There are numerous reviews of Hidden Beach Resort (HBR) here on Trip Advisor, most of which describe the facilities, the rooms, the food, the service, etc, etc. My wife (Jan) and I (Glenn) honeymooned at El Dorado Seaside Suites (EDSS) during the week of October 11-17, 2008. While researching Trip Advisor for information on where we would stay, I learned that HBR was located immediately next door to EDSS. Before mentioning this fact to Jan, I did some research on HBR. I wanted to make sure this wasn’t one of those “swinger” places. I didn’t want people hitting on my wife (or me), and didn’t want to see people having sex on the beach. Fortunately, HBR is nothing like that! It’s simply a nude resort, with strict rules of etiquette (no cameras, no inappropriate touching, etc). So one day, I told Jan all that I had learned and asked if she would be interested in spending a day during our trip at HBR. She said she was definitely interested. This review will discuss our personal experience as first-timers at an au natural resort.
We arrived in Mexico Saturday evening and spent our first full day (Sunday) at EDSS. We swam, sunbathed, drank fruity tropical drinks, and just relaxed. What a great day. Monday morning, we walked over to the HBR Lobby, which is literally only 25 paces or so from the EDSS Lobby, through a large solid wooden gate. The EDSS and HBR beaches are separated by a tall wooden fence that extends quite a distance into the water. And there was a staff member standing “guard” throughout the day to keep any would-be gawkers at bay. Marco told us everything we needed to know about HBR resort and took us on a quick tour of the grounds. People were very friendly; several greeted us as we walked by. We paid $95 USD/couple for a day pass, which was valid from 9 am to 6 pm (although we ended up staying past 6 and no one cared). That price included everything that the regular guests enjoy; use of all facilities, towels, activities, food, drinks . . . everything.
Although I had previously visited a nude campground once several years ago, but this would be Jan’s first exposure (no pun intended) to nude recreation. She was a little concerned at first about how she would feel being nude around other people. Would people stare at her? Would she be embarrassed? I think this is how most people probably feel their first time in this setting. First of all, we are both 50-ish, and our bodies certainly show our age. During our visit, I would estimate that the average age of folks at HBR was at least 50, if not older. There are no perfect bodies there!
After shedding our clothes, we started the day by relaxing in a couple of lounge chairs on the beach. Within just a few minutes, Jan seemed to be totally at home in her natural state. She commented on how exhilarating the breeze felt on her body. In short order, Esperanza approached us and asked if we would like a couple of drinks. Absolutely! As other guests walked by, they greeted us. It wasn’t like that at EDSS, where people pretty much kept to themselves.
EDSS is a relatively small resort with 280 rooms. By comparison, HBR is really small; only 42 rooms. There’s only one pool, one bar, and one restaurant, so you get to know practically everyone. But the nice thing is, if you stay at HBR, you have total use of everything at EDSS as well, at no additional cost. We saw several people from HBR at the various EDSS restaurants for dinner.
The sun was hot, and it wasn’t long before we moved from our lounge chairs to the pool. We watched the water volleyball, which was hoot. If you hit the ball into the bar, the “penalty” is a shot of tequila! At one point during the day, one of the staff approached us about a nude cruise that goes out every Wednesday. We signed up immediately! As we neared the expiration of our day pass, Jan begged me to see if we could transfer from EDSS to HBR for the rest of our stay. Next trip we’ll book here, I said.
We spent Tuesday back at the “dark side”, as it is referred to by many of the HBR guests. Even though we had to wear our swim suits, Jan sunbathed topless on the rear patio of our swim-up room. She got a couple of quick glances from other EDSS guests, but none that made her uncomfortable.
Wednesday was by far the best day of our trip. We caught our transport to Maroma Beach and anxiously awaited the departure of our day cruise. There were only 2 other couples with us, but we still had a great time. I think 5 or 6 couples would have been ideal. As soon as we cleared the wave break, off came our clothes as we made our way to the snorkeling area. As we passed other tour boats on our way out, our host (Pepe’) encouraged us to stand up and wave (I guess we were one of the “attractions” for the other tour boats). Our drink of the day was Rum Punch, and Pepe’ kept it flowing all day long. After snorkeling for about an hour, we re-boarded the boat and traveled a little further north to a beautiful, secluded beach for a catered lunch. On the way back, the ladies did a line dance to the music. As we approached the marina, it was time to get dressed again; everyone was disappointed that the day was about the end.
Thursday would be our last full day in Mexico, so we decided to purchase another day pass to HBR. Several of the guests and staff members remembered us from Monday, and warmly welcomed us back. That was a nice feeling. We told everyone about our cruise the day before and that we would definitely be back around the same time next year. As it turned out, we’ll be back soon that expected. Jan’s Christmas gift from me was a return trip in April. Of course, we’ll be staying at HBR this time. We can’t wait!
So what can you expect at a nude resort? Pretty much the same as you would find at most clothed resort. Except that you never have to put on a cold, damp bathing suit the next morning!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- It is the only luxurious all-inclusive nudist resort in the Mexican Caribbean. Consisting of 42 beachfront suites, it is a secluded adults only property, perfect for couples and singles alike. Located just one hour and a half south of Cancun Airport, Hidden Beach Resort lies on a stretch of white sand beach offering spectacular views of the Mexican Caribbean sea. Hidden Beach blends signature services such as personalized check-in with a welcome glass of champagne or the exclusive concierge service with charming architecture to create an atmosphere of understated luxury. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Hidden Beach Resort - Au Naturel Club Hotel Riviera Maya
- Hidden Beach Mexico
- Hidden Beach Hotel Au Naturel