I just returned in June from a wonderful trip to the Secrets Huatulco Resort. This is a new destination that Apple Vacations is offering non-stop flights to this summer for 7 nights out of St. Louis. As a travel agent, I was very excited to visit a brand new destination that most of my friends, family and clients had never even heard of.
First off, the resort is beautiful. Very modern, super clean and the rooms are amazing (especially the showers). Service was perfect, food was great and I really had no complaints about the resort at all. The occupancy was very low, so it felt like we had our own private resort sometimes. There isn't a ton going on at night, but they did have a show most nights and the nightclub was open after. They also had live music several nights after dinner and before the show. I personally don't do the night life, am usually too tired after a nice long dinner and a busy day. They usually only had 2 or 3 restaurants open each night for dinner, but they rotated every night so we ate in every single one. It's so nice to just walk in and be shown to a table. The "Spice" was my favorite and the only one you have to make reservations for if you want to sit at the Tepinyaki tables for the "show". Those can be made the morning of, and you always get a schedule in your room each night for the next day, so you can go to the concierge the morning that one is open and make your reservation. If Castaways is open for lunch, that is a great lunch because it's not buffet. The buffet was fine, but Castaways sits up on the "cliff" so to speak and has amazing views. They also had a small bar/buffet down at the pool every day or the main buffet restaurant was open.
The beach is probably their least desirable part, although it's quite big and beautiful. The sand is very "sharp" so I definitely recommend taking water shoes to walk on the beach and go in the water. There are plenty of beach chairs and even beach "beds" that swing which is nice to relax on. The red flag was up every day we were there, but we got in several times and it was just fine. The water was clean and no big rocks or anything to worry about under your feet. You just need to go out about 10 feet into the water to avoid the surf. But the sounds of the waves rolling in was lovely from our room and elsewhere on the resort.
The pools are very nice and large, so again, felt like we had our own private pool sometimes. They have those nice foam mattresses floating around, so it's nice if you can snag one of those. The swim up bar is nice and they make wonderful Mango Margaritas and you can ask Juan for a Superman if he's working. Delicious! I do recommend taking some insulated mugs or cups for drinks, although they serve pretty big drinks. I just like to keep cold water at all times, so I'd have them fill that up with ice and bottled water in the morning or Diet Coke and then order my frozen drinks when the mood struck.
The gym is nice (although I never used it I'm ashamed to say) and the spa is wonderful. They sit up on a cliff to the side along with one of the Restaurants (Oceana), so if you don't want to walk up there, you can ask the bell hops to take you up in their golf carts and they are happy to do it. We used our resort coupons toward a couples massage (just talk to Alberto at the spa desk in the lobby) and got it for $200 and it was amazing. You get free use of the hydro circuit for an hour before and that was amazing. Almost didn't need the massage after that.
I was a bit concerned about the weather, as it is considered their rainy season, but we only had rain 1 day and then just a part of another morning. It does get a bit overcast in the mornings, but the afternoons were all quite beautiful. I was glad for it, personally, as it kept the temps reasonable and the sun at bay. You are pretty close to the equator there, so the sun can get you if you aren't careful! Their dry season is in the winter, but they said it looks like Arizona then and I don't think I'd enjoy that as much. The lush tropical foliage was my favorite part. It's beautiful this time of year!
We did the 7 Bays Sun and Sail tour which was good, but if you don't want to snorkel, I'm not sure it's worth it. If you like to snorkel though, that part was worth it. Amazing fish and bigger and more quantity than I've ever seen. It was a long day full of several stops that took much longer than they should have, so another way to do it is the Jetski snorkel trip. A few hours less and more direct to snorkeling. I also heard good things about the waterfall tour and the city tour, but we didn't get a chance to do it.
We hired a taxi to take us into La Crucecita for shopping one day and it was only $7 each way. Great shopping, a fun little town to walk around in.
The destination is very different and I think that's why I loved it! It is a true "Mexico" experience, very different from any place else I've been, and I've been to CUN/RIV/PVR and Cabo. It's so very authentic and the people are quite friendly. It' not commercialized, which is nice. No McDonald's or Wal-Mart. I felt very safe and secure there and couldn't get over the scenery. The views are just jaw dropping gorgeous from the resort and everywhere you go.
The only reason I didn't give this resort the full 5 stars is that no place is perfect and I very rarely rate something in that way. I will say, though, that the staff made this place darn close and they all were very accommodating to our every request. From the concierge and front desk staff down to the maid service, everyone went out of their way to make our experience quite enjoyable.
If you'd like more information, check out my blog at http://www.thetravelgals.blog.com/ or e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org if you want to see my pics. I did seven different blog entries while I was there and there are lots of pics on my blog too!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The enchanting Secrets Huatulco Resort & Spa sits on the Pacific coast in Huatulco - a sustainable tourism destination recognized for its commitment to the local environment. Beautifully secluded on the Conejos Bay, guests at Secrets Huatulco are treated to divine views of golden sand beaches, stunning rock formations and sapphire waters. Exclusive Unlimited-Luxury(R) amenities start with limitless gourmet fare and top-shelf spirits, pool and beach wait service, and 24-hour room and concierge services. While 399 gorgeous suites offer daily refreshed mini-bar, spectacular views, plus a furnished balcony, terrace Jacuzzi, or swim-out pool access. Take part in daily activities and nightly entertainment, or a pampering treatment at the Secrets Spa by Pevonia. Guests can even spend a night out with the Sip, Savor & See Dining Experience at the nearby Dreams Huatulco Resort & Spa, to enjoy more fine dining and entertainment. Secrets Huatulco Resort & Spa - Enchanting. Secluded. Divine. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Secrets Huatulco Resort And Spa
- Secrets Huatulco Hotel Huatulco