4.5
Very Good 2173 Reviews
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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

Amenities

  •  Babysitting
  •  Bar
  •  Free WiFi
  •  Gym
  •  Handicap-accessible
  •  Parking On Site
  •  Pet-friendly
  •  Pool
  •  Restaurant
  •  Spa
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Overview

Boho-chic sleep in Playa del Carmen, with 800 feet of soft sand, hammock-strung beach bungalows, and two pools

The Lowdown

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

Mahekal Beach Resort
38 St And The Beach
Playa del Carmen, 77710 Mexico

Reviews

4.5 Very Good 2173 Reviews
The staff makes the resort what it is!
Reviewed 13 hours ago

We stayed here for five days. Location is perfect. It is quiet and peaceful in the resort yet 5th Ave (the main thoroughfare, shopping, dining area) is just a 5 minute walk. Facilities are great but what makes this resort special is the fantastic staff. We were celebrating our 15 year old's Birthday and the kitchen baked a wonderful cake for him free of charge. We really enjoyed our stay and would definitely go back.

Good resort with mixed feelings
Reviewed 2 days ago

We stayed there a week in February. The resort concept is basically very nice : small bungalows, direct access to the beach, nice staff so I could have given a 5 stars to this resort. However there are few disappointments which should not happen with this range of hotel. We had booked a sea view bungalow...right in front of our apartment, there was a construction site so not much about the sea and definitely not nice surrounding. We had to go back to the reception and really claim to get something else. I got some compensation for being able to get an other sea view bungalow. Be aware that each small house has bottom floor and upper floor (not always obvious when you book where your room will be).
The resort is quite big so you have several restaurants and pools. We kind of hang around Fuego which is a very nice place for breakfast and easy lunch on the beach.
For dinner, you need to book through the reception, This is not very practical and they missed our booking one night and were sent back to reception. Not very nice service.

If you take the deal with lunch or dinner included, you need to understand well the rules and these are not clearly explained when you check in. If you dont plan to eat dinner at one the defined restaurant, then you have to say clearly to the waiter at lunch that you exchange dinner against lunch. I had a long discussion with the reception when I checked out to get a lot of lunch out of my bills.
The restaurant offered for dinner in the package is ok but I personally dont travel to Mexico to eat international food so we only visited this place once.
One very disturbing thing is the constant request of tips when you order something (even breakfast which is included). I understood from an other guest that this practice was recently implemented by the resort. Common in US but we are in Mexico! Pitty because the staff is friendly so would be nice if the tips are coming more spontaneously.
The beach can get very close to the resort, literally meaning that there is no beach left. Something seasonal I assume ?
Outside the resort there are plenty of good restaurants in walking distance.
Last but not least, be also aware that close by, there is an other hotel playing all day/night long loud disco music. Not the fault of the hotel but good to know if you think you will lay by the beach in peace.
This hotel can deserve much better rating if they need to care more about the offering and customers!

March Getaway
Reviewed 2 days ago

Beautiful resort,Excellent hosts ,always helpful,Great ceramics place to make your own,comfortable beds and outrageous hamoks,the staff at the fuego restaraunt excellente.I would highly recommend this resort.The entire staff at the resort deserves accolades.

wonderful resort
Reviewed 2 days ago

I'm not typically a resort person but this place meets beautifully in the middle of a boutique feel with the amenities of a larger scale hotel. We found the staff to be very kind, friendly and accommodating. We had a half board plan which we opted for breakfast and dinner. The breakfast at Fuego was amazing, tons of selection and healthy fresh food. They have the most delicious "green" juice, a must try. Dinners were great too, one night they had a traditional Mexican buffet complete with a mariachi band...so much fun! The grounds of the hotel are immaculately kept. There are 3 different pools/hottubs - all beautiful but my favourite was the infinity. There are many different types of accommodations here, our room was simple, stylish and clean so it worked for us. Overall we had a fantastic time here and hope to return again some day!

Totally relaxing with fab staff!
Reviewed 3 days ago

We wanted a relaxing family holiday with the option of excursions and shopping. That’s exactly what we got. Had booked a garden room but were upgraded on arrival which was exactly the room we were looking for. Close to infinity pool, restaurant and bar( frozen margaritas!!) there’s no tv in room which makes you do other things when heat is unbearable, I’m Scottish so the sun is a strange phenomenon. The staff were absolutely amazing. My daughters learning Spanish at school and they were fab at helping her learn and really gave her confidence. Pools are nice and clean as is the beach. Only draw back is the amount of seaweed in the sea. That’s Mother Nature though and not the hotel. Would highly recommend this hotel if you like quiet and relaxing with the option of shopping (5th Avenue is three minutes walk) with attentive staff.