Yucatán Revisited: The Magical Chablé Resort and Spa

Chablé Resort and Spa
Chablé Resort and Spa

I almost don’t want to tell you anything about Chablé Resort and Spa. I certainly don’t want to let you know how absolutely amazing it is, because I don’t want it to be entirely sold out for my next stay. And there will definitely be a next stay. Trust me, you will feel the same when you go.

This part of Mexico holds a special place in my heart. This was my second time flying into Mérida, my fourth hacienda hotel stay in the Yucatán, and my fourth visit to the general area. You can see all of my past Yucatán posts here.

Arrival into Mérida (MID) couldn’t be easier. If you have visions of Cancun in your head, let them go, because the Mérida airport while equally modern, is pretty much the exact opposite. You will clear immigration and customs in about twelve minutes, even with a checked bag, and I am being generous. Walk down a short hall and your driver will be there waiting for you.

It’s a quick 30-35 minute drive from the airport to the hotel which is located southwest of Mérida, just outside the small town of Chocholá. I arranged my transfer with the hotel, and my driver was courteous and the SUV was brand new.

Ixi’im Restaurant
Ixi’im Restaurant

Chablé is all about duality, and you can see it right from the start. Cool pod swings hanging from ancient trees next to original hacienda walls that are left partially and beautifully in ruin. Haute cuisine that could compete with any restaurant in Mexico City made with herbs grown twenty feet away in a traditional raised bed Mayan garden called a Ka’anche’s.

And then there are the rooms. While some of the original hacienda structures have been rebuilt and modernized for public spaces, the rooms are 100% completely new construction. The hard product is stunning. Every one of the 38 rooms and two villas has it’s own plunge pool, outdoor hangout and dining space, and of course the traditional Mayan hammock. The air conditioning is cold, the in-room technology is fun, and the moon shower is romantic.

Chablé is a resort, so you will find all of the usual amenities. A gorgeous main pool that is a centrally located oasis, with full poolside food and beverage service. A large gym, with all of the latest fitness equipment. If they added a couple of Pilates Reformer machines it would be absolutely perfect (hint, hint!). There are multiple restaurants and bars, as well as a small boutique.

Chablé is also a spa, and what a spa it is! I am usually a Swedish Massage person when it comes to spa treatments. It is my standard test, because it is the most basic of spa options. If a spa cannot do one correctly, then there is little hope for anything else. This time, because the spa is truly so inspiring, I went big. I did one of the two hour signature journeys and it was AMAZING. You are going to have to trust me on this. I don’t want to tell you any more, because the spa at Chablé is best experienced with as little preconception as possible.

There is a lot to see and do outside of Chablé , but the truth is that most people end up canceling their plans because the resort pulls you in and it is hard to let go.

My advice? Double whatever length of stay you had in mind, so that you ave plenty of time to be active and to relax.

Contact me today via email or phone at +1-508-485-3061 about booking your stay at this world-class gem in the Yucatán and take advantage of the following complimentary Virtuoso amenities for all stays in 2017 and 2018:

  • Upgrade on arrival, subject to availability
  • Complimentary Full Breakfast for two daily, served in restaurant
  • $100 USD equivalent Resort or Hotel credit to be utilized during stay (not combinable, not valid on room rate, no cash value if not redeemed in full)
  • Complimentary transfers to and from Mérida Airport
  • Early check-in/late check-out, subject to availability
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi

Additionally, there is currently a great promotion that offers your third night free for stays through December 20, 2017!

Stay 3 nights stay in a Casita with private swimming pool and daily breakfast, daily activities, roundtrip transfer to and from Mérida and $100 resort credit.

Casita King or Double starts from $2,259 per package based on 2 people.

**50% Deposit required at time of booking. Cancellation without penalty if cancelled 7 days prior to arrival. If cancelled within 7 days of arrival deposit it’s non-refundable. A 3 night minimum stay is required. Tax and service charges apply.

Disclaimer: My stay was at a reduced rate for travel advisors. 

