Have stayed Riviera Maya (RM) numerous times but this was the first time at Cancun . I loved the Riviera Maya and wanted to compare the 2. Both have their advantages.
The 1st thing the RM resorts were more secluded away from other resorts and towns, this gave them their own beach space for that resort. In Cancun the hotels are right next to each other, I thought this might be a problem with 20 floors of guest competing for a limited amount of beach space, but it was not for us , we had space everyday.
RM had vendors at the resort, kind of shopping brought you, or take a cab into town. Cancun didn't have much at the resort, but shops and shopping was a short bus ride away. Both are good.
The food at both are excellent, but I would give Secrets of The Vine the edge. The food was equal or better than any place we have stayed.
We were on the 26th floor with a beautiful view of the ocean and the city. You had elevators and a short walk to the beach. In our RM resorts 2 - 3 floors high with lots of green to look at, walk out the door and a short walk to the beach- both were okay.
The Vine is a excellent place to stay, my only marks against were minor ,1)the WIFI was spotty, you were in and out of range all the time even in your own room.
2) the lack of sunbrellas on the beach. Being a fair skinned Midwesterner I need a break from
mid day el sol. After you ask they will provide you one.
Overall we loved the Secrets of The Vine and would go back again!!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Escape to the heart of Cancun at Secrets The Vine Cancun. This adults-only, ultra-chic, contemporary resort offers all the indulgences of Unlimited-Luxury(R), starting with 497 modern, elegant guest rooms and suites, 24-hour room service and pool and beach wait service. The 497 graciously appointed guest rooms and suites comes complete with Italian porcelain and teak wood furnishings and sleek, private terraces overlooking the crystal-clear Caribbean Sea and Laguna Nichupte. All guest rooms and suites are equipped with luxurious amenities including 24-hour room and concierge services,daily refreshed mini-bar, smart TVs and much more. Plus, stay connected with Unlimited Connectivity -offering free WiFi and free calling to the U.S. and Canada and more. The experience continues with limitless access to six gourmet restaurants and top-shelf spirits served at the six modern bars and lounges throughout the resort plus 24-hour dining options allow guests to devour late night bites at The Vine Café or stay in and order room service. Sommelier-led wine tastings with some of the world's finest wine collections with wine pairings and wine education are available for all guests to partake in. The Vine Bazaar, a contemporary and unique centralized venue adorned cozy café, relaxing terrace and more indulgent gourmet fare and beverages. All topped off by an array of exciting live entertainment and the added option to visit nearby participating resorts for a night out with the Sip, Savor & See Dining Experience. Relax by one of three sparkling swimming pools, partake in many of the daily activities that are offered, or enjoy a spa treatment at the exquisite Secrets Spa by Pevonia(R), boldly inspired by cave-like structures and natural cenotes of the area. Hit the links with complimentary greens fees at a nearby championship course, or partake in Sommelier-led wine tastings. Whether you're doing it all or doing nothing at all Secrets The Vine Cancun is the ultra-chic destination to indulge in pure luxury. Secrets The Vine Cancun - Sparkling. Elegant. Bold. ... more less
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