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VACAYA OASIS @ Mahekal Resort
OCTOBER 27 – NOVEMBER 3, 2024

 

Our journey to Mexico begins in:

We’ll also house an email archive on this page, too. This archive will feature all the trip-specific communications we have with you throughout your pre-resort experience with us. That way, if you happen to lose a general email somewhere along the way, you’ll be able to find it right here.

VACAYA’s mission is to give you everything you need with plenty of time to ensure a totally stress-free experience. Get ready for your vacaya!

Many people ask us “what will the VACAYA Resort experience be like?” VACAYA Resorts are certainly more laid back than our big-ship cruises, perfect for those seeking fun, relaxation, adventure, and romance.

The VACAYA Resort rhythm is… Relaxed. Easy. Fun. Balanced. Luxurious. Indulgent. Sporty. Unscripted. Adventurous.

ACCESSIBILITY

Mahekal Resort has limitations regarding accessibility. If you’re considering joining us for this Mexican adventure, it’s important you understand the various conditions:

  • The resort covers 7 acres, not all of which are navigable by pathway. Many of the pathways that exist between the rooms and the resort’s public facilities are sandy wood-slatted walkways.
  • All rooms except the two designated accessible rooms have steps to enter (the two accessible rooms have already been sold, but if you’d like to waitlist, you can email us at info@myvacaya.com). Rooms on the first floor have several steps to reach the entryway. Rooms on the second floor have a full set of stairs to reach the landing.
  • The city of Playa del Carmen is not traversable by wheelchair/scooter. Street curbs are high (to protect the buildings from flooding) and ramps are few and far between.
  • We encourage all travelers to research their adventures outside the resort in advance. Since Mexico isn’t subject to the ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act) requirements you’re likely used to, it’s important to discuss concerns you may have directly with any excursion companies you may elect to use.

 

While VACAYA welcomes all guests, ultimately, if you decide to join us, you’re acknowledging that you understand these limitations and are capable of making any necessary adjustments on your own (or with a caregiver) to ensure your enjoyment of the facilities and surrounding areas.

If you’d like to know more specific details, we’ll be happy to put you in direct contact with our resort partners. They can help answer any additional questions you may have.  

Excursion Advisory:
We want to ensure your Mexico vacation is as enjoyable as possible. While our resort strives to provide accessible facilities and services within its premises, there’s simply no way to guarantee that that accessibility translates outside the resort. Mexico’s infrastructure and terrain may present unforeseen challenges for guests with specific accessibility needs. We encourage all travelers to research their adventures outside the resort in advance. Since Mexico isn’t subject to the ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act) requirements you’re likely used to, it’s important to discuss concerns you may have directly with any excursion companies you may elect to use. It’s simply not possible for VACAYA to know/understand the limitations of every possible challenge you might face outside the resort. While your safety and satisfaction are our top priorities, of course, we appreciate your understanding of the factors beyond our control. For more information on VACAYA’s Accessibility policy, please see more here: https://www.myvacaya.com/discover/accessibility/.

AIRLINE DISCOUNTS

As a VACAYA guest, discounts are available to you with various air carriers when booking your flights using our Group Codes/Links. Those codes/links, as well as the instructions for booking, can be found HERE.

CABANAS

A limited number of cabanas will be available to book once at the resort. Pricing is still TBD.

CHECK IN ON OCTOBER 27

Rooms are scheduled to be ready by 4pm local time. If you arrive before 4pm, you can check your bags with the porters and use the resort’s facilities until your room is ready. Just keep your swimsuit in an easy-to-grab location! 

To check in, you’ll need the following:

  • Your Passport
  • A Credit Card (For incidentals. Please note that a hold of funds is temporarily placed on your card, but is released once your stay is complete and your account is reconciled.)

 

CLOTHING OPTIONAL POOL

At VACAYA, the clothing optional areas at our resorts and on our cruise ships have become progressive celebrations of the incredible diversity of the LGBT+ community. Our clothing optional area brings 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!

