For its thoughtful interiors that pay homage to ancient Mayan culture, ChablĂ© Resort and Spa was awarded the Prix Versailles 2017 award for best architecture and design. ChablĂ©, 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 worldâ€™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, ChablĂ© 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 ChablĂ©.
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 Mexicoâ€™s best chefs.