Luxurious new cenote resort to open near Mérida in early 2016

(Photo: Rendering of spa suite. contributor Jim Dobson reports that the Chablé Resort, a new cenote resort near Mérida, will debut in early 2016, blending five-star hospitality, superior cuisine, the world’s largest tequila collection and an enviable location within a mystical natural environment.

Located 25 minutes southwest of Mérida near Highway 180, Chablé is a five-star destination spa offering a harmonious blend of nature and luxury.  Scheduled to debut spring 2016, Chablé will feature 38 luxurious stand-alone pool villas, two expansive 3-bedroom presidential suites and a XIX century traditional “Hacienda,” completely restored to reflect the elegance and sophistication of the past.

Underground Cenote Spa

This hedonistic retreat will be anchored by the spa and spread across 750 acres in the heart of the Mayan forest, providing the utmost in privacy, intimacy and tranquility.  The Yucatán region is rich in culture and history, guaranteeing guests an authentic experience in a calm and serene environment with a true sense of place.

Chablé’s world-class spa will be built alongside a private and natural cenote, a natural formation commonly associated with the Yucatán Peninsula and considered sacred by the Mayans.  The philosophy of the spa will draw from this ancient culture to offer a wide range of Mayan-inspired spa treatments, harnessing the powers of the area’s most ancient techniques and ingredients mixed with modern amenities.

Villa at Chable Resort

In addition, the resort will offer fine, organic cuisine from a seasonal menu sourced directly from Chablé’s on-site gardens.  With an emphasis on indulgence and relaxation, Chablé will also offer an expansive cellar showcasing the largest private tequila collection in the world.

Following the spring 2016 opening, phase two of the project will add an 18-hole championship golf course, as well as a real estate component offering private residential lots.

The idea for Chablé began 10 years ago.   The intention was to go beyond just another hacienda-style resort to create a calm and peaceful place for wellness and complete relaxation. The mission was to not only restore the traditional XIX-century Hacienda, but to also reignite the prosperity the property enjoyed centuries ago and to tie it back to the community.


Every aspect in the development of Chablé has been carefully planned and executed to honor the history of the property and the ancient Maya culture. It was important to build the restaurant near the garden that was once abundant in fresh fruits and vegetables.  The Maya garden has been recreated with the same techniques that were used during the 17th century.  The spa is located adjacent to the cenote, as this was once an important site to conduct ceremonial rituals for stimulating positive energies. Each suite has been placed in the lush gardens where nature can be enjoyed to its fullest.

The modern touches incorporated with Maya architecture, warm woods and original 19th century walls of the working hacienda are what make Chablé a work of art.   Every room has a view and every view is a living part of the Hacienda.

At the heart of Chablé is a traditional Maya garden, recreating harvesting techniques that have not been used in over a century.  The garden consists of raised garden beds made from local woods, and constructed using no man-made elements.  Each bed is filled with organic soil and seeds traditionally harvested by Chable’s resident Maya horticulturist.  Guests will have the option to partake in the gardening process during each visit.

Main House at Chable

The main restaurant features fresh, seasonal ingredients sourced from the property’s own Maya garden and nearby local vendors.   The chef is committed to using only the freshest ingredients to create wholesome, flavorful cuisine.  The seasonal menu offers healthy naturally grilled foods paired with traditional Maya dishes.

Chablé features an extensive array of ceviche and agua chiles, all prepared upon request. The chef’s signature ceviche is a seabass infused with an aromatic and flavorful sauce of ginger, lime, celery coriander and cucumber.   In addition, the extensive wine cellar will be home to exclusive vintages.  The cellar provides an intimate setting ideal for romantic dinners, social gatherings or simply to enjoy a drink before dinner.

Cenote at Chable Spa

The Spa is a world-class facility built around a natural “cenote,” which serves as an extension of the spa. Traditional Maya techniques are incorporated with Chable’s custom treatments and guaranteed to leave guests feeling relaxed and rejuvenated.  The spa features 9 treatment rooms, a steam room, a sauna, a salt cabin and a floatarium. In addition, the facility offers guests warm and cold whirlpools, a water circuit with varying types of shower pressures, a relaxation area and a pool.

By Jim Dobson,




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