This resort is an all adult and perfect for couples looking for the romantic get away. Until this trip, my wife and I had only done cruises. For those of you who, like myself, are struggling with doing another cruise or trying something different, let me tell you that you will not be disappointed if you go here.
I think the biggest difference in the cruise and the all inclusive resort is money. The end price comes out about the same...or maybe a little more for the resort...but the big difference is that you never have to worry about "how much is this all going to cost?" At the end of the cruise, unless you keep strict track, you are bracing yourself for a huge bill. But with this all-inclusive experience, there are no "gotchas."
We did have extra expenses at the end but we chose those extras and were very happy with them.
Make sure and upgrade your stay to the preffered room. The room is not that much different from a jr. suite. In fact, in our case the upgrade cost a total of $200 for the week. The staff definitely treats you differently. You get "front of the line" treatment. The service and kindness of the staff at this place is amazing already but when you are preferred, in the words of a room service steward, "you pay extra money for this room and you deserve to have special treatment." The preferred upgrade is very minimal, includes access to the spa facilities and access to the preferred lounge (where the bar is the very best I have every been to) The bloody may is worth the cost of admitance alone. :) The lounge gives you direct access to additional resources in the event there is any issue. The staff are there to handle any issue large or small and will bend over backwards for you. In addition, the preferred club gives you other benefits...we had a beach side renewal of our vows. Minister, photographer, champagne, no extra charge. It was amazing. In addition, there is additional liguor in your room each day that is not there for others.
Even if you don't do preferred, I highly recommend this place.
Two additional things we did while there - we set up a romantic dinner on the beach one night and we rented a day bed on the beach one day.
The day bed - This cost an additional $40 and comes with your own butler who waits on you hand and foot. (unlimited food and drinks) The beach is already one of the most beautiful places on earth...to have a bed on the beach where you can lounge and be pampered was over the top. The wife LOVED it and I have to admit, so did I!
The romantic dinner - Make sure and make a reservation for this. This is an extra but worth it. The day bed canopies on the beach are transformed into private dinner table areas. You choose from 2 menu's...silver and gold. We went with the gold (surf and turf - lobster and steak) The steak was good but the lobster was the most amazing I have ever eaten. It was grilled to perfection right there on the beach AND was the biggest lobster tails we had ever seen. The waiters do everything to make the dinner as formal and romantic as possible. They were more than willing to take a few photos for us using our own camera. The dinner is an extra charge but we will budget for this going forward. We loved it.
Outside of these extras - there is enough food variety (and quality) to keep your taste buds entertained all week with several restaraunts. If you decide to be lazy...and you will...don't be afraid to use room service. They were prompt and the food was as good...or even better...than the restaraunts. We enjoyed steaks, grilled veges and salads right in the room. Was wonderful.
The entertainment staff is the friendliest on earth. (and one of the most talented) We saw a show while there "Rock of Ages" that had Vegas quality dancers and music. I was blown away.
The entire staff at these places must be on prozac or something because everyone but everyone is super friendly from the managers down to the janitors. The attitudes of the staff create a layed back happy atmosphere everywhere you go.
In short...this resort is everything they advertise and more. We will return. We hated to leave.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Secrets Maroma Beach Riviera Cancun is tucked away on secluded Maroma Beach, voted the World's Best Beach by the Travel Channel four years in a row. This unlimited-luxury heaven provides opulence to the most discerning traveler with a pure white sand beach, stunning ocean views stretching as far as the eye can see, elegant suites providing 24-hour room service, daily refreshed mini-bars and several of them with swim-out access to twelve smaller pools plus a shimmering infinity pool, gourmet dining options and chic lounges. ... more less
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- Secrets Maroma Beach Riviera Cancun Hotel Playa Del Carmen