Secrets Silversands, Puerto Morales Mexico

My husband and I stayed at Secrets Silversands Riviera Cancun for a quick 4 night getaway last October.

The Rooms:
What can I say – gorgeous! Large, beautiful and if you stood on the right side of the room (which was actually the left side), there was a very nice view. I liked the fact that we overlooked a quiet pool and beach rather than the main pool – that’s a personal preference so all in all we were happy with the location. We did have some minor issues with the room – no remote for the ceiling fan, one non-working lamp, and noisy A/C but the response was quick from maintenance.

One thing I noticed about the bathrooms (and I’ll compare this to the Excellence Playa Mujeres since the two hotels are almost identical in appearance), is that it’s possible to close off the very large bathroom for privacy. The sliding mirrored door is a great feature, so if you get up to use the bathroom in the middle of the night you can turn on the light without disturbing your partner. On the other hand, if you want to use the Jacuzzi and see into the room and out the window, just slide the mirrored door open and voila, you have an open bathroom! Great design.

The Beach:
Although it was small, the beach was quite pretty. The beach directly in front of the hotel is a little rocky. To get into the water I would recommend either wearing water shoes or by walking up the beach 5 minutes. For us, it was a non-issue as we did our homework and knew to take water shoes.

There were plenty of shaded lounge chairs on the beach under palapas and palm trees, especially if you walk to the far end of the beach near the water sports hut. I’m always surprised at how people won’t walk 2 minutes farther from the bar for more privacy, my husband and I had the far end of the beach virtually to ourselves. We don’t mind walking a few feet more to get a drink, although we didn’t need to, the waitresses serviced the entire beach. We never sat around the pool as we prefer the beach, but there seemed to be plenty of chairs, definitely no shortage of towels and the “quiet” pools were nearly deserted. There was a lot of activity around the main pool so if that’s what you’re looking for, you can find it.

The Grounds:
One thing that stood out with regards to the grounds was that you could see the water from almost anywhere outside at the resort. The landscaping has grown in more than what is shown on the website, and in another year I expect that the plantings will mature even more and be lovely.

The Veranda Bar was really nice, but my favorite was the BARracuda bar which was right on the beach. This bar had the most amazing water views and I loved the rustic décor. I think it was my favorite spot in the entire complex.

The Food:
I have to say that the menu and food quality for dinner was exceptional. I was honestly surprised at just how good it was. We were in Italy this summer and most of the food served at dinner at SSS was better than what we ate there. Items that stood out were the lamb chops, beef ribs (they melted in your mouth), truffle mashed potatoes and filet mignon. I would not recommend the shrimp at Bordeaux but other than that, everything we had at dinner was outstanding.

Lunch was also delicious, although I thought the choices were very limited with only 2 menus on alternating days. We only ordered the grilled grouper, grilled snapper and fish kabobs. They were very fresh, delicious as were the sautéed vegetables they were served with. The guacamole, pico di gallo and chips were also fantastic.

I have to give credit to all the waiters, waitresses, maids and bartenders; they were incredibly friendly and accommodating and couldn’t do enough for us. The service from the wait staff and housekeeping was above and beyond. I can’t speak to the lunch buffet as we never went there.

For breakfast the omelet station was good as was the selection. We made coffee in the room every morning first thing and I have to say that it was excellent. They have a little coffee station outside of the buffet so I picked up some cream and brought it back for our coffee – it was nice to have some freshly brewed coffee on the balcony in the am.

The Activities:
I took a cooking class, it was at Himitsu, and they showed us how to make California rolls which was fun. Other than that we just went to the gym (it was well equipped and new), took a yoga class (really good but too early on vacation at 9 am), kayaked and relaxed. We only saw the circus show which was okay but didn’t make it to any of the other nightly entertainment. While we were eating lunch we saw games going on at the main pool, so if you like that sort of thing, they had it.

All in all we had a wonderful time at Secrets Silversands Riviera Cancun and I wouldn’t hesitate to return. In my opinion, it may be the best value for an adults-only all-inclusive in the Riviera Maya.

I am a Master Agent with AmResorts and will price match any published quote.

203 216-1668

More photos of Secrets Silversands can be found HERE


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