Secrets The Vine in the Cancun hotel zone is a welcome, adults-only resort that really manages to deliver high-end service for one set price.
Yeah, we know: you hear the phrase “all-inclusive” and you picture annoying wrist bands, buffet restaurants, keeping track of towels, and ponying up extra money for internet access.
The Secrets chain has been doing its damnedest to turn that perception around though. Sure, there’s one buffet restaurant, but most of their places to eat are a la carte, with no reservations required. No silly wristbands or towel cards and this company actually gets the value of offering complimentary Wi-fi throughout their resorts: you can download their app and use it to make long-distance VoIP calls and order room service.
At Secrets the Vine, that room service is part of the package, along with the ability to get your fridge stocked with what you want and have a bottle of liquor that’s not sized to be served by an airline flight attendant. The selection at the bar will be great and most guests are amazed that the restaurant cuisine is on part with, well, a real restaurant. The kit of toiletries includes sunscreen, a big plus in a country where that can cost double what it does at your local Target store.
All this sets Secrets the Vine well above nearly every other competitor in Cancun, so we’re happy to now have a detailed review of this resort posted. We also like that it’s a wine-focused hotel in a country where this is seldom the case. Wine is heavily taxed in Mexico—even the domestic brands from Baja—so it’s a gutsy move to serve a variety of wine with meals instead of just one red, one white. Those who prefer wine over tequila and Mexican beers will be happier here than at nearly all the other beach resorts we’ve reviewed. There are 4,500 bottles to choose from if you have something to celebrate.
You’ll really feel pampered at this place too, whether you spend a nickel beyond the expected charges or not. If you do decide to splurge a bit though, the spa here is not an afterthought.
Unlike many resorts where the spa is relegated to a basement or back room with few windows, at Secrets The Vine Cancun, the 12,580 square foot Pevonia spa is located on the hotel’s 12th floor (third level) offering a steam room, whirlpool, and expansive ocean views. The design of the spa’s hydrotherapy pools evokes the Yucatan’s natural cenotes with limestone pathways and reflecting pools, helping you feel connected to the region’s natural beauty.
Rooms here are predominately good-sized, with the majority being 475 square feet. You can opt for a suite to really spread out and there’s an upgrade option in a preferred section if you want some exclusivity.
See our detailed review of Secrets the Vine Cancun in Mexico.