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... was I swam closer to get a better look (and luckily and amazing picture) and Jaime swam away from it. It eventually swam away too. The first thought that popped into Jaime's head was how the Crocodile Hunter died from a Ray, that is why he swam away. But as a disclaimer, Manta's are different and cannot hurt you like the Sting Rays can. So we were in no danger. Just a little odd, because our guides did not mention it was possible to come ...
... nightclub show for tomorrow and headed back to the hotel! Kerry was feeling better so we decided we would eat in the hotel restaurant spend some of the credit we had put on the room tab. Before the meal we had cocktails in the hotel lounge over looking the beach and sea was a really amazing view and so peace full! The meal in the grill restaurant was amazing, again staying away from Mexican food for Kerry she opted for the fillet ...
... so viel zu sehen und zu erleben und ich tat nichts. Langsam erwachte in mir das Bedürfnis, noch mit anderen Leuten Zeit zu verbringen, zum Glück kam Cancun mit Helen und Beka immer näher. Mit diesem kleinen Lichtlein und nach einem wundervollen Skypegespräch mit Michael, einem Freund aus Trinidad, durchlebte ich diese Tage mit einer kleinen Spur Motivation. Eventuell würde er mit mir Reisen kommen und ich erinnerte mich an ...
... so he can wait.
Closer to town there’s a bunch of various vendors calling you ‘amigo’ and a bunch of restaurant touts proclaiming the ‘best lobster’ but they’re cast away with a simple ‘No gracias’ or even a smile and shake of the head. But I do really like the souvenirs here. There’s that whole celebration of the dead imagery with Tim Burton style skeletons dressed in old ...
... the other wifi network, same thing. I join the staff wifi network, same thing. I ask the guy at reception if I can borrow the phone to place a reverse charge call. He gives me some ******** about how he doesn't have a code to make outgoing calls. I can tell he is lying. Hijo de puta. He tells me to use a pay phone out on the street. I tell him I only have 3 pesos. He say it costs exactly 3 pesos. I go to the corner, it is 1am and I am looking up my file number on an iPad ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Hotel Secreto Isla Mujeres
Hotel Secreto is fabulous
Visited Isla May 25-May 31. Stayed on the south end of the island at Playa Gaviota for the first couple of nights. We were completely secluded and loved every thing about this place, we were steps from the calm water and beer was close by at Playa Lancheros (about a 3 minute walk down the beach). You do need transportation at this end of the island. Casa O's, the most romantic restaurant, is also minutes away. This is a don't miss. We then moved to Secreto. What a difference in ends of the island. Secreto is close to everything, no transportation needed here. We also felt secluded here. We shared the pool with no more than 1 couple at a time and were always alone on the beach. Accommodations were 1st class. Continental breakfast ready at 7am every morning, lunch & dinner available by delivery from several restaurants, really no reason to leave this paradise. We will return very soon to both.
Awesome honeymoon choice
we just returned from our honeymoon and spent 2 nights at hotel secreto. beautiful white architecture, modern rooms, cool pool, great views and service -- we spent the first day at the outdoor lounge overlooking the ocean doing absolutely nothing and it was incredibly relaxing. we also thought it was good value for what it was, although the rooms could have been slightly larger. it'd also be great if they served food but the hotel's outdoor bar only serves drinks and you can order takeout from vicinity restaurants (we had chorizo and jalapeno pizza). we highly recommend this boutique-like hotel close to playa norte, the best beach in la isla!
Booked for visit number Two
I stayed at the Hotel Secreto in November of 2002. The hotel had just opened and it was a gem. I loved the location. being able to walk to town for dinner and to the big beach with the bar swings for sunset. The rooms are big. The beds comfy. The bathrooms were spacious. We slept with the slider open and were lulled to sleep by the ocean waves. The pool is quite a site. You really do feel as if you are on a magazine shoot. I just booked for my 40th in November. The rates have gone up a lot but it is worth every penny. I previously had stayed at the Villa Rolandi which is lovely as well. If you do not want to shell out the big bucks for the Rolandi I promise you will be very happy at Secreto!
The Secreto completely exceeded my expectations in every way! I booked approximately 3-5 months in advance and spent all that time waiting for my vacation time to finally arrive. I pondered alot on what the Secreto would really be like. Let me tell you it is absolutely georgeous!!! The rooms were prestine and comfortable, the pool was picturesque, this place is an oasis! Scott and his staff were wonderful. I really want to be selfish and not let anyone in on this "secret" but the Secreto deserves it's "PROPS". The only difficult thing about Isla is the poverty of it's people and the animal population. Hopefully anyone that has visited will take an active role in trying to help out.
All in all Isla and the Secreto are spectacular!
No sign needed
The best little hotel in Mexico would be a suitable label for this place. It has location, service, hospitality and great design working for it in every way. We enjoyed every aspect of it and the pool, beach and public areas were always calm and quiet despite the fact we traveled with two small children. They seemed to be overcome with the ambience the hotle projected. Staying elsewhere on Isla would be foolish as the price was quite reasonable for the breakfast and the amenities we enjoyed. We stayed for five days, and that sufficed for time on this little island. We saw it all and always looked forward to getting back to our hotel refuge where a clean room and a perfectly mixed cocktail could be enjoyed.
The earlier complaint about the smoking was totally unfounded during my stay; that is to say I saw other guests smoking on their balconies, but I never so much as caught a faint smell of it. A hotel that bears no sign to mark its existence is the one worthy of a return trip.
