Christina Perez

Chablé

www.christinalperez.com
  • Where:Merida, Mexico
  • Why:Research and relaxation
  • When:June 2018
  • Who:Just me!
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My own private Mexico.

The entrance to the spa, with lots of little nooks for pre-treatment snacks or shaman ceremonies.

The spa cafe features healthy dishes made from ingredients grown on-site.

Biking is the best way to get around the massive grounds.

The tequila bar boasts the largest collection of tequila in the world.

The old archways of the old sisal hacienda.

The entrance to a casita.

Behind the spa, relaxation pools have been nestled amongst old stone buildings.

The guest casitas are built behind the ruins of the old stone buildings and have their own private pools.

The main pool.

Highs & Lows

  • The design and setting is stunning—a mix of old archways and stone buildings and clean-lined, modern buildings surrounded by gardens and jungle. The hotel won Unesco’s best design award in 2017.

  • At night, the entire place is aglow with lanterns, twinkly lights, and candles. It’s magical.

  • There is so much to explore: a traditional Mayan garden, sprawling lawns, a cenote, swimming pools. There’s no reason to leave.

  • The state-of-the-art spa is insane and has everything you could want, including a flotation pool, a movement studio, yoga and meditation platform, fitness center, salon, and everything else you could want.

  • The food and beverage program was created by famed Mexican chef Jorge Vallejo. An on-site farm uses traditional Mayan growing methods to cultivate organic veggies in raised beds.

  • The place is so big, it’s easy to get lost—you need a map!

  • You’ll want at least three days to fully enjoy all the offerings and blissed-out vibes, and even that might not be enough.

The Barometer

  • Design

  • Website

  • Plastic Free

  • Night's Sleep

  • Service

  • Amenities

  • Takeable Treats

  • Refer a Friend

  • Overall Value

  • Life Changing

Total: 47/50

Important Bits

  • Type

    Wellness resort.

  • Vibe

    Magical fairyland meets modern paradise on the grounds of an old hacienda in the middle of the Yucatan jungle.

  • Location

    Just 25 minutes south of Merida, but feels much more remote.

  • Rooms

    38 casitas; two villas.

  • Music

    Whatever you want; an iPad controlls hidden speakers in your room.

  • Year Opened

    2017

  • Designed By

    Jorge Borja and Paulina Morán

  • Pool/Gym

    Yes! And a 32,000 square foot spa.

  • Restaurant

    3

  • Bar

    2

  • Minibar

    Yes: sparkling water, tequila, and beer.

  • Children

    They’re allowed but maybe leave the kiddies at home to maximize the zen vibes.

  • Price

    Luxury with just the right amount of mysticism.

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