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
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.