Isla-check out Color de Verano!
We stayed at the Hotel Secreto for 2 nights. It is quite fab to put it plainly, from the aromatherapy scented air that greets you at the glass doors, to the azure secluded private pool and beach. The rooms are lovely, look like something out of a magazine, which in fact they are. The staff is helpful and plentiful for such a small boutique hotel of only 9 rooms. The guy at the pool bar makes killer pina coladas (40 pesos). The rooms are fairly pricey, about $200 US for the King room or $160 US for the 2 doubles. There is a mini bar and good air conditioning, no bugs, lovely bathroom and comfortable beds. A fabulous breeze comes off the ocean and the place is so quiet you think you are the only guests at times. They provide a continental breakfast which you can take by tray to the outdoor patio if you like. Nothing is too much trouble to arrange. We booked about 5 months in advance over the internet with Omar the head guy who speaks good English. I got the shock of my life one morning though while peering over my balcony to the open field next door where a family lives, as many others on the isalnd do, in a little tin shack. There was a guy crouched down taking his morning constitutional right there in the bush! You should DEFINITELY get a golf cart while on Isla. It makes getting around so much easier and is SOOO much fun! It's impossible to get lost on the island. We found that snorkeling at the little Garrafon Beach Club next to the Garrafon National Park attraction was great for a mere $3 instead of paying $15 to snorkel in virtually the same water next door, (if you don't want any of the other services in the park.) Don't snorkel at Playa Lancheros even although they might recommend it because it's not that great. The turtle farm didn't have any turtle activity in April so it was a bust. For eating, the Cafe Rolandi in the town is reliable, but there is an amazing little cafe that should NOT BE MISSED called Color de Verano, at the corner of the main drag and Adolfo L Mateos where it meets North Beach. Go to their website. You will be amazed. Next time I go to Isla I will not bother staying at the lovely Hotel Secreto, I will rent one of the even lovlier (but cheaper) apartments above Color de Verano. Check out the photos online. The guy who owns the cafe and apartments is a French artisan. He makes all the pottery and lamps etc. Such supreme talent. The cafe offers phenomenal coffees and deserts as well as a few entrees. They are super nice people, and the location is top notch. Beware of going to Isla the week before Easter as we did because if you are looking for a quiet getaway you will find that there are hordes of Mexican tourists who come from all over for the holidays. If you have kids, the shallow waters around the Avalon Reef club are perfect for them to play in. If you want to adopt a dog, or just give some money to save them, see a lady called Allison whose place is just around the corner from the Avalon, on the way to Hotel Secreto and Media Luna. Enjoy the trip to Isla, it's worth the visit for sure.
Chic and Comfortable
Jan 8-11: What a place!! We absolutely loved the modern design and decoration of Hotel Secreto. Coupled with the picture perfect views from our room, our stay here was really great. The pool was beautiful and the hotel, with only 9 rooms, never felt crowded and always felt private. We really liked that it was so close to town too. Although being on the ocean side means you can't do much swimming in the waters, Playa Nord is only a few minutes walk away, so if you want to go in the ocean you can. We were content staying by the pool and on the beach, taking in the beautiful scenery. Our room was simple, yet had everything we needed. Canopied bed, CD player, big closet, modern bathroom, nice terrace, robes, ...We would stay here again in a heartbeat and would stay here over Villa Rolandi, although it's a tough call. I think anyone would be happy at either. Really lived up to our expectations.
Beautiful But Smoky
Hotel Secreto is a visually stunning and modern structure unlike any other on the island. You will find no better value on the island, and we looked and covered the whole island by land and moped. The staff is incredibly friendly but rather clueless regarding things like restaurant reccomendations etc. The owner, an American from Boston, could be more involved and helpful, but is buried in the backroom going over the books and reservations. Given he knows the customers point of view and language best, he should be more involved upfront.
SMOKING is the big negative for the hotel. Given its small size, if people smoke on the balconies attached to their rooms, you room is inundated with smoke and your balcony is off limits. They do not have a non smoking section and seemed oblivious to our requests that balconies be non smoking, given they are an extension of the room. The woman below us would smoke from 6:00 am to 11:00 am and the man below from 6:00 pm to 12:00 pm. So much for opening up the beautiful doors and smelling the ocean air. Hopefully the owner will become more responsive and involved and rectify this major problem that makes you have to rush out of your room.
Perfect Place to Relax
I returned from Mexico on December 27, 2003. Hotel Secreto was a perfect place to relax. The staff was very kind and helpful. The view was beautiful. I recommend it.
A fabulous place to stay
My wife, 15 year old daughter and I just returned from Isla Mujeres on Dec 2, 2003. We have traveled throughout the USA , the Carribean, and some European countries.staying at top notch hotels and resorts. Hotel Secreto was like staying at your own beach house with a private staff.
We almost felt that the staff was family as they truly cared for our comfort and happiness. The rooms were moderate in size but very chic and comfortable. Every request was handled with professionalism. Omar, Steph the concierge desk staff bend over backwards for you. Scott the owner arranged a surprise Marriachi band to play for my daughter on her birthday , the last day of our stay. I can only rave about this hotel.
Nothing was less than perfect. The beach was great as was the pool.
Other guests are from all over the world. Oh, by the way Isla is so retro , like the carribean of the early 1960's. Friendly people, very safe. The entire experience including great restaurants and great bargains. I could go on for ever.