Pros

  • Secluded location on a private, white-sand beach
  • Full-service spa with beachfront treatment options
  • 13 swimming pools
  • Eight a la carte restaurants and one buffet; reservations generally not required
  • Large fitness center features modern equipment
  • Unlimited top-shelf liquor served in six bars and lounges
  • 24-hour room service
  • Resort app offers free Wi-Fi and calls, spa bookings, and more
  • Greens fees at Grand Coral Golf Course are waived for guests
  • Smoke-free property, though reports of guests smoking in outdoor areas
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Cons

  • Ground floor rooms lack privacy
  • Fee for use of Balinese beach beds
  • Some activities, like scuba diving and fishing, cost extra
  • Some guests complain of irregular housekeeping, and others find the decor a bit generic
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Bottom Line

Located on the Riviera Maya, south of Cancun, the 412-room Secrets Maroma Beach Riviera Cancun is a romantic, adults-only all-inclusive resort, set on a private white-sand beach lined with sunbeds, cabanas, and palapas. In addition to the buffet, a wide range of high-quality dining options are available, including Japanese teppanyaki, French cuisine, a wine cellar with over 200 different vintages, and, for an extra charge, romantic dinners for two on the beach. A stunning destination-style spa offers couples' treatments in private outdoor cabanas on the beach. Rooms are large and tasteful, with four-poster canopy beds, separate sitting areas, and private balconies; ground floor rooms are swim-up suites. The hotel is especially popular for honeymoons and destination weddings, though numerous additional fees can make a stay here pricey. Travelers wanting to be within walking distance of Playa del Carmen's bustling Fifth Avenue -- a popular tourist destination for shopping, bars, and nightlife -- could consider the Royal Palma del Carmen.

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Secrets Maroma Beach Riviera Cancun

Scene

Romantic, intimate, and adults-only, with a luxurious destination spa, and private dinners for two

The Secrets Maroma Beach Riviera Cancun Resort is all about romance. The resort combines elegance and intimacy throughout spacious, high-ceilinged common areas and sprawling, manicured tropical grounds, both of which have plenty of secluded nooks and shaded seating areas. There are candles, fountains, and serene pools of water everywhere; the carved wooden furnishings are handmade by Mexican artisans, and all guests receive champagne and refreshing towels upon arrival.

The lobby is large, airy, and modern, with marble floors and columns, iron chandeliers, and sitting areas with furniture upholstered in rich Mexican oranges, reds, and dark browns. In contrast to the usual hotel monolith, the front desk consists of a series of private tables, adding to the feeling of personal service that could easily be overlooked in such a large property.

The spa -- with its natural stone walls, river-stone mosaics, and banks of candles -- is a true destination for romance and relaxation; couples' treatment rooms include dual soaking tubs, and there are outdoor cabanas for couples' massages right on the beach. The pool area, too, is relaxed and romantic: it winds its way through the property, with areas that feel almost like private lakes, with boulders and plants right up to the water’s edge. Hammocks are scattered throughout the lush grounds, and there are a number of shallow pools with tables, chairs, lounges, and hammocks set in the water. Guests have even been known to play poker, half-submerged, and the swim-up bars encourage similarly decadent socializing.

Despite the size of the resort, the restaurants don’t feel crowded. Each has private booths or tables where couples can feel alone; Bordeaux, the wine-themed restaurant, takes it up a notch with a wine room that doubles as a private chef’s dining room for a lucky couple. Guests can also have dinner for two right on the beach. Needless to say, Secrets Maroma Beach Riviera Cancun is especially popular for weddings and honeymoons.

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Location

On a private, white-sand beach near Playa del Carmen

Secrets Maroma Beach Riviera Cancun is set on a secluded private beach, surrounded by mangroves and close to the famously beautiful Maroma Beach. The popular city of Playa del Carmen is about 25 minutes away by car, and offers high-end shopping, restaurants, and theaters, although there is so much going on and included at the resort that many guests never leave during their stay. Golfers will enjoy the nearby Greg Norman-designed El Camaleon Golf Club, an 18-hole golf course that is part of the PGA tour. There are several nearby eco- and adventure parks, including Tres Rios -- with jungle, rivers, caves, swimming with dolphins, snorkeling, and an underground river -- and Xplor Park, with its several miles of jungle zip-lines and underground web of caves. The Cancun airport is 30 minutes by car from the resort. 

