We all have different travel styles. From flying first class to sharing 12-bed dorms at hostels, our budget determines how we travel and what we do on vacation. I’m a budget conscious traveler so I’m always looking for a great deal and good value. On my recent trip to Cancun, I was all smiles when I found out that I could afford a more luxurious beach day at Mandala Beach Club.
Cancun, Mexico in January. This is what I call a winter getaway!
Mandala Beach Club
When I asked my Airbnb host for beach recommendations, she told me to ditch the public beach and head over to Mandala Beach Club instead. It’s a public beach club that is privately owned in the Cancun Hotel Zone. Lots of locals come here for an affordable day at the beach.
Who can resist this view?
Mandala Beach Club offered a better deal because it was all inclusive. If I went to a public beach, I would’ve had to pay for everything out of pocket. At Mandala the day pass costs 300 MXN per person ($17 USD) and it served as credit for food and drinks.
The day pass also came with:
- A small table
- An umbrella
- Beach chairs
- And access to 2 swimming pools (there are 3 pools total)
Day pass gives you access to one pool.
It’s important to note that if you spend over 300 MXN (in food and drinks), you have to pay the difference. If you underspend, you won’t get your money back.
With beer priced at 30-45 MXN ($1.50-$3 USD) and lunch ranging 180-250 MXN ($10-$14 USD), I had plenty of options to choose from. Happy with my deal, I chose to skip laying on comfy beds for 1,000 MXN per person ($55 USD).
“I loved that Mandala accepted credit cards, but don’t forget that tip is not included. Bring extra cash!”
How Was The Experience?
The scorching sun and later pouring rain did not affect the excellent service that I received at Mandala Beach Club. My waiter knew exactly when I needed another refill and I never had to ask. Also my order of fish tacos came out fast and it tasted fresh.
On the Caribbean coast, I loved Mandala’s soft white sand and clear blue waters. The electronic and dance tunes playing in the background added to the fun and carefree vibe of the club.
All smiles from a fantastic day on the beach.
Unfortunately since it was rainy season, I didn’t get a chance to go back to Mandala Beach Club while I was in Cancun. Nevertheless, I would recommend it to anyone looking for an affordable all inclusive beach experience. Luxury on a budget doesn’t get any better than that my friends!
Author: Danielle Desir
Danielle Desir is a Travel Finance Strategist that uses her financial background and knack for financial planning to empower those who want to travel afford travel and excel in their personal finances. She shares creative planning strategies, saving tips, cheap flight deals and even talks about her student loan repayment journey on her blog, The Thought Card. Her financial expertise has taken her across the globe to over 21 countries and 3 continents (and counting), all while paying off her student loans, saving for a house, owning a home, and working full-time.