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
The Revive spa is wonderful. Martha gave me a great 80 min Serenity Massage, and there was a jacuzzi bath included. She was the best, highly recommend it! I came back the next day for a hot stones massage, loved both.
We learned about this property from an article in our local lifestyle magazine. We just concluded our second stay at this resort, and have already booked our third. We base our assessment of resorts on ambiance, hospitality and attitude of the staff, cleanliness, amenities, and quality of dining experience. Our frame of reference is the Ritz-Carlton and Four Seasons properties. Mahekal hospitality is, in our opinion, the equal of our reference properties. Staff here goes above and beyond to enhance the guest experience. The beachouse king palapa suite is elegant, well appointed, and extremely relaxing. The property itself feels like its been carved straight out of the jungle, and the aesthetic is fantastic. Food quality at the two onsite restaurants is very good, and there is multitude of great restaurants within a short walk of the property. Spa treatments were phenomenal, and very reasonably priced. One thing to know before you go is that the property faces a public beach. It may be the case that there are no private beaches for hotels in Playa del Carmen, but not sure about that. There are ropes separating the beach from the property, and there is 24hour uniformed security on the beach, so we've never had any kind of problem with this. However, just know that the beach can get a bit crowded and noisy at peak times. A minor point, however and certainly doesn't detract from our overall enjoyment of this property.
If you are looking to experience the best of Mexico in one resort, this is the place. The hospitality, service, ambiance, and food quality are second to none in the Riviera Maya. We have been coming to this resort since 2005 and recently just completed our 8th or 9th visit. My wife says it nine, and I think it’s eight but whatever we love it. It’s the staff that keeps us coming back year after year. This time we experienced unbelievable service from everyone we encountered but especially Alberto and Mariano at the Itzi pool and Enrique and Angel at Las Olas. All the staff are friendly and accommodating. It’s the one place we stay when we travel that truly makes us feel like we are at our second home.
We also enjoy the beautiful beach and pools and the food and drinks are of very high quality with many Mexican specialities. Although we noticed a few minor maintenance issues, we always enjoy the authentic atmosphere, quaint rooms, and gorgeous landscaping of the resort. If you are looking for room amenities, this may not be the resort for you…but if you enjoy an ultra chill, laid back resort where everyone is friendly then you are at the right spot! Unwind and enjoy! Viva Mexico! Hasta pronto Mahekal!!