Travel Blogs from Isla Mujeres
... Current was a bit strong for me and my pork pie, the 1st snork was good with some colourful fish and an arch of coral. 2nd snork for the underground museum, a collection of stone figures on the sea bed, was disappointing. looked much like concrete bollards with moss on them. To be fair it wasn't the sunniest of days, was more fascinated by the scuba divers down there. Boat stopped for an hour while they prepared fish. Then he wasn't sure we'd paid for lunch. Then we found out ...
... we stopped in the open ocean for more snorkeling- a different experience....
Went to the new supermarket on the way back to Villa Vera. It's a huge place, one part walmart, one part costcos one part Best Buy. Great bakery, but very confusing place to get around!
Dinner in town at one of our favorite places - Bally Hoo - cervice, grilled garlic shrimp, fish and chips.
In bed reading by 9:30 - just like home :)
... centres, but really it was a city that housed up to 40 000 people. There is very little known about the Zapotec civilisation as the monk who arrived in the 17th century destroyed everything remaining at the site. Monte Alban was civilised from 600 BC to 700 AD, it’s thought that the civilisation collapsed due to a lack of water. As the population increased they obviously needed access to more water but having placed themselves on top of a hill they were far ...
... liked, guess we were expecting something a little different, what we got will stick with me for the rest of my life, the experience was definitely memorable.
The people are passionate, the sand is white, the ocean is crystal blue, the days are hot and the Piņa Coladas are on tap. If you are heading out this way, it’s a great break from the hustle and bustle of Cancun, spend a night away and enjoy the massive array of water activities on offer! Island life is the ...
The beach here is even better than Playa and its technically still low season so there weren’t too many people around. We finally put our dive skills into practice and did a two tank dive at a reef and an underwater museum off the coast of Isla Mujeres. The underwater museum is a group of statues that were sunk about 2 years ago to help conserve natural reef and are very lifelike and creepy! The reef dive was really good, we saw 4 huge sea turtles, ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Hotel Secreto Isla Mujeres
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.