The Secrets Vallarta Bay is a beautiful new resort which shares amenities with the neighboring sister hotel Now Amber.
The Secrets side is designed to be an adults only hotel and is very much geared towards couples which is great if you are like me and not wanting to deal with kids on your vacation.
This is all inclusive resort does not require wristbands. Hooray for one less tan line.
There are 3 pools and 2 hot tubs. All extremely clean and at a great temperature.
Beach towels do not require a towel card and are readily abundant at the pool area. Getting a lounger was never an issue. All huge pluses.
For those who enjoy silence you may be annoyed by the rather loud ambient music that plays all day.
The rooms are immaculate and fully stocked with toiletries (including a lovely sunscreen), and drinks.
I stayed in the preferred tower which came with a soaker tub in the bathroom and another one on the balcony. Staying in this section I was also privy to a separate snack bar and bar in the separate lobby and our own concierge.
My only complaint with the rooms was that the resort did not provide 2 beds as requested, the air conditioner and fans controls were difficult to find (they are next to the bed behind a decorative curtain) AND there is a rooster in the empty lot next door. Cockadoodledoo anyone? Seriously - you'll hear it on a lower floor.
The food so far has been excellent. With 8 restaurants you will always find something you like. No reservations required except for the tempanyaki.
NOT excellent is the speed of service. While all very friendly it is obvious that the wait staff is either inexperienced, disorganized or both. This also applies the the staff serving in the pool area. I don't know about everyone else but I certainly do not come to a "fancy" resort to wait 20 minutes for every drink that I order (and that includes water)
Beyond that you will find an abundance of activities to partake in during the day. Inclusive but not pushy activities staff. The beach is awesome and non motorized water craft are available for free. If you need anything the staff will go out of their way to find it for you.
Overall a great place to stay. Just come armed with patience and attempt dinner early to avoid waits. This service staff REALLY needs to get up to speed.
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