by Whitney Rife
Mahekal Beach Resort translates to “Magical Beach.” Located in Playa del Carmen, Mahekal is truly a magical place for families. Guests stay in thatched-roof palapas that dot the pristine Mexican beach. Beach cottages and rooms in larger buildings have their own private terraces or balconies with hammocks. Three restaurants will allow your family to experience local foods by serving Mexican and Yucatecan cuisine. The Caribe Pool and the Aventura Pool offer large swimming areas, sure to please everyone in the family. Mahekal is also close to downtown shops and restaurants on La Quinta, or “Fifth Avenue.” Xel-Ha is also nearby, offering snorkeling and swimming with dolphins or manatees.
Our Editor Loves
- Two large pools
- Three Mexican restaurants
- Nearby attractions
by MARK W
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.