We’re so pleased to offer a clothing optional pool at Mahekal. The village that surrounds the pool has already affectionately been dubbed “Nudie Town,” and once you arrive on-property you’ll understand why. Our Clothing Optional Village is a perfect little slice of paradise. Out of respect for our hosts and other Vacayans, we ask that you throw on your swimsuit before heading outside of Nudie Town.

Our hosts have been very gracious in allowing us to provide this clothing optional area to you, so we want to be extremely respectful in regard to the guidelines they’ve established. So thank you in advance for your cooperation. As a general rule and out of respect for your fellow guests, please remember that cameras shouldn’t be used in the clothing optional area. 

As a reminder to everyone coming to the resort earlier than Oct 27 … our designated clothing optional pool/area is NOT clothing optional until October 28. With the resort’s guests from the week prior still able to use the facilities on Oct 27 (until they depart the resort), we ask that you please stay clothed when using this area. Also, the pool/area will not be clothing optional on November 3 (as future guests begin to arrive).

VERY IMPORTANT NOTE: Nudie Town is NOT the Red Light District. Let’s say that one more time for the people in the back … Nudie Town is NOT the Red Light District.

VACAYA is a sex positive company, of course, but based on myriad factors (a venue’s rules and regulations, local ordinances, etc.), we’re sometimes limited in our ability to host a Red Light District. We’ll always have one when we can, but Mahekal has requested that this clothing optional space not be used for sexual encounters. This area will certainly be a great place to meet new people in the buff, but please take the sexcapades back to your room or to our official (and nearby) Red Light District, which will be open nightly from 10pm until the wee hours.

CURRENCY

Although US Dollars are widely accepted around Mexico, there are some businesses that will only take Mexican Pesos.

If you decide to purchase Mexican Pesos (MXN), the exchange rate is:

1 USD = 17.1 MXN*

For the latest exchange rates, we recommend https://www.xe.com.

 

*As of August 29, 2023

DAILY SCHEDULES

Your schedule of daily activities will be available to you here in this section of the Get Ready page. Please note that in an effort to remain as green as possible, we do not print our daily schedules. Instead, the schedules can be accessed here using the resort’s included complimentary WiFi.

The schedules are always subject to change, including “day of” if weather prevents an activity(its) from taking place. Resort Director Danny will host a WhatsApp Channel that all guests are welcome to join (we’ll have a QR link to join available to you at the resort). Any “day of” schedule changes will be communicated through Danny’s WhatsApp Channel.

DAY OF THE DEAD

We’ll have complete details regarding the Day of the Dead celebrations in Playa Del Carmen a few months before our event. 

ALSO…

In what has become an incredibly meaningful tradition with us being in Mexico during one of its most celebrated holidays, Mahekal has offered us an incredibly tender and sweet opportunity to be a part of their official ofrenda.

What’s an ofrenda you ask?

Ofrendas are an essential part of Day of the Dead celebrations. The word ofrenda means offering in Spanish.

Some people mistakenly think Mexicans set up ofrendas to worship their defunct relatives, but nothing could be further from the truth. The vast majority of Mexicans are Christian Catholics, so they only worship God. Ofrendas are altars set up to remember and honor the memory of their ancestors. Pictures of the deceased are placed on the ofrenda, as well as some of the person’s favorite clothing, perhaps a hat or a shawl.  For the children, small toys are placed on the ofrenda. Food is specially prepared for the souls. Their preferred dishes are cooked for them and placed on the altar.

If you would like to remember someone important to you who has moved on to the spirit world, please bring a small framed photo of them with you to the resort. The photo will be placed on the official Mahekal ofrenda to honor them. We will have a table set up at check in where you can give us your framed photo and tell us a little about the person you’d like to honor. The photo will be returned after the alter is taken down. ❤️

DINING

We’ll provide a complete dining schedule here a couple months before our event. 

DOCUMENTATION REQUIREMENTS

With the exception of Mexican citizens, all travelers must have a valid passport to travel to Mexico via air.

Visas are not required for US Citizens, but may be required of other nationalities. You can check the official visa requirements/instructions for Mexico HERE. It is the responsibility of each traveler to have the proper travel documents.

