Spa treatments take inspiration from ancient Maya at the gorgeous Mexican wellness resort Chablé.
Creating a resort on a historic property can be a daunting task, but at Chablé, a luxurious Mexican property about 30 minutes outside Mérida, the team has nailed it. Guests arrive at a 19th century manor house, an age-old building set on 750 acres of a former sisal—or agave—plantation. Accommodations, however, are very much of the 21st century. Outside, individual pool villas are surrounded by lush greenery, outdoor showers, and hammocks; and inside, floor-to-ceiling windows make it seem like you’re sleeping in the jungle. A world-class spa features Mayan-inspired treatments, as well as yoga and meditation, and the opportunity to have a healing session with a shaman. Wellness extends to culinary offerings from the regional, seasonal cuisine (much of it sourced from the resort’s own garden) to the daily juice offered at breakfast to the extensive wine and tequila offerings (be sure to try the house añejo). For those who want to venture outside the property, the beaches of Celestún and incredible Mayan ruins of Uxmal are only a short drive away. Rates from $1,040 per night, including breakfast, chableresort.com.