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Rooms

Modern, romantic suites with private balconies, double whirlpool tubs, minibars stocked with freebies, and all the requisite amenities

Rooms at Secrets Maroma Beach Riviera Cancun are all suites that are large and modern, with separate sitting areas and furnished balconies or ground floor patios; all come with ocean or garden views. Many of the ground-floor suites are “swim-up suites”; while they are certainly romantic, some guests note that ground-floor rooms don’t get as much sun, making the swim-up feature a bit chilly. All suites have either king-size four-poster beds with canopies, or two double beds. All have two-person whirlpool tubs and separate walk-in showers as well.

Decor and furnishings are modern and elegant, with Mexican touches in the artwork and accessories. Colors are combinations of either peach, green, and ivory, or rich red, brown, and black. Amenities include high-quality toiletries, laptop-size safes, flat-screen satellite TVs with DVD players, Nespresso machines and coffee capsules, and minibars that are restocked daily with free soda, bottled water, and beer.

The honeymoon suite is especially notable for its in-bedroom whirlpool tub, candles, a mosaic walk-in shower with his and hers showerheads, and a private balcony with a tiled hot tub and beach view.

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Features

Dedicated resort app offers free international calls; a mini golf course, large health club, spa, fine dining, and premium liquor are additional perks

As a high-end all-inclusive, Secrets Maroma Beach Riviera Cancun has enough features to make leaving the premises virtually unnecessary. Guests who wish to explore the area, however, can take advantage of scuba tours, deep sea fishing expeditions, swimming with dolphins, parasailing, and ziplining, arranged by the resort concierge; note that some of these come at an additional cost.

One of the coolest and most convenient features of Secrets Maroma Beach is its dedicated app, which offers free Wi-Fi throughout the grounds, as well as free calls to the U.S. and Canada, forwarded from rooms to guests’ cellphones. Daily activity schedules, restaurant menus, and spa bookings are all also available through the app, which can be downloaded before leaving home.

Naturally, the hotel's pools and private beach are big draws, and both are standouts when compared to those at other resorts in the area. The pool complex sprawls over 86,000 square feet, and offers 13 pools, including an infinity pool with a panoramic ocean view. Hammocks and lounge chairs rest in shallow pools, and you can play poker or even ping pong in the water. The massive pool is bordered by decks with sunbeds in some areas and boulders and native plants in others, and there is a swim-up bar. The soft, white-sand beach is an oceanside haven, with non-motorized water sports -- including windsurfing, ocean kayaking, and snorkeling -- available right on the sand. The beach is lined with palapas and sunbeds, and there is a bar with adult-sized swings for guests to enjoy along with their cocktail of choice. Beachside massages are offered, and private cabanas with Balinese beds suspended on ropes are available for rental. Some of these cabanas even have treehouse-type roof terraces with sunbeds on top.

Sports offerings at the resort include a nine-hole miniature golf course, beach and pool volleyball, archery, yoga, soccer, and tennis, with courts lit for nighttime play. Dance lessons and tequila-tasting classes are also on the schedule. The large, modern fitness center has plenty of cardio and weight training machines, as well as free weights, and a steam room and sauna.

The Secrets Spa offers a comprehensive treatment menu that includes massages and hydrotherapy, and also has a beauty salon that boasts the exotic fish pedicure. Before and after treatments, guests can curl up on cushioned loungers underneath soft spa blankets.

Food and drinks at Secrets are high-quality, and guests have the option to eat in the buffet restaurant or try some of the a la carte dining rooms, for which reservations are not required. Bordeaux has a wine theme; its wine cellar includes over two hundred different bottles. Portofino serves Italian cuisine in an elegant dining room, with a fountain that would be right at home in a village square on the Amalfi coast. Coco Cafe is all pink banquettes and chocolate-colored chairs, and serves soft pretzels, pastries, coffee, and more. Himitsu is a hibachi-style Japanese restaurant where you can enjoy table-side teppanyaki cooking (reservations are required). A light lunch can be had at the Barefoot Grill, and fresh seafood is the specialty at Oceana, where diners can eat indoors or al fresco in a casual atmosphere, although bathing suits are not allowed without cover-ups. Private dinners can be arranged on the beach for an extra charge. There are many bars: options include an elegant lobby bar, beach and pool bars, a spa bar, and a large club with nightly entertainment that includes live music, shows, and dancing.

Many destination weddings are held at the resort in its wedding gazebo or right on the beach, including traditional South Asian weddings. The resort has meeting and event facilities that can accommodate six hundred.

