We have been to Hotel Secreto twice -- nice in Nov 2009 and again this past July -- and we would go back tomorrow.
PROS: The staff is super friendly and always willing to bring you a poolside beer or order take-out guacamole for you while you lounge on their hideaway Caribbean beach. The bar/lounge area is ultra sleek in cool, crisp white, as are the gorgeous rooms. Giant cushy beds, a n indulgent shower, and a covered deck (with bed!) that overlooks the gorgeous pool and crashing surf. Delicious breakfast brought to your room each morning -- tropical fruit, strong coffee and toast and jam. The location is also excellent -- minutes to all the shops and restaurants of Playa Norte, but tucked away so you can escape it all behind their giant wooden gates.
CONS: The overall state of the rooms (think bathroom fixtures and wall paint jobs) was getting a *little* worn, but they told us they're planning to close soon for a bit for some upkeep. Afterwards, I'm sure it all be sparkling and pristine. Also, to the immediate right of the hotel is a giant, unfinished, half-built resort. To some, it may be off-putting, but it just means you have that whole beach sure to yourself! Also, you can't swim (but you can wade) in the rocky shore near the hotel, but the sun-bathing is divine and the actual swimming beach is literally minutes away.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Conde Nast Traveler's 50 Best New Hotels in the World. Hotel Secreto is a sleek nine-room hideaway - Santorini-meets-Schrager style. Constantly upgrading, the hotel was renovated in 2005 to include a 20 meter lap pool and an all junior suite lay-out. Designed by an award-winning architect, the hotel looks more like a slick private beach house. Modern touches such as WI-FI and pre-loaded iPods are part of an enhanced poolside service. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Secreto Hotel Isla Mujeres
- Secreto Isla Mujeres