Cooking with Lauren K. from The Rachael Ray Show at Secrets The Vine

Secrets The Vine Cancun recently had the pleasure of welcoming culinary star Lauren Kudlawiec to our resort! Lauren was named runner-up in the Great American Cookbook Competition on “The Rachael Ray Show,” where all five finalists were given a culinary vacation to Secrets The Vine. We were more than happy to put together a cooking class for Lauren on authentic Mexican cuisine with Secrets The Vine’s Chef Erick and she also learned about wine pairing with our head Sommelier.

According to a post about her trip on Lauren’s blog, LaurenKCooking.com, “Our trip was SO MUCH FUN! We ate LOADS of 5 star food, as you can see from some of the pictures below… To all of you Rachael Ray Cookbook Contest Finalists (Fanny, Mary, Linyette and Brent) who have this great adventure ahead of you, you will absolutely love this trip. For anyone looking for an upscale, luxurious all-inclusive vacation spot, Secrets The Vine is a great choice!”

If you’re looking for a tropical vacation fit for true foodies, we would love to welcome you to Secrets The Vine Cancun!

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Lauren learns the art of authentic Mexican cuisine at Secrets The Vine Cancun.

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Having fun while learning about Mexican cuisine at Secrets The Vine Cancun!

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Chef Erick offers cooking tips at Secrets The Vine Cancun.

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Lauren also received a lesson in wine pairing at Secrets The Vine Cancun!

Seafood trio with veggie pasta salad from Sea Salt

Seafood trio with veggie pasta salad from Sea Salt at Secrets The Vine Cancun. Photo credit: Lauren Kudlawiec

Secrets Team Members Give Back to Community at Jamaican School

At Secrets Resorts & Spas, our focus is on creating luxury vacation experiences for all of our valued guests. However, we also feel it is incredibly important  to look for opportunities to enrich the local communities around us that make our resort locations so special. As part of the ongoing Community Outreach Programs at Secrets Wild Orchid Montego Bay and Secrets St. James Montego Bay, our dedicated resort staff recently visited the Granville All-Age School in St. James where they read to the children, sang with them, helped with arts & crafts, fed them lunch and simply just took the time to talk with them.

The program was part of Granville’s annual Summer Arts Workshop, a unique model for addressing the educational needs of children in this under-served community of Jamaica. The school is partnered locally with the Fairfield Theatre, National Youth Service and the University of West Indies-Western Jamaica campus. So far 85 children are registered; the highest turn-out since this program began in 2011.  We’re proud to call these employees our own and to make a difference in the lives of all these wonderful children that they had the opportunity to meet at Granville!

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Sweets and Treats Bachelorette Party at Secrets Capri

It’s no secret that Secrets Resorts & Spas hosts stunning wedding ceremonies and receptions, but did you know that Secrets Capri Riviera Cancun also offers entertaining bachelorette parties? You and your bridesmaids can celebrate your special day with a VIP Girls, Sweets & Treats Bachelorette Party before your wedding! Indulge in delicious desserts and share memorable laughs with the ladies that matter most in your life, all while enjoying the VIP treatments of the magnificent Secrets Spa by Pevonia. Allow us to help you enjoy a big just-girls outing to relax and celebrate before your big day!

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Are you ready for an unforgettable bachelorette party? Allow us to help you create the perfect day; contact our on-site wedding coordinator at weddings.secrc@secretsresorts.com to start planning yours today!

Happy Beach Thursday!

It’s another beautiful Beach Thursday at Secrets Resorts & Spas! With the warm breeze blowing, ocean waves gently lapping against the sand and sunlight streaming down all around, we have just about everything–except you, of course! Check out some of our favorite recent Secrets beach photos and imagine yourself as part of these stunning scenes.

Luckily for you, there’s never been a better time to book your trip. With Free Fall, book by September 30th for travel now through December 24th and every 3rd night of your stay is on us, plus you’ll get up to $400 in resort coupons! You could be spending Beach Thursday at your home away from home sooner than you think!

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This is what paradise looks like at Secrets Huatulco Resort & Spa.

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If you’re only hitting the beach during the day, you’re missing half the fun at Secrets Capri Riviera Cancun!

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At Secrets Maroma Beach Riviera Cancun, love is simply strolling hand in hand with that special someone along one of the most beautiful beaches in all of Mexico.

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Bringing the bar straight to you at Secrets Puerto Los Cabos Golf & Spa Resort.

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Are you ready for your tropical escape to Secrets Royal Beach Punta Cana?

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Vibrant colors make Secrets Wild Orchid Montego Bay a perfect Jamaican holiday.

Real Honeymoons! Popular Lifestyle Blogger Shares Her Secrets Honeymoon

It’s no secret that the beautiful Secrets Wild Orchid Montego Bay is an incredible place to spend your first days as husband and wife together! That’s exactly what popular lifestyle and fashion blogger, Tracey of Just a Trace and her husband, Mark, did during their honeymoon stay in May! Check out real photos taken during their trip and Tracey’s thoughts about the resort.

