Want to eat well, drink name brand liquor, and enjoy a spacious suite without having to keep reaching into your pocket? Secrets Huatulco might be the place, on the southern coast of Mexico.
We only cover a few choice all-inclusive resorts here at Luxury Latin America. Most of them appeal to the mass-market vacation factory crowd, not discerning travelers who want top-notch facilities, food, and wine.
The group that owns Secrets and Now in Mexico has been trying for years to change that perception, with resorts that are large yes, all-inclusive yes, but meant to appeal to a wealthier clientele than the usual places. There are many upscale travelers that shun the whole idea of this and think a la carte is the only way to get quality, but others like having one bill to pay with no surprises. Look at the high-end cruise industry for that crowd.
Secrets Huatulco is a welcome addition to the coast in that Oaxaca state beach area, the first real challenger to the Quinta Real there. It has a prime section of real estate on its own cove, with cliffs beside it and jungle around.
The Secrets formula is a good one: no bracelets, only one of nine restaurants a buffet one, quality spirits and wine, and 24-hour room service included in the rates. The complimentary minibar is restocked daily and the quality bath amenities include sunscreen. There are no kids on site and if you want some exclusivity, there’s a preferred section with some private perks.
Remember that though a place like this may be large, that does offer advantages in terms of finding the ideal place to fit your mood.
For poolside enjoyment, there are many spots throughout the winding water circuit to suit different moods: laid–back and chill, sociable and fun, or party–hearty to the max around the swim–up bar. The beauty of the design is that everything is spaced far enough apart so that the different vibes don’t collide.
Not many Americans have visited Huatulco—or can even pronounce it probably—but it’s getting easier to get there all the time by air or via a faster highway heading south from Oaxaca City. This resort offers an option to experience it at a hotel rate you know in advance, for everything.
See our detailed review of Secrets Huatulco adult all-inclusive resort.