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Reviewed 24 March 2012

What a gem! This is the perfect resort for those of you who are not into 5 star huge all inclusive resorts. Mahekal is an "old school" beach resort and is so unique. It was all about the beach, the hammocks and the relaxing atmosphere. We loved every minute - even when it rained. We had a lovely room ( top floor with palapa roof) with an ocean view on the caribe side. Even though we were only a couple of rows down from the bar, it wasn't too noisy (until our last night which was the beginning of Spring Break - keep that in mind when booking). Great restaurant across the street for those nights you want a change (Origenes) with wonderful Spanish guitar music and the best margaritas in town. We stayed for 2 weeks and never felt like it was too long in one place. Most guests were quite envious of us when they heard we were staying so long! We met many guests who were "repeaters" from 4 to 25 years which speaks volumes for how special this resort is. We also have to mention how fantastic the staff are. We had a special bond with Manuel - he provided the best service we have ever had anywhere in our travels! The staff work very hard to make guests happy and we appreciated that. Tip: Get a fridge for 5 usd per day and bring bug spray for night time wandering. For tours in Playa del Carmen we would recommend contacting Mayacan Eco Tours. Great experience for our first time in the Yucatan!

Room Tip: 21b was a great room with an ocean view. Get a top floor for best view of ocean
  • Stayed: March 2012, travelled as a couple
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1  Thank sunshine182206
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Reviewed 20 March 2012

After hours of researching where to stay (if at all) in Playa and being faced with a plethora of extremely cheesy all inclusive properties, we stumbled upon this amazing resort on Tripadvisor. After we read all of the positive reviews we booked and could not have been happier. The staff at this resort are phenomenally friendly and attentive. There are half/full board dining options you can select, we opted for half board and could not have been happier as the restaurant in the evenings is actually really lovely. Breakfasts are phenomenal, a few tables outside for al fresco beach-side dining (amazing, especially with a hyper toddler in tow), the food at lunch too was amazing. There are two pools and an outdoor spa to utilize and the beach is beautiful, plenty of sun loungers and beach shade with umbrellas to chooe from. Never at any point did we feel that we were unwelcome with our baby and toddler, which was a huge relief. The resort was hugely popular with European visitors (esp French and Dutch), extremely nice and laid back vibe throughout. As its in the far north of Playa you are about 5-10 minutes walk from the hub of 5th Avenue, but not in the thick of it, which for us was perfect. Surrounded by lots of fabullous stores, bars and restaurants. There are no TVs or telephones in the guest rooms but this was the appeal of it for us. If you can't survive without the above and are looking for butler service its not for you, BUT if you aren't this is resort is nirvana. Can't recommend the hotel enough.

Room Tip: The resort has several tiers of accommodation available so make sure you booke the one you are happiest with (for example the cheapest options are nice but very much on top of eachother, some of the other ocean view rooms are more spaced out and offer more privacy on balconies etc). We had a corner ocean view room right on the very north end of the beach and loved every moment of it as our balcony was completely private. The rooms are two tiered, every room has a balcony so if you have young kids flag up that you want a ground floor room for safety. You can also ask for an in room fridge ($5 daily) and cribs (free).
  • Stayed: February 2012, travelled with family
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2  Thank Mrs_V_NYC
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Reviewed 19 March 2012

My wife and I were at Mahekal Beach Resort 3/7-3/15. We had been reading the Trip Advisor reviews for months and thought that there was no way this place could be so perfect. Well it is!
We had a second floor "ocean view" three rows back and loved it. Only had to use the AC one night ( and that was because of the rare wedding party across the street). The breeze from the ocean was perfect. Rooms are very well done, always clean and stylish. This grass thatched rooms are very similar to ones we had in Tahiti many years ago. The second floor rooms offer a little more privacy and air.
As everybody writes, the staff makes Mahekal a 5 star resort.
Our shuttle arrived at around 10:00PM and they rushed us to the dinner that they had left open for us and a few other late arrivals. We met Rogelio that night as our waiter and he was fantastic throughout the week. It ended up that he was our primary waiter most days and we were glad that he was. However, all of the waiters were very good ( Eliazar ).
Boli helped with dinner plans and arranging the shuttle back home. Uri helped with check-out - insuring that we had coffee and a wake up knock on the door at 4:00AM for our return ( the security guard also helped out with these details ).
The half board is a good way to go so that you can enjoy lunches or dinners in town.
The pools are small but quite honestly we had an almost private pool for 3 of the 8 days we stayed. Most people use the cabanas at the ocean instead. We did both.
The grounds are very well maintained and the gardening is creative.
We will return here again soon.

Room Tip: Second floor, ocean view.
  • Stayed: March 2012, travelled as a couple
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2  Thank Tim D
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Reviewed 19 March 2012

over the last 15 years we have spent 12 XMAS holidays in paradise located in Playa Del Carmen. It is a queit destination without tvs and phones in the room - breakfast and dinner are included however its a short walk to town to work up an appetite or find a dining option. The hotel is a lovely slice of beach at the quiet end of the hotel strip - with low density non wristband wearing beach goers - not for everyone however we keep returning almost every year to our holiday family.

Room Tip: Stay on the Playa side
  • Stayed: December 2011, travelled with family
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Thank GW_WorldTraveler
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Reviewed 18 March 2012

We had wonderful relaxing break after a hectic up every morning tour. The hotel was simple quiet with out hut right on the beach beautiful. Many hours spent in the hammocks on our veranda reading to the sound of the waves and the happy people on the beach. Staff very friendly and helpful.

  • Stayed: November 2011
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Thank Kalokol84
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