices have been converted from the hotel’s local currency (USD1,104.32), via openexchangerates.org, using today’s exchange rate.

More details

Rates usually include an à la carte breakfast of fresh fruit, granola, yogurt and fresh omelettes with Yucatán-style spicy sauces. Rates also include transfers, coffee delivered to your room each morning, one daily activity and use of spa and gym.

Also

The hotel has recruited a local resident with a particular flair for Yucatecan cuisine to teach cooking lessons on-site. Ask the concierge to book you in and you could learn how to make home-made tortillas, tamales and salsas the traditional way.

At the hotel

Spa, gym, car parking, free WiFi. In rooms: Pool, hammock, sun terrace, Jacuzzi bath tub, TV, minibar, free bottled water.

Our favourite rooms

If we were trying to impress, we’d book the Presidential or Royal villas. Both are pretty swish, but the former is a restful space complete with a bath tub hewn from polished rock; the latter is designed for laid-back parties. We’d bring our most attractive friends for a week of lounging around the pool, taking a dip in the Jacuzzi and kicking back with a film in the media room. The one-bedroom Casitas are also beautifully designed with their own pool, hammock and alfresco shower.

Poolside

The freeform pool is dotted with islands, fountains and sunbathing decks. There are plenty of sunloungers to go round, plus a poolside bar so you’re never far from your next icy cerveza.

Spa

Chablé is home to one of the only spas in the world with its own cenote. There’s a menu of Maya-inspired spoiling – we’re keen on the hypnotic three-hour ‘signature ritual’ starting in the flotarium and ending with a restorative, herbal-salt exfoliation and a lymphatic-flow massage. There are more modern treasures too, including a brand spanking new gym and detox programmes from spa-savvy therapists. Choose from chakra therapy, Mayan rebirth massage, reiki, sound cleansing and spiritual guidance from a local shaman, or pick one of three temazcal (a sort-of traditional Mexican heated lodge) and just sweat it out.

Packing tips

Pack light: a tasselled kimono here, a pom-pom sandal there; swimwear is optional – your pool is blissfully private.

Also

The hotel has the world’s largest private tequila collection, with over 1,000 bottles in all shapes and sizes; some are more than 100 years old.

Pet‐friendly

Dogs are welcome for US$50 a night and get daily purified water, a bed and bowls. Four-legged Smiths must be kept on a short lead and can’t be taken into restaurants, the pool area or the spa. Doggie delicious menu, walkies and baths available for a fee. See more pet-friendly hotels in Mérida.

Children

All ages are welcome. Baby cots can be added to the Casitas and Villas. Babysitting is available for US$20 an hour with one day’s notice.

Eco‐friendly

The hotel harvests the ingredients for its restaurants in its own Maya garden, where it grows vegetables and herbs in traditional raised beds made from local wood and no man-made elements.

Food and Drink

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Top Table

Get in quick to bag the private table on the restaurant’s elevated terrace. It has its own fire pit and panoramic views of the grounds.

Dress Code

Mexi-casual. Light linens, floral prints and a short-brimmed sombrero.

Hotel restaurant

Chablé’s three restaurants are presided over by Jorge Vallejo of Mexico City (the world’s 12th best chef), and his right-hand man Luis Ronzón looks after the day-to-day operations. Menus are light and inventive: Ixi’im Restaurant serves venison tartare with sour orange and habanero chilli, or coriander cake with soursop sorbet and chargrilled pineapple, in an Asian-inspired setting overlooking the gardens. Casual poolside restaurant Ki’ol is reserved for guests only and does a mean line in Mexican classics, while the Spa Restaurant has a healthy vegetarian-only menu and freshly-pressed juices.

Hotel bar

There are two to choose from: a library in the main building, where the bar itself is carved out of an enormous tree-trunk, and a tequila-tasting bar inside the hacienda where you’ll find the hotel’s impressive array of aged local spirits. The bar staff are well-versed in modern mixology, fixing all manner of mezcal- and tequila-based cocktails using local fruit, herbs and spices. There’s also a wine cellar which can be reserved for intimate dinners and private tastings.

Last orders

Ixi’im is open for dinner only (and closed Mondays); book your table between 6pm and 10:30pm. Ki’ol serves food from 7am until 10:30pm. The Spa Restaurant is open for lunch only.

Room service

Breakfast, lunch and dinner can be taken in your room. Choose from a scaled-down menu of Ki’ol’s classics.

Location

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Address
Chablé Resort & Spa
Tablaje #642
Chochola
97816
Chochola
Mexico

Planes

Manuel Crescencio Rejón International Airport is around 30 minutes’ drive and has limited flights to the US with United Airlines and domestic flights to Mexico City with Mexicana and Aeromexico. Flights from Europe stopover in the Mexican capital. Call our Smith24 Team on 03300 376 891 to arrange flights and transfers. Return transfers from the airport are included in the room rate, but additional transfers can be arranged for US$160.

Automobiles

A car will help you to explore the Yucatán Peninsula’s wilds and Mérida’s monuments. Hire a car at the airport; the hotel has free on-site parking.

Worth getting out of bed for

Without a doubt the spa should take up a decent portion of your time here: where else can you roll out of bed, wander down to your cenote and partake in Mayan therapies in the entrance to the sacred underworld? As well as the signature treatments we’d recommend speaking to the concierge about the many activities on offer: Ayurvedic yoga, walking meditation, qi gong and t’ai chi to name but a few. This part of the Yucatán Peninsula is deep in jungle, but you can reach the coast in around an hour. Progreso Beach is on the Gulf of Mexico, while Celestún is located on its eponymous Biosphere Reserve. The area is dotted with Mayan ruins, and the hotel can help to arrange self-guided or escorted trips to the pyramid complexes at Uxmal and Chichen Itza. Spend a day in state capital, Mérida, and while away a few hours exploring the city’s museums. The Anthropology and History Museum offers a glimpse into the life of local residents over the years; art lovers will enjoy the contemporary Fernando Garcia Ponce-Macay Museum.

Local restaurants

Chablé has a sophisticated mod-Mexican menu, but for a traditional taste of the Yucatányou’ll need to head to Wayan’e in Mérida. This glorified taco stand’s hot sauce and family-run conviviality have made it an institution. La Chaya Maya offers more of the same, located in a lovely colonial building and serving black-turkey stew and slow-cooked pork – both local favourites.

Reviews

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Every hotel featured is visited personally by members of our team, given the Smith seal of approval, and then anonymously reviewed. As soon as our reviewers have returned from this luxury wellness retreat in Mexico and unpacked their mezcal and waved goodbye to their shaman, a full account of their spa break will be with you. In the meantime, to whet your wanderlust, here's a quick peek inside Chablé Resort and Spa in Mérida…

There are few arrivals more atmospheric than a firefly-lit walkway to your room, but that’s what you get at Chablé Resort and Spa. In the summer months the lawns surrounding its guest rooms are illuminated by bioluminescent beetles; here you can practise meditation with one of the hotel’s guides – leading to the best night’s sleep ever. Beyond lulling you into a snooze, the hacienda has plenty of ways to pamper guests, including three Mexican sweat lodges, a high-tech flotarium and ritual treatments using locally harvested ingredients. If you need any extra help getting your 40 winks you could work your way through the tequila bar – we counted no fewer than 1,000 bottles (well, we tried, but it got a bit blurry). You’ll have no trouble seeking solace in your casita, which has a pool, hammock and sun-trap terrace hidden from prying eyes.

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