Mahekal Beach Resort completes $16M upgrade

Mahekal Beach Resort in Playa del Carmen, Mexico completed the final phase of its three-year, $16-million renovation that saw the addition of 74 individual palapa-style bungalows; new luxury spa and fitness center; oceanfront “Tulum-style” wood-burning oven restaurant and bar; resort-sized swimming pool and hot tub; and new wedding, meeting and event space.

The current and final phase of the resort’s re-imagination began in June 2015, involving the complete overhaul of Mahekal Beach Resort’s adjacent sister property, Las Palapas, to create the newest resort in Playa del Carmen, which now operates under the Mahekal name.

The addition of 74 individual palapa-style bungalows brings the total room count to 196 guestrooms, including suites and penthouses. These rooms were completely redesigned and refurnished, including all new air conditioners, palapa-style roofs, window systems, bathrooms, artisan stenciled floors, new bedding, wired and wireless Internet connectivity, service telephones, as well as new furniture, fixtures and refreshed interior design.

Virtual Event


Survival in these times is highly dependent on a hotel's ability to quickly adapt and pivot their business to meet the current needs of travelers and the surrounding community. Join us for Optimization Part 2 – a FREE virtual event – as we bring together top players in the industry to discuss alternative uses when occupancy is down, ways to boost F&B revenue, how to help your staff adjust to new challenges and more, in a series of panels focused on how you can regain profitability during this crisis.

Upgrades to the resort’s public spaces include a new check-in lobby, refurbished restrooms and reception area, as well as new furnishings, flooring and accessories in the main lobby bar and lounge.

The property also added 4,500 square feet of event space.

Similarly, there is now a new Mayan-inspired Revive Spa with individual and couples treatment rooms, women and men’s locker rooms, indoor and outdoor relaxation lounges and a new fitness facility. There is also a resort-sized heated swimming pool with hot tub located between the bungalows and adjacent to the new restaurant and beachfront bar.

For dining, the property introduced Fuego, a new oceanfront “Tulum-style” wood-burning oven restaurant and bar. The gift shop was similarly revamped.

Suggested Articles

Many hotel owners will find themselves in the uncomfortable and unfamiliar position of deciding on a course of action for negotiating with their lende

For the week of Sept. 6-12, occupancy reached 48.5 percent, down 1.6 percent from the previous week.

Tisch joined Loews Hotels & Co in June 2017 from Loews Corp., where he was a VP.