This is a beautiful resort. But, our timing and the seemingly endless tropical storm at the beginning of June pretty much eliminated our outside activities for our stay.
We checked in on June 1st with a group of about 100 or so. They had a separate check in for our group and it took about 1 minute. There was snack food and a bar set up for us. This was a 5 star check in.
We were escorted to our room and our luggage arrived very quickly. Then, the rain started. Yes, I know, the resort can't do anything about the rain. But, for 3 days and nights, there were very few hours that it wasn't raining.
So, let me tell you about the inside life at SMB. The rooms are beautiful and clean. Our room didn't have any water issues at all. Some did. We were in 2534 and there is a covered walk way all the way to the main building, so that was nice. We still used the umbrella provided in the room, but some "spread out resorts" don't have covered walk ways, and this time I'm sure glad SMB did.
The Lobby Bar made good drinks and had fresh little peanut snacks for everyone. Ask for liquor by name or get the lesser stuff (like every bar in the world). The outdoor sports bar was fun, but would have been better without rain.
The Elvis show we saw was in the disco club and not the theater. I wished it was in the theater because I was forced to stand the entire show because there were more people than seats. I enjoyed the Elvis show, he doesn't take himself to seriously and he has a great voice.
The food at SMB is very good. I had the veal chop with French onion soup and crème brule' at the French restaurant and it was great. Had surf & turf at the seafood restaurant and it was very good. The steak house dinner was good but not great. Definitely eatable, just nothing to brag about. The service at all three restaurants was very good.
We didn't get to spend much time in the pool or at the beach and that's a shame. The beach was simply beautiful and the pools were the same. But, tropical storms aren't anybody's fault.
They did shut the elevators off and that was odd to me. One of the super nice concierge staff said they didn't want to get anybody stuck if the power went out. I guess that makes sense, but the power never went out and we got to walk two flights of stairs many times. Looking back, that's a good thing with all I ate and drank. I needed the stairs.
There was so much rain (well over a foot) that several of the swim up pools overflowed. I'm not talking about the pool overflowing into the garden, I'm talking about the gardens overflowing into the pools! Several of the swim up pools looked like ponds! Again, nobody's fault, but I was glad I had a 3rd floor room. I felt sorry for the staff that were going to have to clean up that mess and the honeymooners that paid for those swim up rooms. Some had to be relocated.
Would I go back to SMB? Yes. Is the food good? Yes. Are the rooms nice & clean? Yes. Just remember that hurricane season in Mexico starts June 1st and you just might get a ton of rain if you are unlucky.
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- Secrets Maroma Beach Riviera Cancun is tucked away on secluded Maroma Beach, voted the World's Best Beach by the Travel Channel four years in a row. This unlimited-luxury heaven provides opulence to the most discerning traveler with a pure white sand beach, stunning ocean views stretching as far as the eye can see, elegant suites providing 24-hour room service, daily refreshed mini-bars and several of them with swim-out access to twelve smaller pools plus a shimmering infinity pool, gourmet dining options and chic lounges. ... more less
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