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Mahekal Beach Resort
Ranked #29 of 215 Hotels in Playa del Carmen
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Reviewed 22 May 2012

Second trip to Mahekal and I am certain it will not be the last.
We were there last year in March and just returned last month.
The staff are so SO wonderful and attentive, pleasant and happy to help.

I will say I think the food is a little bland. I don't eat cheese, so nothing really tasted like anything unless I put hot sauce on it. Still, I ate and was happy.

For what it is, it is such an affordable resort. I am so so glad we discovered this little gem.

We went just the two of us last year and this year we returned with another couple, and it was incredible for all of us!
I can't wait to go back, so relaxing and wonderful and amazing.

  • Stayed: April 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 16 May 2012

Stayed here for a week in early May. We have been coming here since 1988 on a regular basis. Food, service and location continue to be outstanding. Friendliness and interaction with working staff (waiters and bar tenders) are what make Mahekal distinctive. Happy hour at the Casa Club is a great opportunity to meet folks from all over the world. Bolli, the concierge, is the person to go to for tour advice. He is always helpful and totally honest. Thanks all for another great vacation.

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  • Stayed: March 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 13 May 2012

Mahekal Beach Resort was exactly what we were looking for! Small, boutique size, in a great location within walking distance of everything in Playa. (Much better than the huge, self-contained all-inclusives imho.) We stayed in a Garden View Caribe palapa, which I think is one of their most economical rooms, and it was fantastic! Huge room with hammocks on the porch, great rainfall shower, room-cooling A/C, lovely organic toiletries, a ton of closet space, and of course, daily towel animals. The resort was located on the most gorgeous stretch of beach with plenty of chairs and umbrellas. The hotel staff was friendly, from the bartenders to the waitstaff to the security guards to the ladies in the spa. The two pools were perfect. The food was just okay, but we were close to so many great restaurants (Sala Rosa, Aguachiles) that we didn't eat at the hotel that often, though the view from the breakfast/lunch restaurant was killer. We got a great deal on the resort through BookIt.com, though I would gladly pay more to return. A truly beautiful and relaxing beach resort--wish we had stayed longer!

Room Tip: I don't think you could find a bad room at this resort. We loved our Garden View Caribe room. To...
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  • Stayed: April 2012, travelled as a couple
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2  Thank Montoya84
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Reviewed 13 May 2012

Started with the typical - paid for sea view but rooms had barely any. Eventually got some first floor that had a nice view. rooms are quite dated and bathrooms greatly need some refreshing. Food is decent for a HB arrangement but they would not prepare any boxed lunch prior to restaurant opening for lunch....

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3  Thank stefanv03
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Reviewed 12 May 2012

We just spent a week at Mahekal for our son's fabulous destination wedding the last week of April 2012.
From the minute I saw Mahekal online, I just new it was going to be perfect. The staff were phenomenal. Jose at the desk, Manuel and the wait staff, and everyone who's names I cannot remember,treated us like family. Having our breakfast there could not be better. I think everyone in our group of 40 will be sprouting fresh mangoes out of some part of their bodies we all ate so many ! The eggs to order were sensational and the fruit and pastry buffet with yogurt, granola and oatmeal with fresh juices was great ! It was wonderful to have a choice between lunch and dinner at Mahekal which gave us ample time to try other local restaurants.

The grounds of Mahekal are impeccable with beautiful garden, plants and walkways with thatched roof rooms with simple but very comfortable furnishings. Then there is the magical walk to the beach with the mushroom lit paths so you can relax in the sun and swim and snorkel in the beautiful water !

Happy hour was just that. A happy time for our group with great drinks with great company.

To top off the week, we had our son's wedding on Saturday April 28, under a beautiful flowing white gazebo on a private area of Mahekal's beach, followed by the reception at Mahekal's Aventura restaurant/pool area overlooking the beach. Again, phenomenal service, food, and drinks with a great DJ Bob. Dulce (?sp) was the best wedding coordinator. Even when we expressed our concern of having only 40 people in such a large room for the reception, she told us not to worry it would be fine. She was so right! It was a perfect size for our family and friend's comfort and fun evening!!! She really knows her business very well !!!

Memories will be cherished for a life time from our week at Mahekal. No other resort would have been able to compete with our experience there. Many friends and our son are already are planning for them to renew their vows at Mahekal, in maybe 6 months, just so we can return. And return we will.
Thank you everyone at Mahekal for one of the best weeks we have ever had !
And, Thank you G and A for choosing Mahekal for your wedding !! Awesome choice!!!

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  • Stayed: May 2012, travelled with family
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3  Thank funjione
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Additional Information about Mahekal Beach Resort

Address: Calle 38, Entre Avenida 5a y Zona Federal Maritima, Playa del Carmen 77710, Mexico (Formerly Shangri-La Caribe)
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Region: Mexico > Yucatan Peninsula > Quintana Roo > Riviera Maya > Playa del Carmen
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#12 Family Hotel in Playa del Carmen
#20 Spa Hotel in Playa del Carmen
#23 On the Beach Hotel in Playa del Carmen
#24 Luxury Hotel in Playa del Carmen
#30 Romantic Hotel in Playa del Carmen
Price Range: €195 - €415 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — Mahekal Beach Resort 4*
Number of rooms: 196
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Mahekal Beach Resort is a legendary resort village located on 800 feet of white sand beach in the heart of vibrant Playa del Carmen. It has 198 thatched roof, palapa-style bungalows within steps of Fifth Avenue, the celebrated entertainment, shopping, and restaurant district of Playa del Carmen. The thousands of loyal repeat guests at Mahekal Beach Resort describe it as magical, memorable, and authentically Yucatecan. Our style is friendly and relaxed, a unique Caribbean experience where you can rock gently in a hammock on your private terrace and enjoy undoubtedly the best beach in Playa. Our guests love the fact that we have never compromised our truly unique ambiance and style. In keeping with that style, our rooms do not offer televisions. Instead, they feature original, brightly colored, Mexican tile bathrooms, private terraces with hammocks for siestas and star gazing, and locally-crafted Mexican wood furniture in an outdoor seating area where you can enjoy our magical sanctuary. The Resort offers meal plans that include breakfast daily and lunch or dinner. This choice gives our guests the opportunity to explore the many dining options in Playa del Carmen. ... more   less 
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Also Known As:
Mahekal Beach Hotel Playa Del Carmen
Shangri La Caribe Hotel
Shangri La Caribe Playa Del Carmen
Mahekal Beach Resort Riviera Maya, Mexico - Playa Del Carmen

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