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Mexico resort named best-designed hotel in the world

Travel + Leisure logo Travel + Leisure 2/06/2017 Talia Avakian

chable resort grounds © Courtesy of Alfredo Azar Photography chable resort grounds Nestled in the heart of the Mayan forest, the five-star Chablé Resort & Spa is now considered the world’s best-designed hotel.

The property is the winner of this year’s Prix Versailles award, a designation presented by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) and the International Union of Architects to the structures that have the most remarkable interior and exterior architecture.

Spread across 750 acres of the Yucatán Peninsula, the hotel’s design pays homage to its surroundings, combining traditional Mexican elements with modern touches to add a luxurious feel while immersing you in nature.

Stone walls and tropical gardens welcome you to the hotel's 38 casitas and two expansive villas.

Best Designed Resort in Mexico © Courtesy of Chablé Resort & Spa Best Designed Resort in Mexico

You can catch the views from one of the wall-length windows that surround your room, the glass-walled bathrooms complete with their own freestanding stone tubs, or from your own private hammock.

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Rooms also come with your own private pool, while walls made of materials recycled from a 19th-century working hacienda, or estate, transport you back in time.

Best Designed Resort in the World © Courtesy of Chablé Resort & Spa Best Designed Resort in the World

"True luxury is about preserving the soul of an incredible destination, so when Chablé was conceived, it was important to continue telling the story of this ancient hacienda through its unique architecture and design elements," Rocco Bova, the hotel’s general manager, said in a press release. "The final product offers guests a truly balanced and harmonious retreat that honors Mayan traditions without sacrificing the global standards for luxury."

This theme continues throughout its spa, which sits inside a cenote (a natural sinkhole) to offer a truly unique setting.

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When it comes to food, the property’s focus is on serving organic and seasonal cuisine, most of which is sourced from their on-site Maya Gardens, which use traditional Mayan methods that guests are invited to learn.

You can enjoy homemade staples like Yucatán honey, freshly baked breads, sweet jams, and even homemade butter in citrus and hazelnut flavors.

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Chablé is also where you can sample from the world’s largest tequila collection, with more than 3,000 bottles to choose from, or learn how to make your own tortillas and chocolate.

Located just minutes from the Mayan town of Chocholá, it's the perfect starting point for wandering through textile shops, markets, and authentic eateries.

Rooms at the resort start at $1,040 per night (plus taxes) for a double occupancy, which includes a daily breakfast.

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