Secrets Resorts & Spas Celebrates Cinco de Mayo!

Cinco de Mayo is a holiday to celebrate Mexican heritage and pride held on the anniversary of the Mexican town of Puebla’s victory over French forces way back in 1862.  We love having any opportunity to celebrate our Mexican heritage and pride, so we decided this was a great reason to throw a party at all of our Mexican Secrets Resorts & Spas locations!

Happy Cinco de Mayo from Secrets Resorts & Spas!

Happy Cinco de Mayo from Secrets Resorts & Spas!

We spent the day immersed in all things Mexican.  After playing games and dancing all day long, we enjoyed an evening with exceptional performances of traditional Mexican dancing.  We also had donkey rides and were serenaded by some very talented Mariachi bands!  Each resort also had a delicious feast of food, including Mexican favorites.  We would like to thank all of our guests that stayed with us during Cinco de Mayo – this was the best celebration we’ve had yet!

Plan you 2014 Mexican vacation today and celebrate with us next year on Cinco de Mayo!

Secrets Capri Riviera Cancun

Secrets Maroma Beach Riviera Cancun

Secrets Silversands Riviera Cancun

Secrets The Vine Cancun

Secrets Huatulco Resort & Spa

Secrets Vallarta Bay Puerto Vallarta

Secrets Marquis Los Cabos

Secrets Aura Cozumel

Secrets Puerto Los Cabos (Opening December 15, 2013)

Secret Treasure Word Sweepstakes

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A free 7-night Unlimited-Luxury® stay could be yours! Come celebrate the opening of Secrets Aura Cozumel with us by participating in our Secret Treasure Word Sweepstakes to enter to win this exclusive stay!

It’s simple. All you have to do to enter is ‘Like’ Secrets Aura’s Facebook page and unscramble the letters to solve for our secret treasure word. Enter now and good luck!

Come learn more about Secrets Aura, our newest adults-only Unlimited-Luxury® resort and the largest beachfront resort on Cozumel. Indulge in magnificent views of turquoise waters, 24-hour room service, multiple gourmet dining options and lounges serving top-shelf spirits and delicious fare, stunning pools and access to world-renowned dive sites located nearby. Don’t miss out on the hottest new resort in Cozumel, opening December 15th!

Don’t want to wait to book your stay? We’re offering exclusive introductory rates starting at $120 per person, per night. Learn more and book now!

Celebrate the Year of the Maya

The year of the Maya is here! The Maya was a very advanced culture, noted for its art and architecture, mathematical and astronomical systems and cuisine. They carved elaborate sculptures and reliefs, built sophisticated cities and temples, developed a highly accurate calendar, gazed at the stars in the observatories they constructed and utilized chocolate and corn in their food. We are celebrating the Mayan culture at the Secrets Resorts & Spas in the Riviera Maya.

Since December 21, 2012 marks a significant day on the Mayan Calendar– a day in which Mayans believe the world will be reborn- Secrets Silversands Rivera Cancun, Secrets Capri Riviera Cancun and Secrets Maroma Beach Riviera Cancun are celebrating with a month of Mayan events beginning Thanksgiving, November 22, 2012 and ending Friday, December 21, 2012.

The participating resorts will host exciting events and activities for guests to learn more about the culture while having fun. Our Secrets Entertainment Teams will lead guests in the epic celebration! Each resort has different plans and will include the following:

  • Mayan Calendar Explanation – Learn the significant of Dec. 21st
  • Sand Pyramid Competitions – Build replicas of the Chichen Itza
  • Mayan Cooking Lessons – Learn basic cooking techniques
  • Mayan Body Painting Session – Understand what the body paining symbolizes
  • Stargazing Events – Observe the night sky with an expert
  • Mayan Warriors Show – Be entertained with a traditional Mayan show
  • Mayan Craft Making – Create something memorable to take home
  • Traditional Mayan Ball Game – Get into the action with this modified ancient game
  • December 21st – Special Gala Dinner Night with Live Mayan Show

Mayan Warriors Shows feature extravagant costumes

Resorts to host sand pyramid competitions

Participate in Mayan Cooking Lessons

Win a 5-Night Stay at Secrets Vallarta Bay During Puerto Vallarta Gourmet Festival

Secrets Vallarta Bay PuertoVallarta is offering a package for guests so enjoy the internationally recognized 18th Annual Puerto Vallarta Gourmet Festival!  The gastronomical event is coming to Puerto Vallarta November 8 – 18, 2012! 

