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Secrets Aura Cozumel
Ranked #14 of 52 Hotels in Cozumel
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Reviewed August 24, 2013

My Wife and I just returned after 10 days at Secrets, and had an exceptional time. I've never done an all inclusive before, but was pleasantly surprised. Upon arriving there, we were greeted enthusiastically, offered hot towels and drinks. We opted to get the solarium suite which comes with access to the preferred areas and VIP concierge. Additionally, the honeymoon package came complimentary with the suite. The room itself was very spacious with a large balcony and the rooftop private pool. The ocean views were amazing! Much to our surprise, for our last 5 days there, they upgraded us to an even larger suite with a larger pool/solarium(customer service there was impeccable).

I was told to temper my expectations on food at all inclusive resorts, however I was pleasantly surprised. The main restaurants that were open everyday (Windows/Oceana) were decent. Not a 5 star meal by any means, but good food. Additionally, with access to the sister resort Sunscape, we also tried the italian restaurant (Portofino) with a similar opinion. However, Bordeaux at Secrets & El Patio at Sunscape were amazing! My only gripe is that these restaurants are not open every day during the non-tourism seasons.

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What's not to love about all inclusive when it comes to booze. The mornings/early afternoons we laid around the beachside pool or the beach itself. There were plenty of loungers available, so no problem with being crowded. The service again was great here. The pool with the swim up bar is what i'd call the party pool. Usually by 3-4pm everyone was around here drinking, using the water slides or playing volleyball or ping pong. This is where we ended up meeting new friends, and is definitely the place to be if you're more social. But be prepared to sometimes deal with drunk people, although that guy was typically me :) Additionally, with preferred access, you have a private club with a pool table, tv and private bar. At night, they had a rooftop bar called Skybar. It's equipped with a full bar and a couple hot tubs.

In terms of activities, we were rarely bored. Unfortunately, the weather for the first few days we were there was rainy, but we managed to keep busy. We did a spa day where we had a couples massage, as well as hot tub/sauna. As someone who really doesn't like massages, I have to say I might have to start getting them. I don't have much to compare it too, but it was one of the most relaxing times I've had. I'm sure that if you regularly get massages you may be a bit critical, but if you're like me, you'll thoroughly enjoy it. Also, they have a few activity directors working together to make sure people have things to do. Typically they organize games such as beach/pool volleyball, darts, ping pong, as well as evening shows. Julio, Jordan & Lorena are the 3 and they were constantly getting things going as well as getting involved themselves.

Overall we were extremely pleased with the resort and even more so with the staff. If you're planning a trip to cozumel, I would definitely recommend it.

  • Stayed: August 2013, traveled as a couple
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7  Thank Sameet S
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SeaczEconcierge, eConcierge at Secrets Aura Cozumel, responded to this reviewResponded August 28, 2013

Dear Sameet S,

Thank you for taking the time to write your comments on TripAdvisor about your stay with us. Your remarks are very much appreciated as they help us to improve our service, and our product.

It is nice to hear that you enjoyed our facilities and services, and that your first visit to a all inclusive was a positive experience for both you on your honeymoon. It is very pleasing to read wonderful comments especially from new guests like you, We are thankful for your attention and we will make sure to share your kind words with the above mentioned staff, so they know they did a good job in providing you with an wonderful holiday. Your feedback provided us with an insight of our brand and perception of the services we offer.


We hope to have the honor of welcoming you back to Secrets Aura Cozumel, allowing us the opportunity of providing you a truly wonderful and memorable experience again in the near future.

Warm regards,

Justine Pyne
eConcierge/Social Media Coordinator
Secrets Aura Cozumel
info.seacz@secretsresorts.com

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Reviewed August 21, 2013

We had our honeymoon here and it was even better then we expected.

