I absolutely loved the hotel and the area; however, I couldn't stand the food by the end. Beautiful hotel, which is brand spanking new. Extremely clean. Fantastic room w/ a phenomenal view. We stayed on the 3rd floor. Thought about a swim up room, but glad we didn't pay the extra money since there is no privacy with the 1st floor rooms.
Don't waste money on the preferred club. The private room they have is a joke. The only good thing about the preferred club is liquor upgrade; however, we found that they had a more than adequate selection without paying the extra 33 bucks a day. I enjoyed my herradura reposado margaritas and didn't need the don julio that was under lock and key.
Anyway, beach is gorgeous.. the sand is hot and the current is strong... so swimming isn't for the intoxicated. Few peddlers on the beach, not too bothersome. Everything is overpriced and they don't negotiate very much... it felt like the whole place made some sort of pact not to negotiate or undercut. There was this one guy on the beach that sold fresh oysters and clams. We bought about two dozen everyday and enjoyed them at our beachfront palapa.. We were there in Sept for 10 days. The first few days we were there the resort was at like 10% capacity it was like we had our own private resort... by the end it filled up, but never felt overcrowded. If you want the cool palapa on the beach you must get there before 11:30ish otherwise they're all gone. I think there's only about 7.
La Crucecita and Santa Cruz are tourist traps and they bother you from the moment you step out of a cab. It's good to check it out for an afternoon, but not impressed. Cabs are cheap.... 6 bucks each way. Yes it's safe... we took a 2 hour trip to Pto. Escondido while we were there. If you're a seasoned traveler you'll figure out a way and it's worth it... otherwise stick to the resort area. Town is safe bc there's a strong military presence on the outskirt keeping the bad guys out. Never felt unsafe whatsoever. The prices in town are simply outrageous. I've been to Mexico 7 times and traveled to many places and I had the expectation that this newly built resort area with a town to support the influx of people would have deals. no so. talk about a hustle.
Okay on to my biggest complaint... the food. It's terrible. Advice: stick to mexican cuisine and whatever is cooked to order at breakfast. The worst was the french restaurant., bordeaux. inedible. Second worst: the italian restaurant, cin cin. I don't know... lasagna with oaxacan cheese just didn't go together for me. Seafood place, oceana, 3rd worst. Tamarido the mexican place was the most decent. Spice was okay... here's a tip... sit at the bar and go for the sushi... the Teppanyaki table wasn't all that great. Breakfast at market cafe was good if you stick to the cooked to order stuff... most stuff was overcooked likely because it sat and baked in the buffet for a few hours... and you could def tell they had things that weren't used from the service the night before on the buffet line. Castaways had a killer view, but it was a buffet that was nothing special. Barefoot grill was hotdogs and hamburgers which I didn't come to mexico to eat hotdogs and hamburgers so I skipped it. Room service was on point... honestly, they seemed to have the best food, but not a huge selection.
Staff was on point. No one really made you feel the need to tip them. The only place I could sense tips were around the pool and beach area for drinks. If you tip, they are coming right on time to take a drink order when you have a few sips left.... and usually with a strong pour. If you don't tip you'll be waiting around. It def speeds up the service. 2 bucks goes along way. I was there for 10 days... 5 bucks here and there went a long way. Everyone was very friendly and accommodating. You're going to a part of Mexico that is un-Americanized so don't expect everyone to speak English... although the front desk area everyone speaks English. and for crying out loud.. who the hell is there to drink bud? I read posts before I booked and that seemed to be a complaint. If you want bud they have it but drink modelo... save the bud for your front porch.
Let's see what else... the spa is a must. a little pricey but worth it. I got a hot stone massage. the facilities are impressive.
Didn't get sick from the water at all... hotel has a filter system.
In summary, beautiful resort, beautiful area, clean, free flowing drinks, town just okay and pricey for that part of mexico, terrible resort food. Bottom line, extremely good value and we had a blast. We made it work with the food, but as much as we loved the area and hotel, we wouldn't go back because of the food; however, we do not regret going and we do recommend the hotel - just be aware that you're not there for fine dining and gourmet selections.
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- 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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