There is a strip of high-end shops on-site, selling fine jewelry, clothing, leather goods, native handicrafts, pottery, and more. Snacks and the usual souvenirs -- T-shirts, baseball caps, keychains, and the like -- can also be found in the shops.

Guests can join the Secrets Preferred Club, which gives them access to a private lounge, upgraded rooms, minibars, toiletries, and special concierge services. The private lounge is fine, but not as lovely as the resort’s other common spaces; it may be useful for guests who need to get some work done in a focused environment, without the enormous temptations the rest of the resort offers.

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Secrets Maroma Beach Riviera Cancun

Scene

Romantic, intimate, and adults-only, with a luxurious destination spa, and private dinners for two

The Secrets Maroma Beach Riviera Cancun Resort is all about romance. The resort combines elegance and intimacy throughout spacious, high-ceilinged common areas and sprawling, manicured tropical grounds, both of which have plenty of secluded nooks and shaded seating areas. There are candles, fountains, and serene pools of water everywhere; the carved wooden furnishings are handmade by Mexican artisans, and all guests receive champagne and refreshing towels upon arrival.

The lobby is large, airy, and modern, with marble floors and columns, iron chandeliers, and sitting areas with furniture upholstered in rich Mexican oranges, reds, and dark browns. In contrast to the usual hotel monolith, the front desk consists of a series of private tables, adding to the feeling of personal service that could easily be overlooked in such a large property.

The spa -- with its natural stone walls, river-stone mosaics, and banks of candles -- is a true destination for romance and relaxation; couples' treatment rooms include dual soaking tubs, and there are outdoor cabanas for couples' massages right on the beach. The pool area, too, is relaxed and romantic: it winds its way through the property, with areas that feel almost like private lakes, with boulders and plants right up to the water’s edge. Hammocks are scattered throughout the lush grounds, and there are a number of shallow pools with tables, chairs, lounges, and hammocks set in the water. Guests have even been known to play poker, half-submerged, and the swim-up bars encourage similarly decadent socializing.

Despite the size of the resort, the restaurants don’t feel crowded. Each has private booths or tables where couples can feel alone; Bordeaux, the wine-themed restaurant, takes it up a notch with a wine room that doubles as a private chef’s dining room for a lucky couple. Guests can also have dinner for two right on the beach. Needless to say, Secrets Maroma Beach Riviera Cancun is especially popular for weddings and honeymoons.

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Location

On a private, white-sand beach near Playa del Carmen

Secrets Maroma Beach Riviera Cancun is set on a secluded private beach, surrounded by mangroves and close to the famously beautiful Maroma Beach. The popular city of Playa del Carmen is about 25 minutes away by car, and offers high-end shopping, restaurants, and theaters, although there is so much going on and included at the resort that many guests never leave during their stay. Golfers will enjoy the nearby Greg Norman-designed El Camaleon Golf Club, an 18-hole golf course that is part of the PGA tour. There are several nearby eco- and adventure parks, including Tres Rios -- with jungle, rivers, caves, swimming with dolphins, snorkeling, and an underground river -- and Xplor Park, with its several miles of jungle zip-lines and underground web of caves. The Cancun airport is 30 minutes by car from the resort. 

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Rooms

Modern, romantic suites with private balconies, double whirlpool tubs, minibars stocked with freebies, and all the requisite amenities

Rooms at Secrets Maroma Beach Riviera Cancun are all suites that are large and modern, with separate sitting areas and furnished balconies or ground floor patios; all come with ocean or garden views. Many of the ground-floor suites are “swim-up suites”; while they are certainly romantic, some guests note that ground-floor rooms don’t get as much sun, making the swim-up feature a bit chilly. All suites have either king-size four-poster beds with canopies, or two double beds. All have two-person whirlpool tubs and separate walk-in showers as well.

Decor and furnishings are modern and elegant, with Mexican touches in the artwork and accessories. Colors are combinations of either peach, green, and ivory, or rich red, brown, and black. Amenities include high-quality toiletries, laptop-size safes, flat-screen satellite TVs with DVD players, Nespresso machines and coffee capsules, and minibars that are restocked daily with free soda, bottled water, and beer.

The honeymoon suite is especially notable for its in-bedroom whirlpool tub, candles, a mosaic walk-in shower with his and hers showerheads, and a private balcony with a tiled hot tub and beach view.

