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Honeymoon- Excellence Playa Mujeres OR Secrets Maroma Beach?

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Honeymoon- Excellence Playa Mujeres OR Secrets Maroma Beach?

Hi,

We are looking for the perfect honeymoon at the meonet for next July and cant chose between these 2 resorts!!

We want somewhere nice and romantic, nice food, entertainment, service, nice beach.....

Also, would like to travel out to see places too, maybe in the evenings!

Thanks :-)

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1. Re: Honeymoon- Excellence Playa Mujeres OR Secrets Maroma Beach?

Nice beach - NO contest. Secrets Maroma Beach has a much nicer beach than EPM.

SMB is about 15 minutes by taxi from Playa del Carmen. About 25 each way by taxi.

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2. Re: Honeymoon- Excellence Playa Mujeres OR Secrets Maroma Beach?

Thanks :-) Have you stayed at both hotels? Do you know if they both have evening entertainment?

Also, wondering whether its worth the extra for the swim-up rooms.. heard mixed reviews on this?

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3. Re: Honeymoon- Excellence Playa Mujeres OR Secrets Maroma Beach?

I stayed at EPM several years ago and would never return.

Have visited SMB several times but never stayed there. We walk by their beach often as we stay nearby. We prefer the size and beach of El Dorado Maroma, about 25 minutes down the beach.

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4. Re: Honeymoon- Excellence Playa Mujeres OR Secrets Maroma Beach?

EPM has cheesy shows like Michael Jackson, Madonna, magic show, etc. They have a casino night where you play with funny money. We didn't go to the nightclub but other guests told us it was empty when they went. It seems most people hang around the Martini bar in the evening.

The swim-up rooms are not actually swim-up as you have a grassy area between your room and the pool …oyster.com/photos/junior-swim-up-suite-pool…

I haven't stayed at SMB. The beach looks fab and it is priced accordingly...

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5. Re: Honeymoon- Excellence Playa Mujeres OR Secrets Maroma Beach?

We've stayed at both and I would say you cannot go wrong with either. Though we prefer some things at each the resorts are very much on par. Of course the beach at SMB is much better (perhaps the nicest in the entire region). EPM's beach is nice when it's at it best but not as wide, water not as blue, and can sometimes have seagrass that makes it unappealing.

Brief rundown of our opinion: EPM better rooms and balcony, slightly better food, better resort layout, more fun at night. SMB better beds, better top shelf booze, service at the pool and beach. We have found the disco to be quite fun on most nights there. SMB was quieter at night. Everything else is pretty much a toss up.

As for swim-outs we have never stayed in one because we dislike ground floor rooms but I can see advantages to both styles. SMB is certainly nice to be able to step into the water from your patio but it seems to me that once you are in the water, you are VERY close to the other rooms and patios and there is not much privacy. EPM swim out you do have a few feet of grass to walk through but then you get the lazy river which is much longer and you can float\swim to a nearby bar.

One last consideration is price. SMB is usually quite a bit higher than EPM. If you can get it for a good deal then I say it's a very close call between the two. If SMB is significantly more then I would certainly lean to EPM.

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6. Re: Honeymoon- Excellence Playa Mujeres OR Secrets Maroma Beach?

SMB in my opinion due some top rate entertainment in their theatre. The Rock Show is brilliant.

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7. Re: Honeymoon- Excellence Playa Mujeres OR Secrets Maroma Beach?

You might want to look at the new Secrets resort as well

http://www.secretsresorts.com/playa-mujeres

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8. Re: Honeymoon- Excellence Playa Mujeres OR Secrets Maroma Beach?

Unfortunately, the new Secrets property in Playa Mujeres may suffer from the same sea grass problem as other resorts in that area.

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9. Re: Honeymoon- Excellence Playa Mujeres OR Secrets Maroma Beach?

My husband and I have stayed at both resorts. We loved both resorts but SMB would be my choice if I had to pick. The beach at SMB is beautiful, at EPM not so nice. The food was good at both places but I got sick the last day at EPM, not sure why but it wasn't fun. I did not have any problems at SMB.

I did like the pool area at EPM a lot better but the pools at SMB were nice too.

The rooms at both places were great and service was also great at both places. The entertainment staff around the pool at SMB were outstanding and I have never said that about any other resort. They were so friendly and a lot of fun.

The nightly entertainment at both resorts have similar shows, I think most of them are cheesy but entertaining. The club at EPM plays techno music, not really my thing but did have fun with a group of people we met. We didn't go to the club at SMB, not sure if they have one?

Both places are beautiful but we would return to SMB and not EPM.

Congrats and enjoy.

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10. Re: Honeymoon- Excellence Playa Mujeres OR Secrets Maroma Beach?

Thanks everyone :-) in terms of distance I think we need to decide where we want to travel out to..... Cancun or playa del Carmen as excellence is near cancun and secrets is near playa del Carmen.

Any recommendations on these areas for an evening out or ppl tend to just stay at the hotel resort?