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
We returned here after 7 years for our anniversary, thinking to ourselves it couldn't be as nice as our first trip there....that's why we waited so long to return. But honestly this time was even more fantastic...we were simply amazed!! The hotel is so beautifully situated on Maroma Beach and we had a breath taking view from our room in building 26. Our balcony had a lovely tiled deep soaking tub. The room itself was updated since our last trip....very very chic! LOVED the lighting in this room....I adore going on a trip and coming back home with design inspiration!!! Our bathroom was something out of a design magazine!! The restaurants are outstanding!! The breakfast at The World Cafe every morning made us feel like kids in a candy shop! Anything you could hope for is there all while a harpist or a saxophone player is performing. What a fantastic way to start the day! We would also wander to Coco cafe for a perfectly made cappuccino, delicious!! If we felt like it we went to the gym in the morning, mostly because we were enjoying each and every restaurant a little too much! :)) The Italian and French were our absolute favourites!! We had to wait a couple times which was no issue...they gave us a buzzer to take with us and we sat at the lovely lobby bar where the entertainment was great and so were the martini's!! Remembering all of this for this review makes me want to jump on a plane and return immediately, honestly! All top shelf alcohol is served here, my only wish is that they offered a couple more options for their Chardonnay, a Californian would be a definite plus! They serve one Chilean which wasn't bad, but like I said another option would be perfect! That really is my only complaint which is minute here. We stayed in building 26 which you have to upgrade to Preferred for that but in our opinion it was worth the upgrade.... I prefer a true ocean view and we had it along with views over the pool. On Valentines they had a tribute band (to il divo) perform on the beach, we sat on our balcony and listened with our glasses of bubbly (which the hotel left for us in our room for our anniversary). I cannot finish this review without stressing how lovely the entire staff at this hotel was. They are so kind, so lovely.....just wonderful people. Our buildings concierge, Roger was above and beyond and we were constantly amazed by his professionalism! He checked on us and made sure all of our needs were met, and what really completely proved us right in our faith in this man was he called us at home the day after our return flight to make sure we were home safe and to thank us for our return stay!! What hotel concierge does that!?? What hotel cares enough to make that effort!? He made our stay all the more enjoyable and made it feel that more refined....an absolute luxury!! Thank you Secrets Maroma and from the bottom of our hearts...thank you Roger!! You are an absolute sweet heart!!
We also spent $50 for a Beach Cabana for the day which was very worth it, another true luxury for the day..... I had ice cold glasses of bubbly and my husband had Iceburgs (Corona topped with a Margarita....oh yeah!!!), we had another delish lunch, all right there in our private Beach Cabana that had our names on it..... omg, I want to go back right now!
In closing I will say that this vacation will be remembered as one of our all time favourites that I had to take the time to write on TripAdvisor about, some trips you can't be bothered to take the time to share...this one I had to. Food, drinks, entertainment, pure sensory bliss.... highly recommend! We will definitely be back and we will definitely ask for Roger again as our concierge!
We had an amazing time in this beautiful place. Sometimes the seeweed was really bed but on the nice days without the awful plant the ocean was the most hermoso oceans to look at. Nice staff. I will go again. Thanks Secrets!
Marianna for Cross Fit is great. I was definitely sore the next 2 days. She has different routines daily so you don’t get bored.
Every day at 9 by the pool. We even had class in the pouring rain under the cabana!
Wife and I visited this resort several years ago. That visit was great but this one better. We had a swim out in building 15 and it was awesome. I could go on an on about the food, drinks, pool and beach. What separates this resort from every other we have visited is the people. We were treated like we were the only guests there. Our building concierge Miguel went above and beyond to ensure our stay was nothing but perfection. Virginia at Coco cafe treated us as we were family.
We were fortunate to not get suckered into the timeshare sales pitch. All it took was a polite “no thank you”. Imagine that? The way some people speak of it you would think they was held at gunpoint and forced into it.
Just got back from another amazing trip. Beach here is unbelievable. Food was incredible. The only thing I would chance is to have a couple more " house" wines on the menu. As of today they have only 2 reds and 2 whites but a very extensive list if you wish to upgrade for a fee.
I want to mention a few people who went out of their way to assist while we were there.
Laura- Our concierge in building 22
Yanin Rodriguez- Thanks Yanin
Manuel- Beach Concierge
Marvin- Our waiter at the seafood restaurant
Enrique and Carlos- Lobby bar
Yamlet- Beach server
Edy- Pool concierge Thanks Edy
Looking forward to the return trip this summer !!!