Experiential Travel: Artisanal Escape at Mahekal Beach Resort

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As you may know, the Frida Kahlo Museum recently opened its second location in the world on Playa del Carmen’s bustling Fifth Avenue. To celebrate, Mahekal Beach Resort crafted an experiential “Artisanal Escape” for culturally-minded travelers looking to awaken their creative spirit - available now and starting at $460/night.

For a glimpse into the brilliant mind of one of Mexico’s most iconic artists, guests enjoy a self-guided walking tour Fifth Avenue, complete with an exploration guide outlining must-see stops, ending at the Frida Kahlo Riviera Maya Museum where VIP passes await. Enthusiasts return to Mahekal to discover their artistic talents through a hands-on painting lesson at the Artisan Palapa with a local master of her craft before indulging in an interactive culinary adventure at the Mayan Culinary Casita.

“Artisanal Escape” at Mahekal Beach Resort — Playa del Carmen, Mexico

Available now - rates starting at $460/night • subject to availability

  • Private Palapa complete with an open-air terrace and crochet hammock; outfitted with a personalized hand-painted ceramic plate welcome amenity
  • Hands-on “Sips & Strokes” painting lesson at the Artisan Palapa with Juliana, a local master of her craft. Budding artists carefully select an item to paint from the rows of figurines lining the tables, before the talented craftswoman lends inspiration as guests keep a piece of paradise by crafting a Mayan momento to take home
  • Self-guided walking tour of the bustling Quinta Avenida (5th Avenue), complete with an exploration guide outlining must-see stops just stops
  • VIP passes to the Frida Kahlo Museum Riviera Maya
  • Interactive lunch for two at the Mayan Culinary Casita, where guests help native Mayan chefs prepare a gourmet feast while getting a taste of ancient culture – complete with Mayan rituals, hands-on interaction and rich, historical tradition

For more information, please visit Mahekal Beach Resort;


Mahekal Beach Resort: Playa del Carmen

Nestled between the dense Riviera Maya jungle and Playa del Carmen’s longest stretch of beach lies Mahekal Beach Resort, the only resort of its kind in all of Playa del Carmen. Unlike other high-rise, corridor hotels, elevators are not found at Mahekal, and the buildings are not much taller than the palm trees surrounding them. Hand-laid, hidden stone pathways lead to 196 private, palapa-style bungalows, all steps from the sweeping, sandy beach, complete with open-air terraces, crochet hammocks, personal plunge pools or outdoor moon showers.

This authentic raw-luxe retreat embodies a Swiss Family Robinson feel with high-end finishes and touches of Mayan culture. Greeted with crisp Caribbean scents, lush vegetation and colorful bougainvillea, Mahekal — which means “magical” in the ancient Mayan language — offers a memorable, magical escape with on-property amenities including four sparkling swimming pools, a seaside hot tub, a Mayan-inspired Revive Spa and fitness center, Vida Aquatica Dive Center, as well as five restaurants and bars.

The ultimate coastal experience is complete with a carefree, bohemian atmosphere, the look and feel of Mexico’s traditional past with thrilling adventures nearby.

Mahekal Beach Resort


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