For its thoughtful interiors that pay homage to ancient Mayan culture, Chablé Resort and Spa was awarded the Prix Versailles 2017 award for best architecture and design. Chablé, located deep in the Yucatan Peninsula, bested 18 other properties after being evaluated by six independent panels.
The Prix Versailles is a Paris-based award-giving body that recognizes the world’s best designed stores, hotels, and restaurants and has been actively promoted by UNESCO and the International Union of Architects.
A member of Small Luxury Hotels of the World, Chablé is less than a year old. A restored 19th century estate, the 750-acre resort in Merida is known for using locally sourced materials in its interiors. Custom-made furniture dot the property, which includes a library, a lounge bar, a wine cellar, a secluded hacienda, and a chapel adorned by a portrait of its namesake, Saint Chablé.
It comes with 38 modern, open-planned villas where visitors can hear the sounds of the surrounding verdant forest. Each comes with a glittering cerulean pool, along with hammocks where guests can spend their lazy afternoons. Meanwhile, its highly acclaimed culinary offerings have been designed by Jorge Vallejo, recognized as one of Mexico’s best chefs.