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Features

Dedicated resort app offers free international calls; a mini golf course, large health club, spa, fine dining, and premium liquor are additional perks

As a high-end all-inclusive, Secrets Maroma Beach Riviera Cancun has enough features to make leaving the premises virtually unnecessary. Guests who wish to explore the area, however, can take advantage of scuba tours, deep sea fishing expeditions, swimming with dolphins, parasailing, and ziplining, arranged by the resort concierge; note that some of these come at an additional cost.

One of the coolest and most convenient features of Secrets Maroma Beach is its dedicated app, which offers free Wi-Fi throughout the grounds, as well as free calls to the U.S. and Canada, forwarded from rooms to guests’ cellphones. Daily activity schedules, restaurant menus, and spa bookings are all also available through the app, which can be downloaded before leaving home.

Naturally, the hotel's pools and private beach are big draws, and both are standouts when compared to those at other resorts in the area. The pool complex sprawls over 86,000 square feet, and offers 13 pools, including an infinity pool with a panoramic ocean view. Hammocks and lounge chairs rest in shallow pools, and you can play poker or even ping pong in the water. The massive pool is bordered by decks with sunbeds in some areas and boulders and native plants in others, and there is a swim-up bar. The soft, white-sand beach is an oceanside haven, with non-motorized water sports -- including windsurfing, ocean kayaking, and snorkeling -- available right on the sand. The beach is lined with palapas and sunbeds, and there is a bar with adult-sized swings for guests to enjoy along with their cocktail of choice. Beachside massages are offered, and private cabanas with Balinese beds suspended on ropes are available for rental. Some of these cabanas even have treehouse-type roof terraces with sunbeds on top.

Sports offerings at the resort include a nine-hole miniature golf course, beach and pool volleyball, archery, yoga, soccer, and tennis, with courts lit for nighttime play. Dance lessons and tequila-tasting classes are also on the schedule. The large, modern fitness center has plenty of cardio and weight training machines, as well as free weights, and a steam room and sauna.

The Secrets Spa offers a comprehensive treatment menu that includes massages and hydrotherapy, and also has a beauty salon that boasts the exotic fish pedicure. Before and after treatments, guests can curl up on cushioned loungers underneath soft spa blankets.

Food and drinks at Secrets are high-quality, and guests have the option to eat in the buffet restaurant or try some of the a la carte dining rooms, for which reservations are not required. Bordeaux has a wine theme; its wine cellar includes over two hundred different bottles. Portofino serves Italian cuisine in an elegant dining room, with a fountain that would be right at home in a village square on the Amalfi coast. Coco Cafe is all pink banquettes and chocolate-colored chairs, and serves soft pretzels, pastries, coffee, and more. Himitsu is a hibachi-style Japanese restaurant where you can enjoy table-side teppanyaki cooking (reservations are required). A light lunch can be had at the Barefoot Grill, and fresh seafood is the specialty at Oceana, where diners can eat indoors or al fresco in a casual atmosphere, although bathing suits are not allowed without cover-ups. Private dinners can be arranged on the beach for an extra charge. There are many bars: options include an elegant lobby bar, beach and pool bars, a spa bar, and a large club with nightly entertainment that includes live music, shows, and dancing.

Many destination weddings are held at the resort in its wedding gazebo or right on the beach, including traditional South Asian weddings. The resort has meeting and event facilities that can accommodate six hundred.

There is a strip of high-end shops on-site, selling fine jewelry, clothing, leather goods, native handicrafts, pottery, and more. Snacks and the usual souvenirs -- T-shirts, baseball caps, keychains, and the like -- can also be found in the shops.

Guests can join the Secrets Preferred Club, which gives them access to a private lounge, upgraded rooms, minibars, toiletries, and special concierge services. The private lounge is fine, but not as lovely as the resort’s other common spaces; it may be useful for guests who need to get some work done in a focused environment, without the enormous temptations the rest of the resort offers.

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Amenities

  • Air Conditioner

  • Airport Transportation

  • Balcony / Terrace / Patio

  • Beach

  • Beauty / Hair Salon

  • Business Center

  • Cabanas

  • Cable

  • Concierge

  • Dry Cleaning

  • Fitness Center

  • Free Breakfast

  • Golf Course

  • Internet

  • Jacuzzi

  • Kids Allowed

  • Laundry

  • Meeting / Conference Rooms

  • Mini Bar (with liquor)

  • Pool

  • Poolside Drink Service

  • Rental Car Service Desk Onsite

  • Room Service

  • Separate Bedroom / Living Room Space

  • Spa

  • Swim-Up Bar

  • Tennis Court

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