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Mayan-inspired Mexican spa boasts gypsy designs and remote couples’ cabin

by Jane Kitchen | 06 Jan 2016

Playa del Carmen, Mexico’s Mahekal Beach Resort has finished the final phase of a three-year, US$16m (€15m, £11m) renovation, which included the complete overhaul of the adjacent Las Palapas resort, which will now operate under the Mahekal name.

The expansion of the resort added 74 palapa-style bungalows and a new 2,500sq ft (232sq m) Mayan-inspired Revive Spa, along with a fitness centre, restaurant, swimming pool and wedding and event space.

“We have dedicated an extraordinary amount of energy and planning into the transformation of Mahekal Beach Resort, and we are proud to announce these exciting additions,” said Lamont Meek, COO of Circa Capital, co-owner and manager of Mahekal.

“Every detail, large or small, was designed to enhance the guest experience in an authentic, thoughtful way, and the new look and feel will pay tribute to the resort’s storied legacy, while exceeding the expectations and desires of today’s discerning travellers.”

Laid out in a round configuration, imitating the philosophy of the Mayans, the Revive Spa features bohemian gypsy designs infused with colourful Mexican accents, antique wood furniture, louvered windows, and a thatched, palapa-style roof with a fibre-optic ceiling designed to look like glowing stars.

The treatment rooms are also palapa-style, and intermingle with lavish gardens and a variety of water features. At each of the two indoor relaxation rooms, guests are welcomed with either orange juice or champagne. The spa is using Kinich products, a local, organic line.

Two indoor treatment rooms serve as the main areas for massage, while a VIP therapy room will accommodate couples or groups, and boasts a dedicated bath area, indoor and outdoor shower, a freestanding bathtub and private access to the Zen Garden. An “off-the-beaten-path” couples cabin is nestled in a rich, tropical forest ambiance for a romantic spa experience.

The signature Revive 5 Senses treatment sees therapists tapping into all five of the guest’s senses, using massage and aromatherapy.

The spa also features a full-service salon offering manicures, pedicures, waxing, make-up application and hair styling. A health club includes aerobic and strength-training equipment, as well as a variety of wellness classes, such as yoga in the Palm Gardens.

Playa del Carmen, Mexico’s Mahekal Beach Resort has finished the final phase of a three-year, US$16m (€15m, £11m) renovation, which included the complete overhaul of the adjacent Las Palapas resort, which will now operate under the Mahekal name. The expansion of the resort added 74 palapa-style bungalows and a new 2,500sq ft (232sq m) Mayan-inspired Revive Spa, along with a fitness centre, restaurant, swimming pool and wedding and event space.
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