We recently returned from a one week stay at the Secrets Marquis Los Cabos. In the region, we have previously stayed at the Westin Resort and Spa Los Cabos. We have also stayed at Secrets Maroma Beach (Playa Del Carman area) and Secrets Wild Orchid (Jamaica) and feel that we are getting a reasonably good understanding of the amenities and services offered by the Secrets chain.
Our decision to choose this resort in the region was partially due to the relative solitude of the property and partially because of the beautiful location. The Moroccan look of the building seems in perfect harmony with the semi-arid setting of the region. The property lies, mas o menos, halfway between San Jose del Cabo and Cabo San Lucas. As one of the smallest of the Secrets properties, insofar as number of rooms is concerned, the resort feels quite intimate.
Per custom, I'll relate my personal experiences about the room and amenities, beach and ocean, food and beverages, entertainment, service and staff and finally any miscellaneous tips that might be helpful..
Rooms and amenities. We stayed in the standard ocean view junior suite. At almost 650 square feet, the basic room is quite spacious and has a wonderful ocean view. The suite has a large electronic safe and is nicely appointed. Maid service is very efficient and non-intrusive. The mini-fridge is well stocked with beers, soft drinks and bottled water. A quite extensive 24 room service menu is available. Nightly turn-down service is standard.
Each day, the Secrets "Sundial" is slipped under your door. Alternatively, this resort activity paper is available at the front desk. The sundial is an important feature of the chain as it details which restaurants are open for the day and evening. As well, the page indicates any activities, special guest services, or evening tours and party type excursions that might be offered to Cabo San Lucas by the resort animation staff.
Beach and Ocean. Much of the region is unswimmable due to sharp drop-offs, strong undertow and rip tides. The ocean directly in front of Secrets Marquis property is no different in this regard; having visited the region before, we knew that going in. The beach area IS fantastic for strolling or jogging.
If you are inclined to swim, a somewhat man-made rock wall bay exists, about a mile to the right of the resort. Activity staff takes guests to that spot at the 10am beach walk and the swimming area is easy to spot; its about the only place for a few miles where you will see people in the water. The swimming area also has a couple of stands offering beverages and there are some tour and excursion sellers. Bring your own towels.
Food and beverages. Coco Cafe is a really nice little patisserie that opens at 7am-7pm. They serve freshly made coffee beverages (including some proudly announced alcohol spiked concoctions made on request). This spot also has a smallish lending library for resort guests
Breakfast, either buffet style or off of a menu, runs from 7 am- 11am at Vista Ballenas. The buffet has a nice variety of fresh juices, pastries, cheeses and fruits as well as the made to order omelette station.
From 12:30 pm-3 pm, Vista Ballenas serves lunch from an extensive menu. Many other reviews rave about the ceviche. I concur; each portion was flavorful, large enough for two persons and there was almost a dizzying variety of selections. There is also a chef's special daily for lunch.
Dos Mares (by the pool) serves snacks and luncheon dishes from 11am-6pm. This dining area is a little more casual; the food is equally tasty as Vista Ballenas.
Dinner restaurants typically alternate their openings from night to night; some of this is also based upon total guest occupancy. The Sundial will inform you what is available. In keeping with the Secrets policy, no reservations are required at any of the a la carte restaurants; the exception is the teppanyaki table at "Spice" pan-Asian. Every meal that we had during our stay was good to great. A lot of the chef special fish dishes were memorable.
Several nights of the week there was an open air theme buffet and evening show. These were great fun and featured some dishes that were not typically available at the regular restaurants.
The house red and white wines were Antares; Antares seems to be the typical brand served by most of the Secrets properties in Mexico; we've enjoyed the Antares cabernet and merlot before. In this dry region, the sauvignon blanc and the chardonnay served seemed to pair really well with the variety of seafood dishes.
Alcoholic brands were somewhat better mid-range names; Johny Walker red label, Canadian Club, Don Julio, Crown Royal, Bombay, Bacardi Solara, Havana Club, etc. All the bars feature a mixed drink of the day. Do try the "Acapulquito".
Activities and entertainment were a little more low key than other secrets properties we've visited. That's not bad; there's plenty to keep one busy if so desired. Two nights a week, animation staff organize a pub crawl to Cabo San Lucas. During the day, resort activities range from yoga, zumba and pilates at the spa, to beach volleyball, pool volleyball, and aqua aerobics. There were wine tastings and tequila tastings some afternoons. Bocce tournaments and Spanish lessons were available, as was a tour of the onsite water purification plant. Evening activities ranged from casino night, to Mexican fiesta, to stargazing parties and fire shows.
If one is inclined, there are a number of Mexican vendors directly in front of the property that take guests horse back riding; unlike many resorts we've visited, these horses seem pretty healthy and happy to be exercised. The straw hats sold on the beach were actually cheaper (after some good natured haggling) than you typically pay in town shops.
Service and staff. Without question, the staff here are very well trained and are happy to serve. Drink and food service by the pool is prompt and efficient. From the front desk, who were always happy to answer questions and provide information, to the wait staff at the various restaurants, to maids, to the the host/hostesses at each restaurant; all became familiar with the guests in a short period of time and served with a smile. Animation staff are friendly and get you as involved as you wish to be in resort activities. Many days, canapés and snacks are dispensed by a strolling waiter or two around the pool area.
Miscellaneous. If you want to venture to another resort in the area, talk to the front desk concierge and arrange to visit Dreams Los Cabos in their "sip-savor-see" offer. You must arrange for your own transportation to-from the Dreams Los Cabos but can eat at one of the Dreams property restaurants, watch their evening entertainment and make use of their bars and facilities without charge.
We did not make use of the spa or gym at Secrets, but other guests do speak highly of the spa. The gym is well equipped with modern equipment.
During our stay, currency exchange rates at the front desk were only 1% off of bank rates, which we felt was more than fair.
Conclusion. Having stayed at some larger Secrets properties, we greatly enjoyed the intimate feel of the Marquis. Food was on par with what we've come to expect from the Secrets chain, the rooms were impressive, the staff was courteous and helpful, the pool and the property were beautiful and the resort was exactly as we hoped it would be. Our goal would be to return to this resort again and perhaps even stay a little longer, on our return.
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