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“View from our suite.”

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“Every day can pretty much be summed up in this picture: Lounging in the pool, sipping a Dirty Banana (basically a mixture of rum, Kahlua and a banana) and working on my tan.”

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“The resort had some fantastic restaurants. Our favourite was the Japanese hibachi restaurant. Along with the Japanese restaurant there was also a French, Italian, Mexican, Jamaican and Seafood restaurant.”

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“Mark captured this picture of me before one of our evening dinners. This is 100% unedited. Seriously, the backdrops here made for the best pictures #nofilter.”

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“Overall, it was the nicest resort I have ever been to. The service, food, entertainment and scenery made it the perfect honeymoon spot.”

For more about Tracey and Mark’s honeymoon experience at Secrets Wild Orchid Montego Bay, check out the full blog post, Honeymoon in Paradise.

Plan your romantic honeymoon stay at Secrets Resorts & Spas today!

Secrets Resorts & Spas Celebrates Fourth of July

There was no shortage of the red, white and blue at this year’s Secrets Resorts & Spas 4th of July celebrations! We brought in Independence Day with bang.  From hot dog eating contests to rock ‘n roll concerts to free wheelin‘ superheroes, there was something going on for everyone at Secrets Resorts & Spas! Check out some photos of the celebrations below to see why you should be joining us next 4th of July!

The Statue of Liberty made a poolside appearance at Secrets Silversands Riviera Cancun.

The Statue of Liberty made a poolside appearance at Secrets Silversands Riviera Cancun.

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Everyone was rockin‘ and rollin‘ at Secrets Capri Riviera Cancun.

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Crazy costumed characters at Secrets Aura Cozumel!

Decked out in the red, white & blue at Secrets Maroma Beach Riviera Cancun!

Decked out in the red, white & blue at Secrets Maroma Beach Riviera Cancun!

The ladies of the Secrets The Vine Cancun Entertainment Team sizzled at their 4th of July blow-out!

The ladies at Secrets The Vine Cancun sizzled at this 4th of July blow-out!

 

LatinFlyer.com Reviews Secrets the Vine

Secrets The Vine Cancun recently had the pleasure of hosting travel writer Mark Chestnut, founder of LatinFlyer.com, a blog dedicated to travel in South America, Central America, Mexico and the Caribbean. Mark described his stay in a recent post “Secrets The Vine — All-Inclusive Luxury for Adults in Cancun” and we’ve pulled some of our favorite quotes to share with you!

Enjoying the incredible view at Secrets The Vine Cancun! Photo credit: Mark Chestnut

Enjoying the incredible view at Secrets The Vine Cancun! Photo credit: Mark Chestnut

Mark begins by saying of his trip to Secrets The Vine: “It ended up being one of the best Cancun hotel experiences my husband and I have ever had. We liked it so much that I felt compelled to put together a list of the things that this hotel does right:

• The Design: Stylish and contemporary, but tasteful and subdued.
• The Greeting: The people in the lobby knew my name the minute I walked in the door.
• The Dining: Elegant, attractive, a-la-carte restaurants that serve fine cuisine — all included, and no reservations required.
• The Wristbands: Or rather, the lack thereof. Unlike most all-inclusive resorts, Secrets The Vine doesn’t require guests to wear wristbands, so there’s no uncomfortable plastic thing clinging to your wrist.”

He also found that Secrets The Vine is the perfect place for wine aficionados: “Secrets The Vine takes its wine-inspired name seriously. The hotel’s wine cellar has some 4,500 bottles, and daily wine tastings allow guests to learn more about wine from Mexico and other countries — including Argentina, Chile, Italy, France, Spain, Portugal and Australia, to name just a few.”

How we welcome our guests to Secrets The Vine Cancun. Photo credit: Mark Chestnut

How we welcome our guests to Secrets The Vine Cancun. Photo credit: Mark Chestnut

Mark enjoyed sampling our various culinary options: “One of our most elegant dinners at Secrets The Vine was at Bluewater Grill, where we savored expertly prepared steak; we also loved the flavors of Japan, China and Thailand that were served on the sophisticated menu at Dragons. I especially enjoyed the Thai chicken soup, made with coconut milk, lemon and cilantro, and the Mongolian pork with broccoli and water chestnuts.”

Bluewater Grill at Secrets The Vine Cancun. Photo credit: Mark Chestnut

Bluewater Grill at Secrets The Vine Cancun

And there was no trouble finding the perfect place to spend the day: “There are three large infinity pools at Secrets The Vine, making it easy to enjoy quiet time or a more festive ambiance, depending on your mood. The beach is beautiful and well-equipped with lounge chairs and umbrellas. After dark, you can watch a game in the sports bar, or sample cocktails at the Red Vine Piano Bar, an elegant venue where dancing isn’t uncommon later at night.”

The preferred club pool at Secrets The Vine Cancun. Photo credit: Mark Chestnut

The preferred club pool at Secrets The Vine Cancun

To read more about Mark’s fabulous stay at Secrets The Vine Cancun, click here. We hope to see you soon!