Beautiful place, we still miss the hammock on the water. Drinks were fantastic (take your own cups and they will fill them - otherwise you drink out of their tiny little cups and are always getting refills). The service was superb if you tip them a little bit. The food was phenomenal! There's an activities desk and we took advantage of one of the snorkeling tours (excellent) and took the day trip in to see the ruins (great trip but I wouldn't recommend it to anyone who has trouble with high temps or can't walk much). We would go back in a heartbeat.

  • Stayed: September 2012, traveled as a couple
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8  Thank ellemar24
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SeaczEconcierge, eConcierge at Secrets Aura Cozumel, responded to this reviewResponded August 28, 2013

Dear ellemar24,

Thank you for taking the time to write your comments on TripAdvisor about your stay with us. Your remarks are very much appreciated as they help us to improve our service, and our product.

We are thrilled to hear that you love our hotel and that you were pleased with the service of our relaxing atmosphere, service, hammocks, delicious food and drinks and snorkeling tour. Our team is always trying to ensure that we surpass the expectations of each guest so your review served as our reward. To this end, it was encouraging to hear you acknowledge those aspects of our product.

We hope to have the honor of welcoming you back to Secrets Aura Cozumel, allowing us the opportunity of providing you a truly wonderful and memorable experience again in the near future.

Warm regards,

Justine Pyne
eConcierge/Social Media Coordinator
Secrets Aura Cozumel
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Reviewed August 19, 2013

Secrets is a great resort. The food was decent, at times great. The staff was phenomenal. Not a single person was below A+. I'd definitely go back for more.

The hotel needed a bit of work. The maintenance and attention to detail was a little lacking, But it is Mexico. Many little things were broken and after asking numerous times to have them addressed, it seemed like a lot of "Island Time" response.

That being said, the beds were comfy. The rooms were nice. We ended up switching rooms after the first night. Not that the original rooms weren't nice, but after looking around the hotel we found our own wing directly on the beach!!!!!

The hotel is about 20 minutes from the airport. Taxi's to downtown are $15 each way. We went into town once, but there was really no reason or need to leave the hotel.

Room Tip: Check the place out and ask for improvement
  • Stayed: August 2013, traveled with friends
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5  Thank raven40
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SeaczEconcierge, eConcierge at Secrets Aura Cozumel, responded to this reviewResponded August 28, 2013

Dear raven40,

Thank you for taking the time to write your comments on TripAdvisor about your stay with us. Your remarks are very much appreciated as they help us to improve our service, and our product.

We are so happy that you enjoyed your vacation with us. Your recommendation to other prospective travelers regarding our friendly staff, comfortable beds, proximity to downtown and beach will also serve as our reward. We do however, apologize about the lack of attention to detail and the lack of maintenance in the hotel however, It was still kind of you to still give us such a great rating as we wished we could have corrected that in an effort to make your stay flawless.

We hope to have the honor of welcoming you back to Secrets Aura Cozumel, allowing us the opportunity of providing you a truly wonderful and memorable experience again in the near future.

Warm regards,

Justine Pyne
eConcierge/Social Media Coordinator
Secrets Aura Cozumel
info.seacz@secretsresorts.com

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Reviewed August 19, 2013

From Aug.8th through the 14th we stayed at Secrets and had the time of our lives. We traveled with our best friends and all stayed in the swim-up ocean view rooms. The rooms were exactly as the website shows, with amazing views and pool access. The hotel was always clean as were our rooms. If you see a mess, its due to lazy tourist who seem to think that leaving food out on their patios for the birds to devour is perfectly acceptable. The beach and pools were well groomed daily and always had staff that quickly became apart of our favorite memories. We loved our bar tender at the Oceana named Fermin. He made us the most delicious drinks! Everyday he had a smile on his face and always gave us a good laugh. Zitaly, Mariana and Amalia were polite and prompt with bringing drinks or food when needed. We never had empty drinks unless we had to cut ourselves off:) Our entertainment director Julio was also a fan favorite. He introduced us to snorkeling, coconut bowling and even a few dance moves that we have never seen before! We had so much fun with the activities of the day. If you are bored at Secrets its because you chose to be bored, not because of lack of fun things to do. We also wanted to mention; Miguel, Ricardo, Leonardo and Oscar for all of that you did to make our trip so magical and memorable. The food at the resturants was so delicious and well portioned. It was nice to go to Sunscape as well and try out the resturants their as well. The spa at the Sunscape was wonderful and calming after a long day on the beach. We just got back and are already planning our return trip to Secrets in Cozumel as well as looking into the Serets in Jamaica. Thank you for making our first trip so successful and memorable that it definelty will not be our last!

