Tucked away in the steamy Yucatan jungle, in the middle of a sprawling 750-acre estate, Chable Resort has been built around a restored 19th-century hacienda, transformed into a state-of-the-art wellness retreat. Whitewashed standalone casitas are an ode to modernist cool; inside rooms are decked out with rich woods, creamy limestone and spa-like bathtubs hewn from vast slabs of rock and vintage tiles with pops of jade and topaz, while outside, each room has a private terrace and swimming pool. Wellness is the backbone of the resort; the spectacular modern spa is built around its very own freshwater cenote, believed to be the gateway to the Mayan underworld. Treatments and rituals include steam bath ceremonies with a local shaman, detox programmes, chakra therapy and sound cleansing, as well as massages, scrubs and facials, and there is a central swimming pool surrounded by palm trees and sunbathing decks.
The resort is deliberately isolated; the nearest city, Merida, is around 35 minutes’ drive away, but the Mayan ruins at Tulum and Chichen Itza are easily reachable for a day trip. Mexican star chef Jorge Vellejo oversees the resort's three restaurants; laid-back, poolside Kiol, with its menus of ceviche, tostadas and local grilled fish, a healthy spa restaurant serving vegetarian salads and smoothies at lunchtime and Mexican fine-dining joint Ixi'im, which boasts the world's largest private tequila collection.
- Families with older children
- Spa Breaks
- Solo travellers
- Spa with array of treatment rooms, sauna, steam room, flotation room, salt chamber and infinity pool
- Fitness centre with yoga and Pilates
- Tennis court
- Running and cycling track
- Cookery classes
Things to do
- Visit the Mayan ruins of Uxmal and Chichen Itza
- Stroll through the colonial streets of Merida
- Cenote snorkelling
- Celestun biosphere.