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VACAYA returns to Mexico just in time for Halloween & Day of the Dead 2024 with an all-new vacation experience that delivers the quality you’ve come to expect from VACAYA without breaking the bank.

Located on a prime stretch of beach in Playa del Carmen, Mahekal Resort is all ours October 27 – November 3, 2024! Nestled between a lush jungle ecosystem and the turquoise waters of the Caribbean Sea, Mahekal is a flourishing oasis surrounded by a thriving tropical forest, seamlessly integrating the resort into the landscape. Towering palm trees, exotic flora, and tropical birds create a natural symphony, harmonizing with the Mayan-inspired design. Whether in beachfront bungalows or garden view casitas, the resort offers a serene retreat that enhances the captivating beauty of Riviera Maya.

The architecture of Mahekal Beach Resort blends a fusion of Mexican design and contemporary comforts. Accommodations range from spacious beachfront bungalows with plunge pools and private sand with loungers to cozy garden view rooms with extra-large private patios and hammocks, immersing you in the natural beauty of the lush jungle and the turquoise waters of the Caribbean Sea.

In Mexico, the confluence of Halloween and Day of the Dead creates a spellbinding tapestry of enchantment, where vibrant costumes, flickering candles, and the aroma of marigolds weave together to summon a mystical celebration that bridges the worlds of the living and the departed.

So, leave the planning to us and get ready to live your tropical dreams on this exceptional “land cruise”* from VACAYA!

*One of our guests recently described our resort programs as a “land cruise,” and we loved it! Our resorts have all the elements you love about our big-ship cruises combined with fabulous relaxation that’s sure to recharge those batteries.



Renowned for its excellence in hospitality, Mahekal Beach Resort has garnered prestigious accolades, including being recognized among the Travel and Leisure’s Best 25 Hotels in Mexico and Forbes’ Best Boutique All-Inclusive Resort, a testament to the resort’s commitment to providing you with an exceptional and unforgettable stay in the heart of Playa del Carmen.


Awards and Accolades


TripAdvisor – Traveler’s Choice Award

Forbes Vetted – Best Boutique All-Inclusive Resort In Mexico

Travel + Leisure – World’s Best Awards #20 of the Top 25 Best Hotels in Mexico


Condé Nast Traveler – Readers’ Choice Awards: #15 of the Top 20 Resorts in Eastern Mexico

Travel + Leisure – World’s Best Awards #14 of the Top 25 Best Hotels in Mexico

TripAdvisor – Traveler’s Choice Award


Travel + Leisure – World’s Best Awards:  #76 Best Hotels in the World

Travel + Leisure – World’s Best Awards:  #5 of the Top 25 Best Hotels in Mexico

Condé Nast Traveler – Readers’ Choice Awards: #16 Resorts in Eastern Mexico

TripAdvisor – Traveler’s Choice Award


Travel + Leisure – World’s Best Awards: #21 Resort Hotels in Mexico

Condé Nast Traveler – Readers’ Choice Awards: #35 Best Resorts in Mexico

U.S. News & World Report – Best Hotels: #10 in Playa del Carmen & #31 in Riviera Maya

TripAdvisor – Traveler’s Choice Award


Condé Nast Traveler –  Readers’ Choice Awards: #19 Resorts in Eastern Mexico

Travel + Leisure – World’s Best Awards: #10 of the Top 25 Best Hotels in Mexico

TripAdvisor – Traveller’s Choice Award


Condé Nast Traveler – Readers’ Choice Awards: #18 Resort in Eastern Mexico

TripAdvisor – Traveler’s Choice Award

2017 – Top 100 Beaches

Condé Nast Traveler –  Readers’ Choice Awards: #11 Resort on Mexico’s Caribbean coast

Luxury Travel Guide –  Luxury Travel Guide Awards: Best Tour Operator in Mexico (Vida Aquatica Dive Center)

Conde Nast Traveler –  #2 Favorite Valentine’s Day Deals (and splurges)

U.S. News & World Report – Best Hotels: #12 in Playa del Carmen

TripAdvisor – Traveler’s Choice Award


Travel + Leisure – World’s Best Awards: #9 Hotel Resort in Mexico

Conde Nast Traveler – Readers’ Choice Awards: #26 Resort in Eastern Mexico

Shape Magazine – Healthy Travel Awards: Best Hotel Spa (Revive Spa)

Haute Grandeur – Global Hotel Awards: Best International Wedding Venue

Successful Meetings – Pinnacle Award: Best Overall International Hotel Resort

Luxury Travel Guide – Luxury Travel Guide Awards: Best Tour Operator in Mexico (Vida Aquatica Dive Center)

Hospitality Sales and Marketing Association – Adrian Award: Bronze Award in Public Relations

TripAdvisor – Certificate of Excellence


Hospitality Sales and Marketing Association –  Adrian Award: Gold Award in Digital Marketing

World Travel Magazine –  Luxury 50: Editor’s Choice

TripAdvisor – Certificate of Excellence


Boasting 3 premium restaurants (2 are beachside), 7 distinct bars (including beach and pool service), a theater, a spa, a 24-hour state-of-the-art fitness center, and 5 pools (including one clothing optional), VACAYA Oasis @ Mahekal is the all-inclusive vacation of your dreams at a price point that can’t be beat. EVERY meal, EVERY drink, EVERY party, EVERY show, and EVERY social activity is included – all for one great price!



