PLAYA DEL CARMEN, MEXICO - Nestled between the dense Riviera Maya jungle and Playa del Carmen's largest stretch of beach spanning 800 pristine feet, Mahekal Beach Resort is opening Dec. 15, 2014 after a $10 million dollar re-imagination. While maintaining the authenticity of the area, Mahekal introduces completely new amenities including 122 grass thatched-roof bungalows laid out in two sections (Caribe and Aventura), two swimming pools, one seaside Jacuzzi, two restaurants (Las Olas and Cocina), and three bars (Boli's, Itzi and Las Olas).
All exclusive bungalows are less than a two-minute walk from the private, guests-only portion of the beach, complete with plush lounge chairs in the sugar white sand. Room types range from Garden View and Ocean View, to Penthouses and Ocean Front directly on the beach, 10 steps from the water. Weaving through a Swiss Family Robinson setting with lush vegetation and colorful bougainvillea, hidden stone pathways guide guests to the rooms which all come equipped with private hammocks and outdoor terraces (select bungalows boast personal plunge pools).
Inspired by the book, "GypSet Style" by Julia Chaplin, Mahekal's interior design is bohemian gypsy infused with Mexican, colorful accents. Standout designs range from Missoni-esque fabrics in the eclectic lobby, to bright orange ping pong tables and cobalt blue billiard tables in Boli's (main lobby bar and activity center). As a nod to the arts, Boli's will feature The Color Condition artwork created with colorful, shredded plastic tablecloths.
Resort restaurants offer everything from traditional Mexican/Latin American fare at Cocina, to open-air poolside and oceanfront dining at Las Olas. The Modified American Plan covers daily breakfast and either lunch or dinner. Additionally, guests order room service with a twist - staff members deliver orders by riding vintage bicycles with woven rattan baskets. Personal hand deliveries are made to guests lounging by the beach or pool.
Mahekal is located on the beach, but also only a few steps away from vibrant nightlife and local culture along the famed 5th Avenue (Quinta Avenida) - a bustling pedestrian area with shops, bars and multinational cuisines. Additionally, nearby excursions are plentiful with popular choices being Tulum, Xcaret!, and more.