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Secrets Playa Mujeres: All-Inclusive, All-Suites, All Natural, and All Good!
Located on the pristine white sand beach of Playa Mujeres on Isla Mujeres, Mexico, Secrets offers all-inclusive, all-suite amenities while reserving nearly 17 acres of its interior property for conservation of native flora and fauna.
Those who eschew the shuttle for the walking path between resort accommodations and the lobby and restaurants are treated to signs describing the native wildlife and vegetation, part of the resort’s overall commitment to maintaining the integrity of the ecosystem. Notably, the resort has taken pains to preserve the dunes and grasses between the oceanfront suites and the beach itself, resulting in views that look more wild than manicured.
On the other hand, the same path also leads to the fitness center, spa and tennis courts — so there’s plenty of opportunity for pampering and indulgence, as well!Continue to 2 of 5 below.
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Secrets Playa Mujeres Rooms and Accommodations
Secrets Playa Mujeres offers 424 non-smoking suites distributed across 12 low-rise buildings, complete with comfortable amenities which vary depending upon the room category. These range from ocean-view, pool view/garden view swim-out, oceanfront, and master suite (ocean-view, or oceanfront with private infinity pool). All rooms have balconies or terraces.
All rooms offer the signature “Secrets Box” for avoiding unwanted/awkward intrusions by room service. Simply indicate that you want your room service placed in the box, and you will be able to retrieve your snack or meal by means of an interior private door. Rooms also have refrigerators with drinks, soda, beer, snacks and small nips of rum, vodka, gin and whiskey, refreshed daily. Bathrooms feature large hydro-tubs and rain showers, double vanities, plush robes, and slippers.
Secrets Playa Mujeres has an exclusive “Preferred Club” which has a separate check-in area and lounge, complete with premium alcohol service, gourmet breakfast,... hors d’oeuvres and desserts throughout the day, complimentary computers and dedicated concierge services. Preferred Club members can also enjoy breakfast at the oceanfront restaurant Oceana, open to other guests for lunch and dinner only, as well as discounts for spa services and a one-day pass to the “wet” areas of the spa.
I had the distinct pleasure of staying in a Preferred Club master suite oceanfront with a private pool. Truly, there was no reason ever to leave the room: sunrises were spectacular, especially from my private infinity pool, matched only by the view of the stars while floating on my back after a satisfying meal and enjoying the night’s entertainment.Continue to 3 of 5 below.
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Secrets Playa Mujeres Food and Dining
Secrets Playa Mujeres offers nine dining options: a buffet restaurant, five à la carte restaurants, two grills, and a café. The Coco Cafe offers a similar array of coffee choices as your local Starbucks, but with the happy addition of alcohol, such as Amaretto, Kahlua, Bailey’s or Frangelico in your frappaccino.
The Market Cafe is an excellent buffet, open for breakfast and lunch and occasionally for dinner. There are custom stations for omelettes, crepes and smoothies, in addition to chafing dishes of local items, fish, meat and side dishes. The freshly made guacamole was one of the best I have ever tasted. At dinner, custom options included a pasta station and teppanyaki on the grill.
Specialty restaurants open on a rotating basis throughout the week. Oceana was good, enhanced by the views. The French restaurant, Bordeaux, strained to replicate French cuisine, falling short. The Japanese restaurant, Himitsu, delivered in line with any hibachi style restaurant, providing good food... with flair. The separate sushi bar had a lovely ambiance, although I confess I did not partake in the sushi, only the sake. Other specialty restaurants included El Patio (Mexican) and Portofino (Italian).
Guests are welcome to dine at other nearby Secrets resorts through the Sip, Savor and See Dining Experience, but must provide their own transportation.Continue to 4 of 5 below.
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Secrets Playa Mujeres Amenities and Activities
The resort has a free-form pool with swim-up bar, an oceanfront infinity pool, and a beach with a nearby bar fitted with swings. Pool-area activities include pool volleyball, dance lessons and bingo daily, as well as complimentary non-motorized water sports and motorized sports for an additional fee.
There’s also a small fitness center with cardio machines and weights; one tennis court, with group lessons for beginners and intermediate players, is also available for private use at no additional charge. Yoga and pilates classes are scheduled throughout the week.
The Pevonia Spa is located near the restaurant pavilion. Although it appears small from the greeting area, the changing rooms open to a relaxation area which in turn allows access to a spacious outdoor lounge, with a complete hydrotherapy water circuit for treating any and all problem areas including your feet. Despite lacking a view of the ocean, the area is a lush, quiet and relaxing respite from afternoon frolics by the pool.
Gue...sts enjoy complimentary greens fees at the championship 18-hole Playa Mujeres Golf Club, with a course designed by Greg Norman. Golf carts are available at an extra fee.
In the early evening, Desires is a sports bar, which has limited access to televised football, soccer and other sports (I got to watch the Patriots game I wanted to see, albeit on replay and much later than televised). Later, Desires becomes a night club; some nights were for karaoke, most others showcased live bands. When I was there, the atmosphere was lively and energetic, infused by a celebratory wedding group. During my stay I observed four weddings, each slightly different in theme, but taking equal advantage of the stellar property and beach areas.
I attended two of the nightly entertainment events and both were surprisingly good. The first was a fire show set up in the center of the main pool, which was preceded by a Caribbean buffet poolside. The show included all manner of lit rings, spears and acrobatics.
The second show was titled “Circus Rock,” and although it entailed all manner of bad rock-band impersonations, the show mixed shockingly good acrobatics with passable tried and true rock anthems, ending with many of the audience members dancing on stage to “Don’t Stop Believing.” Not Broadway, but still a rollicking good time.
Amstar DMC has an activities desk on site and can arrange a variety of tours. During my stay I went on their Whale Shark Adventure, swimming with whale sharks miles off the coast of Cancun, an adventure which is virtually exclusive to this area between April and August.Continue to 5 of 5 below.
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