The Spanish word, MAHEKAL, translates to “MAGICAL” and that describes this resort perfectly. The resort, the very first to open in Playa del Carmen, debuted 33 years ago with six beachfront grass-thatched huts, without electricity, in the middle of what was then a jungle. Over time, the property expanded to its current 195 beach front villas and jungle casitas, adding such amenities as ceiling fans and air conditioning.



With direct beach access, multiple pools, a spa, a plethora of activities, and diverse dining options, Mahekal promises both a tranquil escape when you want it and easy access to lively Fifth Avenue with its vibrant shops, restaurants, and nightlife when you’d prefer that. Whether for a romantic getaway or an adventurous gaycation with friends, Mahekal Beach Resort ensures an enchanting & exhilarating stay in the heart of the Riviera Maya.


Mahekal Beach Resort elevates the luxury experience with its exquisite suites, where indulgence takes center stage. Each suite is a private sanctuary, offering exclusive amenities such as personal plunge pools that invite relaxation amidst a tranquil setting. Adding to the allure, these suites extend to private areas of beachside sand, complete with sumptuous loungers assigned exclusively to the suite, ensuring an intimate and opulent seaside retreat. This personalized touch allows guests to bask in the beauty of this vibrant seaside beach in utmost comfort.


Embarking on the ferry from Playa del Carmen to Cozumel promises both convenience and exploration. The scenic ride glides over turquoise Caribbean waters, providing breathtaking views of the coastline. In Cozumel, a treasure trove of cultural and natural wonders awaits, from vibrant coral reefs to historical landmarks like the San Gervasio archaeological site. The ferry, with its frequent and reliable services, not only offers a hassle-free connection but also serves as a gateway to diverse experiences on the captivating island.


If you want to experience the perfect sun-drenched day, our beautifully appointed cabanas are the way to go. Each of these spacious retreats features details and furnishings that provide comfort, convenience, and service that make your time here immensely pleasurable and relaxing. *Extra fee; bookable at the resort.


The spa treatments are informed by Mexican culture and the local therapists invite you to reach a level of tranquility both familiar and unexpected in one of their treatment rooms. Indulge with a chocolate body wrap or simmer under a hot stone massage. But first, the hydrotherapy area calls. Follow that up with a couple’s massage, a warm mud wrap, or a refreshing citrus exfoliation. Delve into a most gracious state of bliss and let all your worries drift away. *Extra fee; bookable at the resort.


Detoxify, rejuvenate, and reconnect mind, body, and soul as contrasting water temperatures soothe and provide you with immediate relief. Our healing waters feature a steam bath, hot tub, and dry sauna so you can experience a circuit of relaxation. Access to this area is included for guests who book optional spa treatments.

There are currently no extensions for this trip.


All-inclusive resorts offer an amazing value for any cost-conscious traveler, and Mahekal offers all that, along with a level of comfy accommodations you can sink into at an affordable all-in price point. And with all the added VACAYA benefits – from signature entertainment and welcoming parties to endless social activities and non-stop fun – it’s also a great value. And with activities like beach volleyball, yoga, oceanfront swimming pools, and hot tubs with waiter service, you’ll quickly discover the perfect combo of relaxation and adventure. Explore all the inclusions and judge for yourself the value of this all-inclusive resort experience from VACAYA:

  • 7 Nights of beautiful traditional villa or casita accommodations with personal hammocks
  • Unlimited drinks at 7 distinct bars, including poolside and beachside service
  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, and Snacks served daily in multiple restaurants and bars
  • 5 Sparkling Pools, including one Clothing Optional Pool
  • Red Light District nightly from 10pm-2am
  • Minibar refreshed daily
  • Fitness Center
  • Yoga Classes
  • Wi-Fi Resort-wide
  • And of course, all the VACAYA signature activities, pool gaymes, parties, and entertainment


Be In The Know

  • Select premium labels are included in a premium package for sale at the resort. Pricing will be announced at a later date.
  • Some of the menu options like lobster have an additional cost.
  • Room Service is available, with a la carte menu prices.


See alcohol packages here.



