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!

Points of Interest at Secrets Royal Beach Punta Cana: Altos de Chavón

Guests visiting Secrets Royal Beach Punta Cana in the Dominican Republic will experience Unlimited-Luxury® at it’s best.   Beyond the gorgeous landscape of the pristine beach, the gorgeous and colorful Caribbean environment, the gourmet dining and the world-class spa, you should spend some time at a local attraction that will immerse you into the culture of the island.  Today, we are featuring a great point of interest for a day trip to Altos de Chavón.  Contact your concierge today to help plan your excursion!

Altos de Chavón is a fascinating re-creation of a medieval European town, made hundreds of years after actual medieval times.  The idea for the town originally came about when the construction of a nearby road and bridge required a path to be forged out of a mountain of stone.  Charles Bludhorn, the man credited with the birth of the Dominican Republic’s tourism industry, came up with the idea to put the removed stone to good use in the creation of a 16th century Mediterranean town, which would eventually become Altos de Chavón when construction was completed in the early 1980s.

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The town, designed by Paramount Pictures set designer Roberto Copa in 1976, sits high on the cliffs overlooking the Chavón River in La Romana.  Today, the town’s cobblestone streets weave between little shops, boutiques, art galleries, restaurants and bars, a museum, St. Stanislaus Church, an amphitheater and even a design school.

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The town is a cultural center for Dominican people and is very popular among working artists.  The Altos de Chavón design school is affiliated with New York City’s prestigious Parson’s The New School for Design, and the 5,000-seat Roman-style amphitheater hosts top musical acts, like Duran Duran, and was even the location of Alicia Keys’ “Karma” video!  St. Stanislaus Church holds weekly masses and hosts many weddings for couples from all over the world.

Altos de Chavón is a must-see destination during your stay at Secrets Royal Beach!

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Your Ticket to Luxury!

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Ready to get away? We have your ticket to luxury with $350 Air Credit! Reserve your getaway at Secrets Resorts & Spas from now until May 31st to receive $50 in air credit per room for each night you stay with us. For example, reserve 4 nights and receive $200 in air credit per room. Or when you stay with us for 7 nights, you receive $350 in air credit per room.

And the bonuses don’t stop there! With $350 Air Credit, you’ll receive up to $400 in resort coupons too. Reserve your ticket to luxury today!

Plus, enter our $350 Air Credit Sweepstakes on Facebook to win a 3-night Unlimited-Luxury® stay.

All you have to do is ‘like’ our resort pages to enter:

Good luck!