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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. chablere­

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