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Hotel DirectionsHead South on Highway 307 from the Cancun Airport towards Playa del Carmen. Once you get into Playa (around 45 minutes later) you will turn left on Calle 34, then turn left on 10th Avenue, turn right on Calle 38. Take Calle 38 all the way to the beach and Mahekal/Shangri-La's reception area will be on your right. Parking is available on the street in front of the reception area.
The Mahekal Beach Resortformerly Shangri La Caribe
The Mahekal Beach Resort is proud to carry on the traditions and standards that made Shangri La Caribe a destination resort that people return to year after year. In fact, the newly named Mahekal Beach Resort has already improved on a great concept and has made renovations to the property that past guests are sure to notice and appreciate.
Highly recommended, the Mahekal Beach Resort is definitely not your typical Mexican Caribbean mega-resort! This thatched roof cabana village offers comfortable cabanas and rooms with air conditioning, 1 king or 2 queen beds and hammocks on every terrace. Relax on the beach, next to the pool or out and about exploring the spectacular Riviera Maya. If calling this place “magical” is taking credit for the best beach in Playa del Carmen and a unique casual ambiance, exceptional service and comfort, then credit is due!
Eat Well and Enjoy Flexibility
Any magical vacation includes great food and the staff at The Mahekal Beach Resort is committed to giving guests what they want and providing a variety of options and dining experiences. The modified American meal plan includes breakfast and your choice of lunch or dinner daily. You will want to try the always fabulous buffet or order a la carte from the international menu that is updated regularly and always includes great local and regional specialties.
Overview of Mahekal Beach Resort
- Situated on the Best Beach in Playa del Carmen
- Walking distance to 5th Avenue
- Newly Renovated – Still Small and Intimate
- Air-conditioning and Ceiling Fans in all rooms
- Polynesian Style Beachfront Village Resort
- Centrally located near the Natural, Cultural and Historical sights in the area
- 3 Accommodation Areas - "Pueblito", "Caribe" and "Aventura"
- 2 Beautifully Landscaped Freshwater Pools
- Game room with Ping-Pong and Billiard Tables
- Gift shop with local crafts and unique gifts
- Complimentary Beach Chairs and Shade Palapas
- Full Beach Service
- 2 full Service Dining Rooms and Bars
- 2 Meals: Breakfast & Lunch or Dinner included in nightly rate
- Cyan-Ha Dive Shop for all your Water-Sports needs
- In-Room Safes
- Mexican Theme Nights and Entertainment
- Spa Services and Massage therapist on-site
- 24 hour Security Guards
- Beach Towels Provided
- Non-smoking Rooms
- Purified Bottled Water Provided
Garden View Pueblo
The Garden View Pueblo rooms are located in a lush palm garden overlooking a fountain area from your patio. Each room has 1 king bed and is on either the first or second floor in a 2 room palapa style building. They are located next to the dinner dining palapa and are just a few steps from the pool and the turquoise waters of the Caribbean.|
Garden View Caribe
The Garden View Caribe rooms are located in the third, fourth, or fifth row back from the water in a lush palm garden just a few steps from the pool and turquoise waters of the Caribbean. They are either in an individual unit or first or second floor in a 2 room palapa style building.|
Beach Front Bungalow
Located in the front row, most of the Ocean Front units are individual bungalows. There are a couple of spacious ground floor units in one of the nearby beautiful Aventura buildings that is closest to the water. Every unit has excellent views and is just steps away from the turquoise waters.|
The Aventura Penthouse rooms are located on the third floor of each of the 4 Aventura buildings. These larger rooms with one king bed boast a creative interior and excellent views from the secluded 3rd floor location....complete with hammocks on the balcony.|
Located just steps from the water, the Ocean View rooms have a great combination of view and beach access. These rooms are located in the Caribe or Aventura sections. The rooms are either 1st or 2nd floor in a two room building, with a few as individual bungalows. Or in a 3-story building on the first or second floors.|
Casita 31P is the premium one of a kind ocean front cabana located on the northern edge of the property in the Aventura section, closest to the beach. This spacious room offers 2 queen beds and is steps away from the waters edge. Accommodations for up to 5 guests. Availability is by request only, please contact us to inquire about specific dates.
"Wow: Better than Ever!"
This is the 3rd time we have visited this property. The first was in 2007 for 5 nights, then 2010 for 7 nights, and this year for 10 nights. We have already started saving for our return next year and are hoping for 12-14 nights.
What a truly relaxing, beautiful and friendly experience. The staff are wonderful, they remembered us from the previous years and went out of their way to welcome us and make us feel pampered and at ease. We especially enjoyed chatting with Rogelio, Jorge, Manuel and Jose. We learned that a 10% gratuity is included on the bill at dinner for drinks, but not for service of the food at breakfast or for the evening meal. You may want to tip your waiter directly to ensure that they are being compensated fairly for all the hospitality, hard work and service they provide. We experienced these tips being graciously and gratefully accepted.
Improvements are noted throughout the property, from upgraded linens and bedding, to higher end toiletries, and the dinner meals were most enjoyable this time, as they included greater variety and more fresh vegetables and salads, than in previous years. They were so good we didn't bother to switch them for the lunches.
Our children (boys 11 and 14 years) absolutely relished this experience and were quite happy with the simple pleasures at the resort, playing in the ocean for hours, playing pool and ping pong, hanging out in the hot tub at sundown and painting ceramics. What a treat for us to see them unplugged from electronics and truly appreciating their surroundings.
In the bar/ activity palapa, Julianna manages the ceramics, with help from her sons, and all are very talented artists. Julianna and Jose custom painted stunning, large platters for me, which are now hanging beautifully in our home, eliciting many compliments.
We have stayed twice in garden rooms and this time in an ocean view room, which was merely steps from the ocean. We found that the ocean breezes kept the room cooler and airy, without the need for air conditioning, despite the weather being 25 celsius at night. The rooms were kept very clean, with an ever changing array of towel art and flowers, and the maids and gardeners were also very friendly.
The beach was perfect for an early morning run, an afternoon siesta, or a later in the day walk to town for fruit or ice cream from the vendors. And yes it is the best part of the beach for miles. A vendor sells fresh fruit in a cup for $2.00 right beside the public access to the beach, steps from the hotel's beach chairs. The fresh mangoes, coconut, watermelon and pineapple were fantastic.
Boli, the concierge, recommended us to go to Plaza de las Americas mall, one day for mexican ice cream and we also bought a styrofoam cooler to keep our drinks cold in the room. We went on one full day tour from Edventure Tours and had a great time. The highlight was swimming in the open ocean with sea turtles. WOW!!
All in all this is a fantastic place to spend a vacation. I searched the internet thoroughly, from the Caribean to all over Mexico, looking for an alternative vacation beach spot, but was unable to find another hotel with these qualities. We were thrilled to hear that the hotel was not going to close as was previously reported during our first trip and we urge the new owners to continue to retain the unique charm and character that is Mahekal.
We will be back!
Trip Advisor Review Posted April 29, 2011