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
- Handicap Accessible
- 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
A beachfront hotel is nicely located in Playa, walking distance to several restaurants and bars. Breakfast is served as a buffet with some daily changes to the menu. Overall very good food quality. Facilities are well maintained and the complete personnel was very attentive.
We had a great trip. The staff was very friendly and accommodating. The facility is beautiful and well maintained. The beach is lovely. Food was good with ample variety. The location is good, only a few blocks from the main shopping area. All and all a very relaxing and enjoyable week. My wife and daughter are already ready to return.
We've been coming to the Mahekal for 15 years (back when it was the Shangri-La de Caribe). The resort is beautiful with palapa style casitas and gorgeous rooms super close to the beach. Beautiful infinity pools and several restaurants and bars on location, but with easy access to Playa del Carmen and its nightlife. Kinda pricey, but that includes breakfast and dinner and you can move your chits around to have lunch in place of one the other meals if you prefer. I've never heard anything but rave reviews for the truly "magical" place.