Chocholá, Yucatán, Mexico
CHABLÉ YUCATÁN Review
CHABLÉ YUCATÁN – Located 27 miles from Merida in the tiny city of Chochola, this property dates from the early to mid-1800s – originating as an industrial sisal factory. The word “sisal” refers to the translation of henequen, an agave plant from which its interior fiber creates different products such as sacks, bags, and ropes. With the advent of synthetic fiber, it necessarily evolved to become a hacienda but was later abandoned. Rediscovered and re-visioned by current ownership, this magnificent estate was reborn five years ago after a sixteen-year transformation from a sprawling hacienda to an immaculately manicured and well-appointed, Mayan-themed jungle-clad resort.
There is no carbon shaming here – as CHABLÉ YUCATÁN is diligently accomplishing its green initiative by completing a massive solar panel installation to power resort facilities and support the local community power needs. The resort footprint is now home to abundant gardens, biking paths, a native bee sanctuary, a private cenote, facilities for golf and tennis, a fabulous spa, modern meeting and conference facilities, and quite possibly the world’s oldest and most monstrous tequila collection. All of these appointments, along with endless walkable Mayan surprise discoveries and the exceptional staff and facilities, give us complete confidence that CHABLÉ YUCATÁN will be an excellent place for our client’s vacation in a stunning, relaxed atmosphere.
In collaboration with the architect Jorge Borja, Mexico City-based interior designer Paulina Moran is responsible for this modern interpretation of traditional hacienda. The restored 19th-century hacienda blends antique tiles, modern art, and vivid colors throughout the property.
The CHABLÉ YUCATÁN Resort & Spa was awarded the Prix Versailles in 2017 – an annual award presented by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) and the International Union of Architects
The hotel’s 38 luxurious stand-alone pool casitas, Presidential Suite, and Royal Presidential Suite area unique blend of original details from the 19th-century hacienda and modern art, furniture, and vivid colors. The stand-alone pool villas have outdoor showers with views of the lush jungle and large patio all feature modern touches incorporated with Mayan architecture – the warm woods and original 19th-century walls of the working hacienda are what make the CHABLÉ YUCATÁN a work of art.
25 King and 11 Double Casitas:
2 bedroom Family Villas:
1 Presidential villa:
1 Royal Villa:
Service & Spa
Service is seamless, and housekeeping is excellent (two clothing items are pressed daily per guest at no extra cost) but the real star here is the wellness program that the property is so well known for. There are complimentary fitness classes and various activities(biking, yoga, Bootcamp, Pilates, meditation, wellness golf) offered each day but, The Destination Spa at Chablé is the hotel’s ‘crown jewel’. This innovative Spa is the first to be built around a ‘cenote’ – natural cave formations, which is considered to be sacred by the Mayans. The Spa consists of 12 modern treatment rooms that spread across an ancient cenote and a steam room, a sauna, a salt cabin, and a floatarium. In addition, the facility offers guests warm and cold whirlpools, a water circuit with varying types of shower pressures, a relaxation area, and a pool. In addition to the spa treatments, three sweat lodges are used for temazcal ceremonies carried by visiting shamans.
The renowned Chef Jorge Vallejo designed Chablé’s gastronomic offer, awarded as the Best Chef in Mexico, whose restaurant Quintonil occupies the 11th place in the list “The World’s 50 Best Restaurants” by S. Pellegrino. Under his leadership, Luis Ronzón, Chable’s Executive Chef, offers a unique dining experience in three restaurants:
IXI’IM RESTAURANT: Translated as “corn” in the Mayan language, Ixi’im offers an elegant setting within the lush jungle of the extensive Chablé Yucatan grounds. The refined menu crafted by Jorge Vallejo and Luis Ronzon showcases an innovative mix of Mexican and local influences, combining fresh herbs, fruits, and vegetables harvested from the resort’s traditional Mayan Garden. The restaurant houses the world’s most extensive collection of tequila, innovative cocktails, and a bespoke wine list.
KI’OL RESTAURANT: An open-air restaurant serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Guests can expect a variety of dishes from local and traditional to international and sophisticated.
WELLNESS RESTAURANT: The health-based menu offers a large selection of dishes and beverages that nourish and energize, specially designed for those seeking a complete wellness experience.
• Make sure to check out the wine cellar for an extraordinary selection of Mexican wines. If liquor is more your speed the hotel is home to the largest tequila collection in the world!
• Take a stroll through the landscaped gardens and search out the Melipona Bee Sanctuary (named Najil Cab or House of the Bees by the Mayans) to learn how the property is helping to protect this endangered species.
• Play a round (or two) on the 9 hole Chablé Golf course – designed to be playable by both beginner and expert golfers with different approaches and shooting angles for players of different levels.
• With so many interesting sights in the area (the Mayan ruins at Chichen Itzá and Uxmal are both easily accessible as are the beaches and bioreserve of Celestún) it can be tempting to pack your days with exploring off property but make sure to leave time to enjoy the world class spa and wellness services offered at the Chablé
With Our Compliments:
- Upgrade on arrival, subject to availability
- Complimentary Full Breakfast daily for two guests per bedroom, served in restaurant
- $100 USD equivalent Resort/Hotel credit to be utilized during stay (not combinable, not valid on room rate, no cash value if not redeemed in full)
- Early check-in/late check-out, subject to availability
- Complimentary Wi-Fi
Daily flights from Houston (IAH) and Miami (MIA) to Merida (MID)
45 min drive from Merida airport to Chable Resort & Spa
Ideal Length of Stay:
3 – 4 days
When to go:
Between November and May
Who should go: Spa Lovers, Couples, Families
You Might Also Like
Journey to “Land’s End” where the crystalline blue waters of the Sea of Cortez meet the golden sand beaches and rusty desert of the Baja Peninsula. The contrasts of the landscape are matched by the two main destination towns of the area which couldn’t be more different – San Jose del Cabo and Cabo San Lucas. All of this is topped off with a multitude of luxury hotel options, delicious dining, and great nightlife. Come explore the bustling streets, stunning beaches and natural wonders of this glamourous paradise.
River Oaks Travel excited to offer our clients an exclusive promotion with our partners at Auberge Resorts! Bask in the Baja sun this winter with a stay at Esperanza or Chileno Bay Resort & Residences. Imagine starting the new year by rejuvenating your body and spirit with Baja-style activities, fun-filled water sports, and holistic wellness experiences. Plus, both resorts offer spectacular al fresco dining options with unmatched views of the Sea of Cortez as well as special dinners served in-villa.