As a travel agent, when traveling to various All Inclusive Resort locations for my own personal vacations, I find myself always comparing places I have been to before and the place I am currently staying at. Last year my wife and I had the opportunity to travel to the brand new Secrets Vallarta resort in Puerto Vallarta Mexico in October and here is my honest travel agent review.
First of all the location of the resort is ideal for anyone wanting to be able to go into downtown Puerto Vallarta for site seeing, shopping, night life etc. A taxi from the resort to the Malecon which is the board walk is only $6 each way and it takes about 10 minutes or so with traffic. Upon pulling into the drive way of the Secrets Vallarta you will immediately see the high rise luxury appeal with a modern architecture. The Secrets Vallarta is connected to a property called the NOW Amber which is also a brand new luxury resort but the NOW Amber will accommodate all ages of travelers including kids while the Secrets Vallarta is fully Adult Only.
The lobby of Secrets is very nice with a private check in provided for all guests, lobby bar with refreshments waiting and upon entering the resort you are immediately greeted by their amazing friendly staff. The resort has elevators all throughout the property so it’s very easy to navigate and get around. At night, the resort bings in local musicians for entertainment in the lobby and keep in mind that this is again two resorts side by side built as one big hotel with the NOW Amber having thier own identical lobby and entertainment as well.
The pool area is great with the main pool having a wooden deck around it that you can lay out on in a lounge chair that’s only steps away from the sand! They have swim up pool bar, pool side grill restaurant (Barefoot Grill) and they even have swim up room categories that can be purchased. The swim up rooms have a little pool off of the patio that you step right into that is shared by all ground floor rooms in the building your room is located in. Swim up rooms are little more expensive than the standard category but for my wife and I a swim up is perfect! We like to lay out by the “pool” and not have to leave the room for anything, even the wait staff will bring drinks and food right to your door step. Overall the rooms are very nice and elegant but if I had one complaint on the standard room types, the balconies on the upper floor rooms were pretty small. And again, that is my only complaint on the rooms. Very large space, very modern, jacuzzi, double sinks, awesome shower.
The beach at this resort is beautiful to look at and inviting to take pictures of amazing sunsets but, the sand in the ocean is more like a little gravel bar. Not to the extent of really needing boat shoes but not a bad idea. It’s not a long walking beach because of how close the resort is located to town, but again very beautiful. The food in the restaurants was very good, the gourmet restaurant is the nicest of all with amazing steak and fish options along with gourmet dinning from various cultures. Food is tough to give a review on because everyone is different but overall on a 1-10 scale, I give the food a 7 or 8.
Here’s the overall skinny on this resort: Location is great for being close to town. Beach is okay but not great. Rooms are amazing but small balconies. Food is very good, but adults will go to the family resort next door for some restaurants. Staff is fantastic. Nightlife pretty slow but the hotel was just opened when we traveled so the occupancy was really low (go to downtown for night life). Pool area is great and swim up rooms are well worth it. If you are looking for a great honeymoon or anniversary location in Puerto Vallarta, this is the resort I would personally recommend over almost anything else out there.