Hello, hello dear friends! I have a fun post full of dreamy travel inspiration for you today, but first I need to express my utter gratitude for your love and support of our Hi Sugarplum x Victoria Emerson Collection that launched this week!
Your excitement blew us away, and we’re absolutely thrilled you love the styles as much as we do! Some of them have sold out, and the inventory is running low on the rest, but if you order now, not only will you receive it by Christmas, but you’ll get them Buy One, Get One FREE! Crazy, right?! Find the full Collection HERE.
Now let’s get to today’s post… recapping my fun and relaxing girls getaway with my dear friend, Suzie. Y’all know her as the amazing hair and makeup talent behind every single Gibsonlook x Hi Sugarplum Collection (yep, Suzie was part of all 13 Collection photoshoots, plus several side projects!), but she’s also one of my closest friends and kindest souls.
She recently sent her only child off to college (across the country, no less!), and especially considering she was a single mom for 17 years, I knew that was a feat worth celebrating! So when the team at Chable Hotels invited me to come stay in their new Casa Chable property, I begged Suzie to join me for a few days of barefoot luxury!
We arrived in Cancun late afternoon… too late for the journey to Casa Chable… so we spent the first night at the dreamy Chablé Maroma. Nestled between the pristine shores of the Riviera Maya, and the lush, tropical jungle, Chablé Maroma is a quiet oasis.
The boutique property is a quick 20-30 minute drive from the airport, with just 70 suite-style casitas, most with a private plunge pool and large outdoor terrance. It has two restaurants, one poolside and the other rooftop with stunning views of Maroma Beach and the sunset, plus a palapa bar serving drinks and light snacks throughout the day.
The pool is literally in the sand, with views of the ocean, and friendly, attentive staff serving up the most delicious drinks and snacks.
Sugarplum Travel Tip: The Cancun Airport can be chaotic with the tour operators, so we always book a private transfer through the hotel. They meet you just outside the doors, and drive you directly to the hotel in a comfortable, quiet car.
The spa at Chablé Maroma is an adults-only, 17,000 square foot palace of pampering! Since we were here just 24 hours, we weren’t able to take advantage of the services, but we did enjoy the jacuzzi, plunge pool, and sauna, all included in the room rates.
There’s also a fitness center with serious Technogym equipment, and stocked with healthy snacks and juices, which we hit up after sunrise yoga on the beach.
The Chablé Maroma rooms are nestled in the jungle, giving them a treehouse vibe. They’re large, with private plunge pools, oversized terraces, and indoor & outdoor showers. The minibars are stocked and included in the rate, as well.
We enjoyed the quiet morning with the free coffee and pastry delivery, before venturing to the poolside restaurant for a huge breakfast.
Sugarplum Travel Tip: If you prefer your plunge pool warm, ask upon arrival as they take awhile to heat up.
After much too short of a visit, it was time to make our way to Casa Chablé, a new addition to the Chablé roster that’s already made its way to top hotel lists from Condé Nast to Vogue! It’s a uniquely remote beachfront luxury lodging experience located within one of Mexico’s most spectacular nature refuges, Sian Ka’an.
We drove a few hours south, through the over-developed town of Tulum, until we reached the colorful arch designating the start of the Sian Ka’an Biosphere Reserve, a 2,000-square mile UNESCO-protected coastal marshland, boasting everything from manatees to jaguars.
From there, you can drive the 22 miles down a bumpy gravel road (which takes around two hours), or another 20 minutes to a small fishing boat which whisks you through the Campeche Lagoon. We opted for the 50 minute boat ride, and were treated to sightings of countless birds and even a crocodile!
We arrived at a small dock to a warm welcome of cool towels and cold drinks. From there, it’s a short walk through a jungle trail, to the stunning, imposing turquoise doors of Casa Principal, the main house of Casa Chablé.
Casa Chablé was originally built as a private home, then transformed to a nature retreat with the addition of five beachside bungalows, before the Chablé Hotels took ownership a few years ago.
Today, no new construction is permitted in the Sian Ka’an Biosphere Reserve, so the entire property was a renovation project of the existing footprint that had to closely adhere to the laws of the reserve, including being completely powered by renewable solar and wind energy.
There are luxurious design touches throughout, but the underlying feeling is of pure barefoot tranquility. There’s no neighbors, no bar scene, and shoes are optional… it’s like being on a deserted island, but with really amazing food!
There are five rooms in the main house, each with a balcony, but you’ll get the full experience of Casa Chablé by staying in one of the five beachside bungalows. They’re literally set in the sand, each with a patio perfect for enjoying the morning coffee service, and a refreshing outdoor shower.
Sugarplum Travel Tip: Given the remote location, Casa Chablé uses an on-site desalination plant, so the water is clean for showering, but still contains large amounts of salt. They’re still working on installing a complete water filtration system, and there is plenty of clean drinking water available in the rooms and restaurant.
There’s no large pool or a bar scene, but there are plenty of hammocks and beach chairs scattered about this sugar-sand beach, overlooking the blue waters. The staff is small, and the service is warm and non-obtrusive.
You’re likely to go all day without seeing another soul. In fact, we were the only guests on our first night there! Surprisingly, the property has great wifi, but bring a book and sunscreen, because Casa Chablé is the epitome of beach tranquility!
The restaurant sits directly in the sand, and has a robust menu given the location… and the food was absolutely incredible!
The small spa and fitness area were still under construction during our visit, but offered morning yoga in the sand, and massages set among the palm trees. Pure bliss!
Casa Chablé’s unique location allows for stunning sunsets on the lagoon side, and sunrises on the beach. And zero light pollution means the most unbelievable stargazing!
After a few days in this quiet oasis, we hugged the staff goodbye and set off towards civilization again… both feeling so rested and at peace. Thank you Casa Chablé for sharing your most-unique property with us! It’s an experience we will cherish!
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