Review: Secrets the Vine, Cancun, Mexico

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Guests receive champagne upon arrival at Secrets The Vine Cancun

Wine tasting in Mexico? Yes, ma’am. While most people associate Tequila, Corona and guacamole with Mexico, I’m going to let you in on a secret – Mexico makes some good wines. Mexico is staking a claim in the vineyards of Baja California. I learned about the wines of Mexico will staying at Secrets the Vine Cancun, an adults-only resort with a wine theme woven throughout the luxury property.
 
 

 
Secrets the Vine – honeymooners to baby boomers

"Secrets the Vine" pool

Fan coral designed by Artist Jan Hendrix blends into the hotel facade at Secrets The Vine Cancun, Mexico.

From jet-setters to baby boomers, Secrets the Vine Cancun caters to a wide range of travelers. I couldn’t help notice the honeymoon and birthday banners draped across the doors of a select few hotel rooms. This 495 room all-suite property appeals not only to special occasion celebrations, it’s also for the art and wine lover.

 
Secrets the Vine wine theme

Secrets the Vine Cancun features contemporary design elements from the fan coral by Artist Jan Hendrix in the hotel’s exterior facade, to murals painted by Marta Ramirez and wine art on display throughout the hotel.

A bottle of Mexico’s tinto vino (red wine) was waiting for me when I checked into my Junior Suite in Cancun. Don’t miss Secrets The Vine Bar. Outside the 4,500 bottle wine cellar is where Master Sommeliers lead daily complimentary wine tastings at 1:00 & 3:00 p.m. If you wait until 5:00 p.m. the price moved from free to $20.

 

"Secrets the Vine Cancun" Vine bar

4,500 bottle Vine Bar at Secrets The Vine Cancun

 

Secrets the Vine Preferred Club status

For a luxury vacation, it’s a good idea to upgrade to Preferred Club status.  It’s not much more expensive and offers a good return on investment including access to Concierge service, daily continental breakfast, cold and hot hors d’oeuvres and private bar in the private lounge level and your own butler.

All rooms are ocean view, offering Caribbean Sea or Nichupte lagoon vistas. Sunsets are best viewed from the Hard Rock Hotel side, while more shade is available on the balcony next to Sandals resort. My Preferred Junior Suite #2618 looked out to the ocean and lagoon and rented for $700 per night during March. Check the website for current hotel rates.

While I’m not a big drinker, I do love the fact that I have access to the mini bar and won’t be charged for a small tin of Pringles chips or small bag of peanut M&M’s. The mini fridge is loaded with beer, juice, soda and water. Of course, your butler will stock it with all your favorite goodies if you ask.

More perks, free phone calls to the United States and Canada when placed from your hotel room. Insider tip – make sure to call to a land line, as calls to mobile phones are charged at higher rates. All rooms offer free WiFi and preferred guests receive two complimentary items ironed, unpacking and packing service and complimentary shoe shine is available.

 

"Secrets the Vine" junior suite

Secrets The Vine Cancun Preferred Junior Suite

 

Secrets Spa by Pevonia

What beach vacation is complete without a trip to the spa? A day pass to Secrets Spa by Pevonia is $75 if you feel tired and jet-lagged from travel. If money is no object, indulge in a wine therapy treatment. Arrive early to your spa appointment and soak in the hydrotheraphy pool after steaming in the sauna. Follow this with a Pinot Noir Escape exfoliation ($105) d’vine wine massage ($175) and d’vine wine facial ($99) Heaven!

"Secrets Spa by Pevonia" spa

Relax at Secrets Spa by Pevonia

Secrets the Vine dining

If beach and pool time trump spa time, there are several pools and hot tubs to keep you happy, as well as seven restaurants at Secrets The Vine. I sampled crab rangoon, spring rolls and shrimp pad Thai at Dragons Oriental Dining, an Asian fusion restaurant. Bluewater Grill is popular with steak lovers (try the shortbread cookie with caramel filling and ice cream for dessert.) Olio features Mediterranean cuisine and is open to all resort guests for lunch, while dinner is reserved for preferred club level guests. For the seafood lovers and those wanting a bite poolside, Sea Salt Grill offers a tasty shrimp cocktail with a view of the ocean.

"Sea Salt Grill" shrimp cocktail

Shrimp cocktail at Sea Salt Grill Secrets The Vine

Check in: 3:00 p.m.

Check out: 12:00 p.m.

Insider tip

While all-inclusive resorts are not necessarily known for fine dining, Secrets the Vine is an exception to the rule. If you find yourself in Cancun in March don’t miss the Wine & Food Festival Cancun – Riviera Maya.

For additional insider tips follow Luxury Travel Writer Nancy D. Brown on Twitter and follow SecretsTheVine on Twitter.
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Secrets The Vine Cancun +52 (998) 848-9400

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Article written by and photos courtesy of  Travel Writer Nancy D. Brown of What a Trip, Travels from Northern California. I was a guest of Secrets the Vine Cancun. All opinions are my own.

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15 Responses to “Review: Secrets the Vine, Cancun, Mexico”

  1. Great post! One of my very favorite all-inclusives!

  2. What a luxurious looking resort. Secrets the Vine sounds wonderful.

  3. lora says:

    Oh wow – that looks REALLY nice!

  4. Michelle says:

    this looks like a beautiful place. I love Cancun too, but I overdosed on it a few years ago. I think it might be time to return ;-)

  5. @Michelle
    I would have liked more time in Cancun to relax by the sea.

  6. @Donna
    I have been to several of the Secrets Resorts and they are all wonderful! Secrets the Vine is great for wine and food lovers.

  7. @Irene
    I’d say that Secrets the Vine had some of the better food when it comes to all-inclusive resorts.

  8. The upgraded status at Secrets the Vine sounds like the way to go!

  9. I’ve been to Playa del Carmen and Cozumel several times, but I’ve never made it to Cancun. (I saw the plans for Cancun in 1975 on a college trip to Mexico City where we were briefed by the Minister of Tourism, a cabinet level position in Mexico. At that time, Cancun was still jungle.) We were supposed to stop in Cancun on a cruise one year, but the waves were too high and we ended up at Cozumel—again. I’m not sure I’d be up for spending $700/night, no matter how luxurious. Our biggest splurge was 2 nights at a wine lodge outside Mendoza, Argentina. Clearly, if one is traveling from the U.S., airfare to Cancun will be less than air fare to Argentina—so factor that in and perhaps Secrets of the Vine starts looking like a better deal.

  10. @Suzanne
    That’s crazy that you saw the plans for Cancun before it was developed into the destination as we know it today.

  11. Very interesting; I never really thought about Mexican wine!

  12. I travel to the Yucatan peninsula frequently. I admit, I’ve been more of a patron of the margarita, but you’ve tempted me to try both the wine and Secrets!

  13. @Marilyn
    I didn’t give Mexican wines much thought until now, either! Cheers.

  14. @Patti
    I think you’ll be pleasantly surprised with both Secrets the Vine Cancun, as well as the wines of Mexico.

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