To celebrate, we’re offering a special Gourmet Festival Package, where you can enjoy a complimentary 3-course meal prepared by one of the 27 participating chefs. Hurry- package is only available until October 15th

Plus, enter our Facebook Sweepstakes to win an exclusive 5-night stay Unlimited-Luxury® and receive the Gourmet Festival Package! Enter before October 2nd for your chance to win!

My Time in Huatulco: Part 1

By: @TravelistaKelli

I recently spent 4 action-packed days and nights in the Mexican Pacific destination of Huatulco, home to the newest resort situated on the Conejos Bay, Secrets Huatulco Resort & Spa.

It’s extremely rare that I get to visit a destination in Mexico that I have never visited so I was thrilled for the brand new experiences and to learn about the area’s resorts, food, people, culture and activities.

Base of a Pyramid at the Site

Walking through Copalita Eco Archaeological Park

Because I don’t want to spill all of the details of my time in Huatulco in one post, I’ll be giving it you in a few parts. Here’s part 1…

The first full day of my trip was unfortunately spent getting wet…it was pouring! Perhaps it was the aftermath of Hurricane Ernesto or just sheer bad luck, but no one was raining on my parade.

First, I visited the Copalita Eco-Archaeological Park. The park and museum just opened in 2010 and are in pristine condition. The museum showcases the evidence of human occupation that dates back 2000 years and was important to the development of the settlements on the Mexican Pacific. The actual grounds of the park are neatly organized and easy to walk, featuring pyramid bases and a ball court. During my visit a new tomb was just discovered by the archaeologists whom never stop excavating the area.

 

Interior of Church

Church of La Crucecita

Following was an impromptu trip to the town of La Crucecita, located only 15 minutes from Secrets Huatulco. First was a stop at the church of La Crucecita, a beautiful church honoring the Virgen of Guadalupe, the patron virgin of Mexico. The largest painting of her in the world, by Jose del Signo, adorns the ceiling in this small church.

Sabor de Oaxaca Restaurant

 

Next stop, the town’s square. La Crucecita is full of local restaurants and shops that makes this town and Huatulco such a cultural hot spot. The mission was the find the best tamales in Oaxaca… and they were found at The Taste of Oaxaca, or El Sabor de Oaxaca.

Mmmmm Tamales and Mole

Chapulines

The restaurant, located right in the heart of town, served true Mexican tamales accompanied by the most authentically delicious mole sauce that I have ever had the pleasure of eating…cold beers and Agua Fresca were a must as well.

Lots of Mescal

Then a sampling of the region’s claim to fame, chapulines, known to most as… grasshoppers! This local favorite food is served a variety of ways. I dined on them with chips, mole and Oaxaca cheese. Then washed the dish down with mescal, an alcoholic drink obtained from the distillation of the agave plant, which basically tastes like tequila with a smokey flavor.The tastes of the town were fantastic ways to conclude my first day in Huatulco. More from Huatulco to come, stay tuned!And for more on Huatulco and our other luxury resort destinations, follow me on Twitter @TravelistaKelli

Win a Trip to the All-New Secrets The Vine Cancun

To celebrate the grand opening of Secrets The Vine Cancun on August 19, 2012, we’re giving away a 7-night Unlimited-Luxury® vacation to our resort! To participate all you have to do is “Like” Secrets The Vine on Facebook and play our “Secret Out” word search puzzle!

A series of six puzzles will be featured on the Secrets The Vine Facebook page. You must use the decoder key to correctly solve the words in the puzzle for chance to win the grand prize. Submit the correct phrase each week for an additional chance of winning.  Plus, share the contest with friends, and every time someone you invite plays the game, it counts as another chance to win. Click here to play!

