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Reviewed 1 June 2014

I must say I had a great time at this hotel. The layout may seem confusing at first but once you get used to where everything is it's a breeze. I would definitely recommend upgrading to the Preferred Club. I was upgraded, free of charge, to a Master Suite, during my second week. What a room and view. I would like to add that all rooms at the hotel have an ocean view. The sunsets are amazing. At all of restaurants the food was excellent, something for every ones taste. All the staff were attentive and very helpful. Thank you Secrets for making my stay so memorable.

  • Stayed: May 2014, travelled as a couple
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Mauricio M, General Manager at Secrets Vallarta Bay Puerto Vallarta, responded to this reviewResponded 3 June 2014

Pove51,

Thank you for choosing Secrets as your host for your recent holiday. We are thrilled to know that you enjoyed your stay at our beautifully designed resort to the fullest. It is very rewarding to know that our top shelf spirits, gourmet restaurants and our wonderful staff met your expectations. Thank you for your kind review and you are most welcomed. It is the least to say the myself an the staff are very anxious to have you back to welcome you home in Puerto Vallarta many times over.

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Mauricio Martinez
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Reviewed 1 June 2014

Booked into the Secrets (adult only) resort in Puerto Vallarta to find all the entertainment took part in the Now Amber resort next door which was not adult only. Which I thought was not okay. If I had chosen adult only then that it was I expected not to have to go the next door hotel with children!!! I also found the hygiene of public areas left a little to be desired. One day a waiter dropped a plate with food on the floor, he reported it and over half an hour little it was still on the floor minus what the birds had eaten Yuk! The bed turn down service would have been great had she not wanted to do this between 5 and 6 pm when we were in the room getting showered ready for the evening. Having said this we did really enjoy our holiday the Mexican people are fantastic and the Malecon is a great place to go for a night out. The rooms were huge but despite this they were very damp and smelt foisty.

  • Stayed: May 2014, travelled as a couple
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3  Thank Andrea L
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Mauricio M, General Manager at Secrets Vallarta Bay Puerto Vallarta, responded to this reviewResponded 2 June 2014

Andrea L,

We deeply regret not having met your expectations on your recent visit to our beautiful resort. We thank you for bringing the housekeeping issues to our attention. We encourage our guests to please inform their concierge if they wish to have housekeeping at a specific time of the day so that it can be scheduled and you can enjoy your stay to the fullest.

At our beautiful resort we offer only high end nightly entertainment suited for all of our guests from the recently wed lovers, the ones many who celebrate their silver & gold anniversaries to those who are kids at heart.

We strive to maintain a wide variety throughout the year and always have a fresh new experience awaiting. Aside from the featured nightly show we cordially invite our guests to experience 4 hours of live music in our open air lobby accompanied top shelf spirits, breathtaking view and great company. Our adults only disco opens the dance floor at 10:00 pm and you are also welcomed to enjoy some thrills at our themed ‘Casino Nights’ all of which are published on our daily Sundial- Daily Activity sheet which can be accessed through your concierge or our mobile app. We hope to have the opportunity to welcome you again in the near future and share with you the high quality entertainment prepared specially for our guests at Secrets Vallarta Bay.

Cordially,

Mauricio Martinez
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Reviewed 30 May 2014

We flew to Puerto Vallarta on the Dreamliner on first flight from LGW after a gap of 15 years since our last visit there. Strongly suggest upgrading to Premium cabin if you can. Worth every penny for an almost 12 hour flight & the extra space & facilities make the flight much more pleasant.
About 40 of us arrived at the hotel together. Despite this they were on top of their game to deal with such a large number of people after such a long flight. Speedy check in & before we could finish our glasses of champagne we were off to our Junior Suite on a higher floor (which they said was an upgrade) with a perfect view of the ocean & beyond with a glass fronted balcony. This is definately preferable to the stone fronted ones which although more spacious, the glass front mean you can sit out there with a drink & have a panoramic view, perfect for those Pacific sunsets which are the best I have seen anywhere.
We have stayed as Secrets hotels before, on the Caribbean coast. To position this review, we have also stayed at other resorts including the El Dorado Royale Casitas & Iberostar Grande. In our opinion Secrets Vallarta Bay exceeded those. We also stay frequently at Sandals & this compared equally to those in their higher catagory rooms/suites.
From what I could see, all the rooms are Junior Suites & all are the same in terms of size facilities apart from the balcony jacuzzi bath in the Club rooms. Those rooms have a partial sea view whereas the standard ones have a full on panoramic view which we much prefer. Your choice. The rooms have been described fully in many reviews so I won't repeat that other than to say they are larger & better appointed than they appear on the website photos.
The hotel is quite new & quite beautiful. We chose it due to its proximity to downtown PV so being in the city IU was not sure what to expect regarding space. The hotel has been cleverly constructed so that the pool & garden areas feel perfectly spacious. Very clever. The beach is what it is, this part of Mexican coast in common with many places now has suffered from erosion. The beautiful scenery that surrounds it more than compensates. The beach vendors are absolutely no problem whatsoever.
There are more than enough loungers to go round. One day after going downtown returned at 2pm & found loungers & an umbrella at the beach with no problem. A previous review criticised the poolside drinks service, our experience differed, we found this to be excellent. Omar & his colleagues kept us well supplied, remembered our preferences & service with a smile & friendly word each & every time. Very very nice people. We found the pool area very relaxing. There is background music but it is not intrusive. The loud music some refer to is only for the 30 minute exercise class at noon, really not a problem. The floats which everyone seems to enjoy using in the pool seem to be a bit thin on the ground but there were always enough to go round as people would leave then in or at the side of the pool for others to enjoy when they had finished using them. This works. However for a couple of days of the holiday they fell into very short supply due to a small number of people selfishly hoarding them on their swim up areas, this reflects on those guests, not the hotel . A word - this is an adult only resort, act like adults not children & the result is better for all.
It was a mixed crowd there in terms of age & country of origin. Some like us from Britain but many from USA & Canada. A friendly, sociable crowd & plenty of fun. By the pool you can be as sociable or private as you wish. If you want to keep yourselves to yourselves no one will bother you. Up to you.

