Mahekal Beach Resort
What We Love
- 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
- Free WiFi
- Parking On Site
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.
How to Get There
The staff is impeccable. Service is always with a smile and no excuses regardless the reasonable request... The grounds are clean and lush. The breakfast is substantial and will hold you to dinner.
Playa del Carmen's beach is disappearing. We found Puerto Morelos beach better. This is no fault of the hotel of course.... The Margarita was 160 pesos (8 bucks, not including tip) the drink was weak in taste and alcohol....
Bottom line, we enjoyed our stay here... but may look elsewhere next time.
Just a quick short getaway before the holidays season and this resort an staff never failed us! Just amazing, the views, food, drinks, cleanliness and even the weather was just super! The grounds are so beautifully groomed!
Overall we all (18 of us on a corporate getaway) enjoyed the resort. Private beach, beautiful grounds, really pleasant and helpful staff. They're were a couple issues with room door locks (many seem to be mis-keyed or in need of replacement) and the first night there was a wedding on site that was loud into the wee hours of the morning. Also be aware that there are night clubs not far from here, so expect to hear them, sometimes late into the night. They were setting up for the Jazz festival next to the resort near the end of our stay - sound check 23:00-24:00.
A/C units are very quiet.
Absent the sound check and wedding the only noise was from the ocean waves hitting the beach...
But overall our group loved it and would recommend. The entry road (38th) is a beautiful, quiet, tree-lined street, just a very short walk to 5th Ave and many great shops and restaurants.
What an amazing property, with amazing service and food. People like Tino Ek, Manuel (at Fuego Bar), and other members of the staff make the overall experience splendid. My husband and I spent 8 nights here. We’ll lmiss the place until we will return.
We came for just 3 nights and really enjoyed it. The staff was very friendly. We had a fantastic waiter at the bar named Gilberto Ucan-he made sure we were taken care of at all times. Our palapa was beautiful and right on the beach. The only reason I wouldn't give it 5 starts is because 2 out of our 3 nights the restaurant was closed for private parties and our room was right next to it. The first night it sounded as though we had a party inside our room until 2am.