Caribbean Coast Hotels



Mahekal Beach Resort


At a Glance


  • private patios with hammocks
  • excellent service
  • billiards and Ping-Pong


  • no evening entertainment
  • narrow beach
  • no amenities
  • mediocre food
  • sulfur smell after the rain

Fodorite Reviews

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Mahekal Beach Resort Review

With candy-colored palapa-roofed bungalows and a great location—on the sand but just two blocks from the town's upscale northern end—this may be the perfect beach resort. Tasteful, unfussy rooms are tiled and coordinated with beachy white beds and teak chairs and blinds, and they all have a private outdoor patio or terrace. Despite the price, rooms are rustic rather than luxurious and do not have TVs, phones, minibars, or Wi-Fi. Spend low-key days playing Ping-Pong or snoozing in hammocks at the water's edge, or dig into the guest library; the reception will arrange all manner of water sports should you request it. Rates including breakfast and dinner are heavily discounted for kids up to 17.

    Contact Information

  • Address: Calle 38, at the beach, Playa del Carmen, Quintana Roo 77710
  • Phone: 984/873–0611; 877/235–4452
  • Website:
  • Location: Playa del Carmen

    Hotel Details

  • 121 cabanas.
  • Rate includes some meals.
Updated: 04-02-2013

Fodorite Reviews

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    Paradise on the beach - Mahekal July 2012

    Mahekal is a small boutique resort with unique rooms and personalized service. We had the pleasure of staying at Mahekal in July 2012 in room number 35 Playa which is an oceanfront room with a large palapa style roof that stands alone. We could step directly onto the beach from our front porch. It was paradise. The grounds at Mahekal are well maintained by the staff. They have tropical bushes and flowers all along the walkways. There was a croton plant that we passed on our walk to breakfast each day. They have small purple flowers that are the perfect splash of color for planting beds. Every day it was a pleasure to walk along the paths and see the foliage.

    It was a wonderful splurge to stay in our beachfront room. We enjoyed falling asleep to the lullaby of the ocean every night. There was constant activity during the day since our room was so close to the beach access road but it really didn’t bother us. The bathrooms have pretty colorful Mexican sinks and tiles which are much warmer than the sterile modern steel ones that are popular now. They use Yucatan Herbal products which included an organic chocolate soap that I loved! I took two of them home. The maid left two small complementary bottles of water every day in the room. We forgot and used the tap water to brush our teeth a few times but didn’t have any problems.

    Mahekal is spread out in a few sections – Caribe, Adventura and Playa. They have two restaurants called La Loma and Adentura which are open air and have high palapa roofs. When we first arrived, the La Loma restaurant was closed but it opened up half way through our stay. The Adentura Restaurant is open for breakfast and lunch. They had windows that closed on the sides in the Adentura restaurant which helped keep out the birds. They also have a Casa Club bar with ping pong and pool tables near the front entrance. Casa Club has a nightly happy hour from 5-6 PM which we only made twice. A few days we were still on the beach at that time.

    Rogelio is their beach waiter and was a genuinely friendly nice person who we enjoyed talking to every day. He is an asset to the resort. We spent many days lying on the beach ordering dos mas, por favor. The majority of the staff were wonderful, friendly people.
    Breakfast and either lunch or dinner are included in the room rate. We enjoyed the breakfast buffet which included fruit, yoghurt, juices, hash browns, sausage, bread items and a Mexican breakfast specialty that I think were called chilaquiles. It was a treat. In addition to the buffet we could also choose a specialty cooked item from a menu that included a variety of Mexican egg dishes, omelets, French toast or pancakes. Their huevos rancheros and the French toast were stand outs on the breakfast menu. I thought that their decaf coffee was a little too strong but my husband liked the regular coffee.

    Eating dinner at the resort for the first day of our vacation is a tradition that we have. We usually take the first flight out which means that we have to get up before the crack of dawn, so we’re usually tired by dinner. They had a Mayan buffet that had a delicious pork dish on our first day. Mahekal has a Mexican Fiesta every Sunday night where they have a Mariachi band playing. We planned our vacation to include two Sundays so we could go to their fiesta twice because I love Mariarchi music. I have a few songs that routinely request which include Guantanamara, Mexico Lindo and Pavido Navido.

    Mahekal has outside tables near the pool that have a great view of the ocean and are perfect for lunch. I loved their ceviche and their nachos with a side of pico de gallo. Rogelio will also deliver lunch to your beach chairs if you choose. The two times that we ate lunch at the resort we needed to notify the front desk before we ate that we were switching out dinner for lunch for billing purposes.

    The front desk area has a large palapa ceiling with long peanut shaped hanging lights. They have a lending library, an excursion desk and a computer station along with free wifi in the lobby. The front desk worker gave us a friendly reception at check in.

    We walked down the beach one day from Mahekal towards downtown Playa. This is something that we like to do on vacation for exercise and to familiarize ourselves with the area. It was nice to see some of the other resorts up close. I recognized many of them from my research before the trip. After our beach walk I came to the conclusion that the beach at Mahekal and its next door neighbor Las Palapas have the the best beach in the area. It’s a wide beach which we love.

    by travelenthusiast, 9/12/12
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    we too had a bug but,,,,, such a wonderful place it didn't matter

    We stayed a week in a aventura penthouse at the Shangri la Caribe over July 4th 2006. We also had a not so friendly roach-like bug bite my girlfriend twice in the same night. I bagged it and took to the front desk and they said,,,, Its a bungalow! We covered the drains in the floor and sinks/tubs and that stopped them from coming in. I guess you can expect a few unwanted friends. We had such a great time there we are considering going back to get married.

    by DM, 1/6/07

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