Back when the original Chablé Resort & Spa opened outside of Merida, Mexico, it got high praise from our reviewer for its sleek modern design that upended the typical hacienda hotel aesthetic, as well as immediately taking the crown for the best resort food in the region. It also won several design awards. Now we’ve recently posted a review of their second project, this time on the Riviera Maya coast: Chablé Maroma.
This blog has been quiet for a while as I’ve been traveling around Mexico and attending two trade shows. One was Cancun Travel Mart and the second was Adventure Travel Mexico. I found out at the latter that there is going to be a third Chable resort coming later, this on the other side of Mexico in La Paz, on the Baja Peninsula.
Construction hasn’t even started on that one yet though, so for now let’s talk about the one we just posted a detailed review of on the Caribbean coast.
In contrast to many of the mega-resorts for the masses lining this stretch of coast in Mexico between Cancun and Playa del Carmen, there are only 70 individual villas at Chable Maroma Resort and Spa, giving all guests a good bit of privacy and larger quarters than usual. There’s plenty of room and furniture inside, then each has a private plunge pool and a daybed on the ample terrace.
Then you’ll feel doubly pampered when it’s time to get cleaned up after a day of saltwater and sunscreen:
The bathroom is as large as the bedroom, with two separate toilet cubicles and three rainshowers—two in an outdoor glass room and one outside—all looking out into the green plant life of the jungle. There’s also an individual couch located next to a full-size mirror with a paper lamp in the shape of a quetzal hanging from one corner. Another large mirror with an elegantly lit frame runs across two green ceramic sinks complemented with toiletries specially created for Chablé.
The resort also has a strong focus on inventive cocktails and cuisine that’s getting a lot of attention in a region that’s loaded with excellent hotel restaurants. The best spot for a drink is Raw Bar, which has a panoramic deck view of the pool complex and the aqua waters of the sea beyond. You’ll be sure to find something worthy of a dream vacation photo for making the friends back home jealous.
The signature restaurant Bu’ul comes with a pedigree. It’s headed up by Chef Jorge Vallejo, owner of Quintonil, a Mexico City restaurant that’s appeared for the last three consecutive years in the World’s 50 Best Restaurants list and recently made the top 10 in Latin America. You can expect plenty of modern takes on traditional Mexican and Mayan food from the menu designed by one of the world’s top chefs, but with a strong emphasis on local ingredients and seafood.
Other options are more casual, though always presented with flair and care. Naturally you can also just order room service and enjoy it on your private terrace. You’ll do that for sure when you wake up, finding an “eye opener” tray waiting for you with coffee or tea and some pastries to start your day.
With “Spa” in the name of the property, you can expect to have plenty of pampering options on the menu there. You’ll also find a whole hydrotherapy circuit, a temazcal option, and facials that make use of local herbs.
In a region with plenty of high-end competition, Chable couldn’t afford to go halfway when opening on the same beach as Belmond Maroma, with a Rosewood, Banyan Tree, Andaz, and Velas resort all nearby. So it raised the bar even higher and delivered.
See more photos and our full detailed review of Chablé Maroma Resort and Spa in the Riviera Maya of Mexico.