Secrets Huatulco Resort and Spa – Huatulco is not a secret anymore!

Wake up sleepy little Huatulco (wha-tool-co), there is a new kid in town: Secrets Huatulco Resort and Spa! Secrets Huatulco is nestled in Conejos Bay and is sure to shake things up a bit in this quaint and quiet tourist area of southern Mexico. It’s set between the Sierra Madre mountains and the Pacific Ocean, located only a $6usd taxi ride away from the port town of Santa Cruz and the inland town of La Crucecita. It is just a 30 minute ride from the small airport of  Huatulco (HUX).

Fish jumping near Conejos Bay on the 7 Bays Tour Even though the nearby towns are small, there are over 15 different sightseeing options available through the tour operators in the lobby. The “Tour of the 7 Bays” being the most popular.

If you follow us on twitter or facebook, it’s no secret we are big fans of the Secrets Resorts and Spas and this property is no exception. Just one month after the opening of Secrets Huatulco we were guests of the resort and boy, were we IMPRESSED!

photo courtesy of Secrets Huatulco Resort and Spaphoto courtesy of Secrets Huatulco Resort & Spa

One thing we enjoy about all Secrets Resorts is they are adults only, a great option for singles and couples who are not traveling with children. Though all of the Secrets resorts have amazing features, we enjoyed the “beach chic” atmosphere, the incredible ocean views throughout the property and the amazing spa.

Lobby at Secrets HuatulcoThere are several sitting areas in the lobby where you can enjoy a cocktail and meet friends.

SkyBar and beachchic seating  with a view -photo courtesy of Sandy JohnsonLots of nooks and crannies with seating to rest and relax- photo courtesy of Sandy Johnson

The view from under my hat while relaxing at the spathe view from the relaxation area and hydrotherapy pool

What sets this Secrets Spa by Pevonia apart from the others are the dramatic views with floor to ceiling windows in treatment suites and the bay views from the relaxation area and hydrotherapy pool.

The view we enjoyed during our couples massage!This is the view we had during our couples massage

Another unique feature of Secrets Huatulco are the 33 Preferred Club Junior Swimout Suites in front of 3 of the 6 buildings. They have a shared lap pool with only those staying on the first floor of those buildings. Talk about Unlimited-Luxury® and getting away from it all! Over 75% of the property’s 399 suites have 100% unobstructed ocean views. The view from building #1 Preferred Club Jr Swim Out Suites at Secrets HuatulcoWe loved dining and having drinks on our terrace while enjoying “our” pool with a view!

Secrets Huatulco Preferred Club Jr Swimout Suite Bldg 5 view Resort and Ocean view from the Preferred Club Swimout Suite in Bldg #5

Junior Suites at Secrets HuatulcoMost all of the suites are a little over 500 square ft. with a love seat sitting area, desk, 26″ flat screen tv, dvd player, mp3/ipod dock with alarm clock. They have thought to include everything you need in a suite: stocked minibar with water, juices, soft drinks and beer, coffee maker, double sink vanity, scales and hairdryer, make up mirror, digital safe, closet with robe and slippers, iron and ironing board, an amazing rainfall spa shower, jacuzzi tub and a separate water closet (toilet).

Among the toiletries included are Gilchrist Soames aloe vera soap, shower gel, shampoo, conditioner and 15 SPF sunscreen. Preferred Club amenities also include toothpaste, toothbrushes, shaving cream, razor and comb, mini liquor bottles, nuts, candy and chips as well as lounge access and wi-fi.

CoCo Cafe at Secrets HuatulcoCoCo Cafe -seating indoors or out

With 8 dining options plus the coffee shop, Coco Cafe serving desserts and sandwiches and 24 hour room service, one could not possibly go to bed hungry.

From Castaways at Secrets Huatulco: grilled beef with avocado and black beansGrilled beef with avocados and black beans at Castaways

At Tamarindo, the Mexican restaurant, you will not find burritos as big as your head. Instead, the chef has created a very special menu featuring Oaxacan specialties (Oaxaca is the state where Huatulco is located)  including such delicacies as chapulines (fried grasshoppers) and empanadas de escamoles (turnovers with ant lavrae  from agave and maguey plants) for the adventurous foodies like my husband!! Being not so adventurous, I preferred the main courses with mole sauces and the Oaxacan chocolate dessert plate.  The restaurant also features original Mexican artwork showcasing a Day of the Dead theme with larger than life murals and Catrinas.

Terry's favorite Catrina in the Tamarindo at Secrets HuatulcoMy favorite Catrina at Secrets Huatulco

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

our favorite Catrinas

One of the Day of the Dead murals at Secrets Huatulco

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

One of our favorite Day of the Dead mural at the Tamarindo

Grilled burger with ceviche and jalapenos poolside at the Barefoot Grill

Even the burgers poolside at the Barefoot Grill were chin drippin’ good!

The Market Cafe buffet offers a wide variety of international dishes and cooked to order steaks, fish and pasta entrees too. There are also seafood, French, Italian and Asian, inspired restaurants to whet your appetite.

a palapa view at Secrets HuatulcoAt Secrets Huatulco not only will you find palapas on a golden sand beach, you will find 3 gorgeous pools.

The Barefoot Grill and quiet pool at Secrets HuatulcoThe Barefoot Grill and quiet pool

Pool with jacuzzi at Secrets HuatulcoThe jacuzzi in a pool!

Activities pool with swimup bar at Secrets HuatulcoThe swimup bar and activities pool

Speaking of activities, the Entertainment Team is on the go all day and night with a variety of pool and  beach games, bicycle tours, tennis, yoga and Zumba, archery and rifle shooting, cultural and culinary demonstrations as well as nightly themed shows. Each night a Sundial- the daily activities paper is delivered to your suite to keep you up to speed on what is going on, when and where.

Hobie cat sailing at Secrets HuatulcoYou can even learn to sail a Hobie Cat, boogie board or kayak around Conejos Bay!

Movies are shown in the lobby near the Rendezvous Bar and DVDs can be borrowed from the concierge to enjoy in your suite. At night there are also live bands performing at the SkyBar, a great place to meet for pre and post dinner drinks. The place to meet late night is the Desires Lounge.

Our assessment:

Amazing spa- check

Beautiful suites and views-check

Great food, premium liquor and good service- check

Watersports, activities and entertainment included- check

Swim up bar, poolside and beach bar service- check

Room service included and lots of dining options- check

Nice towns to visit, beautiful scenery and fun tours -check!

The only downside we could find at Secrets Huatulco is it can be very challenging for those who have mobility issues, though the hotel is working toward making it easier. Also some staff members are learning English, so be patient with them. After all, you are visitors to their country.

So…. our advice is:

Hobie Cat in a glassCome and drink in the views at Secrets Huatulco!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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One Response to “Secrets Huatulco Resort and Spa – Huatulco is not a secret anymore!”

  1. February 6, 2012 at 9:44 am #

    Looks wonderful, I’m packing my bag!
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