When arriving at CUN Airport, you will go through Mexican Immigration and Customs. After collecting your luggage in the Arrivals Hall, make your way to the Customs queue. Mexican Customs officials scan all bags as they leave the Arrivals Hall and some are randomly selected for further inspection. If selected for further inspection, simply follow the instructions of the officials as they do a hand inspection of your luggage.

EMAIL ARCHIVE

All emails to our Booked Guests are available here.

 

ENTERTAINMENT PREVIEW

We’re so excited to have the following fabulous entertainers and a unique guest speaker with us in Puerto Vallarta. Simply click on each picture to learn more!

ENTERTAINERS

 

GUEST SPEAKER

Discover the world of tantra and tantric sexuality from a queer perspective with Norwegian Tantric Master Carl Tjeransen. This 4-session immersive workshop will delve into themes like self-awareness, intimacy, and pleasure. All within a safe and inclusive space.

 

 

As always, everything entertainment/guest speaker-wise is subject to change up to and including during our week together.

EXCURSIONS

We are working with Amstar to provide local and regional excursions this year. We hope to have their customized booking page available to you a couple months before our event. 

 

FITNESS CENTER

Mahekal’s Fitness Center – located near the Revive Spa – will be open daily from 6am to 9pm.

GRATUITIES

Basic Gratuities have been pre-paid. However, with each meal or drink order, you’ll have the opportunity to add additional gratuity if you so choose. 

PARTY THEMES

We’re 122 days out from our adventure together! While everyone will receive an email from us with the party themes on June 29 (120 Days Out), for those of you keeping a keen eye on this page, you’ll get a first look at our party themes before everyone else. So, here goes! 

THIS IS ME
Sunday, October 27 @ 9:30pm(ish)
It’s Night One and it’s time to meet fellow Vacayans! After dinner around 9:30pm, join us at Fuego Pool in a little somethin’ somethin’ that shows us where you’re from and/or who you are.

SEMÁFORO V-DANCE
Monday, October 28 @ 4pm
Our first V-Dance of the week is our signature Stoplight Party (“Semáforo” is Spanish for stoplight. Get it?) at the Las Olas Pool, and this one is easy: wear GREEN if you’re ready to mingle, RED if you’re taken, and YELLOW if you’re someplace fabulously in-between.

THE CHALLENGE
Tuesday, October 29 @ 9:30pm
Tonight is a resort-wide first-of-its-kind VACAYA challenge! We’ll divide everyone up into teams and you’ll battle it out for the ultimate prize! So, start your engines and may the best Vacayans… win!

CAFTAN DAY!
Wednesday, October 30 – All Day Long!
It’s Caftan Day! No matter where this day and night take you, throw on a fabulous caftan or, if you’re feeling the Mexican spirit, a rebozo (yes, you’ll have to Google that) and be sure to join Resort Director Danny poolside at 4pm for his legendary and faaabulous “Sissy That Walk” competition! Whether you choose to walk or not, YOU WON’T WANNA MISS THIS!

HALLOWEEN COSTUME EXTRAVAGANZA & “BOO”GIE BALL
Thursday, October 31 @ 9:30pm
It’s Halloween and that can only mean one thing… it’s time for our annual Costume Extravaganza and Ball! We’re making things extra easy this year with NO THEME! All costume parade participants will be judged equally and the four entries with the highest scores will compete for “Best in Show” and win the coveted Zzolo Award (we’ll explain what that is that night), fabulous cash (future trip credits), and prizes! After the Costume Extravaganza, we’ll go right into our “BOO”GIE BALL, so be ready to dance the night away!

DIÁ DE LOS MUERTOS V-DANCE
Friday, November 1 @ 4pm
Our favorite day of the entire week will be extra special this year. We’ll start the party at Las Olas Pool at 4pm, but don’t delay in arriving, because around 5pm, the party will move to Fifth Avenue as Playa’s Day of the Dead celebrations begin. We’ll all second line over together, enjoy the festivities, and then head back to the resort just in time for dinner.

