from Fort Worth, Texas
Submitted on 13-07-2016
Our first trip to Playa, will not be our last. We loved this resort, and I am a staunch VRBO advocate. I prefer the private living situation of a great home rental over anything with the word resort in it. Mahekal Beach Resort is the exception. While is it large and accommodating on every level, it has a personal feeling to it, a quiet, relaxed private feeling. I was never overwhelmed with getting a seat at one of three pools, the beach, the bar, the restaurants, etc. The service was personal a...
Our first trip to Playa, will not be our last. We loved this resort, and I am a staunch VRBO advocate. I prefer the private living situation of a great home rental over anything with the word resort in it. Mahekal Beach Resort is the exception. While is it large and accommodating on every level, it has a personal feeling to it, a quiet, relaxed private feeling. I was never overwhelmed with getting a seat at one of three pools, the beach, the bar, the restaurants, etc. The service was personal and first class. We had the best waiters and service people I have ever had in a resort area. Every morning, we were greeted by the same friendly waiter Rogilio who commandeered our table for us and gave us 5 star service the whole week. The bar tenders we enjoyed, also 5 star people were Marco, Marcos, and Gerardo. Each with their own flare and excellent drink mixing skills which we imbibed upon all week. There were many others as well that we met and spoke with here and there. Manuel was the master of the beach, he made sure we were well taken care of each day we were on the beach. No one we met was unfriendly, even the security guys ever so watchful. This is perhaps the most secure of all beaches and resorts I have ever seen.
The rooms are just perfect, though we had one uninvited guest one night (bat) the security team was quick to respond to make sure the little pet made it back out safely. They did offer another room immediately for the night, but we felt the critter found his way out the way he came in, and no harm was done to anyone involved. It is a surreal moment when you are dead asleep and your wife wakes you up to say there is a bat in the room. No believing her you look up and there he is, just as energetic as we were and searching for a way out. By the time I got up to get the door open to make his escape easier, he went back out his own way. Ah nature.
This stay was epic from the beginning to the end for us. We cannot wait to go back and hated to leave. The Food was absolutely top notch, master chef prepared fresh every day and night, the prices for beverage and food were not extensive, reasonable in fact to me. Most drinks at the time we went were 95 mxn and beer was a great 70 mxn. Oh the beer, yes they have the standards for Mexico but they go one notch better with some craft locally created beers. MMMMMMMMMMMMM beeeeeeer. I loved the ones I tried, I think the one that I liked the best was Allende IPA. For an IPA it was super smooth, flavorful and went down all too easy. I did try two others Mayan IPA and Pescadores Pale Ale, wished I tried more but I was very full from dinner every night. I liked them all, but the Allende gets my first place out of the three. If you are on a tighter budget, there is an OXXO store right next door. I did read where some travelers say they are a bandit store, but I did not find that to be true. Sure Walmart or Mega whatever is cheaper, but you have to factor in the taxi ride to and from. If you want liquor buy some at the airport duty and tax free, it really is cheaper. However if you are looking for something particular, give Walmart or mega a try, prices are good there too. For beer, ice, snacks just go next door to Oxxo. Ice was $1 a day or so in a cheap $4 Styrofoam chest and will keep plenty of beer cold for a day and a half. I am willing to bet you over buy the beer and liquor like we did cause the happy hour is great and the prices are not terrible.
We stayed 8 days solid, including air was reasonable right at 3K for a premium hut. Change your dollars to pesos before you go, use your bank you will get a better rate. Sure everyone accepts USD, but they all have their own version of exchange rate. Though this does not make a huge difference, it is the principal of the exchange for me and the pesos removes that issue completely. Take $1's and $5's for tipping as USD tips are preferred. We payed USD for excursions, pesos for everything else and if we ran short on pesos or wanted to preserve a few we used a card, that gave us a very favorable rate even with the charge on top. Talking in local currency just keeps things simple.
Must dos: The parasailing was great fun, and they pick you up right at the beach. Xplor was excellent, dinner at Alux was very nice and unique, walk up and down 5th ave a few times (just know you will be hawked at by barkers quite often), dinner at Cincolo was also fantastic, you should give it a try, relax, have fun and do what you like to do. I recommend a fishing trip if you like to fish, we hooked a sail and blue marlin (though the blue marlin was a solid 5 hour fight).
I have a lot more to say, but will do so elsewhere as this is really long now. Mere words are somehow inadequate for the experience, soul moving magical inspiration this place is.
This trip for me was mainly business/pleasure as I paint for a semi professional career and had full intention of painting scenes around Mahekal, which I did. I painted 5 paintings and could have easily achieved 5 more. Next trip I guess.