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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 10, 2012

We booked to stay at the Mahekal for our honeymoon, in October 2012. We didn't want to stay in Cancun (too many tourists), but also didn't want to stay at a resort that was too far from anywhere else. We wanted the luxury and ease of a resort, but not to be stuck there with not much to do. We... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 9, 2012

Just returned after 7 nights here. Compared to many of the hotels I saw around the area this must surely be the choice pick. It's central to all bars and restaurants but just a little way out so as to escape the crowds and noise, has a nice relaxed bungalow atmosphere, it is situated on the best stretch of beach... More 

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Madison, Wisconsin
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 7, 2012

This is my second stay at Mahekal, the first was two years ago. I can say that it was even better this time. Mahekal is the perfect combination of hotel and resort. I have stayed at other places on the beach and I find them to be too noisy when the nightlife of La Quinta gets going. Mahekal is far... More 

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Victoria C, Director of Sales at Mahekal Beach Resort, responded to this review

Dear Chartfan, Thank you for posting your review on Tripadvisor. It is always good to hear such positive reviews and such a great experience from one of our guests. We were delighted to hear you enjoy the Garden View rooms as they are indeed quieter and so soothing with the water fountain and lush garden surroundings. Our unique meal plan... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 7, 2012

Just returned from a seven-night stay at Mahekal - our second visit. It exceeded our expectations (physical plant improvements after our last trip) and fit the bill for a relaxing place to unwind. Our room, and individual cabana, was nicely maintained, clean and quiet except for the crashing waves. The included breakfast was a great variety of fresh fruits and... More 

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Calgary, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 6, 2012

Mahekal is everything I imagined it to be. Rogelio and Ignacio always meets us with a warm smile every morning and night, hard to keep a smile on after working such long hours, but their energy and enthusiasm just amazes me, Jose, the mini hulk, helped us with our luggage is also very nice, he's been working there for 24... More 

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Winterthur, Switzerland
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 6, 2012

We spent a wonderful week at the resort and enjoyed our relaxing beach vacation a lot Pros: + most beautiful beach section of pdc right in front of resort + very friendly staff + charming and very clean room + very well maintained gardens and pool areas + good location and only 5 min walk to avenida 5 with many... More 

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Birmingham
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 6, 2012

I can't really add anything more to the positive reviews of this resort. We spent 11 nights here mid November and had a great time. Food is very good, extensive range at breakfast and a good mix of options for lunch or dinner. We split our meals up, eating in town a few nights where there are so many places... More 

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 2012

There are some rotten egg smelly bubbles coming out of the sand at one place of the beach. The whole ocean water smells nasty, and depending on the wind the resort can smell bad as well. The beach is crowded with locals, many of them passing by but feels like you are in the middle of highway. We preferred pool... More 

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Victoria C, Director of Sales at Mahekal Beach Resort, responded to this review

Dear Olyatrav, Thank you for posting your comments on Tripadvisor. We want to reassure you that the sulfur smell you experienced is caused by a plant species called Mangrove. As you may know, this region's ground is very porous and has many underground caverns and openings called "Cenotes". Much of the water collected in the Cenotes eventually reaches the Caribbean... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 29, 2012

We had a lot to compare the resort to. We’ve stayed at: Iberostar, Paradisus, Dreams Riviera,Secrets Maroma,Petit Lafitte And the winner is: Mahelka!! We loved it here! We felt like we were at home! From the minute we checked in we felt welcomed. Rosita was new at the front desk and she was so sweet and helpful and although it... More 

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Cedar Rapids, Iowa
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 27, 2012

I have spent five separate vacations at the Mahekal Beach Resort (formerly the Shangri-la Caribe), and can only say that it is the most beautiful, special and perfect place I have ever stayed. Situated right on the beach, the individual "cabanas", which are palapa covered hotel rooms, offer a private, quiet getaway. The grounds are immaculate and filled with palm... More 

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Amenities

Highlights
  • Pool
  • Restaurant
  • Free Parking
  • Bar/Lounge
  • Spa
  • Beachfront
  • Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
  • Free Breakfast
  • Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room
About the property
  • Beachfront
  • Wheelchair access
  • Non-Smoking Hotel
Things to do
  • Pool
  • Restaurant
  • Bar/Lounge
  • Spa
  • Hot Tub
  • Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room
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  • Non-Smoking Rooms
  • Family Rooms
In your room
  • Air Conditioning
Internet
  • Free Internet
  • Public Wifi
  • Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
Services
  • Free Parking
  • Airport Transportation
  • Free Breakfast
  • Laundry Service
  • Concierge
  • Multilingual Staff
  • Dry Cleaning
  • Meeting Rooms
  • Banquet Room
  • Babysitting
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 

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)
Location: Mexico > Yucatan Peninsula > Quintana Roo > Riviera Maya > Playa del Carmen
Price Range: $219 - $500 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — Mahekal Beach Resort 4*
Number of rooms: 196
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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/Playa Del Carmen, Mexico
Hotel Style:
#17 Family Hotel in Playa del Carmen
#24 Spa Hotel in Playa del Carmen
#26 On the Beach Hotel in Playa del Carmen
#26 Luxury Hotel in Playa del Carmen
#30 Romantic Hotel in Playa del Carmen
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