The best kept Secrets of Cancun

Suzanne Barney on 03 April 2019
I was last in Mexico in November 2008 in the September hurricane Katrina hit, which closed down Cancun and damaged the rest of the coast.

I knew Cancun would be a completely different place. This is a resort if you want to party with clubs and designer shops and a fantastic public transport system which operates a bus every 5 minutes in the hotel zone that operate 24/7 and are a cheap way of getting about. We did go to a show in Cancun called Congo Bongos which was like a small night club, packed with people on the dance floor and included a show with dancers, lasers and large screen videos which I think I might have enjoyed if I had a few more rum and cokes and was 30 years younger!

The resort itself is just a narrow strip with the beach on one side and the ocean on the other. The 'lagoon side' was where the water sports operated.

Our trip this time was at the busiest time of year 'spring break' in the USA so Cancun was party central. As we drove into Cancun the hotels beach side were higher and had familiar names such as Marriott, Hard Rock, Westin, Iberostar, and Crowne Plaza, before we arrived at Secrets. We stayed at Secrets the Vine which is totally different to all the other low-rise properties in the Secrets portfolio - it was 28 stories tall!

My first thoughts were that it belonged on the Vegas Strip and it maybe looked a bit corporate. I was very wrong - this is a classy hotel. The hotel was a wonderful oasis of calm in the centre of the strip. The privileged rooms are on the 21-27 floor and have their own concierge who on each floor who are there to assist. Privileged rooms also have their own quiet pool/restaurant on the 12th floor and a free visit to the spa to use the hydrotherapy. I was on the 27th floor. The room was amazing, huge with the most spectacular view on the ocean and the whole of the strip. This hotel is adult only and you have the luxury of access to 6 gourmet restaurants. We had lunch in the World Cafe Buffet and the food was of a high standard with sushi on offer plus a chocolate fountain available on the desert selection. We had dinner at the steak house which was excellent. The hotel has a huge selection of wines so you can even partake in wine tasting

This hotel is chic with amazing rooms, has great restaurants and is close to the action if you want to get out of the hotel and sample Cancun.