Don’t want to wait to experience the hottest new resort in Cancun? Reserve your stay today and enjoy our special opening rate of $155 per person per night. Learn more!

Secrets Marquis Los Cabos Hosts Five World Leaders

Secrets Marquis Los Cabos recently hosted five of the 19 delegates attending the important G-20 Summit, which took place in Los Cabos, Mexico between June 18 and 19, 2012. The G-20 Summit is the biannual meeting that brings together government leaders from 20 major economies to address matters pertaining to the international financial system.

The world leaders who chose Secrets Marquis “Casitas” villas for their visit included: President Dilma Rousseff of Brazil, President Mariano Rajoy of Spain, President François Hollande of France, Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda of Japan and President Jacob Zuma of South Africa. Upon arrival, the delegates and their teams were personally welcomed by the Secrets Marquis General Manager Miguel Torres.

The G-20 Summit is a prestigious international forum and we fully understand the significance of being chosen amongst a select group of hotels to host some of the most important leaders in the world. To co-host this event, especially in its first foray in a Latin American country, validates the quality of the brand’s Unlimited-Luxury® concept, the high-end service and value we uphold, the exceptional standards we keep, and our position as one of the top resorts in the destination.

Take a look below for some of the photos of the world leaders that were captured at Secrets Marquis.

President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner of Argentina

President Dilma Rousseff of Brazil

President François Hollande of France

President Mariano Rajoy of Spain

President Jacob Zuma of South Africa

Sneak Peek: Secrets The Vine Cancun

We’re a little more than a month away from the opening of Secrets The Vine Cancun Resort & Spa! We are so close we can taste it! All of the details are starting to fall into place and we can’t wait to show off our beautiful resort to our fans and future guests.
 
While we can’t reveal everything just yet, today we wanted to share with you a peek at some of the luxurious textures that can be seen throughout the property. When we began building our resort, it was important to us to incorporate materials from our local community and the Yucatan surroundings. And as you can see, I think our decision paid off. The details are unique and modern, which is exactly the vision we had for our resort from the very beginning!Stay tuned, as we get closer to the resort opening, we will be sharing more photos exclusively to our Facebook fans and blog readers!

Secrets Vallarta Bay Welcomes Their First Guests

After what seemed like a lifetime of anticipation, Secrets Resorts & Spas have finally hit the golden beaches of Puerto Vallarta; we couldn’t be more excited…and the resort couldn’t be more beautiful!

A weekend of exciting events, including an inauguration by Mexico’s President Felipe Calderón, marked the introduction of Secrets Vallarta Bay Puerto Vallarta into the Secrets family and the destination.  This 271 all-suite, all ocean view vision welcomes adults-only to the gorgeous beaches of the Pacific coast.

The entire Secrets Vallarta Bay staff took pride in welcoming our first guests, Tristan and Amoy Walker on April 1st, 2012.

Mr. and Mrs. Walker pose with the Secrets Vallarta Bay staff as they are welcomed as the first guests!

In store for the happy couple are Unlimited-Luxury® privileges like 24-hour concierge and room services, multiple gourmet, a la carte restaurants and lounges serving premium beverages as well as endless day and evening activities and access to our indulging Secrets Spa by Pevonia and fitness facilities.

We look forward to welcoming many more guests in the future to the hottest resort to hit Puerto Vallarta!

Take a look at more photos of Secrets Vallarta Bay.

Performance by Duff McKagan of Guns N’ Roses

You never know who’s going to pop up at Secrets Silversands Riviera Cancun!

The energy drink brand, MONSTER, recently visited the property as part of an incentives trip. A very special member of the group included Duff McKagan, former bassist of Guns N’ Roses.

Secrets Silversands Entertainment Manager, Duff’s guests and Duff pose for a picture.

And he sure knew how to put on a show for our guests! The band performed as part of the Monster incentives group, but all of our guests were invited to enjoy the show. Our very own Mariachi band “Voces de la Tierre”  was even invited on stage to perform a rendition of the song “Knockin’ on Heaven’s Door” with him, which was a hit!

The crowd absolutely went crazy over the amazing performance. Check it out for yourself here!

We love surprises like these at Secrets Silversands!