- Beachfront resort with great shopping and nightlife nearby
- Hot tubs and four pools
- Bikes, snorkeling and scuba gear for rent
- Free WiFi throughout
An upper-middle range, boho-chic oceanfront resort in the heart of Playa del Carmen. Boutique-style rooms are open, light, airy and beachy.
Mahekal Beach Resort features 196 rooms with ocean or garden views, and many are thatched-roof bungalows. The décor—described by the resort itself as “Gypset style”–tastefully and seamlessly blends Mexican tradition with forward-thinking design. The beach is, of course, the main attraction, and 920 feet of soft, white sand–the longest uninterrupted beach in Playa–is just what the doctor ordered to unwind and disconnect. Recent additions to the resort include an ice cream shop and a boutique that offers exclusive Mahekal beachwear and unique, locally-made gifts and art.
Four pools are located onsite, including an infinity pool, a heated pool with a hot tub and a pool with a swim-up bar. Choose the Las Olas Pool for a gorgeous beachfront setting or the Treehouse Pool for a serene garden location; you’ll share the space with birds, iguanas and lush jungle vegetation. Additionally, many of the oceanfront casitas have their own private plunge pool.
Three bars and three restaurants are on-premises and ready to serve guests. The Cocina Restaurant is open-air and great for a breezy lunch, while Las Olas Restaurant and Bar offers a magical nighttime setting by the glow of the pool lights. Check out Boli’s Bar for drinks and a fun atmosphere, and try your skills at table tennis or at one of the cobalt-blue pool tables.
Less than 15 miles south of Mahekal Beach Resort is Río Secreto, where you can hike and swim in a spectacular underground turquoise river. See other-worldly stalagmites and stalactites in an unusual, subterranean world.
Hitting the links couldn’t be easier, as two great golf courses are less than 15 minutes away. The Golf Club at Playacar is a par-72 Robert Von Hagge-designed course; its narrow fairways and small greens make it one of the most challenging courses in southeastern Mexico. The par-71 course at Grand Coral Riviera Maya, designed by Nick Price, winds through splendid natural jungle and overlooks beautiful blue lakes.
Among the most popular attractions in the Yucatán are the world-famous Mayan ruins, just a short drive from Mahekal. Chichén Itzá, an ancient city that flourished more than ten centuries ago, is dominated by a massive 79-foot pyramid known as El Castillo. The city of Tulum, one of the best preserved ancient cities in the Americas, sits on a bluff overlooking the sparkling Caribbean Sea. Both provide a fascinating glimpse into the mighty civilization that thrived for centuries in pre-Columbian Mexico.