Room Tip: Swim-up ocean view really are the best way to go. There was a lot of constuction still going on in t...
  • Stayed: August 2013, traveled as a couple
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9  Thank Lindsay C
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SeaczEconcierge, eConcierge at Secrets Aura Cozumel, responded to this reviewResponded August 28, 2013

Dear Lindsay C,

Thank you for taking the time to write your comments on TripAdvisor about your stay with us. Your remarks are very much appreciated as they help us to improve our service, and our product.

We appreciate your kind review as a first time customer to Secrets Aura. We are delighted to hear that you enjoyed our friendly and accommodating staff, views from your room, restaurants and activities during the day. I am sure your informative review will also serve to motivate other travelers who might be thinking of visiting our property. In addition your positive recommendation of our Entertainment and Food and Beverage team members will serve to encourage our staff who work tirelessly to ensure our guests’ receive total satisfaction.


We hope to have the honor of welcoming you back to Secrets Aura Cozumel, allowing us the opportunity of providing you a truly wonderful and memorable experience again in the near future.

Warm regards,

Justine Pyne
eConcierge/Social Media Coordinator
Secrets Aura Cozumel
info.seacz@secretsresorts.com

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Reviewed August 18, 2013

We had a 1st floor swim up room. Be careful which room you get... The first 2 we were offered smelled moldy. This is a wonderful resort. Our scuba crew picked us up right off the pier. The beach was perfect.

  • Stayed: September 2012, traveled as a couple
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6  Thank David F
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SeaczEconcierge, eConcierge at Secrets Aura Cozumel, responded to this reviewResponded August 28, 2013

Dear David F,

Thank you for taking the time to write an informative review on TripAdvisor about your stay with us. Your remarks are very much appreciated as they help us to improve our service, and our product.

We are grateful for having the opportunity to have served you at Secrets Aura Cozumel, but we are even more elated to hear that we exceeded your expectations making it a wonderful vacation. Your compliments of scuba diving, swim up rooms, beaches, and convenience of the pier means a lot to us and no doubt such comments will serve to encourage our team.

We hope to have the honor of welcoming you back to Secrets Aura Cozumel, allowing us the opportunity of providing you a truly wonderful and memorable experience again in the near future.

Warm regards,

Justine Pyne
eConcierge/Social Media Coordinator
Secrets Aura Cozumel
info.seacz@secretsresorts.com

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Reviewed August 13, 2013

My husband and I stayed at Aura 8/2-8/10. We had previously stayed at Aura four years ago for our honeymoon and were very happy with the changes and numerous upgrades. It was also nice to see familiar faces from our last trip.

Room: We stayed in a swim up suite in the back of the resort, the former Sabor. It was very nice that this part of the resort was integrated into the Aura. Our room was cool and clean upon arrival. We had maid service daily and when we left a tip, were pleasantly surprised with flowers in the plantar in the bathroom. Our mini fridge was restocked daily. The bed was clean and comfortable for a week's stay. We liked the swim out room, which led to a water slide down to the pool bar. Our pool did turn green after a heavy rain, but the next morning the staff were out cleaning and addressing the issue. I am from AZ so am used to this issue. They had it taken care of by late morning.

