Secrets Maroma Beach Riviera Cancun
What We Love
- Four-poster canopy beds in each of the guest suites
- Seaweed wraps at the renowned spa
- Reservations are never required at any of the resort’s seven restaurants
- Broadway musicals at the Limelight Theater—part of the hotel’s neighboring sister property, Dreams Playa Mujeres Golf Spa & Resort
What To Know
- The resort offers free access to sailing, windsurfing, and snorkeling gear
- The mini-bar in your suite (refreshed daily) is complimentary
- Some of the Junior Suites have direct pool access from a private terrace
- The hotel’s 24/7 room-service menu includes plenty of gluten-free options
You won’t spy a single tot scurrying along this especially private sliver of what is arguably Mexico’s most idyllic sugar sand beach, lined with a watercolor-inspired array of stucco huts and thatched roofs. It’s because this Yucatan Eden, where you’re welcomed with a flute of fruit-flecked champagne, is a fitting preview for the heady adults-only indulgences that follow: fourhanded oceanfront massages, in-suite hydro-tubs, and dance lessons, to name a few. While the seductive Secrets brand is often associated with indulgent honeymoons, this coastal outpost places an extra-special emphasis on gourmands, with dining experiences that range from a lively hibachi grill (where a sushi chef crafts inventive rolls stuffed with the area’s bounty) to a romantic Italian bistro. The property’s newest TLC options are refurbished beach beds made from local Mexican zapote wood and the addition of a “Nest Zone”—a collection of hammocks located in front of its Sugar Reef Bar that practical beg for an afternoon catnap. Carve out some time for the soothing hydrotherapy circuit and indigenously inspired facials at the acclaimed spa.
In the Area
Cancun International Airport is about a 30-minute ride from the property (the resort can arrange for fuss-free private transfers). The neighboring private beach is a veritable aquatic playground, perfect for snorkeling, water volleyball, and windsurfing, which comprises the resort’s “unlimited luxury” program; the à la carte menu includes deep-sea fishing and scuba diving (subject to additional fees)—it’s all practically mandatory for those who want to get up close and personal with the world’s second largest barrier reef. Golfing enthusiasts should note that resort guests are exempt from green fees at the 18-hole course at Grand Coral Rivera Maya (about 20 minutes away by car) just steps from the Caribbean Sea.
How to Get There
From the moment we stepped foot on the resort to the moment we left the staff went above and beyond. The food was good with plenty of options to choose from. We did upgrade to the preferred status and used the preferred club lounge as well as the spa hydro therapy everyday during our stay. Hotel/hotel room and the pool area was very clean and well maintained. The beach had seaweed on it but it’s to be expected for that area and the hotel tried their best to maintain it. It didn’t stop us from going to the beach or snorkeling in the water. Overall we had a fabulous trip. Thank you to the staff at Secrets Maroma Beach for making our anniversary trip incrediable.
Plenty of activities Friendly and professional staff. Very nice accommodations great restaurants. Check in was a great experience. Enjoyed the music shows the staff was always attentive and readily accessible for drinks
Awesome trip to Secrets Maroma Beach. Beautiful beach. There were a couple of days when the sea grass was really bad in morning but they had it mostly cleaned up by mid-morning. The food was excellent. The staff were very accommodating. I would definitely go back to the resort.
We make the trip to Cancun/Playa del Carmen area 2-3 times per year. It has become our “go to” destination for beach vacations without the kids. That said, our previous three trips have been to a premier 5* property in Playa Mujeres. We recently attended a wedding at Secrets Maroma Beach, and, as a result of our Playa Mujeres vacations a very high bar was set.
The property is beautiful, the pools are spectacular, the service was top notch, the food was very good, the bartending staff was awesome.
We booked a “non preferred club” swim out suite and were placed in building 24. I had emailed the resort prior to our arrival and requested building 24 or building 15. These are the (2) most centrally located buildings that are “non preferred club” buildings. The request was granted at check in.
The room itself was beautiful and kept very clean.
We had a large wedding party in attendance, several guests booked “preferred” several did not. I am glad we did not. In my opinion, it was not worth the extra cost at this resort, unless of course, you want/have to be beachfront.
The seaweed on the beach was a bit of an issue on a couple days, but, they worked hard to clear it.
All in all it was an amazing stay, we had an awesome trip, the wedding was beautiful and without any issues.
Thank You To All Secrets Maroma Staff!
We adore the adults-only, all-inclusive Secrets resorts. Over the years, we've been to Secrets Capri twice and Secrets Silversands once. This was our first time at Secrets Maroma Beach, and we had an exceptional experience. Our non-preferred swim-out was worth the little splurge. We really treasured having a semi-private pool away from the activities and the music. Our pool at Building 15 got sun until 3:00.
We got two days of sargassum-free ocean. The staff worked hard to ensure this remains a beautiful, clean, white sugar-sand beach.
Our favorite restaurants were Himitsu (where we dined thrice, loved the sushi rolls), Bordeaux (twice... oh the eclair), breakfast at World Cafe, and the desserts at Coco Cafe.
Of course, the jewel of Secrets Maroma Beach is the staff. I wish we could thank every single person who made our experience magical. Our favorites were Margarita, who cheerfully cooked us huaraches each morning at World Cafe; Roger our building concierge, who gave us friendly, attentive service; Claudia, who supplied our sweets at the Coco Cafe; and Bernardo at Bordeaux, who surprised us with a personalized dessert at our last meal.
The agenda for this vacation was comprised entirely of loafing in the sun, so I cannot comment on the nightly entertainment, spa, gym, nor most of the daily activities. But that's great--Secrets can be as quiet or as active as you'd like, and you have a staff full of wonderful people ready to make it happen.