MAG­NIF­I­CENT MÉRIDA

Spa treat­ments take in­spi­ra­tion from an­cient Maya at the gor­geous Mex­i­can well­ness re­sort Ch­ablé.

Gotham - - Contents - BY RIMA SUQI

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.

The en­trance at Ch­ablé sets the tone at this his­toric prop­erty, which sits on a for­mer sisal plan­ta­tion.

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