We stayed at Secreto for three fabulous nights in early February. Walking into the lobby we knew we were in for a great stay. The glass and white decor is beautiful, serene, and minimalist.
The room on the fourth floor had a perfect view of the pool, the beach and sunrises. We enjoyed naps on the open-air porch in the afternoons. Although there is no restaurant in Secreto, the staff can order in food and they make delicious drinks, which they deliver to you at the pool, in your room, or on the beach. We think the pina coladas were the best we've ever tasted!
The highlights of Secreto are the hotel's proximity to the downtown area and Avenue Hidalgo, and the easy beach access. We walked from Secreto's beach all the way around the top of the island to Playa Norte within 10 minutes.
The heat was not turned on in the pool during our stay (we received a discounted rate on the room, though), so the water in the infinity pool was a bit cold. The large hot tub was nice and warm. We loved having our continental breakfast by the pool each morning. They brought a lovely breakfast of croissants, good coffee, fresh juice and fresh fruit. A single red rose way placed on the breakfast tray - nice touch!
We were very impressed with the staff, especially Rogelio. He met us at the desk the first day and was there every time we needed something (even when we locked the safe and couldn't get it open, and couldn't figure out how the door key worked!). Rogelio is the consumate host - always ready to help with anything we needed. He and the rest of the staff made our visit extra special.
Others have written about the lack of sun at Secreto. The way the hotel is positioned, the sun hit the beach until about 4:00 (during our visit). The pool area had less "sun time", but if you sit out by the hot tub you're fine.
We found the hotel to be a perfect place to stay.
- 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