Pools: The pool slides are in need of repair as they are chipping, but that stopped no one from using floats to fly down the slides. It was a lot of fun. This back pool is the party pool. If you want to play a game of pool volleyball or chat with some fun party people, this is where you want to be. They play fun music and the drinks at Manatees pool bar were fantastic. Never had a problem with service there, it was always staffed with at least one bartender and poolside waitress. The front Aura pool was more quiet. We had very good service out there from Zitlali and another nice lady. We also had no problem with service on the beach, there were staff around every 15-20 minutes.

Beach: This side of the island is rocky and the reef is right up to the beach. This means great snorkeling, but you could use a pair of water shoes. So many colorful fish right off the shore, it was very neat. But not a super soft sandy beach, so watch your expectations there.

Restaurants: We were very pleased with the improvements to the restaurants. Windows served a breakfast buffet every morning with an omelet station. They will make you any type of eggs you would like. I enjoyed the chilaqules everyday with eggs and spicy salsa. Lunch at windows was also good, a favorite being the fish tacos.

Oceana had lunch and dinner. We enjoyed the mixed seafood grill at lunch and fried shrimp tacos. Also the scallop ceviche was nice. At dinner, the seafood cuatro was so delicious, as was the grouper. Dessert was good as well, ricotta cheese cake and coconut ice cream.

Bordeux has a wonderful atmosphere and service. We were not a fan of the house wines and treated ourselves to a bottle of pinot noir one night. It was very nice and was $40, so not outrageous. On my birthday, my husband snuck down to the restaurant and tipped $20 for them to set up something special. It was a wonderful surprise. They covered the tables in rose petals and candle-lit our dinner. Towards the end of the meal, the waiter brought gorgeous chocolate martinis and my dessert plate had birthday wishes written in chocolate. It was such a nice surprise, we had a wonderful meal.

I recommend upgrading one night to the lobster dinner. It was delicious! The lobster is beautifully seasoned and is served with garlic butter. They will even do surf and turf for a larger appetite. As far as portions, portions are small, but meals are meant to be ordered in multiple courses, so try everything. Between the three restaurants and the pool side service, we did not tire of the food as others have complained. I find it really hard to believe that people could not find a single thing to eat in the entire resort that they enjoyed. Also, I really like how Secrets has a very nice drink menu with some great tropical cocktails at each of the bars. Takes the mystery out of what to order.

The resort is older and they are slowly working on upgrades. We noticed a few broken tiles here and there and minor aesthetic things that certainly did not effect our trip negatively in any way. The resort fogged every other day for mosquitoes and the hostess stands at the restaurants had bug spray in the evenings. For two, we brought two cans of spray and used 1.5 of the cans. People, it's the tropics. There are bugs, mosquitoes, cockroaches, crabs, lizards and birds. If you want to live in a quiet glass bubble, please don't travel to a tropical island.

The staff at the resort was awesome. The entertainment team, Julio and Gasper were so great in engaging everyone. My husband played volleyball everyday, we did bingo, the crazy game, so much fun. The fire show was really impressive and we loved the International Beach party.

Bottom line, a vacation is what you are going to make of it. We noticed some very rude Americans at the resort, who complained about silly things. Guess what? You are in a different country and you need to give Spanish a try. If you go to Europe or Asia, not everyone speaks English and you have to get by however you can. Don't be that crabby American. Enjoy the beauty of the resort, don't get hung up on the small things and have nice trip. Grab a lounge chair under a palm tree, order a mai tai and listen to the ocean waves.

  • Stayed: August 2013, traveled as a couple
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13  Thank Blue462
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SeaczEconcierge, eConcierge at Secrets Aura Cozumel, responded to this reviewResponded August 16, 2013

Dear Blue462,

Thank you for taking the time to write an informative review on TripAdvisor about your stay with us. Your remarks are very much appreciated as they help us to improve our service, and our product.

We are happy to hear about your enjoyable return vacation spent with us and your comments about our rooms, service, snorkeling, lobster dinner and varied activities offered on property will also serve to inform other prospective travelers as to what makes our property so great when visiting the island of Cozumel.To this end, it was encouraging to hear you mention that you are pleased with upgraded that Secrets has made to the property as a result leaving a positive impression on you.

