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. 

Pre-Holiday Escape Package at Mukul Resort in Nicaragua

Mukul Bohio

Experience the Best Spa in the World! Virtuoso named Spa Mukul the Best Spa in their 2013 “Best of the Best” Hotel Awards.

Escape the holiday frenzy and sink into luxurious relaxation at Mukul Resort, located on Nicaragua’s Emerald Coast. Immerse yourself in a revitalizing spa journey in one of their six sanctuaries. Surf the famous Manzanillo break and savor their unique Nikul cuisine.

Mukul’s Pre-Holiday Escape Package Includes:

  • Accommodations for two guests
  • Breakfast and lunch for two at La Terraza
  • Domestic open bar until 5:00 pm
  • Round trip ground transportation from Managua International Airport (MGA)
  • 3 hour surfing lesson for two
  • 3 hour spa journey experience for two

Accommodation Options

  • Ocean View Bohio  $633.00/night
  • Ocean Front Bohio  $763.00/night
  • One Bedroom Ocean view Villa  $963.00/night
  • One Bedroom Beachfront Villa  $1013.00/night

A minimum four nights is required to receive the package benefits. Rates are per night and quoted in US Dollars, based on single or double occupancy. All rates are subject to17% tax and 10% resort fee. Package and selected room categories are subject to availability at the time of booking. Offer is not valid in conjunction with other offers and does not apply to groups.

Valid only from  November 1 to December 20,2013. Black out dates Nov 8,9/ Nov 27-Dec 1.

Mukul Resort Virtuoso Amenities:

  • Upgrade on arrival, subject to availability

For stays in a Bohio:

  • One $100 USD resort credit to be utilized during stay*

For stays in a Villa:

  • One $200 USD resort credit to be utilized during stay*

* Resort credits are not combinable, not valid on room rate, no cash value if not redeemed in full

Looking for other dates or special offers at Mukul? Contact me for assistance with planning the perfect Nicaragua itinerary!


Canyon Ranch Lenox Group – February 28 to March 02, 2014


Group Information

Please join me on a three day, two night trip to Canyon Ranch in Lenox, Massachusetts for a weekend of fun and relaxation February 28 to March 02, 2014!

Your Canyon Ranch all-inclusive per person package includes:

  • Gracious accommodations with thoughtful amenities to surround you in comfort
  • Three meals daily – fresh gourmet creations combining great taste and nutrition
  • Full use of spectacular facilities
  • Fitness, yoga and meditation classes – more than 40 each day for all levels and interests
  • Seasonal selection of outdoor sports activities
  • Presentations by our wellness experts and Lunch & Learn in our Demo Kitchen offered daily
  • Generous allowance toward spa, sports or integrative wellness services
  • Round-trip transfers from Hartford, CT or Albany, NY airports or Albany train station
  • All taxes | Canyon Ranch is a no-tipping resort

Special, All-Inclusive Deluxe Group Rates Per Person:

Single Occupancy $1,750
Double Occupancy $1,250
Service Allowance $140

The above rates represent a savings of up to 25%.

Deposits need to be made by December 15th! Please get in touch with any questions or concerns, or if you are ready to book. Gift certificates are also available.

Rates are per person based on deluxe accommodations. Rates and services are subject to change without notice. Space is limited. A deposit of $500 per person is required at the time of booking. Full deposit refund if cancelled 30 or more days prior to scheduled arrival. Deposit held for one year toward a future stay with cancellation made 8 to 29 days prior to scheduled arrival. Deposits are forfeited for cancellations made 7 or fewer days prior to scheduled arrival.


Do we spend time together as a group?

There is no requirement to spend any time with the other group members. However, if you’d like to get together I would be happy to arrange something.

I am not a twenty-something size two yoga expert. Will I fit in?

There are people at Canyon Ranch of all shapes, sizes, ages, and fitness levels. Guests are friendly. Everyone is there to try something new.

Are guys welcome at Canyon Ranch?

Definitely. Approximately 30% of the guests are men.

How is the food?

The food is wonderful. I promise that you will enjoy it and not go hungry. In addition to regular meals, snacks are also included in your rate.

Do they have alcohol?

No, alcohol is not served at the Canyon Ranch in Lenox and is not allowed in any public spaces.

When should I plan to arrive and depart?

You can check in as early as 10:00AM. Your room will likely not be ready so bring a bag of items you will want for the day – gym clothes, swimsuit, your special bath products. You can stay until 5:00PM on your day of departure, but you will need to be out of your room by 12:00PM. Lunch and dinner are included on your first day. Breakfast and lunch are included on your last day.

Can I extend my stay?

Sure. Please let me know what dates you would like and I will check on rates and availability for you.

I can’t make this weekend, are other dates available?

Please contact me with your preferred dates and I will check rates and availability.

Is Canyon Ranch in Lenox a Virtuoso hotel?

Yes, but please note the amenities do not apply to group rates.

The complimentary Virtuoso amenities are as follows:

  • One-level upgrade at time of booking with double occupancy
    • (upgrade for single occupancy will be based on availability at time of arrival)
  • All meals already included in rates
  • $50 credit to use toward a Health & Healing service

I want to go to Canyon Ranch in Miami or Tucson. Can you help?

Of course. Get in touch with your preferred dates and I will check rates and availability. These properties are also Virtuoso hotels.

How do I decide what classes to take?

I am happy to answer questions about the classes prior to making your reservation. Once you have booked your stay please get in touch with Program Advising. They will be happy to help you select your activities, as well as schedule spa appointments.


I look forward to seeing you all at Canyon Ranch in February!