Happy Foodie Friday!

Empanadas at Secrets Vallarta Bay Puerto Vallarta, shaved scallops at Secrets Wild Orchid Montego Bay and chocolate croissants at Secrets The Vine Cancun.

Crispy empanadas at Secrets Vallarta Bay Puerto Vallarta, delicate shaved scallops at Secrets Wild Orchid Montego Bay and buttery chocolate croissants at Secrets The Vine Cancun.

Eating at Secrets Resorts & Spas is about so much more than just filling hungry bellies. We like to think of dining here as an unforgettable experience for all the senses and a highlight of your stay. When you dine at Secrets Resorts & Spas, you will be treated to an expansive array of international cuisine at our á la carte gourmet restaurants, where reservations are never required and your Unlimited-Luxury® privileges include all meals!

Guests are treated to fresh seafood and traditional Mexican cuisine right on the beach at Secrets Aura Cozumel!

Guests are treated to freshly caught seafood and traditional Mexican cuisine right on the beach at Secrets Aura Cozumel!

No matter what food mood you’re in, there’s something tasty waiting for you at Secrets Resorts & Spas. Whether you just want to grab a mouthwatering burger by the beach or enjoy an elegant sit-down meal, we’ve got you covered! Our talented chefs are always following their culinary inspiration to create new flavors for our guests to feast on. Follow your inner foodie! Book a stay at Secrets Resorts & Spas for the time of your life. Your taste buds will thank you!

We do snacking right at Secrets Royal Beach Punta Cana.

We do snacking right at Secrets Royal Beach Punta Cana.

Find Your Perfect Secrets Resort

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On this Travel Tuesday, are you in the process of trying to decide where to take your next vacation? With 13 resort properties spread out through Mexico and the Caribbean, Secrets Resorts & Spas has something for everyone. With so many tantalizing options, however, how does one decide which resort is right for them? If you’re torn between locations or doing some theoretical vacation planning, check out the Secrets Resorts & Spas Resort Finder!

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The Resort Finder takes your geographical location, length of stay, preferred atmosphere and what’s important to you in a vacation in to account to discover your perfect Secrets Resort & Spa. For example, do you prefer a quiet, intimate property with pristine beaches and cozy hideaways where privacy is prioritized or a lively, entertaining atmosphere filled with live music and dancing? Do you like to spend your vacation time on the beach, shopping, relaxing in the spa, or exploring the local culture? Whatever your preferences may be, there’s Secrets Resort & Spa for you! Click here to discover your ideal vacation!

U.S. News & World Report Honors Four Secrets Resorts & Spas!

Congratulations to four of our Secrets Resorts & Spas that received a 2014 U.S. News & World Report Best Hotels Award! These four fabulous resorts were recognized as U.S. News & World Resort’s Silver Badge winners for Best Hotel in their region.

Best Hotels in Puerto Vallarta

Best Hotels in Cancun

Best Hotels in Cabo San Lucas

Best Hotels in Punta Cana

We are so proud of our resorts who were acknowledged and ranked among the world’s best by travel experts and guests like you!

The U.S. News & World Report 2014 Best Hotels awards were given based on the collective opinion of travel experts and guests, expressed through online reviews and ratings. Hotels named “Best” in their destination are typically the properties that have ranked in the top 30 percent of U.S. News-evaluated properties in that region.

It’s Fan Photo Friday at Secrets Royal Beach Punta Cana!

We love Fan Photo Fridays here at Secrets Resorts & Spas because it gives us the opportunity to experience our wonderful resorts through the eyes of our guests. They snap photos of everything from beautiful beaches to scrumptious food offerings, and we love to share them with you. This week, we have some amazing photos coming to you from Secrets Royal Beach Punta Cana. Check them out below!

Jose Mula sent us this romantic sunset snapshot from his vacation to Secrets Royal Beach.

Jose Mula sent us this romantic sunset snapshot from his vacation to Secrets Royal Beach.

This photo from recent guest Brian Dudley is perfect enough to be on a postcard!

This photo from recent guest Brian Dudley is perfect enough to be on a postcard!

Brian also shared this stunning photo of the Secrets Royal Beach pool and lounge areas.

Brian also shared this stunning photo of the Secrets Royal Beach pool and lounge areas.

We love this panorama of the jewel-tone waters in the pool at Secrets Royal Beach, taken by recent guest Brian Stamm.

We love this panorama of the jewel-tone waters in the pool at Secrets Royal Beach, taken by recent guest Brian Stamm.

Guest Christina Muench was greeted every morning by the view of tropical palm trees outside her balcony.

Guest Christina Muench was greeted every morning by the view of tropical palm trees outside her balcony.

Try out one of our unique beachside huts! Special thanks to Susanne Dresen for sharing this one with us.

