We were there for our 25th anniversary from 8/12/09 thru 8/19/09. We had an early flight out of St Louis, arriving in CUN about 9:50am. No lines and quickly out the door and on our way. Nice short trip from the airport. We arrived and our room was not ready, but our friends was. They were on the 4th floor of bldg 5. It was a pool view. No noise from the generater was heard in the room or on the balcony. We dropped our bags in their room, changed and headed to the pool. Decided on lunch outside and were blown away by the quality and selection. The waiter brought us several things we didn't order just to try, and the food we did order - we all loved. We hung out at the infinity pool the rest of the afternoon. Beautiful view, and lots of options for sun or shade. We enjoyed this pool alot, but after several days discovered the pool in front of Bldg 4 (I think). It is between the building and the ocean. If you positiion your chair with your back to the pool, all you see is ocean. It is also a quieter pool.
We were given a room in bldg 2 on the 3rd floor. It had a pool view with partial ocean view - if you looked REALLY hard to the left! The afternoon sun was too hot to enjoy the balcony. If I go again, I will request a room with the balcony facing east. The rooms are beautiful. And the lounge bed on the balcony was put to good use!
The first night we had dinner at the Mexican restaurant. The flank steak is outstanding. And, as everyone has said, the chocolate souffle is to die for. Good Sangria!
On Friday we went to the Jungle Spa for massages. Outside of the resort, it was the highlight of our trip. I won't go into a lot of detail here, as I already posted a review for them under Things To Do. Just know that we had a 1 hr traditional mayan massage for $35 USD. An aloe and banana leaf wrap afterward for another $30.
After the massage we headed to PM for lunch and to hang out on the beach. We had lunch at Pelicano's. A bit overpriced, but great view. Food was good. The beach there is gorgeous.
We ate at the French restaurant and all had the filets. Steaks were good. Soup and salad equally as good. They have pretty good red wine here and at the Italian restaurant.
Oceana, the seafood restaurant is the only one we were disappointed in. It might have been because we were there later in the evening.
The Asian restaurant is outstanding. We dined ala carte - by choice. Everything we tried was prepared well and very tasty. The sushi was even pretty good.
Had we known how good the Italian restaurant was, we would have gone again. My friend and I had the seafood pasta with pesto sauce - yummy! My husband had rack of lamb - and was it ever good. We were very surprised. Again, salads and soups all were good.
Steak restaurant was good, too. That night is kind of a blur to me, so that is all I can say :)
The buffet at breakfast always had a large variety. We had smoked salmon every morning. We tried the buffet one day for lunch. I wanted some grilled fish but I didn't see any. So I asked and was told to wait a minute. He left, then reappeared a few minutes later with a large piece of grouper. Asked how I wanted it prepared, and voile! I was impressed. Grilled in garlic butter. It was soooo good.
Room service - we had the abbreviated version of the menu. Our friends had the full menu. They would bring you whatever you asked for, so the size of your menu didn't matter. We ordered several times for afternoon snacks. Only one time did it take longer than 20 minutes. The secret box is a great idea! Although sometimes they still knocked several times before the left it. And they always called to make sure you got it.
Our fridge was restocked daily, as were the toiletries.
The pool/beach wait staff was excellent. Sometimes we would try to make a trip to the bar, and would always get stopped by the waitress. She would insist on carrying the drinks to us, and always it was 'her pleasure'. You will see a server every 20 minutes - max. Lots of people ordered food by the pool, too.
We really enjoyed the outside lobby bar. We spent time there every evening before and after dinner. Some afternoons, too. Lots of fun people watching :) They always had whatever liquor was asked for.
This was our first adult only experience. All I can say is - WOW! Is it ever quiet!!! We totally enjoyed the trip - everything about the resort is first class. Our friend took a nasty fall the first morning we were there. The resort took great care in getting her to a hospital for evaluation. They took care of everything. Even had her prescription filled and delivered to her room that evening.
We will put Secrets at the top of our list of favorite resorts. Let me know if I can help ease any concerns you may have.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Secrets Silversands Riviera Cancun is a chic, ultra modern all-suite adult-only unlimited-luxury resort featuring 433 suites, over 43,000 sq ft of pool areas and expansive manicured gardens, exceptional dining options, several bars ranging from elegant to swim-up. World class spa, a fitness center and two Jacuzzis ensure that guests are pampered and indulged. We are nestled on the coast of the Yucatan Peninsula, 15 miles south of Cancun and only twenty minutes from the Cancun International Airport. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Secrets Silversands Riviera Cancun Hotel Puerto Morelos
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