STAY YUCATAN: CHABLE RESORT
Each and every time I have had to go off the beaten path, take the slightly longer route to get somewhere, it has always been worthwhile. I’m starting to truly believe the phrase, nothing good comes easy- and most neat destinations require just a little extra effort.
That was the case with Chable Yucatan, while Chable Maroma was a mere 30minutes from the airport. Yucatan was a 4 hour drive. I originally ablated at the idea and even considered a quick flight to Merida which has a closer airport to Chable Yucatan, however Delta stopped flying the route and even better I started to think of all the ways I could maximize a road trip between both resorts.Chable Maroma team were really great in offering advice on how to get to their sister resort.
Stop at Volladolid (with its bright colors and untouched colonial buildings) and of course stop at Chichen Itza- a complex Mayan ruins, one of them being El Castillo, a massive step pyramid that cannot be ignored.So we made the 4hour trip a little road trip. After a not so early departure but still allowing for times to stop, we pulled into Chable Yucatan at exactly sundown- sometime around 7pm.
By night, the property resembles a most wealthy and private estate. The kind that feels like it must have been owned by some kind of royalty a very long time ago. I could tell that this was very different from Maroma, where Maroma was minimal, Yucatan was expansive, where Maroma was beach, Yucatan was jungle, where Maroma was blue waters and white sand, Yucatan was lush greeneries with warm reds and golden walls. They were similar in that they both felt unique and stunningly beautiful but different in so many ways.
In some ways, I’m happy we saved the Yucatan location for last, there just seemed to be so much more history at this property- the kind that requires slow discovery. If you were to do both, I’d recommend you not only save this for last but that you also give this an additional day or two, so you can fully and slowly uncover the secrets and nooks of the property. When you do, you’ll understand why they have won pretty much every travel award in their class – most notably to me, Condé Nast Traveler Best New Hotels in the World 2017.
There are 4 room types, the “entry level” class is the Casita. “Entry level” is misleading as at most every other hotels or resort, this would be considered the highest class. I stayed at a Casita. See video below on TripAdvisor for a quick tour. There is also a Presidential Villa, A Royal Villa and a Family Villa- they all offer way more luxury and amenities than I’d ever need.
The Hammock over the plunge pool is where I spent most of my time- there and on the super comfy couch in the room. Other highlights included the indoor/outdoor shower and the walk- in closet which made getting ready each day very easy and quite enjoyable.
While the Casitas are amazing, no stay here is complete without taking the time to try the restaurants on the property. We settled on the Wellness Restaurant for breakfast (light, healthy fare that doesn’t weigh you down), Ki’ol for lunch (traditional Mexican classics) and Ixi’im with it’s sophisticated and innovative cuisine for special dinners.
Honestly, the best thing about our stay is that when I look back at it, I can’t help but smile- it was truly unique, and every detail was outstanding. I remember more than anything how it felt getting there and the sudden nostalgia I felt when it was time to leave. That’s how you know you’ve hit a gem. You’ve barely walked away and you’re already missing it.
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