Secrets Resort has certainly evolved since our first stay in January 2012, soon after it opened. The landscaping has filled in beautifully – palm trees that were shrub-size back then look like mature trees now and tropical flowers abound. There are more options for eating outside, including Mexican and Italian-themed buffets in the courtyard outside the Market Café as well as tropical-themed buffets next to the pool. We stayed for two weeks and enjoyed these dining options several times. We found the grounds, rooms, beaches and pools to be clean and thoroughly appreciated the outstanding ocean views.
Highlights of dining at the resort include the Spanish coffee at Cin Cin’s, the Chateaubriand at Bordeaux and the coffee and French toast at the Market Café. With its fabulous ocean view, Castaways was a favorite for lunch, but a disappointment at dinner. The first night I was served a tough, somewhat fatty sirloin steak instead of the New York steak I ordered. The waiter insisted that what I received was a New York steak, according to Mexican standards, so I let it go. A few nights later, I ordered a T-bone and once again received a sirloin. This time I sent it back as there is no arguing the difference between those two cuts. I heard other patrons had similar mix-ups during the dinner hour. As well, moments after I informed the Maître d’ of my allergy to fish and seafood, I received a complimentary shrimp cocktail. The waiter was very embarrassed and I was not very impressed. No harm done, however, and I chalked it up to a language-related misunderstanding.
The dress code for the restaurants is published in the resort’s daily newsletter. Be forewarned that men will not be admitted to eat dinner inside the restaurants if they are not wearing long pants. (Sadly, I saw jeans a couple of times.) For the first week, men could wear shorts when dining at an outside table, but this changed to a requirement for long pants during our second week. I suggest being prepared for both, with dress, Bermuda-length shorts being a good option most of the time for outside dining. The ladies always looked fashionable in bright sundresses or cocktail dresses, pretty sandals, long skirts and gowns or smart-casual capris.
The resort has added a lot more umbrellas to the pool and beach areas since 2012, but not all are fixed properly into concrete stands. One afternoon the wind picked up and blew several umbrellas out of their stands, injuring two people that I know of. The pool boys tried to close various umbrellas, but sometimes guests opened them again, failing to understand the hazard. I trust that the managers are working to remedy this problem. At the very least, signs in English and Spanish could warn people of the hazard, just as they are warned when ocean conditions are unsafe for swimming.
During our April visit the roof over the Barefoot Grill near the pool became unstable and the grill was closed. Then the newly framed roof and protective screen collapsed one windy afternoon. No one was hurt, but work halted and a temporary bar and grill was set up in another area near the pools. One afternoon workers harvested mature coconuts from the trees, sliced them in half and served coconut milk beverages to anyone who wanted them. It was fun and interesting to watch the work.
The Sky bar was indeed a great place to meet new friends and get to know them better. The live entertainment was excellent – everything from golden oldies to folk to Elvis to Latino. Many couples, including us, enjoyed the opportunity to dance together under the stars or watch the moon rise over the ocean.
I used the business centre several times (no extra cost) and appreciated the availability of several up-to-date PCs in a cool, air-conditioned environment. My husband used the gym a few times until it got too busy. The little gym is equipped with a couple of treadmills and stationary bikes, as well as a variety of weights. I must say that I was impressed by the number of guests who worked out regularly and stayed in shape despite the heat and plentiful temptations to indulge one way or another.
We signed up for the catamaran cruise to nearby bays and were treated to an awe-inspiring display of dolphins leaping from the water and swimming near the boat. Some people snorkelled during one of our stops but said they didn’t see much sea life; in fact, they mentioned that the snorkelling was more interesting along the reef opposite the resort.
We intended to re-visit the nearby town of La Crucecita but changed our plans when another guest reported public demonstrations and the presence of armed officers. This occurred during Easter week and things apparently returned to normal within a few days.
Would we return to Secrets in Huatulco? Absolutely. Our preference would be to go in January or February when the temperature is in the low rather than the high 30s. Yes, we encountered a few glitches, but that can happen anywhere, at home or abroad. On the whole, the friendly staff worked diligently and energetically to make our visit fun and memorable. The location is spectacular, and the resort is beautifully designed to accommodate spending time with other guests or friends. We met some fascinating people during our vacation and that remains a major highlight of our 2014 return to Secrets.
- 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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