My wife & I stay here around Thanksgiving each year (unless there is a hurricane blowing). We used to stay at Villa Rolandi's until they ruined it by adding more rooms...thus more people. We like quiet, solitary vacations after working hard all year. We discovered Secreto about 5 years ago and have always (with a few exceptions) enjoyed a relaxed and restful time together. I have read the other reviews and as I've said: this place isn't for everyone. It is very quiet, it does have a bar and seating area for socializing but most people who stay there don't really socialize and I don't think it's because they are snooty...it's just not a hopping, activity from sun-up til sundown kind of place. I've read complaints about the breakfast...its just a continental breakfast...but my wife and I enjoy getting up early, getting a tray with coffee, juice, cereal, fruit and toast and taking to our balcony to enjoy as we plan our day...which usually consists of reading by the pool, strolling the beach for shells and sea glass, feeding the resident iquana and having one the best Mojitos from the bar I've ever had. We sometimes have lunch brought to us by the pool. The swimming pool is nice...when the heater is working! The rest of the time it is downright glacial! We have mentioned this many times to the front desk guys and I think they enjoy watching us turn blue as we enter the pool. 2 years ago the heater was working but we cautiously entered it expecting to freeze our body parts off only to be pleasantly surprised...it was heavenly! And it stayed that way until the day before we left...I pranced out and dove right in only to have my heart stop as I realized it wasn'ted heated anymore! No big deal...it's Mexico with white powder soft beaches and azure blue water, mojitos and damn good quacamole. The staff are always friendly and helpful...they might not speak enough English but we are always understood. The huge balconies with queen size beds are reason enough to stay. As mentioned the view has been somewhat destroyed by the abandoned half finished hotel next door (a friendly, elderly man on the beach said "they" ran out of drug money to complete it)...I look straight ahead over and past the pool and palms to the stunning white beach and blue ocean and I have all the view I need. Another problem we encountered this last time we stayed was children! This is a quiet, romantic type hotel...there is nothing for little children to do here but be bored or disturb those guests looking for peace and relaxation. 2 families from Germany (3 children, 4 adults) took over two of the rooms letting out to the pool on the ground floor for a month! They strung lines across their patios with wet clothing, spoke to each other in loud booming voices while standing next to each other and totally ignoring the rest of us trying to read, rest, talk quietly to each other. I did something I usually never do...I complained to the management (and I don't think I was the only one). My wife, never one to keep her mouth shut kept asking them to quieten down but they ignored her acting like they didn't understand. They understood...they just didn't care.
When we get really tired of just reading and relaxing by the pool, the desk staff can have a golf cart delivered from town for 1/2 day or full day and we ride around the island stopping at the Super Mercado for snacks and bottled water, eat lunch out, occasionally dinner as well. There are a few places I really enjoy going to eat like Jax. You can stop on the other end of the island to beachcomb or visit the Turtle Farm (this used to be a really well kept, well run establishment...not so much anymore). Some people suggest Casa O's for an intimate evening dining experience for delectable lobster & steaks in a beautiful oceanfront setting perfect for sunsets. We found the place creepy, dark and ourselves the only guests the night we decided to visit. If you get there before dark you need a flashlight to get back to your golfcart. Geared up for a good steak and lobster we were shown a menu by a non-speaking waiter...they have a rather limited menu but all I saw was the steak & lobster. Of course there was no lobster...well I can live with that so I ordered my steak with a bowl of soupa de lima as an appetizer...which I guess no one has ever done before. They brought my soup out with my wife's entree' so she was through eating when they brought out the steak. The only guests other than our selves were the mosquitos. There were three waiters and a cook with nothing to do but stare at us while we ate. Oh well! It was great to get back to Secreto with the flat screen t.v. and dvd player...the comfortable furnishings...sitting out on the balcony and watching cruise ships coming and going to Cozumel with their lights twinkling out in the distance...the ocean breezes and sound of the ocean lulling us to sleep!
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