Our group of 11 had a great day staying here and chose the VIP Package. Three in our group went diving which is right on property.
We were greeted and shown around and Juliana was amazing at welcoming us. She took care of our group, even with another large wedding event happening with 80 guests.
Food was amazing, fresh and so tasty.
The pool is a small, but we really only sat on the beach and swam in the ocean.
Honestly, it was probably the best beach break I’ve experienced when cruising.
I will be back, as I’m sure our group will be when we’re in Costa Maya next time!
Date of Visit: 30 October 2019
Our family booked a day trip excursion off the Disney Fantasy cruise ship to the National Beach Club. The party was four adults and two children age 5 and 1...and we all agreed that it was without a doubt the most fun and most excellent experience of the whole 7 day trip...(including beats Disney's private island.)
They pay your cab fare from and to the port to their location and it is about a 10 minute ride. If the cab driver gives you any guff..just pay it and they will reimburse you.
The visit includes the use of snorkel gear and children's beach toys..private clean beach. They have a small clean pool at the restaurant and bar area..and several bungalows for extended stays. Prices are very reasonable!
Try their grilled lobster and tuna with guacamole!!
Very friendly staff---your wish is their command.
Lovely small hotel and beach club in the centre of what can be quite a busy village, when the cruise boats arrive! But with a few lovely rooms, a large area, including a well-cared for section of beach with well separated chairs and umbrellas, a fantastic place to stay. We stayed a fortnight in March/April, hot enough for siestas around lunchtime, on the beach or indoors. Upstairs rooms have fantastic sea views, and the breeze, as do lower bunglows, some opening straight onto the walkway next to the beach.
Plenty of water amusements to take part in, and bars or restaurants along the front.
While we were there, the wooden handrails around the front of the hotel were replaced - and the staff were clearing the beach every morning of the Sargasso weed that still arrives - but now in smaller quantities. This is swept up again during the day if more arrives. We were surprised that the whole beach area and paths were raked each day, to make a new fresh beach each morning! Lovely small pool outside the bar: but this is a small hotel - maybe six breakfast tables indoors and two large outside tables, maybe 12 rooms? Plenty of staff however, and activities on the complex include a dive school and various local environmental projects.
My family of 5 will forever covet our experience at Nacional Beach Club. We booked a room for a week and wish we could have stayed longer. We had an ocean view room steps from the pool overlooking the beach. The staff treated us like family and always made themselves available for anything we needed. Our days were incredibly relaxing catching the breeze, sipping cocktails, listening to good music, and enjoying a vast array of menu options ranging from tasty breakfast tacos to lobster, steak, and fresh fish brought in daily. (I'm from Texas and Nacional Beach Club Steaks, Ribs and Bacon blew me away!)
Our goal of finding a relaxing hideaway was met at this property and our expectations were superceded by the resources that were made available to us.
While chilling on the property the staff always made sure to educate and inform us of the vast amount of unique opportunities to take part in: Excursions ranging from diving, fishing, and exploring cenotes in the area.
Even if I had a chance to spend one day while traveling through the cruise port I'd be sure to come for the Beach Club's VIP EXPERIENCE.
Nacional Beach Club is my new destination for escaping everyday life and spending quality time with my family!
I have delayed this review for several reasons, all selfish! Sometimes, Internet Travel brings you to locations you never heard of and never knew existed. Pictures are wonderful but they don't have a smell, or a taste and of course, you cannot speak to anyone in a picture. A little background would probably help the reader of this review at this point. My wife and I love Mexico, we plan to move there in the very near future. We have driven thousands of Kilometers in and around the Yucatan Peninsula and all of our experiences have been magical for us. We also have driven most of Belize, we love Belize also but for us, Mexico is a short hop from all of the southern United States airports and reasonably priced tickets are abundant. The people, the culture, the weather, the Caribbean are just some of the attractions of this wonderful country. We fly in to Cancun, have American Car Rental pick us up at the airport and take us to their nearby facility, pick up our vehicle and off we go. Normal first stop is Valladolid for dinner at the El Marquez and then day tripping the Yucatan. In Mexico, park your vehicle around 4:00pm and find a pool and a margarita, driving at night is not a good idea. Not so much for fear of criminal problems but topes, the fact that animals and people use most roads as walking paths just before and after dark and the roads are not well lit for the most part. We visited Tulum about six years ago, it was very nice but we saw progress coming and soon. We were correct, Tulum is still beautiful but busy, real busy and it is hard to catch your breath if your trip to Mexico is about catching your breath. Doing a little Google Earthing along the coast from Tulum to Belize, a named popped up, actually two names, Costa Maya and Mahahual. Research online had us intrigued and our next trip to Cancun and Valladolid we drove from Valladolid, down the center of the Yucatan to Tulum and Hwy 307. Another 90 minutes of driving south brought us to a sign that indicated turn left for Costa Maya and Mahahual. Another 45 minutes and we were there but where exactly? A lighthouse directly in front of us with the beautiful Caribbean in the background beckoned and we followed like Lemmings. Soon we found a Malecon, a few streets, no condos Yeah! and nice people with smiles and a gorgeous knock dead white sand beach just inside the Meso-American Reef. We began a search for a hotel with a view and there it was, right on the Malecon, the Nacional Beach Club or NBC for short. We rented a bungalow and proceeded to immerse ourselves in the community of Mahahual. We soon became friends with Evan and his beautiful wife and family. Evan is a gringo from Dallas and his family owns the NBC. The people, the food, the everything at NBC keeps on calling to Lisa and I, come back, come back and we shall and for good. There are other very good hotels and rentals in Costa Maya and Mahahual, lots of restaurants and the cruise ships stopping at Costa Maya keep the Malecon a lively place. But the good part is, the beach begins to empty out around 2:00pm and the ambiance and the natural rhythm of a small Caribbean fishing village emerges once again. Like I said in the beginning of this Trip Adviser Review, the reason I haven't done this review in the past was for purely selfish reasons. What happened to Tulum, I do not want to see happen in our little piece of paradise.