Try out one of our unique beachside huts! Special thanks to Susanne Dresen for sharing this one with us.

Imagine eating breakfast here! Recent guest Phi Lipp can attest to the wonderful experience.

Imagine eating breakfast here! Recent guest Phi Lipp can attest to the wonderful experience.

Well, are you ready to pack your bags yet? Visit www.secretsresorts.com and book your stay as soon as possible!

Top 5 Activities to Plan on Your Honeymoon at Secrets Resorts & Spas

There’s no better place on earth to come for your honeymoon than Secrets Resorts & Spas. We offer the perfect combination of world-class Unlimited-Luxury®, romantic activities and picture perfect locales for your special getaway. Secrets Resorts & Spas also has experienced activity planners at your service to help you and your loved one enjoy your honeymoon, stress-free!

Here are just a few of the honeymoon treats we’ve can together for your special trip:

  • Private dinner on the beach- Enjoy a private three-course dinner on the beach with you new life partner. The cool ocean breeze and calming waves will set a romantic tone for your entire trip.

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    A perfect setting for a romantic dinner on the beach at Secrets Capri Riviera Cancun.

  • Couples Massage – Release all the stress of planning a wedding with a couples massage. You will feel revived and refreshed after 60 minutes of pampering.

     PREVIEW Private massage cabin is situated on the white sandy beach at Secrets Royal Beach.

    Private massage cabin is situated on the white sandy beach at Secrets Royal Beach.

  • Breakfast in Bed – Sleep in during your honeymoon and enjoy breakfast in bed.
  • Swim with Dolphins – Take an adventure and plan a day trip to swim with dolphins.  This unforgettable experience will live with you for the rest of your lives.
  • Sunset Cruise – A beautiful sunset cruise on a catamaran can be the perfect ending to a romantic day at Secrets Resorts & Spas.

    Beautiful sunset at Secrets Aura Cozumel.

    Beautiful sunset at Secrets Aura Cozumel.

Speak with your Concierge today to plan your unforgettable honeymoon activities or book your honeymoon package today!

Download Our All New App & Win a Stay!

Get inspired. Get romantic. Get immersed. Get the all new Secrets Resorts & Spas Collection app, now available for free from the App store!

Now you can take your favorite Secrets Resorts & Spas with you wherever you go! Pictures, guides, maps and information are literally at your fingertips with our new iPad app. It allows you to navigate your way through every destination, and experience suites, restaurants, nightlife and activities with vivid imagery and interactive features. Explore all the facets of Unlimited-Luxury®, which let you enjoy your vacation freely without having to think about a tab, gratuities, or dining reservations. Once you’ve researched and marked your favorites, you can share with friends or book directly through your iPad!

While you explore our resorts and plan your next stay, why not enter to win one for free? Visit SecretsResorts.com from within the app, and enter to win a 4-night stay for two to the Secrets Resort & Spa of your choice!

Hurry – the sweepstakes ends on July 12th!

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Happy Fan Photo Friday from Secrets Resorts & Spas!

Happy Friday, Tan Lines Fans!  We love when guests at Secrets Resorts & Spas share their vacation photos with us on Facebook.  Today, we are sharing some of the best photos from fans from several of our resorts.

Enjoy the view!

Secrets St. James Montego Bay - Photo courtesy of Peter Golding

Secrets St. James Montego Bay – Photo courtesy of Peter Golding

Secrets Silversands Riviera Cancun - Photo courtesy of Barbara Sippel Rivera

Secrets Silversands Riviera Cancun – Photo courtesy of Barbara Sippel Rivera

Secrets Wild Orchid Montego Bay - Photo courtesy of Susan Thomas-Murphy

Secrets Wild Orchid Montego Bay – Photo courtesy of Susan Thomas-Murphy

Secrets Huatulco Resort & Spa - Photo courtesy of Anna Panopoulos

Secrets Huatulco Resort & Spa – Photo courtesy of Anna Panopoulos

Secrets Royal Beach Punta Cana - Photo courtesy of Christina Muench

Secrets Royal Beach Punta Cana – Photo courtesy of Christina Muench

Secrets Maroma Beach Riviera Cancun - Photo courtesy of Dawn Disk

Secrets Maroma Beach Riviera Cancun – Photo courtesy of Dawn Disk

Save YOUR Date With Secrets Resorts & Spas

Engaged and planning the destination wedding of your dreams? Let Secrets Resorts & Spas help! With our ‘Save Your Date’ promotion you could receive a complimentary cocktail party for up to 50 guests – includes one hour open bar serving top-shelf spirits, bartender service, hors d’oeuvres and more! All you have to do is save YOUR date and book your destination wedding by July 31, 2013 at one of the participating Secrets Resorts & Spas below:

Secrets Aura Cozumel

Secrets Capri Riviera Cancun

Secrets St. James Montego Bay

Secrets Maroma Beach Riviera Cancun

Secrets Royal Beach Punta Cana

Secrets Silversands Riviera Cancun

Secrets Vallarta Bay Puerto Vallarta

Secrets The Vine Cancun

Secrets Wild Orchid Montego Bay

Secrets Puerto Los Cabos Resort & Spa

Plus, we’re giving away a chance to win a 3-night Unlimited-Luxury® stay! Show us your idea of your Dream Destination Wedding on Pinterest to win – hurry, contest ends July 1st!