Virtuoso: Upgrade at time of Booking

Chewton Glen

Chewton Glen

Who doesn’t love a hotel upgrade? Here are the 2015 Virtuoso Hotel & Resort Program participants that graciously offer “Upgrade at time of Booking”* for my clients:


South Africa

Belmond Mount Nelson Hotel



The Lyall Hotel and Spa, Melbourne

Shangri-La Hotel, Sydney


Park Hyatt Siem Reap


The Peninsula Beijing

China World Summit Wing, Beijing

Island Shangri-La, Hong Kong

Shangri-La Hotel, Guilin


InterContinental Fiji Golf Resort & Spa


The Leela Palace New Delhi

The Leela Palace Udaipur

Ananda in the Himalayas

New Zealand

Wharekauhau Country Estate


The Fullerton Bay Hotel Singapore

The Fullerton Hotel Singapore

Raffles Singapore


Anantara Phuket Villas

Anantara Golden Triangle Elephant Camp & Resort



Hyatt Regency Aruba Resort, Spa & Casino


Half Moon, A Rock Resort


British Columbia

The Fairmont Empress

Four Seasons Hotel Vancouver


Sanctuary on Camelback Mountain, Resort & Spa

Canyon Ranch, located in Tucson, Arizona


Fairmont Miramar Hotel & Bungalows

Montage Beverly Hills

Montage Laguna Beach

The Grand Del Mar

InterContinental Los Angeles Century City

Mandarin Oriental, San Francisco

Carmel Valley Ranch

Ventana Inn & Spa


Gateway Canyons Resort

Inn at Lost Creek

District of Columbia

Park Hyatt Washington, DC


Turnberry Isle Miami



The MODERN Honolulu

Mauna Lani Bay Hotel & Bungalows


Sofitel Chicago Water Tower


The Roosevelt New Orleans, A Waldorf Astoria Hotel


Boston Harbor Hotel

Canyon Ranch, located in Lenox, Massachusetts

New Mexico

Inn and Spa at Loretto

New York

The Mark

Mandarin Oriental, New York

The St. Regis New York


The Joule, Dallas


Montage Deer Valley



Chewton Glen

InterContinental London Park Lane


Hotel Fouquet’s Barriere

InterContinental Marseille – Hotel Dieu

Le Bristol Paris

Le Royal Monceau – Raffles Paris

Hotel de Toiras & Villa Clarisse


Hotel Adlon Kempinski Berlin

Hotel Vier Jahreszeiten Kempinski Munich

Hotel Taschenbergpalais Kempinski Dresden


Kempinski Hotel Corvinus Budapest


Ca’ Sagredo Hotel

Villa La Massa


Hotel Baltschug Kempinski Moscow


The Gleneagles Hotel


Badrutt’s Palace Hotel

Widder Hotel

The Netherlands

De l’Europe

Sofitel Legend The Grand Amsterdam


Shangri-La Bosphorus, Istanbul

The Ritz-Carlton, Istanbul



Belmond Casa de Sierra Nevada

Villa Montana Hotel & Spa


Alvear Palace Hotel

Los Cauquenes Resort & Spa & Experiences

Park Hyatt Mendoza


Sofitel Montevideo Casino Carrasco & Spa


*Please note that restrictions may apply.

As always, breakfast for two daily and an additional credit would be included on any Virtuoso hotel booking.



Five Hot Beach Hotels for 2015


These are my picks for the top five hot new beach hotels for 2015.

1. Condado Vanderbilt

Marabar-Condado Vanderbilt

What is not to love about a former grand dame of a hotel that has been lovingly and completely restored? Oh, and it’s super easy to get to from the Northeast. Did I mention no passport required? Perfect for long weekend getaways or week long vacations. A great location in San Juan for exploring or doing nothing at all.


2. Rosewood at Baha Mar


You know I love Rosewood. I also love that we have another new easy to get to property in the Caribbean that offers true luxury. Plus, a casino, duty free shopping, golf, and the creme de la creme room category – Beachfront Villas.


3. Four Seasons Manele Bay

Four Seasons Manele Bay

It is technically not a new hotel, but with the complete transformation of the room product, I feel it qualifies. Gorgeous new rooms. Nobu. A private complimentary airport lounge just for hotel guests. The best from the beach snorkeling out of all of the Hawaiian Four Seasons resorts. It’s Hawaii taken to a whole new level.


4. Mukul


Bored with the Mexico and Costa Rica? Looking for something exotic, yet close to home? Mukul is still new enough to qualify for the hot factor for 2015. Located on a gorgeous stretch of beach in Nicaragua this is the perfect place to find your inner surfer. Or perhaps you would rather soak away the afternoon in your private plunge pool on the patio of your Bohio. Whatever you choose, it is easy to slow down and soak up life on the Emerald Coast.

5. Ritz-Carlton Cancun

Rotz-Carlton Cancun Family Pool

Emerging refreshed from a multi-million dollar renovation, indulge in modern luxury on the hotel strip. A fun cooking school, an excellent spa, and all rooms with at least an ocean view make this hotel easy to love. Not to mention the breakfast buffet is one of the best in Mexico. Fifteen minutes from the airport and you are ready to hit the beach.


Of course, VIP treatments and extra amenities come standard at all of these hotels when you book through me. Give me a call at 508-485-3061 or send me an email. I look forward to seeing which one you choose!