Playa Mujeres Area
Playa Mujeres is a new resort area north of Cancun on the mainland. You can see Isla Mujeres from the area, and it’s only a short ferry ride away. Secrets Playa Mujeres is the northernmost resort in the area. About 2 miles south is the Finest Playa Mujeres, Excellence Playa Mujeres, and Beloved. There is also a marina, condos, and a Greg Norman golf course. The entire area is basically a gated community…very safe and quiet. In 2016, AM Resorts plans to build a Dreams in this area.
Upon arrival to the resort, we were greeted with a warm welcome, cool towel, and glass of champagne (none for me). We were notified that we had been upgraded to the Preferred Club and would have a special check in at the Preferred Club lounge, located near the guest rooms.
The resort is split into two sections. Guestrooms, the pool, some restaurants (including buffet), some bars, and Preferred Club are by the beach. The main lobby, spa, gym, specialty restaurants, nightclub, and conference center are located towards the road. The two sections are separated by vegetation and an overlook area where you can view wildlife. There is a nice paved path between the two sections, and while you could certainly walk, there are nonstop shuttles running between the two sections. We never waited more than two minutes for a shuttle.
Check in at the Preferred Club went very quickly, and they assured us our room would be ready after we had lunch (it was!). The Preferred Club Lounge itself had a bar with top shelf liquor, bathrooms, computers, comfortable seating, a nice patio area, and served snacks throughout the day.
Our Preferred Club upgrade got us “Preferred status and amenities, Preferred Club suites in premium locations, Personalized check-in and checkout with concierge service, Daily à la carte breakfast service in Oceana restaurant, Afternoon hot and cold hors d’oeuvres, Exquisite desserts and fine liquors, Private Preferred Club Lounge, Pillow menu, Complimentary newspaper in suite every day (English or Spanish)
Complimentary Internet access in suite, Complimentary computer access in Preferred Club Lounge, Upgraded mini-bar service, Upgraded bath amenities, One day pass to the wet areas of the Secrets Spa by Pevonia (per person, per stay), 20% off spa treatments (not combinable with any other promotions or offers).
The Secrets Playa Mujeres has only 424 rooms and definitely has a small resort feel without losing any of the amenities and activities of a large resort. Every room is a suite and 85% of them are ocean view. Most rooms have king beds, though there are a few with double beds, a private balcony or terrace, spa tub and separate shower, large vanity, minibar (with soda, water, beer, mini liquor bottles, and snacks), coffee maker (we had a Espresso machine), free internet access, free international calls, bathrobes & slippers, tv with many American channels, hair dryer, iron, safe, etc.
Our room was a first floor, Preferred Club Junior Suite with an ocean view (although the ocean view part was a bit of a stretch). Our patio had steps that led right down into a small pool that ran the length of our room block. It was pretty private and did not connect to the main pools. We loved this feature! It was great to have a somewhat private place to swim and relax. Each night, the staff brought us a small treat ranging from chocolates to macaroons. It was a nice touch.
The king sized bed was comfortable, linens were nice, and while we didn’t use the included pillow menu, our room already had a variety of pillows. Air conditioning worked great, never had any issues with anything in the room.
This resort has a bunch of oceanfront suites where guests can walk right out into the sand. These suites all have a private pool, too. The downside is that there is vegetation on the grounds between these rooms and the beach, so I can’t say how great the view is.
The resort has one large pool area, but the pool is split up into three pools separated by a walkway. The middle pool has a swim up bar. The pool furthest from the beach has a handicap accessible zero depth entry. The pool closest to the beach is an infinity pool with a really shallow section. There are four hot tubs near the pools. The pools are all heated and in good condition.
There is a lot of seating near the pool and plenty of shade or sun, depending on your preference. Towels are restocked consistently and there is beverage service.
One thing that really stood out to me is that the pool was open until 8pm, which is kind of a rarity in Mexico.
The beach at the Secrets Playa Mujeres is beautiful! You do need to walk down some steps to get to the beach and follow a wooden path through some foliage, but it makes the beach feel really secluded. There were plenty of chairs, umbrellas, and sun beds. This area of Mexico was not experiencing the weed problems that the Riviera Maya has experienced this year, but the staff was consistently raking up what little weeds there were.
Guests could walk on the beach for miles in either direction before coming across another resort. There is a bar down by the beach, plus plenty of waitresses. One of the best parts of this beach – no sandbags!
Restaurants & Bars
The resort has seven a la carte restaurants, a buffet, a café, and seven bars.
Market Café – Buffet for breakfast and lunch (or really early dinner since it doesn’t close until 4pm). We loved the breakfasts here. The lunches were okay. Both were standard resort buffet selection, but the staff did a great job keeping everything fresh and well stocked.
Seaside Grill – Featured grilled food and seafood for lunch and dinner. .
Portofino – Italian a la carte dinner restaurant. Food was amazing, a really nice selection with generous portions. They have a nice wine selection, even for the included resort wines.
Bordeaux – French cuisine; definitely our favorite restaurant. Food was very well prepared and staff was phenomenal. They set a really romantic atmosphere for this restaurant.
Coco Café – Featured specialty coffee drinks, pastries, and sandwiches. This was a great place for coffee and snacks. They had everything from ham sandwiches to cheesecake and macaroons.
We did not eat at the Barefoot Grill (open are-grilled food and pizzas), Oceana seafood, or El Patio Mexican restaurant.
There was always a lot going on at this resort! First I do have to mention that green fees were complimentary at the Playa Mujeres Golf Course. There was also a full gym, fitness classes, a trampoline, beach sports, water sports, and SCUBA classes. For the non-sports lover there were cooking classes, BINGO, entertainment shows, and nature hikes.
The entertainment staff was enthusiastic without being pushy and always had a lot of participants for whatever they were doing. You wouldn’t be bored at this resort unless you wanted to be.
There were also nightly shows in the theater and musicians around the pool throughout the evening. The pool area also had fire pits that guests could sit around at night. Twice in four nights there was a shopping market set up in the common area.
Who Will Enjoy This Resort
This resort would be great for groups or destination weddings. It’s well set up for socializing with a group of people. It’s also great for people who enjoy socializing and a fun, active atmosphere…there’s always something going on around the resort.
It’s a great option for someone who wants to be near Cancun without actually being in the city. It’s only a 10 minute car ride from Cancun. It’s also very close to the ferry to Isla Mujeres.
Other Tips and Information
- The towel game was strong at this resort, however there was enough seating that you could find a place throughout the day.
- Secrets Resorts has an app that features everything you would ever need to know about the resort from menus to activity schedules. I highly recommend downloading this.