Find the perfect Secrets resort for you, learn more about this promotion and contest, and book your destination wedding Here.

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Free Fall is back! Free nights & free coupons!

The Free Fall promotion is back and has great offers just for you! When you reserve your minimum three-night vacation to any Secrets Resort & Spa, you will enjoy every third night of your stay for free! Plus, you will be treated to up to $400 in resort coupons to use on things such as spa treatments, romantic dinners, bottles of wine and more!  For more information, head over to the Special Offers page on the Secrets website.

Plus, play our Drop & Win game on any Secrets Facebook page where you will be entered to win a three-night stay or you may possibly be the lucky, instant winner of a five-night stay!

Secrets Capri Riviera Cancun Facebook Page

Secrets Maroma Beach Riviera Cancun Facebook Page

Secrets Silversands Riviera Cancun Facebook Page

Secrets The Vine Cancun Facebook Page

Secrets Aura Cozumel Facebook Page

Secrets Royal Beach Punta Cana Facebook Page

Secrets St. James Montego Bay Facebook Page

Secrets Wild Orchid Montego Bay Facebook Page

Secrets Marquis Los Cabos Facebook Page

Secrets Huatulco Resort & Spa Facebook Page

Secrets Vallarta Bay Puerto Vallarta Facebook Page

Free Fall by AMResorts®

Free Fall by AMResorts®

Day Trips at Secrets Royal Beach Punta Cana: Santo Domingo

Santo Domingo is a vibrant city that has been thriving since the year it was settled in 1496.  Today, this city is the capital of the Dominican Republic and has an unbelievable amount of rich history and modern-day culture, which makes it a fun and worthwhile day trip for guests staying at Secrets Royal Beach Punta Cana – if you can part with relaxation at the lovely resort of course!

You will definitely be hard-pressed to fit all of Santo Domingo’s rich experiences into a single day trip, so we are going to highlight our favorite sights, restaurants and nightlife options so you can narrow your options down to one day.

Santo Domingo is a great place for architecture buffs. The city has the first cathedral and castle built in the Americas, which are still in great condition for visitors today.  The Cathedral of Santa Maria la Menor was built between 1512 and 1540.  The structure mixes Baroque and Gothic styles, creating a truly stunning interior and exterior.  It also houses an impressive art collection of ancient woodcarvings furniture, monuments, tombstones and jewelry.

Photo courtesy of Lonely Planet

Photo courtesy of Lonely Planet

Columbus Alcazar was built by Diego Colon, Christopher Columbus’s son, and is the first castle that was ever built in the Americas.  Today, the palace is home to a museum with many impressive works of art and tapestries spanning from the 15th through 17th century.

If you like people watching, we suggest you stop by Parque Colon, which is one of the city’s main gathering places.  Right in the center, you will find an impressive sculpture of Christopher Columbus.  It is a great place to buy souvenirs from locals and is surrounded by great restaurant choices.

Photo courtesy of PPS

Photo courtesy of PPS

A great place for lunch or dinner in Santo Domingo is Pat’e Palo European Brasserie.  The restaurant offers excellent food and service in the historic part of town.  The menu has a wealth of delicious options combining local flavors with European culinary tradition.  One of the best parts about this restaurant is the outdoor seating, so you can sit outside in the gorgeous historic city and enjoy the Caribbean air.

Finally, for everyone that still has enough energy to dance the night away after a day full of wonderful food and breathtaking sights, we recommend a visit to Guacara Taina.  This is a huge nightclub located in an actual cave!  The club mostly plays Merengue music but does include an occasional Salsa tune.  And the great part about being located in a cave:  Caves stay cool year-round!  If you are visiting this club, aim for later rather than earlier, because this club tends to have a later crowd.

Photo courtesy of TopTenz.net

Photo courtesy of TopTenz.net

We hope you the opportunity to enjoy a day trip to Santo Domingo while staying at Secrets Royal Beach, so you can get a glimpse (and taste!) of all of the sights and flavors of this beautiful historic city.

Contact your concierge to help you plan a day trip you won’t forget!