Initially I had my reservations about Hotel Secreto, notwithstanding the great reviews on TripAdvisor, due to the lack of on-site restaurant or swimmable beach. Turns out the whole experience easily compensated for what turned out to be non issues!
Rogelio and his team provided consistently excellent service - I particularly appreciated how patient and helpful they were accommodating us travellers who got caught in the swine flu outbreak (which, incidentally, was completely unnoticeable on Isla Mujeres other than being a topic of conversation). When I inquired about the work being done to fix the beach access, without hesitation they offered to cease working lest it disturb our stay (it didn't bother us and was completed within a couple of days).
We loved (!!!) the terry-covered balcony beds. It was the perfect place to relax in private while still catching sufficient sea breezes and views (we were in room #8 on third floor). Bed was comfortable, room had plenty of furniture on which to drape our clothes (and ample closet space), bathroom was decent but unexceptional.
HS brings in food from Amigos, a pretty good albeit slightly more expensive Mexican restaurant on the main strip in town, av Hidalgo. There is no surcharge - it would cost you the same to dine at the restaurant. The complimentary breakfast is very basic; there are so many other good, cheap options nearby, we ate most of the time. I strongly recommend the loncheria stand a block away by the market (try the enchiladas verdes) and Elements of the Island, av. benito juarez, where the breakfast tamale is lard-free and made with chaya grown in the restaurant's courtyard. As a general rule, we found that the more we spent on food on Isla, the less we enjoyed our meal. If we return it will be all cheap and cheerful eating!
Loved the micheladas at the hotel. The mango daquiri was tasty, we heard the mojitos were good, but we are committed to the michelada.
The excellent Playa Norte beaches are just a short walk away, and 2 beach chairs and umbrella can be rented for 120 pesos ($12 CAD) for the day. Surprisingly we also enjoyed Secreto's beach. There is little foot traffic and a small "pool" in the coral where you can be protected from the crashing surf (just be aware sea urchins live on coral - we only saw 2 but they weren't in the swimming spot). We also took ample advantage of the Hotel's pool.
Free access to the computer next to the lobby. As for transfers, golf cart rentals, etc., I recommend organizing at source. As a pass through, Hotel Secreto charges a markup. Incidentally, be sure to bargain for golf carts in town - we easily got a reduction of 10%.
Exactly what we needed - low-key, relaxing, easy, sunny, comfortable, peaceful, romantic.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Conde Nast Traveler's 50 Best New Hotels in the World. Hotel Secreto is a sleek nine-room hideaway - Santorini-meets-Schrager style. Constantly upgrading, the hotel was renovated in 2005 to include a 20 meter lap pool and an all junior suite lay-out. Designed by an award-winning architect, the hotel looks more like a slick private beach house. Modern touches such as WI-FI and pre-loaded iPods are part of an enhanced poolside service. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Secreto Hotel Isla Mujeres
- Secreto Isla Mujeres