I just arrived home for a week long stay at Secrets Puerto Los Cabos. It is about a 30 minute drive from the airport, and the resort isn't really near any other hotels. From the moment we arrived, it was nothing but a positive experience. Upon arrival, we were able to check-in right away and as we were doing so, we were offered champagne and a cookie (which was great after not having had any food since breakfast.)
The resort itself is practically brand new, and since they are still trying to promote the hotel it was only at about 1/3 capacity. That was nice, because it meant that there were no lines when waiting to be seated at a restaurant, and there wasn't a rush in the morning to run down to the pool to save a chair.
There were 4 restaurants to choose from, as well as a buffet. The Italian restaurant was fantastic, we ended up going there 3 times for dinner. Javier was an amazing server, and we were lucky to have him 2 out of the 3 times we were there. We didn't try the seafood restaurant, but heard from the couple we went on the trip with that it was quite good. Not only were there seafood entrees to choose from, but also chicken and steak. The Mexican restaurant was okay, probably our least favorite out of the restaurants we did try. The Asian restaurant was incredible. They have both a hibachi grill (which does require a reservation, and you HAVE to book first thing in the morning or else you're out of luck), as well as a dining area. The spring rolls were great, we ended up ordering a second round of them after we had finished our entree. The buffet was nice, there were lots of choices and everything was hot and rotated well.
There are 2 pools at this resort, a quiet pool and a main pool (where all the activities take place.) We tried out both pools while we were there, and even though the main pool has activities like water aerobics and volleyball, it was still a pretty quiet environment. The swim-up bar was never very busy, and they have a ton of employees walking around at all times to take your drink order, give you towels or help you move the umbrellas so you can relax in the shade. The beach was quite nice, although you absolutely cannot swim in the water. The waves were gigantic and dangerous, and anytime you got anywhere near to the water, there was a guy who would blow a whistle and tell you to get away from there. The beach has about 10 huts which have 2 chairs underneath, and you are able to get total and complete shade. A great feature is that they have a button you can press on the hut, and an employee will come down and bring you drinks, rather than you having to run back and forth to the bar.
There was a bar/lounge area inside the hotel called 'Rendezvous', and it was never very busy, which was nice if you wanted to get out of the heat in the afternoon to play some cards or relax. The coffee place at the hotel was also very nice, and they gave you several options when it came to how your drink could be made (I was glad they had a lactose-free milk for when I ordered a caramel macchiato.) Another great feature was that there was a photographer on site who would go around and take pictures of you and the group/person you were with as you were having fun in the pool, or as you were dressed up nicely for dinner. You had the option to go and purchase the picture (or pictures, since he took about 6 of myself and my boyfriend while we were at the pool). They are a little pricey, it cost me $30 for 2 8x8 pictures, but they are a good quality and it is a nice way to remember the trip. The gift shop is also a little pricey. A magnet set me back $7, and my boyfriends' brother bought sunscreen and chips which cost him a total of $32.
Overall, it was a great trip. The weather was nice, except for a quick 20 minute rain storm one morning. Everyone who works at the hotel is super friendly, always offering you an 'hola' as you're walking past them. They also have golf carts at the resort, and the staff often offer you rides if you're going from one building to another (the resort is quite spacious, and it is a long walk if you're going from the end of building 3 to the pool/restaurants.) I would definitely recommend this hotel, it is worth every penny.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Settled in front of the Sea of Cortez, this all-suite ocean front resort offers 500 spacious suites with finely- appointed amenities, full service spa, gourmet a la carte restaurants and elegant bars and lounges. Surrounded by mountains, the Baja desert and two golf courses design by Jack Nicklaus and Greg Norman, guests will enjoy all the Unlimited-Luxury® privileges they deserve. For added luxury, 150 ocean view suites are reserved for Preferred Club with access to additional privileges. This ocean front resort is just 10 minutes from downtown San Jose del Cabo and 30 minutes from the Los Cabos International Airport. Secrets Puerto Los Cabos Golf & Spa Resort – Secluded. Stunning. Splendor. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Secrets Puerto Los Cabos Golf & Spa Resort Mexico - San Jose Del Cabo