Beachfront location with lounge chairs and thatched-roof cabanas
Mayan ceramic painting classes and access to an on-site dive center for scuba and snorkeling tours
Three bars shake up craft cocktails and the casual Cocina restaurant serves classic Latin dishes such as ceviche and steak with jalapeño chimmichurri and crisp yucca fries
What To Know
The resort is designed so that guests can "unplug" from everyday life, so there are no TVs or phones in the guestrooms
Guests can exchange daily dinner with daily lunch
The oceanfront restaurant and bar features a "Tulum-style" wood-burning oven
Parking on site
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Boho-chic sleep in Playa del Carmen, with 800 feet of soft sand, hammock-strung beach bungalows, and two pools
Mahekal Beach Resort was inspired by Julia Chaplin’s best-selling book, GypSet Style, and the interior design has a carefree, boho-chic vibe. Colorful accents of Mayan culture are infused throughout the hotel, and stone pathways lead to palapa-roofed bungalows. Each of the 122 rooms feature a hammock-strung terrace with views of the lush gardens, pool or Caribbean Sea. Accommodations have gauzy canopies, carved wooden ceiling fans and wall art, as well as organic Mayan-inspired amenities in the bathrooms. On Fridays, mingle with other guests at the beachside fire pit for live jazz music and relax with a cucumber, jalapeño and tamarind margarita from Boli’s bar. If you’re feeling like a quick and casual meal, Cocina offers a buffet with items such as tangy ceviche, fresh seafood, yucca fries or steak served with jalapeño chimichurri sauce. For an upscale dining experience, reserve a table at Las Olas restaurant, which serves classic Mexican food with a side of outstanding sunset views.
In the Area
Just a short walk from the hotel is Quinta Avenida, Playa del Carmen’s main shopping strip with vendors ranging from high-end boutiques to traditional souvenir shops. Sample Mayan cuisine with modern flair at Yaxche, which serves dishes such as shredded venison meat served with black beans, radish, avocado and homemade tortillas. For an action-packed day filled with more than 40 attractions and entertainment options, check out Xcaret Eco Theme Park. Or, for an adventure, take a taxi to Cenote Chaak Tun, a cave formation and swimming hole. In the evenings, there’s an array of nightclubs and bars, but Deseo is our pick, so head to their hip, outdoor lounge, where there are DJs spinning and black-and-white movie screenings.