We hope to have the honor of welcoming you back to Secrets Aura Cozumel, allowing us the opportunity of providing you a truly wonderful and memorable experience again in the near future.

Warm regards,

Justine Pyne
eConcierge/Social Media Coordinator
Secrets Aura Cozumel
info.seacz@secretsresorts.com

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Reviewed August 13, 2013

We have been to many places in Mexico and Cozumel is amazing! We have been to a couple other resorts in Cozumel and this one was really nice. I loved that it was adult only. The staff was amazing and very helpful, they could have had an extra waitress helping on the beach.(there was only one girl and they had her running crazy) The food was great! Could have been more snack bar foods or one that overlapped. There was one point of the day that the snack bar was closed but the others weren't open for dinner yet. Rooms were outstanding and the beds were very comfortable. If you have the means i would recommend the ocean view rooms, much nicer than the ones in the back. No bad complaints though. I would definitely recommend this resort to others.

  • Stayed: July 2013, traveled as a couple
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5  Thank Amber G
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SeaczEconcierge, eConcierge at Secrets Aura Cozumel, responded to this reviewResponded August 16, 2013

Dear Amber G,

Thank you for taking the time to write your comments on TripAdvisor about your stay with us. Your remarks are very much appreciated as they help us to improve our service, and our product.

We are so happy that on your return visit to Cozumel we were able to accommodate you and make your vacation great! Your comments about our friendly staff, food, rooms and adult only atmosphere offered on property will also serve to inform other prospective travelers as to what makes our property unique. We hope that when planning your next vacation in Cozumel you will make our hotel your destination of choice.

We hope to have the honor of welcoming you back to Secrets Aura Cozumel, allowing us the opportunity of providing you a truly wonderful and memorable experience again in the near future.

Warm regards,

Justine Pyne
eConcierge/Social Media Coordinator
Secrets Aura Cozumel
info.seacz@secretsresorts.com

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Address: Carretera Costera Sur KM. 12.9 | Zona Hotelera Sur, Cozumel 77600, Mexico (Formerly Aura Cozumel Grand Resort)
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Location: Mexico > Yucatan Peninsula > Quintana Roo > Cozumel
Amenities:
Beach Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#7 Luxury Hotel in Cozumel
#7 Top resorts Hotel in Cozumel
#8 On the Beach Hotel in Cozumel
#8 Spa Hotel in Cozumel
Price Range: $193 - $466 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4.5 star — Secrets Aura Cozumel 4.5*
Number of rooms: 266
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
In a perfect blend of luxury and excitement, Secrets Aura Cozumel is the ultimate adults-only, all-suite resort located on the island of Cozumel. Sitting just 12 miles off the coast of Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula, Secrets Aura has it all. Bask in a world of Unlimited-Luxury® while staying in one of 266 contemporary, stylish non-smoking suites complete with private terraces or swim-up access, stunning views, 24-hour room service, daily refreshed minibar and more. For added luxury, guests can upgrade to the Preferred Club and enjoy additional amenities and inclusions. The experience continues with limitless gourmet dining at gourmet restaurants plus 24-hour dining options allow guests to devour late night bites at the Coco Cafe or stay in and order room service all without reservations and top-shelf spirits at three bars and lounges throughout the resort. Light up the night with live nightly entertainment and activities. Or enjoy land and water sports, three sparkling pools, live entertainment with pool and beach wait service throughout the day. Dive into the Caribbean at nearby world-renowned dive sites; explore the natural wonders of the second largest coral reef system in the world, the Mesoamerican Barrier Reef System. Learn to dive deep with the help of the fullservice, on-site dive operator, Dive House. Indulge in specialty treatments at the Secrets Spa by Pevonia®, located right next door at Sunscape Sabor Cozumel, the most complete spa on the island, or simply spend time with the ones you love. Secrets Aura Cozumel – Light. Luxury. Love. ... more   less 
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