I am OCD about reading reviews about where to stay when we vacation so I will try and give a thorough review and pay it forward. My first time at Secrets. It is on par with the Sandals Royal Bahamian in Bahamas with better beach service at this Secrets.
My husband and I did the Preferred Club, third floor Junior Ocean View Suite. Preferred Club has its own lounge with fully stocked premium bar and great snacks and food (from sushi to grilled lobster tail to desserts, etc.). There are two computers nearby with a printer (which was awesome because I could print boarding passes for departure). The room was very nice, great views. We passed on the swim up first floor rooms and although they look nice, we're glad we had higher floor (better views over palm trees and more privacy). You get a mini bar with vodka, rum and one other liquor in your room with bottled waters, guave juice and Cokes, sprite, etc.). Would have preferred orange juice in mini bar but never asked concierge for it.
Our friends who came with us stayed on non-Preferred Club side of Wild Orchid. Their room is the same except for no mini bar and no lounge chair/tub on the deck. They did pay a little extra for Preferred Access (but not nearly as much as we did at Preferred Club side). They got to come on the Preferred side beach and pool and had access to the lounge in our building. My husband likes having mini bar in the room and I like having any chair at beach I want, so no regrets. But I do think you can have just as good a stay on the non-Preferred side. It is more crowded on that side and you may need to get up early for a "good spot" but all in all anywhere on the resort is excellent.
If you want more of a party scene, non-preferred side is the place to be. We actually enjoyed the more quiet side.
Checking in was a breeze...cold towels upon arrival and drink service as we check in. Got to the resort at noon and room was ready. Another plus!
Restaurants were great... Partofino and the French restaurant were my favorite. Service was good too.
Kerry-Ann, our server on the beach at Preferred side was amazing...always there with more drinks and even brought them to us when we were in the water. Nalina at front desk was super nice. But everyone at the resort was very friendly and always smiling.
Entertainment at night was great. Fire show, the resident band were my favorite. The resident band on Saturday night really got the crowd up and dancing.
Beautiful grounds. There are resident peacocks walking about and parrots. Got a really cool picture with parrot on my shoulder.
Very clean rooms. Always came back to fully stocked fridge and turn down service every night.
Will come again to another Secrets property. I'm sold. :-)
Tipping - it was not expected but my husband and I did tip with great service. Well worth it.
Also did a catamaran tour through agency with a desk at hotel. Was awesome. Went snorkeling and to Jimmy Buffett's Margaritaville with Catamaran. Lots of fun.
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