Part of the fun of each VACAYA resort vacation is our theme parties. Once we’re 120 days out, we’ll share the party themes, so you can dust off those sewing machines and refill those hot glue guns! Just let your creativity (or your Amazon Prime membership) soar! And while costumes are always encouraged, they’re never required. We’ll love you in or out of costume and you’ll enjoy your time at VACAYA’s friendly welcoming parties no matter what.
At Mahekal Beach Resort, the attentive waiters and chefs will take you on a tasteful trip around the world, one dish at a time at the resort’s included restaurants, bars, & lounges. Prepare for a culinary adventure that takes you not only to Mexico, but around the globe as well.
Mahekal’s bar staff knows how to whip up your favorite ‘tini, smoothie, or frothy libation. Meticulously crafted cocktails and a selection of spirits can be found resort-wide. So, no matter whether you’re poolside, beachside, or anywhere in between, you’ll never be far from your next refill! Branded alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks, bottled water, coffee, and teas are available during standard operating hours.
With VACAYA, you’re in complete control of your own schedule. You can hop from one activity to the next or simply relax at the resort’s pools overlooking the ocean. Our activities include meet ups, pool games, fitness classes, V-Dances, and so much more. Whether you’re a beach person, a pool person, or one who enjoys taking in the view from on high, we’ve got a sunning spot just for you!
Mahekal Beach Resort’s proximity to Playa del Carmen and Fifth Avenue enriches the guest experience. Steps away from the resort lies the vibrant city center, offering access to local culture and the lively atmosphere of Fifth Avenue. Guests can effortlessly explore boutique stores, markets, nightclubs, and dining options, striking a perfect balance between the resort’s tranquility and the dynamic city offerings. Just wait until you experience Halloween and Day of the Dead in this vibrant and dynamic town.
This sexy sunning spot nestled within the jungle of the resort and surrounded by 28 guest casitas boasts loungers and a tropical oasis wading pool. A full-service satellite bar throughout the afternoon and your fellow sun bathers will ensure you’ll never go “thirsty.” Popular by day, this hot spot will take on a provocative vibe after sunset. At VACAYA, our clothing optional areas at both our resorts and on our cruises bring us all together in a utopia where sexuality, gender identity, and body type don’t matter one bit. And the best part? With all of life’s worries literally stripped away, you never know when you might make a new nekkid best friend!

Smiles, Everyone, Smiles! Welcome to Mahekal Beach Resort! The V Team will welcome you as you arrive at the resort for a breezy check in. We’re easy to spot in our colorful VACAYA polo shirts made of recycled water bottles and we’re eager to make your vacation dreams come true. An amazing lunch awaits, followed by a casual walk around the resort. Is a dip in one of the freshwater pools what you crave this afternoon? Or maybe you’re ready to take in your first spa treatment at our holistic spa and wellness center? An amazing dinner at one of the resort’s award-winning restaurants and our signature “This is Me” party are on tap for your first evening, so get ready to flash your smile and say hello to all your new friends!

Our first V-Dance of the week takes place this afternoon! So, be ready for the unexpected! Feeling adventurous? Want to avoid tan lines and a sand-filled swimsuit? Why not go au natural at our clothing optional oasis and wading pool? If being naked isn’t your definition of utopia (and we totally understand if it’s not), maybe try a little volleyball on the beach. Or how about a Mexican cuisine cooking or mixology class? No matter your “state of dress” preference for the afternoon, we’ve got something to suit just about everyone! After a sumptuous dinner at one of the fine dining restaurants, don’t miss the chance to dance poolside as we celebrate the night away!

The Riviera Maya sun shines brightly today as everyone settles in at the resort. Is today the day you experience Revive Spa’s pampering treatments? Or are you looking to explore the city center? Mahekal is just steps away from world-renowned Fifth Avenue, a lively pedestrian walkway that offers dining, nightlife, and endless shopping opportunities at internationally recognized boutiques. Can’t decide? We don’t blame you. There’s so much to see and do!

We’ve reached the midpoint of our time here in Mexico and the choices for today abound! Will you take advantage of one of the excursions and head off to the Mayan Ruins to explore the ancient sites? Or will you explore the crystal-clear waters of Xcaret, a water themed eco-archaeological park? Or are you looking to expand your friend circle through one of our signature social mixers? Here, you literally can have it all!

It’s Halloween and VACAYA and Mahekal are ready with both tricks AND treats! Tonight, don’t miss our Halloween Costume Extravaganza poolside before we dance the night away. You’ll have the chance to walk away with our coveted “ZZOLO” Award. We know… many of you have NO IDEA what that is, but you will soon enough. And we promise… it’s worth it!

Where does the time go? Mahekal Beach Resort’s nearly unlimited inclusions, adventure, rejuvenation, and connections are waiting to be discovered around every corner. No matter your choice, you’ve entered UTOPIA and it’ll be hard to say goodbye… guaranteed. But… we’re going out in style with our biggest party of the week tonight! So, be ready!

It’s hard to believe our time together is almost over, but what a way to go out! Today is hands down the most special day of our week here in Mexico. It’s Día de los Muertos (or Day of the Dead), Mexico’s celebrated holiday for those who’ve moved on to the spiritual world. It’s a day like no other in the world and we’ll first celebrate it here at the resort with our final V-Dance and then with our Mexican brothers and sisters out and about in the Playa del Carmen City Center.

Parting is such sweet sorrow. Our time here in Mexico officially comes to an end today. Many of you will, of course, extend your stay here at Mahekal Beach Resort and other hotels in the area, while many others will return home today. Whether you stay here or head home, we wish you the safest of journeys.

Bookings for the Mexico Resort 2024 starts at $1,664 at Triple Occupancy per person. Please contact us directly at [email protected] or +17132530041 for real-time availability of spaces and for reservations.

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