We loved the hotel, huge porches, beautiful views, super comfortable beds with feather topper and ironed cotton sheets, great pool and hot tub, amazing ocean views. We have booked a sscond trip in June.
The staff is wonderful and we enjoyed the beautiful lightling at night too.
First, the highlights -- Secreto is stylistic, clean, private, scenic and quiet (or was when I was there a year ago). My elder sister loved the outdoor yoga they offered -- I mean a private instructor at your door? -- and the breakfast is very nice and so convenient -- it's like your own private kitchen. I also really liked the fact that with 9 rooms, it feels like your own retreat. I'd advocate the upper-level rooms -- ours was ground-floor, closest to reception and didn't have as nice a view as the upper floors.
For the less-than-highlights (I won't even call them low-lights) -- Please note it's true you can't swim at the beach outside the hotel. I didn't understand that from the web and was surprised. You do have to walk 5-10 minutes to a good beach but it's worth it. I only say that so you're not surprised. Also, the rooms are disinfected with a floral-spray that is at times overwhelming -- we had to unplug it -- too strong! Final pseudo-complaint is that it's in the middle of construction and/or empty lots -- it didn't feel like paradise only because you had to walk through abandoned sites en route. That was a year ago, and again, it may have changed since then.
Final note -- the resort is likely the best and most private on Isla Mujeres. But please know Isla Mujeres is not necessarily the most beautiful place in all of the Caribbean -- yes, it's nice and it's a very good value, but it's off the beaten path for a reason. It's not Cancun and it's not the Maya Riveria. For many, that's an appeal. What I didn't fully realize at the time, however, is that it cannot be expected to live up to resorts in other parts of the Caribbean that cost 3X as much (e.g. Turks and Caicos is more scenic but you pay for it!). What I did really, really like -- and what will likely bring me back again, is the walkable streets, the safe feeling (and reality) for two single women, the fun vibe and the accessibility from both Chicago and DC (direct flights). If you've got a lot more money to spend, if you're taking a once-in-a-lifetime-trip (perhaps from overseas), or if this is your first and likely only trip to the Caribbean or Mexico, I might consider other, more expensive all-inclusive resorts on the coast south of Cancun first -- then a few days on IM. But if you vacation often, are on a budget, have a relatively short timeframe (like we did), are looking for a safe, affordable, very pretty and super-fun place where you don't need a car, can bar-hop well into the wee-hours without worry, meet very nice locals, enjoy warm, turquoise water -- wait a minute, I think I've just talked myself out of all my reservations! --
Short story -- Secreto is nice. Please give it a try. But also recognize it's not the Ritz.
We love Secreto and have just returned from our second visit. From the moment you arrive to when you finally have to drag yourself away, it is simply beautiful. We are in our 60's and love the peaceful, relaxed atmosphere. The staff are so helpful and friendly. Go back? In a New York minute!
I stayed at Secreto about three time last year. I would not stay at another hotel on the island. Is is so peaceful and clean. The hotel staff were so nice and helpful. We were introduced to the owner who was very nice and made sure we were happy during our stay. The hotel is only a short walk to the main square for food and shopping. I would highly recommend this hotel if you really want to be left alone to enjoy the sound of the waves. If you want noise and lots of action - stay in Cancun!
the hotel was beautiful and peaceful.
I loved everything about this little bit of paradise.
the service and hospitality were amazing; the view spectacular; the room elegant and comfortable.
The hotel is within walking distance of great restaurants and charming shops.
The private lagoon is beautiful and great for relaxing.
The hotel consists of 9 small rooms priced from 185.00 - 225.00 with taxes per night. The beds are the worst I have ever tried to sleep on. I just can't think what this hotel has to offer for the money. You can not swim in the ocean in front of the hotel beacause of the rip tides and rocks, however it's a short walk to North Beach A++++ beach.
We are returning to Isla Mujeres in 2006 however we have made others hotel arrangements.
Immaculate, elegant, friendly, quiet, tops for value, beautiful pool and beach, unbelievable breezes, great service, small and private. We're planning on vacations back to this slice of paradise several times a year. You truly will love your stay here...and my friends and family call me "The Queen of Picky".
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