MEXICO’S HOTTEST PROPERTY
You’d be forgiven for mistaking new hotel Chablé for a Mayan relic. But step through its crumbling gates and you’ll find old walls and a dusky red facade give way to a modern Mexican masterpiece.
The design property sits in the heart of the Yucatán on a colonial hacienda, around 25 minutes from Mérida. Ensconced by nature – 305ha of ancient jungle, to be precise – an easy, boho-luxe vibe pervades. The estate comprises 38 casitas (stand-alone houses) plus a Royal and Presidential suite. Expect warm wood, contemporary art, intricate Mexican tile work, raffia rugs and white, embroidered hammocks overlooking private pools. An architectural entrance to the spa belies the temple-like interior within – it’s centred around a cenote, a natural cave considered sacred in Mayan culture.
One of the biggest draws here is the food offering. Three restaurants ensure you’re well catered for, with menus designed by Jorge Vallejo (recently awarded Mexico’s número uno chef position, and a respectable 22nd in the World’s 50 Best). Ingredients are sourced from the raised beds of the kitchen garden, using ancient harvesting techniques to create contemporary Mexican cuisine. At the end of the day, say, ‘Salud!’ with a tipple from the world’s largest private collections of tequila from the bar at Ixi’im. chableresort.com