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 room was ok and the food was really good. Unfortunately the beach was not swimmable and had strong smell (they should have informed the guest beforehand). On the other hand the staff is not looking out for the best interest of the guest/tourist. Don’t book your taxis through the hotel, they will try to rip you off. We found out the hard way and did it through the hotel thinking they would get us a fair price but that was not the case.
This was my first trip to Playa and I could not imagine experiencing it any other way. I’m not sure there are enough positive adjectives to describe this property and the fantastic, friendly, and accommodating staff there!
You could never leave the property and experience the beach, food, and culture of Playa Del Carmen and the “Mayan Riviera.” The palapa we had was about 200 feet from the water- so relaxing to hear the waves crashing on the beach all night. We were also situated very close to the Fuego restaurant/bar, and pool- where we made fast friends with the bartenders and servers who were absolutely wonderful and so helpful. I was actually sad to say goodbye to René, Manolo, Gerardo, and Antonio.
We also took advantage of a couple of spa treatments- I highly recommend the “Coconut Caribe” body treatment- and ask for Marbella! I honestly did not know what to expect but was pleasantly surprised with the quality of my massage- she is clearly an experienced and top-notch therapist!
Other fun things to take advantage of during your visit: lobster night on the beach (a 5-course dinner including, of course, grilled lobster), and “Fresh Catch,” in which you select a fish caught that morning and how you’d like it prepared for your lunch. Try the ceviche off of the pool menu at Fuego- you will not be disappointed!
Truly memorable experience and I can’t wait for our next visit!
My friend and I got away to Playa del Carmen for a break from winter and R&R. When we first arrived we were thrilled at the design and layout of the resort. Everyone was incredibly friendly. Our favorite was relaxing by the pool - Manolo was our server and he was a highlight - made our trip so easy as he got to know us and was a joy to run into each day.
We’re very happy with the trip! Will definitely be back.
Awesome place to relax and unwind on the beach. It was really great to see that many of the staff we have come to know over the last 20 years are still there. The dinner we had at Fuego Restaurante y Cantina was excellent. it was a 5 star experience with the added benefit of cool ocean breezes. This was our 7th visit and we will definitely go again.
Incredible place, with the right amount of traditional Mexican rustic and totally updated posh swimming pools, decks and restaurants. Great game room and incredible food and banquet spreads!!! I would not have wanted to stay any where else--and I checked out a number of other places! Unfortunately the seaweed is a problem in the region now, but no need to go swimming when you have multiple pools on site--infinity edge, bar swim up, etc. All overlooks the sea, which we did venture past the seaweed to snorkel some. We even had the lobster dinner seaside under the lit palm trees, and we rented jet skiis too, it was unforgettable!