THE “P” DANCE
Saturday, November 2 @ 4pm
Our signature final Letter V-Dance will close out our time together in Playa del Carmen, and we Proudly Propose your Presence. So don’t Ponder too hard. Just cover yourself in P and Promenade on over to the Las Olas Pool, you Powerful Powderpuff, you.

 

*All event dates/times are subject to change based on final event schedule and weather.

REACHOUT

We’ll have details regarding the trip’s ReachOUT initiative a couple months before the event.

RED LIGHT DISTRICT

Our Red Light District will be in a walled off area near the VACAYA Theater. Typically, this space is used for weddings at the resort (how ironically fun). Our RLD will be open nightly from 10:30pm until the wee hours (“wee hours” is defined as when there’s no one left in the play space and Patrick is ready to go to bed). 

If you’re going to use our RLD, here are a few important things to keep in mind:

Be polite and respectful.

This should go without saying, but no means no. Whether that “no” is verbal, physical, or simply one’s attitude, if someone seems disinterested, leave them alone. Don’t try to initiate play if someone is walking away, shaking their head, pushing your hand away, or otherwise declining via body language. Don’t be pushy or rude. You’ll be asked to leave the space if you are.

Understand that consent is sometimes non-verbal.

To put a finer point on the above: if someone is blindfolded and on all fours, they’re likely giving you non-verbal consent to have sex with them. If a guy is standing there with his dick in his hand, he’s giving you non-verbal consent to approach and likely give him oral sex. If, however, anyone pulls away or otherwise signals a change in intent, that means they’ve declined consent, too.

These are obvious situations and pretty common, but if you’re ever unsure, it’s always acceptable to ask. Other situations, however, may not be so clear. Be aware of your body language and the body language of others, and remember that non-verbal consent gets harder to read when alcohol is involved.

That being said, please understand when entering a play space like the Red Light District, a certain degree of consent is waived.

If you walk into a space where people are having sex, you waive a degree of consent. That’s the reality of the situation. Of course, you still retain the ability to deny consent; if someone touches you, you can gently rebuff them or move their hand away. Anonymous groping and touching is a feature of these spaces, and by entering them, you will all but certainly face it. Please keep this simple rule in mind: don’t be an asshole. Don’t push yourself on someone if they’re clearly denying consent. Doing so becomes assault. 

Understand that not everyone reads body language the same way.

If you’re in the Red Light District where talking is at a minimum and body language is the primary mode of communication, you run the risk of misreading someone’s intent – a risk everyone assumes by being there. If you have to be more direct with someone, open your mouth and speak. There is a big difference between misreading someone’s body language and ignoring a direct, verbal “no.” If the latter occurs, tell a V Team member. Disrespecting consent isn’t sexy; it’s harassment. And pushing it too far could be criminal.

Don’t let rejection ruin your night.

Some people will want to play with you, some simply won’t. The person you’ve been looking at all night may not be in to you, and that’s okay. Accept it, and know that’s part of the reality of every play space.

Never talk about who you saw at the Red Light District, and never take photos or videos.

The Red Light District is a place people go to be uninhibited, to break loose from the morals and judgement of society, and fulfill their sexual fantasies. Respecting the privacy of others is key to maintaining that atmosphere. Talking about other attendees outside these venues reflects poorly on you, and detracts from the purpose of the space. CAMERAS ARE NOT ALLOWED IN THE RED LIGHT DISTRICT.

If you choose to have unprotected sex, assume the risks.

All sex carries some risk of HIV/STI transmission, but that risk can be minimized if you take certain precautionary measures, like using condoms or taking PrEP. Even with condoms, you’re still at risk for common sexually transmitted infections, and PrEP only protects you from HIV. This is why the official PrEP page on the CDC’s website states you should use condoms in conjunction with PrEP to protect yourself from infections like syphilis, chlamydia, and gonorrhea.

If you choose not to wear condoms, you obviously have a higher risk of getting an STI than your condom-wearing peers. That’s a simple fact. There’s no shame in it, however. It’s just a fact of sexual life today. If you enjoy anonymous play – no talk, no names, no chatter – you assume even higher risk, and such risk is absolutely part of this kind of experience.