In fact the service & staff are this hotel's biggest asset. Simply, they cannot do enough for you, nothing is too much trouble, the word no is never heard. At breakfast outside the Market Cafe Herberto took no time at all in remembering what we liked & our morning Mimosas kept coming as if by magic. The breakfast & lunch buffet theres are excellent, so much choice. For lunch there are shrimp, steaks, lamb chops & more all ready to be freshly grilled right in front of you.
The A La Carte restaurants in the evenings for dinner are all a great dining experience. Again,the service is impeccable., Hard to say a favourite but the French,Italian & Asian rate pretty high. The Mexican is good also. Try them all. The house champagne is very good, the Merlot perfectly drinkable. There are a good selection of beers (we like Pacifico) & every top brand spirit seems to be there.
It is hard to get across just how good Secrets Vallarta Bay really is. After very many visits to Mexico it ticks the boxes more than any other hotel. We plan to return next year, if not before & hope that Thomson will not stop the direct flights from LGW as they did before.
Thank you to all the folk at Secrets Vallarta Bay for making this such a perfect trip. A word on tipping. We like to tip in relation to the service we have received hence we were tipping all the time & pleased to do so. These people do not seek tips but are very deserving of them.

Room Tip: If you want a direct view of the ocean & breathtaking sunsets then the standard rooms in the tower are the way to go.
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13  Thank TabbyWabby1
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Mauricio M, General Manager at Secrets Vallarta Bay Puerto Vallarta, responded to this reviewResponded 31 May 2014

Tabbykins,

Greetings and thank you for your 5 star review. It was our pleasure to serve as your host and an honor to share a part of our selves with you. We are thrilled to know our efforts made your experience a memorable one. Our team prepared was prepared and ready to welcome you and I am glad things were executed as expected. Efficiently and warmly resulting in having you beachside enjoying Paradise in the shortest amount of time, free to enjoy yourself and our well-appointed resort. In the same manner our chefs and barmen, always strive to meet our guests expectations and are inspired by the words of an avid travelers like your self.
Now Amber has something for everyone in the family to enjoy. We envelope our guests in an upbeat environment fostering family togetherness encased in unforgettable moments. Everyone sends their best and is happy to hear we will be welcoming you back soon.

Cordially,

Mauricio Martinez
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Reviewed 30 May 2014

Secrets Vallarta Bay (adult oriented) was a little confusing. It was combined with Now Amber which is a family oriented all inclusive. The Secrets pool side, restaurants, and bars are all adults but we could use restaurants and bars in both places. Thank heavens for that because there was not much to do on the Secrets side. All the entertainment was on the Now side. There were only 2 restaurants on the Secrets side. Even the tiny coffee shop was on the Now side. The rooms were great except they were so muggy we had to have a dehumidifyer in the room even with the air conditioner. Service was excellent as far as housekeeping, waiters, bartenders......everyone that works there!

  • Stayed: May 2014, travelled as a couple
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5  Thank G M M
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Reviewed 29 May 2014

Another great trip to Secrets Vallarta Bay. I am a huge fan of the set up to this hotel, and always recommend the Preferred Club when possible.

Definitely still more of a relaxing resort than a party resort; however the Malecon isn't far away, and has a great row of bars.

Year 2 of the Puerto Valaarta trip didn't disappoint.

Room Tip: Preferred Club.
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Thank Chicago_CK
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Mauricio M, General Manager at Secrets Vallarta Bay Puerto Vallarta, responded to this reviewResponded 31 May 2014

Chicago CK,

Thank you kindly for your 5 star review. We are thrilled that our beautiful architecture & team made this a great trip by successfully meeting your expectations once more on your recent Unlimited-Luxury®experience.

We are happy to know that you are a returning member of the family and we are very excited to know that we have earned the opportunity to be welcome you many times over in the near future. We are very much looking forward to it.

Cordially,

Mauricio Martinez
General Manager

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