Most places people travel for beach vacations have one thing in common: plenty of resorts. Mexico is no exception to this, with resorts lining the coasts from Cabo to Cancun. As resorts offer so many amenities and activities, they are often overrun with large families and lots of children. This isn’t necessarily the kind of atmosphere people are looking for when they travel to a beach oasis like Puerto Vallarta. For the traveler who wants something a little more relaxing and exclusive than the sometimes-chaotic atmosphere of family-friendly resorts, there is Secrets Vallarta Bay, a resort in Puerto Vallarta that opened in April 2012.
Secrets Vallarta Bay’s most important feature is that it caters only to adults. No children are allowed in this 271 all suite resort, geared towards couples and single adults. The resort prides itself on customer service- anything to make your stay as enjoyable and stress-free as possible.
All rooms at Secrets Vallarta Bay are suites. There are six different levels of pricing, ranging from the ocean front swim out, to master suites, to preferred club level rooms. All suites are non-smoking, and feature climate control, daily turn down service, and a bathroom with a shower and Jacuzzi. Room rates fluctuate depending on the season, so keep that in mind when planning your visit.
Secrets has several dining options, none of which require reservations. However, some do have a dress code, so make sure to double check this before you venture out to eat. The dining options include Bordeaux, which offers French cuisine, and Oceano, which specializes in seafood. Himitsu, located in the neighboring family-friendly sister property Now Amber resort, is another adult-only dining option. If you feel like staying in, Secrets also offers 24-hour room service.
Located on the beautiful Banderas Bay, Secrets is ideal for the water lover. The resort itself has four swimming pools and a Jacuzzi, as well as a swim-up bar and beach front access. The ocean is safe for swimming, although it is not the best for snorkeling. If you want to snorkel, ask the concierge to plan a day drip for you to the Southern Zone, where the Sierra Madre meets Banderas Bay and The Arches. For golf enthusiasts, Secrets also offers complimentary green fees.
Time to relax
If you are going to Puerto Vallarta to relax and unwind, check out the Secrets Spa by Pevonia. The spa offers many different treatments, as well as a Jacuzzi, steam room, relaxation room, and use of the locker room. It also includes the water circuit, so if you go, make sure to bring your bathing suit and allow an hour either before or after your treatment to try it out.
If You Go:
Secrets Vallarta Bay +52 (322) 226-2900
Puerto Vallarta, Mexico
Hotel review and photos by San Francisco-based travel, food, and wine writer Nancy D. Brown. Top photo courtesy Secrets Vallarta Bay. I was a guest of Secrets Vallarta Bay.