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
The Resort was terrific...service was excellent...staff was very pleasant to deal with. Everyone executed to the highest level. Thanks for a very enjoyable few days at Secrets Maroma Beach Riviera Resort in Cancun!
We have been to seven different Secrets Resorts in the past eight years, and this was the best. The food, entertainment, beach and staff were all excellent. I would definitely recommend this resort and we plan to return again. My only complaint is with an individual associated with the UVC membership, which we have been a member since its inception, who was insulting and treated us with disrespect. While I would highly recommend this resort, I do not recommend anyone becoming a UVC member. It has been our experience that the benefits do not cover the costs.
I highly, highly recommend Secrets. The place is stunning and impeccably maintained. The staff are amazingly attentive and friendly. The food is fantastic. There are plenty of places to hang out in the sun. The activities were fun. Do the snorkel trip to the reef.
We went with 5 couples and had a very good week. Overall a very good experience. We've done Royal in Playa D Carmen, both Excellence, Moon Palace and Now Jade. Royal is down town, so a different feel and Moon Palace great for families and huge. This was up there as with our top stays We still slightly prefer the Excellence Playa Mujeres for the greener grounds, more diverse pool offerings, and Indian food options, but the service and staff culture here was as good as anywhere.
We had the preferred club rooms, and we used the preferred club for gathering before or after dinner. Slightly better bar, and usually great bartenders like Edgar. My wife and i did not do the "Membership Meeting" breakfast for spa tickets, but the others did and said it went longer than expected, but they got their vouchers as promised. High winds limited water sports to one day, but allowed decent body surfing. Seaweed managed as well as it can be given inflow. Service culture was excellent regardless of whether we had tip money that day or not. They put together a table for us all at the restaurants most nights with no difficulty. Most meals were very good. Had one bad entree (brisket) at French restaurant but others loved their lobster there and said it was their favorite meal. Chef did come to the table to apologize for the tough cut of meat at end of the night, which was consistent with the high end service culture of the staff. Steak place cooked steaks very well despite thinner cuts. Grill by the pool served fantastic whole fish day.
Lots of weddings and corporate groups meant the pool volume and chair competition fluctuated each day, but we always got what we needed. Beach would have been great on a less windy week. My wife and I got our Preferred room in the main building, which was further from the ocean, but close for AM coffee and with a bigger deck and outdoor cushion area. Slept outside a few nights with clear view of the stars and not a mosquito to be found. Entertainment crew worked very hard to make events fun and under leadership of Jordan were remarkably engaged. He learned our names very quickly and had a great engagement style that got our somewhat cynical crowd participating way more than would be expected. For the Asian restaurant, you do need reservations for Hibachi, but not if you just want the menu items and sushi and saki were quite respectable. Ate there twice. If you do go on bike ride on beach, it is fun, a work out, but bring shoes that you don't mind getting wet. One day of scuba was about $200 but a good dive day to 80 feet of a good wall in Cozumel and was well managed by the team that offered that. It is a full day from 8:30-7:00, but much better diving than those that take you out directly from the resort.
House wines are pretty rough, but higher end bottles were decent if well marked up. When you get much above $120, you really should add the vintage to the listing, especially at $300 plus, if only to sell more wine. We had a very knowledgeable wine maven with us who likely would have bought your higher end bottles if you'd listed the vintage year.
The entertainment group was excellent!! Loved Marcos!!! From beginning to end every day was just wonderful! We had a swim up room in building 12 - very convienent and close to everything. Spa was beautiful!