Hamak Hotels continues to make a statement in some of the Mexico’s most pristine and historic locations with 11 hotel and resort properties … and counting. The latest footprint in the portfolio opens this summer with Chablé Maroma on the Riviera Maya.
Each property commits to preservation, both to the culture of place and the natural landscape in place, in a concept commonly referred to as “cultural greening.” But the gold behind the green is a partnership of brains and hospitality experience that accounts for some 60 years combined in bringing successful hotel development and management to Mexico. In 2009, luxury hotelier veterans and developers Alberto Remirez, Nicolas Dominguez and Federico Carstens, formerly of Prohotels Management and Hotel Ikal del Mar (currently known as Tides Riviera Maya), launched their dream in creating and operating eco-conscious hotels throughout Mexico. They saw that guests too often walk away from the homogenized hotel experiences they have feeling unfulfilled. There was a gap there that needed to be addressed and the trio set out to create resorts that offer individualized experiences appealing to guests’ senses of taste, smell, touch, sight and sound with immersions in local traditions and customs, but without sacrificing luxury and pampering.
Chablé Resort, Mérida
For the past couple of years, Hamak has been receiving wide spread kudos with the 2016 opening of Chablé Resort near Mérida in the Yucatán.
The resort sits in a Mayan forest barely 30 minutes’ drive from the historic and celebrated city. As a five-star spa retreat it spreads across 750 acres with 38 spacious stand-alone pool villas and two palatial 3-bedroom presidential manors, all surrounded by lush gardens and anchored by a lavish 19th century restored Hacienda.
Another centerpiece of the resort is its world-class spa within a natural cenote or magical underground pond, where the resort’s spiritual shaman conducts traditional ceremonies and discusses Mayan philosophies with guests. Drawing from this ancient wisdom, the spa offers a wide range of Mayan-inspired treatments.
Cuisine at Chablé focuses on seasonal and organic ingredients, often accompanied by flights of rare tequilas from the resort’s collection, believed to be the largest in the world.
Hotel Cartesiano, Puebla
Hotel Cartesiano opened in 2017 as a luxury property in the heart of historic Puebla – an easy 90-munite drive from Mexico City. With 78 guest rooms and suites, the hotel spreads across a restored and enhanced 16th century colonial mansion presenting guest rooms and public spaces that bring out the traditions of art and authentic architecture in Mexico through natural woods and local stones.
Guestroom amenities include rain showers, double sink, security box, 55” Smart TV, Nespresso Coffeemaker and Ortigia designer bath products.
A rooftop pool and deck provide relaxation for guests taking a break from touring the fascinating UNESCO World Heritage Site that is Puebla. Also find a spirited lobby bar and lounge, a robust library and a convenient business center. The spa at Cartesiano offers four tranquil cabins and an array of rejuvenating treatments using Naturopathic brand products.
Dining venues and views throughout the property take in Puebla’s churches and historic quarters.
Mukan Resort, Sian Ka’an
For many travelers, far away is just not far enough and for those travelers, there is Mukan. Located on Mexico’s southern Caribbean coast in the Sian Ka’an Biosphere, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, Mukan is protected by tropical forests, mangrove lagoons and the beauty of the Mesoamerican Barrier Reef.
The precious resort opened in December with just four stand-alone beachfront bungalows and five guest suites in the main villa, all comfortably luxurious and managed with the least amount of pressure on the environment. That includes, solar electricity, water harvested from subterranean springs, indigenous building materials, furnishings crafted by locals, and dining ingredients from local gardens. The Sian Ka’an biosphere is one of Mexico’s largest protected areas and provides for plenty of adventure and discovery.
While incredibly remote, Mukan can be accessed by car, boat and helicopter. It’s an easy 45-minute boat journey through mesmerizing mangrove forests from Tulum. The resort is located 100 miles from Cancun International Airport. The resort offers personal meet and transfer van services for an added fee that, with the boat ride to the dock, takes about 2.5 hours total.
Dining at Mukan is highly personalized. That means there are no menus: the chef carefully creates each dish according to guest preferences. These are often regionally-inspired dishes using locally-sourced and sustainable ingredients.
Days of exploration are given to kayaks, paddle boards, snorkeling equipment, bicycles and yoga mats. Excursions can be arranged through the concierge, whether to canoe through meandering mangroves, dive into magical cenotes, fly fishing in lagoons or wandering through the biosphere with its extraordinary flora and fauna.
Casa San Agustin, Cartagena, Columbia
Farther afield in the heart of historic, UNESCO-protected Old Town Cartagena in Columbia, Casa San Augustin carries the Hamak banner with 24 rooms and six suites built into adjacent 17th century mansions. The hotel is a veritable museum in its own right filled with local period antiques, original wood-beamed ceilings, and wall frescoes. Slices of a 300-year-old aqueduct run through the hotel’s core.
Each guestroom is distinctive and unique with views of the street or garden. Some of the rooms and suites enjoy shared gardens, or private plunge pools. All accommodations are furnished with Frette linens. iPads are presented to guest upon request. Wi-Fi is freely available throughout and bicycles are at the ready for guests to ride through the medieval streets surrounding and onto the beach areas.
Guests gather around an ambient garden pool in the courtyard, framed by the former aqueduct. Dining is managed at Alma, specializing in seafood and known for locally-sourced ceviche, an amazing bouillabaisses and local specialties with international gourmet twists. Steps away is the historic charm and artsy bustle of Old Town Cartagena, a significant colonial port of trade that had its halcyon days in the 17th century. Casa San Augustin is a member of Leading Hotels of the World.
Chablé Maroma, Riviera Maya
Soon to open this summer is Chablé Maroma on the Riviera Maya on popular Maroma Beach on the Riviera Maya. As a member of Leading Hotels of the World, Maroma will not be short on luxury, service or amenities with some 70 Villas with private pools and moon showers, and palatial Presidential Villas with three bedrooms each. Expect a generous beachfront expanse, a beach deck for yoga, and a signature spa offering eight treatment cabins and a creative menu of services. Fitness classes, cooking classes and local explorations will add to the list.
Chablé Maroma is located 35 minutes from the Cancun International Airport.
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