Need to know
40, including two villas.
11am, but flexible, subject to availability. Earliest check-in, 3pm.
Double rooms from $748.00, excluding tax at 29 per cent.
Rates usually include an à la carte breakfast of fresh fruit, granola, yogurt and fresh omelettes with Yucatán-style spicy sauces. Rates sometimes include transfers, coffee delivered to your room each morning, one daily activity and use of spa and gym.
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.
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.
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.
Pack light: a tasselled kimono here, a pom-pom sandal there; swimwear is optional – your pool is blissfully private.
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.
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.
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.
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.