Beyond Going Green: Secrets Huatulco Resort & Spa

Secrets Huatulco Resort & Spa takes pride in its environmental and social responsibilities and initiatives that go above and beyond the everyday “going green” practices. Recently, Secrets Huatulco was recognized for its “United Efforts with the Community” in the Rainforest Alliance’s Exemplary Practices for Sustainable Tourism publication.

The publication highlights two particular resort efforts in which Secrets Huatulco worked closely with the surrounding community and other organizations to truly make a difference.

Secrets Huatulco collaborated with organizations from the community of Santa Cruz Huatulco to tackle the problem of electronic waste with “Reciclon.” This recycling event allowed families and small businesses to safely dispose of their electronic equipment. The resort collected  and recycled a total of 365 electronic items, weighing over nine tons!

In addition, Secrets Huatulco held a drive to collect footwear for local residents who were lacking this necessity. The resort received donations from guests and other community members. Staff of Secrets Huatulco later created pop-up “shops” where the shoes were delivered to those in need.

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Secrets Huatulco Resort & Spa is Rainforest Alliance Verified™ resort located in Huatulco, Mexico, a destination which has received the EarthCheck Certified Gold Certificate for its sustainable environmental practices.

Happy Wordless Wednesday! A Gorgeous Beach View from Secrets Huatulco Resort & Spa

Celebrate “Wordless Wednesday” with this stunning view from the beach at Secrets Huatulco Resort & Spa. One of our guests shared this personal photo with us, and we are so glad that she did! It’s just one of the countless amazing sights you can experience while staying with us at Secrets Resorts & Spas. 

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Do you have a breathtaking vacation photo taken at Secrets Huatulco Resort & Spa? Feel free to share it with us on our Facebook page!

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!

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Free Fall by AMResorts®

Free Fall by AMResorts®

Ring in the New Year With Secrets Resorts & Spas!

Our Secrets Resorts & Spas really know how to ring in the New Year!

To celebrate the end of 2012 and the beginning of a brand new 2013, Secrets The Vine Cancun, Secrets Huatulco Resort & Spa and Secrets Capri Riviera Cancun are pulling out all the stops for their guests.

Secrets The Vine will kick off their New Year’s celebration on New Year’s Eve in the 10th floor ballroom. Starting at 7 p.m., guests can enjoy a Gala Dinner followed by an exciting International Show and live music. When the 10 o’clock hour rolls around, the party kicks it up with a party by the pool with live music from the Secrets Live Band, dancing and an official countdown to the New Year!

Meanwhile, at Secrets Huatulco, guests will be treated to a delectable New Year’s Eve dinner party. Check out the menu here, it looks amazing! Our picks: watermelon and mint cold soup, salmon with champagne sauce, lobster and crayfish… oh, who are we kidding? Everything sounds too good to just pick a few!

Secrets Capri will be ringing in the New Year poolside. Guests will enjoy an elegant cocktail hour and main dinner by the pool, complete with live musicians and a few surprises! At 10 p.m., the live band will start the party on the beach where guests will enjoy champagne and grapes. The clock will strike midnight as a live transmission of New York City’s Times Square countdown plays on the big screen. But the party doesn’t end there; Secrets Capri also has a few surprises to share!

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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.

 

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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

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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

Wanderlust & Lipstick: Win a Trip to Secrets Huatulco Resort & Spa!

Do you love to travel and have a knack for writing? If so, we have the perfect contest for you! Our friends at Wanderlust & Lipstick are holding a travel writing contest for women for a chance to win one week stay for two at the all new Secrets Huatulco Resort & Spa!

To enter, simply visit Wanderlust & Lipstick and submit your entry by December 31, 2011.

Travel stories can be in any of the following categories and must be between 800 and 2,500 words:

  • Adventure
  • Food & Drink
  • Off the Beaten Path
  • Spiritual

Once submissions have closed, professionals from the world of travel writing will decide the top story in each category as well as the grand prize winner. 

The lucky winner will be able to appreciate one of our newest Secrets Resorts & Spas! Secrets Huatulco is situated at the foothills of the coastline of Conejos Bay with golden sand beaches and natural rock formations.  399 ocean front suites make it an ideal destination to experience an adults-only Unlimited-Luxury® vacation! Huatulco, Mexico is recognized as a Green Global Certification for their commitment to the environment.

Be sure to visit Wanderlust & Lipstick’s website to enter today. Here’s a hint: you can submit stories in all four categories. Good luck!

Countdown to Resort Opening

In just a little over two weeks, we will be welcoming our first guests to the all-new Secrets Huatulco Resort & Spa! As we count down the last few days before opening, we know that many of you are hoping for updates and pictures of the property as the final details come together.
 
Without further ado, we are happy to introduce you to Rod Gahr, Corporate Director of Entertainment and Brand Management for AMResorts. He is currently on location (yep, he has the privilege of staying at Secrets Huatulco before the doors “officially” open for business!) and will be your go-to guy for questions, pictures and information about our resort over the next few weeks. Of course keep in mind that the final days of any opening can be very busy, but rest assured he will do his best to update the Facebook page as often as possible, so check back often!

Upon arrival at the property this morning, this was Rod’s reaction in his own words:

 “The property is absolutely SPECTACULAR!!!  WOW WOW WOW!!!”

Follow along on our Facebook page during these exciting last two weeks and remember to invite your friends to become a fan of Secrets Huatulco on Facebook too! Here is the first on-site resort photo captured by Rod!