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
We loved our stay at Mahekal. The beautiful tropical environment felt like Jurassic Park. Breakfast everyday with Ignacio as our waiter was awesome. The beautiful views of the beach and the infinity pool were our favorite. Dinner at fuego was fantastic as well as lunch. The resort is very close to 5th avenue, but the resort is perfectly located away from the noise. Highly recommend staying here and we look forward to coming back.
First the good. Fuego Restaurant. All three meals. Right on the beach, ate most of meals here. Great crew: Enrique, Elias, Camilia, Jesus. Great English speakers and they helped me when I asked them to help me improve my Espanol. And the food is really good. Outsiders are welcome, too and we would recommend that.
The rooms? Not so great. This is an older property. A lot of one and two story palapa style accommodations. In serious need of investment.
If you want a modern, well airconditioned room, you'll have to stay elsewhere.
Overall? Mahekal has its charms. Great location on the beach. Good food. So-So rooms.
Just few Words to thank my friends for our wonderful stay at mahekal beach resort!
Wonderful place, wonderful people at fuego restaurant, wonderful food!
A huge thank you four your welcome !
Hope to be back as soon as possible!
Special thanks to my friends #Emmanuel#René and #Enrique
My family and I (kids 5yrs and 13yrs) visited Mahekal Resort last month (July 2018) and we had an amazing time! Beautiful views everywhere you turned! The resort is kept very clean and well maintained and was also located near many shops and restaurants. Excursions were only short drives away which was great. The inclusive breakfast buffet definitely came in handy and the food was great. Our room was pretty awesome too! Everyone at the resort was so polite and welcoming. We want to give a special thanks to Manuel at the front desk who did above and beyond to accommodate us and make sure our stay was comfortable and the room fit our needs, we can't thank him enough. He truly stands out from the average and deserves recognition. The manager was also helpful (forgot his name). Then there was Manuel #2, the server at the Fuego restaurant who catered to all our needs poolside and at the restaurant and became our friend during our stay. The hospitality we received was phenomenal, we would definitely love to visit again!!
4 excellent days here. Great pools, food, beach access, rooms, friendly staff etc. We did the semi inclusive and it was well worth it to not have to figure out meals for ourselves. Close to shopping if you’re into that and also really easy to schedule snorkel tours and get over to Cozumel.