Since risk is unavoidable, there’s no reason to let that reality prevent you from enjoying what you enjoy. Take necessary steps to keep yourself healthy. Get tested frequently. If you’re HIV+, get on meds as soon as possible and take them diligently. HIV+ people who take their medications as prescribed become undetectable, meaning HIV antibody tests can’t detect the virus in their blood, and they are unable to infect their sex partners with HIV, regardless of condom use.

Get tested for HIV and other STIs after the event.

If you go into the Red Light District often and regularly have sex there, please get tested after our time together. Frequent testing is how our community reduces the spread of HIV and other sexually transmitted infections.

Thank you to Alexander Cheves for these play space essentials.

SAFETY PROTOCOLS

All Covid-19 protocols (vaccination and testing requirements) have been rescinded. Of course, anything and everything could change at any time, but for now… we’re in the clear.

SERVICE ANIMALS

Mahekal allows registered service dogs on property at no extra charge. Mahekal requires that you provide written documentation of service status from a certified veterinarian at check in or your dog will not be permitted on property. Dogs are allowed in your guest room and public venues as long as they’re not disruptive to other guests. Please note that the hotel may ask you what tasks your dog performs for you at check in (as a reminder, as part of the ADA, this type of questioning is not allowed in the United States, but we’re in Mexico and they allow it). You and your dog are expected to follow the rules of the hotel as they’re set forth for all guests. And obviously, you are responsible for any charges due to damage caused by your service dog. 

SMOKING POLICY

We will detail all Smoking Areas shortly before our event. 

SPA

Mahekal’s Revive Spa is truly magical, and you can make your spa appointments once you arrive at the resort October 27.

SPECIAL NEEDS

If you have a special need due to a disability or dietary restriction, we’d love to know about it so we can communicate that need to our partners at Mahekal. About 60 days before our event, we’ll provide you with a special online form that will allow you to express those needs. Shortly after we close the online form, we’ll send the list of needs over to the resort and we’ll get back to any guests whose needs might require alternative arrangements.

To better understand how VACAYA approaches the special needs of our guests, we encourage you to read through our Accessibility page HERE.

TELEVISIONS

Mahekal is all about unplugging and melting into the tropical paradise they’ve created. Since the very beginning over 30 years ago, Mahekal’s rooms have always been television-free.

For those of you who need TV (especially for falling asleep), we recommend bringing your laptop or tablet and connecting to your preferred streaming service(s) via those devices. One thing to keep in mind is that you might want to access those services through a VPN; doing so will ensure you have access to your regular programming. If you connect directly to those streaming services in Mexico without going through a VPN that resets your location to your “home country,” some of the programming available in your home country may not be available to you in Mexico.

TRANSFERS

Amstar will be providing one-way and round-trip transfers from CUN Airport to Mahekal. The ride takes just under an hour (depending on traffic) and we encourage all guests to book either Amstar’s group transfer or private vehicle transfer. These transfers will be available to book online shortly before our event. We’ll email all the instructions once Amstar is ready to take the bookings. 

WATER

While the tap water at the resort is perfectly fine for showering, bathing, and brushing your teeth, it’s recommended that you drink bottled water both while on property and off. Bottled water is abundantly available around the resort.

WEATHER

Seasonal norms for October and November show consistent highs around 85°F / 29.4°C and a consistent low of around 70°F / 21.1°C each night.

WHAT TO WEAR

Mahekal is an “on the beach” resort, which means it’s a flips flops/sandals kind of place around the clock. 

The resort is super comfy casual at all times. Swimsuits/shorts and Ts/tanks are perfect during the day. And nice shorts and a collared shirt are perfect resort wear during the evening. Nice T-shirts are also ok. 

With its prime beachside location, Mahekal has steady sea breezes both day and night. So, you might want to bring a light jacket/windbreaker if you’re the type of person who runs cold. 

And we’ll say it again here (because it’s that important)… when moving away from Nudie Town, please cover yourself.

WIFI

WiFi is included throughout the resort.

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