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Picture-perfect beaches, lush tropical forest, and exquisite indulgences await you at Mahekal Beach Resort in Playa del Carmen, Mexico. Whether you’re seeking an unforgettable wedding destination, a relaxing luxury vacation, or simply a refreshing retreat, the experts of Mahekal take pleasure in crafting an experience that exceeds your grandest expectations.

By Jonathan Spindel
Photography courtesy of Mehekal Resort


Nestled between the dense Riviera Maya jungle and Playa del Carmen’s longest stretch of beach, Mexico’s Mahekal Beach Resort feels like an enchanted hideaway off the beaten path. This authentic Mexican retreat evokes down-to-earth luxury with high-end finishes, and no detail is overlooked. Eschewing high-rise hotel rooms, Mahekal offers bungalow-style casitas mere footsteps from the sweeping, white sand beach.

Inspired by the book, “GypSet Style” by Julia Chaplin, Mahekal’s interior design embodies a bohemian gypsy lifestyle infused with colorful Mayan-style accents and handcrafted touches. The completely new hotel concept fuses quiet, raw luxury with the look and feel of Mexico’s traditional past, affording guests a luxurious oasis of sophistication and comfort within a tropical paradise.

From oceanfront beach houses complete with private plunge pools or outdoor moon showers, and spacious treehouse rooms overlooking lush greenery, you’ll find paradise complete with incredible views and hammocks swinging on open-air terraces.


Satisfy your cuisine cravings at your choice of resort restaurants, where you’ll enjoy fresh, authentic Mexican specialties at every meal. From light bites and freshly-made cocktails poolside, to satisfying traditional Latin American dishes and high-end gourmet options, you’ll experience a true culinary journey. Mahekal’s kitchens source the finest ingredients, including extraordinary local seafood, exquisite farm-raised meats and game, delicacies from all over the world (jamon iberico, anyone?) and an extraordinary cellar including incredible up-and-coming Mexican wines and rare tequila and mescal.

Looking for a truly unique epicurean experience? Within an emerald patch of jungle, you’ll find the authentic Mayan Culinary Casita where you can enjoy the opportunity to help Mahekal’s culinary masterminds prepare a private, multi-course lunch. You’ll savor the traditional Yucatan specialty Tikin-Xik fish and traditional lime and chicken soup, both prepared before your eyes in traditional clay and coal fire pits. Cap off your meal with the Mexican liqueur xtabentún and an array of tempting desserts.


The intimate and organic Mayan-inspired Revive Spa offers a one-of-a-kind boutique spa experience to soothe and balance your mind, body and spirit. Choose from a menu of signature massages, facial and skincare essentials, body treatments, and a wide range of experiences to awaken and harmonize all your senses. Revive Spa’s wholesome ambience gives you a deeply restorative experience in a truly serene, naturally mindful setting.

Additionally, you may opt for a separate and completely private VIP therapy room, perfect for couples or private groups seeking relaxed privacy and intimacy in an authentic atmosphere. Secluded in the rich tropical forest, the exclusive area features dedicated indoor and outdoor bathing areas, a freestanding bathtub and private access to the artfully designed Zen Garden. 


Mahekal’s natural beauty and harmonious atmosphere make it the quintessential setting to exchange vows with your beloved. Your wedding wishes will be granted, whether you dream of an intimate gathering in the natural surroundings of tropical gardens, or a barefoot seaside ceremony at dusk. Whatever you desire, resort specialists will help you plan an unforgettable experience for you and your guests.

Personalized celebrations allow you to create an itinerary including beach ceremonies, poolside receptions, rehearsal dinners, welcome parties, pre- or post- wedding brunches and even vow renewals.

Mahekal’s creative planning services guide you as you select the perfect venue and flowers, as well as selecting a special menu and wedding cake crafted by the on-site culinary team. Boasting the highest caliber chefs and sommeliers, Mahekal’s culinary craftsmen will amaze you with their creative cuisine and extraordinary presentation.

In addition to the exceptional offerings on-site, the city of Playa del Carmen offers an abundance of adventures. From swimming in the depths of natural freshwater cenote caverns, to exploring the chic shopping, dining and entertainment on the acclaimed Fifth Avenue, you’ll never run out of things to discover. At the end of your adventures, you’ll love returning to Mahekal, where you’ll quickly feel at home. So whichever of life’s joyous occasions brings you to Mahekal Beach Resort, you’ll love enjoying best way to experience the magic of the Mayan Riviera. To plan your visit go to

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