My husband and I visited in mid April and had a wonderful relaxing vacation. We have been to Caribbean islands, but never to Mexico. I didn't want to go to Cancun or Cozumel and stumbled onto Huatulco while perusing the Apple Vacations website. This was only our second time going to an all inclusive resort and we had a great time. It was very relaxing.
We arrived on a Saturday (direct flight from O'Hare-perfect!). Our room was 1208, it had a phenomenal view of the bay, almost directly in the center. It wasn't far to walk to most of the restaurants and it was a little hike to the pool and beach, but not bad at all really. We walked up the hill after we would visit the pool for a little exercise. The room was nice, had a great balcony to sit on and admire the view. We didn't get a swim up room and I'm glad because I'm not social enough to want to share the pool in front of my room with strangers or have them swim by my room either. I had some concerns about the "see through" bathroom door, but it wasn't a big deal at all. The toilet area has a partially frosted glass door but you can only see it if you standing right there. If your significant other is in the bedroom, don't worry, they can't see you using the bathroom. I would just tell my husband-hey I'm in here, don't leave the bedroom!
The pool was great-we spend a few days just sitting poolside all day reading. We sat at the end of the pool nearest to the Oceana restaurant. It was quiet and the pool service was great. They almost always remembered what we were drinking. We did tip, we alternated between pesos and American dollars (because we ran out of pesos at the end of the trip). The front desk would exchange money for you. And if nobody was there poolside to take orders, we just walked up to the bar and ordered drinks. Not a big deal. We stayed away from the swim up bar though, it was a little much.
The restaurants were mostly good. We had breakfast daily at the Market Cafe--just a buffet, but we could get our fruit and a danish and they had great coffee.
Lunches were at the buffet or Castaways. We tried the poolside bar once, but it just wasn't very good (hot dogs, burgers). Castaways had great chicken tacos. The Market Cafe had quite a variety of foods for lunch.
We had dinner at Oceana once, the view was awesome and the food was great. Hubby had the steak and I had shrimp. We had dinner two times at Spice. The first time it was fantastic. I had decided that's the only place I wanted to have dinner. Until I had it a second night. It was like it wasn't even the same place. The service was horrific and the food equally as bad. We literally left our meals at the table and went to our room to order room service (soup and a sandwich and it was pretty darn good for room service!) The food at Cin Cin was alright, but pretty bland for Italian food. I had the chicken parm and it was awfully dry. Our favorite was definitely Tamarindo. We shared a Oaxacan platter, which had cheeses and meats. Hubby had a burrito and I had the pork tacos. Fantastic! The only food that compared was the one night they had a Mexican buffet in the courtyard.
The ocean was rough in the bay, there were a few red flag days and a couple blue (jellyfish had moved in). We did like to walk the beach (we both wore sandals)-I heard people complain about the sand, but hey, it's sand and it's hot, what can you say? It was a nice walk to take in the morning and evening. We got some great photos down by the rocks.
We did book a jet ski tour of the bays through Apple and it was worth every penny! Our tour guides name was Luis and he did a great job. He let us stop to swim in some bays, we stopped in a bay for a beer and we snorkeled in another bay. The tour was 3 hours, I think. We had so much fun, I wish we could have gone twice, but we waited until almost our last day of vacation to go.
A couple things I didn't like--the bed was really hard. I'm not a picky sleeper, but one night I did tell my husband I was thinking about taking cushions from the furniture in the lobby and sleeping on those! I was glad to get back to my own bed. Also, they did not have Captain Morgan at the resort. I wish we would have been able to swim in the bay, but the water was so rough at times, it would have been more trouble than fun!
We didn't go off the resort much, this vacation was about relaxing and doing nothing and Secrets Hautulco was perfect!
- 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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