Just returned from a week at Secrets Resorts in Hualtco. It's a beautiful spot with ocean views from every room. The weather was fantastic with hardly a cloud in the sky for the entire week. We spent all our time at the beach. Having holidayed in Cuba and the Dominican for the last 7 years, the beach certainly wasn't as nice as the Caribbean beaches. It isn't a beach for non-swimmers as there is a strong undertow and the sand shifts constantly. As it's in a cove, there's limited walking on the beach which we always enjoyed doing on our other trips. There is a limited number of shelters which is something they need to remedy. The swing beds were great if you could get one. You do need to use footwear during the afternoon as the sand is extremely hot. Two of our party actually blistered their feet. I wonder, due to the beach conditions, if they really want to discourage people from using this area.
We found the architecture to be very stark although it was always very clean. The rooms are arranged quite differently. When you open the door, the first thing you see is the double sinks. The toilet area has a glass door with some frosting. The rooms are definitely meant for a couple. One caution is the shiny tiles are very slippery when wet. Two of our party slipped and fell. There weren't washrooms close to the beach.
As far as the food is concerned, I would rate it as good. Compared to the other 5 star resort we stayed at in the Dominican, it wasn't up to their standard. Service in the restaurants was spotty. As they don't require reservations, I wonder if they always have enough staff. The selection in the main buffet was somewhat limited i.e. their selection of fresh fruit at meals other than lunch. If you went there for supper, there wasn't an active grill. We had the best service at the Mexican restaurant. Be adventurous and try the cactus salad with grasshoppers. I thought they were kidding but there was an array of dried grasshoppers to the side. They really didn't taste of anything and they must be a delicacy in the area as we saw them being sold in different spots. The coffee bar on the second floor was great and they always had cookies and other pastries. You could also get a prepared sandwich at lunch.
Our plane home was delayed by 6 hours but they kept us at the resort which was very nice. The departure area at the airport area, after security, is air conditioned so it's quite comfortable. There's limited duty free but I did pick up a one litre bottle of Kahlua for $16.50.
This is the farthest south we'd ever been (500 km south of Puerta Vallarta) so the weather was phenomenal. Apparently, they are building a 1000 room Riu resort next to Secrets in the near future. It will be interesting to see where they get all the staff as the area isn't heavily populated.
All in all, it was a good trip but I think if we're looking for a 5 star another year, we'll head back to the Dominican.
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