Chable Hotels opens wellness retreat in Mexican biosphere reserve: Travel Weekly

The Riviera Maya has no shortage of ultimate wellness experiences; the spas along the Caribbean coast of Mexico are among the best in the world. But this stretch of sugary sand is about to welcome a newcomer who is sure to turn a lot of heads in the wellness world.

Casa Chable promises to be something truly special, thanks to its enviable address in the protected and pristine Sian Ka’an Biosphere Reserve. This is the latest attempt by Chable Hotels, which has caused a stir in the world of luxury with its properties in Yucatan and Maroma.

The plan is for a spring start for the resort, with a tentative opening date in June.

Sian Ka’an begins just south of Tulum and covers over 2,000 square miles of preserved habitat on land and sea. Within the World Heritage Site are thousands of species of flora and fauna and some of the most perfect Caribbean beaches you can imagine. If you thought Tulum’s beaches were Grade A, wait until you get a glimpse of the bleached sands and turquoise waters of Sian Ka’an Biosphere.

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The setting itself begs for a feel-good vacation, with nothing but palm trees, thick jungle, and the sound of gentle waves crashing onto white-sand beaches.

Frequent visitors to the Mexican Caribbean may recognize the site as the former Casa Mukan; Chable Hotels has taken over the resort to transform it into one of its own.

The trip to Casa Chable promises to immediately set the “unplugged” tone. The Robinson Crusoe adventure begins at the entrance to the Biosphere, where guests are transported by private boat through the mangrove forests to arrive at the resort’s private dock.

The whole philosophy of the resort is high escape. Surrounded by 12 acres of jungle, this is one of the most secluded properties on the Caribbean coast.

Casa Chable will only have 10 units: five in the main house; three ocean view villas; a beachfront villa with a private garden; and a main beachfront villa.

One bedroom at Casa Chable, which will only have 10 units, including villas. Photo credit: Courtesy of Chable Hotels

Everything guests need will be located on the property, including a thatched-roof gourmet restaurant; private beach with canopy daybeds, teepees and hammocks; and a rooftop lounge and bar. For wellness travelers, in addition to built-in tranquility, the resort will feature a beachfront wellness cabana as well as an outdoor wellness plaza designed specifically for yoga and meditation.

The spa hut will of course offer a menu of body treatments, facials and massages, many of which will use local ingredients. But much of the feel-good component of Casa Chable comes from soaking up its unique location within the biosphere. From yoga on the beach, to meditation, to bike rides or snorkeling in the reef, the entire experience has been designed with physical and mental well-being in mind.

One of the things that sets Casa Chable apart from other resorts in the area is basically that it is one of the only resorts in the area. In an age where privacy is paramount for travelers, you can’t underestimate this remoteness. The location also means guests will have easy access to world-class snorkeling and wildlife viewing. The resort provides guests with paddleboards, kayaks, and snorkeling gear. You can also explore the nearby ruins of Muyil, an archaeological site much less visited than others in the region, as well as the crystal clear waters of the nearby Laguna Kaan Luum.

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The wellness center rooftop lounge and bar. Photo credit: Courtesy of Chable Hotels

Dining at the resort will involve incorporating local ingredients into the menu. The culinary program was designed by Jorge Vallejo, chef and owner of the Quintonil restaurant in Mexico City. Executive Chef Alejandro Chavez will prepare regional Mexican Caribbean dishes, using produce from the property’s organic garden as well as locally caught seafood.

Casa Chable incorporates wellness into its design as well as its experience, which means wellness for the environment: it was designed to be an active part of the fragile coastal ecosystem. The resort is powered by renewable solar and wind energy and uses an eco-friendly water filtration system.

The resort is also part of the brand’s partnership with Comunal, a Mexican organization that promotes environmental conservation, sustainability and social responsibility.

Rates at Casa Chable will start at $609 per night. Full property buyouts will be available from $6,750 for up to 22 people. We are not yet accepting reservations.

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