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 Vallejo 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.
Spa & wellness enthusiasts
THINGS TO DO AT THE HOTEL:
Sample some of the blissful treatments in the fabulous spa with its sauna, steam room, flotation room, salt chamber and infinity pool
Work up an appetite at the running and cycling track
Uncover the secrets of Yucatan cuisine at a cookery class
Wind down with a cooling water therapy treatment or relaxing yoga class
Relax with a wellness and meditative-based round of golf
Sample the region’s best tequilas during a tasting at the bar
THINGS TO DO NEARBY:
Explore the ancient Mayan ruins of Uxmal and Chichen Itza
Cycle through the surrounding forest trails
Absorb the nature and conservation work carried out at the Celestun Biosphere Reserve
Enjoy a mouthwatering food tour around Merida
Delve into the Merida’s fascinating past with a tour of the Centro Historico
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