The best hotel of 2017, according to architects
Its 40 suites – including the Master suite and the Presidential suite – are tucked away in the Mexican rainforest. Guests are guaranteed privacy in the Chablé Resort and Spa in Chocholá (Yucatan). Designed by Jorge Borja and Paulina Morán, the resort combines interior design, architecture and integration with the environment. At least this is what the International Union of Architects and UNESCO thought, awarding it the 2017 Prix Versailles for best hotel in the world.
Only 25 minutes from Mérida, designated as the 2017 American Capital of Culture, the project was built on the site of an old hacienda that used to grow henequén (a kind of agave). Now converted into a luxury complex, it still preserves the soul of the region’s colonial houses. To achieve this, some of the 19th century walls have been preserved in each of the suites or “casitas”, as they prefer to call them in the resort. The resort’s connection with the environment culminates in the cenote around which the spa has been built. A space to find harmony and balance. Mexicans believe that these sinkholes are “entrances to the Mayan underworld, gateways to the subconscious and beyond”.
For those who prefer to connect with their more earthly side, the hotel’s gastronomy is based on produce from its own organic vegetable plot, rediscovering farming techniques that have lain unused for over a century. The plot supplies ingredients for all the culinary options available at Chablé: IXI’IM, KI’OL, Spa Restaurant and Ka’Anches’s. The name of the first means corn in the Mayan language and is guided by Jorge Vallejo, widely regarded as the best chef in Mexico, thanks to his premises in Mexico City, Quintonil.