HOTELS & SPAS

Secrets Puerto: The newest luxury resort in Los Cabos

February 21, 2014
My view at the infinity pool at Secrets Puerto

Secrets Puerto Los Cabos is a perfect destination for singles, couples, or friends to de-stress and relax

My view at the infinity pool at Secrets Puerto

My view at the infinity pool at Secrets Puerto

While lazing on a lounge beside one of the infinity pools at Secrets Puerto Los Cabos, I momentarily glanced away from my Kindle. It was hard to figure out where the edge of the pool ended and the Sea of Cortez began. Then I realized that only the hues of the aquamarine waters differentiated them. These are the type of imponderables you begin to dwell upon when you are totally relaxed, approaching a state of nirvana.

The setting

Secrets Puerto Los Cabos is the newest all-adult, all-inclusive luxury resort in Los Cabos. There are scores of hotels, resorts and timeshares in the two towns that anchor Los Cabos (Cabo San Lucas and San Jose del Cabo), and along the corridor between them. But no area is as secluded and pristine as this one.

The self-contained resort (which opened in December 2013) is located on the water’s edge of Puerto Los Cabos, a manicured 2000-acre master-planned community with large private homes, two signature golf courses and a beautiful marina. After entering the massive iron gate, you’ll find few reasons to leave. The resort offers every service and amenity, most without additional costs above the all-inclusive pricing.

Entrance to the resort

Entrance to the resort

The hotel design seamlessly melds indoor and outdoor areas, both in the guestrooms and public spaces, such as the open-air lobby and numerous restaurants without walls. Landscape architects did an amazing job dotting the property with palm trees, cacti and flowering plants that will begin to look even more lush as they mature. When we were there the hibiscuses, surrounded by butterflies, were starting to bloom.

Palapas on the beach

Palapas on the beach

Rooms with a view

Every one of the 500 suites (spread over eight, well-spaced, four and five-story, buildings) offers expansive ocean or garden views with furnished balconies and terraces, many with swim-out pools or private outdoor Jacuzzis for two. We stayed in a suite facing the Sea of Cortez where we were able to enjoy breakfast and cappuccino on our balcony as we watched the sun rise.

View from our suite

View from our suite

Breakfast banana from room service

Breakfast banana from room service

Egg white omelette

Egg white omelette

Our exceedingly comfortable, light-filled room on the second floor was furnished in a tasteful Spanish colonial style befitting of the setting. Like other Secrets properties, each room has a small “magic box” next to the door that affords access from outside or inside. If we wanted to order an early morning cup of coffee from room service, we could open the box from our side of the room without having to face a waiter with sleep still in our eyes. The no-charge minibar was refreshed daily with beer, juice, soft drinks, water, Snickers bars, and packages of Peanut M&M’s.

Our suite

Our suite

The room had an electronic safe, a push-button “Do Not Disturb” sign, and ample outlets to plug in our smartphones and other devices. The flat screen TV (with satellite service) had USB access. The spacious travertine marble bathroom had double (his and her) sinks with contemporary, countertop washbowls, a curved tub, and separate water closet. An enclosed rain shower with dual heads (and a view of the sea) separated the bedroom from the bath, adding a sybaritic touch to the room.

One of the sinks

One of the sinks

The bathtub

The bathtub

The dining experience 

In addition to 24/7 room service, the property has five gourmet restaurants, a buffet, a café and a grill offering plenty of choices. During the three evenings of our stay we sampled traditional Mexican cuisine at El Patio, seafood from the Seaside Grill, and Italian food from Portofino.

Quesadillas with mole sauce at El Patio

Quesadillas with mole sauce at El Patio

Although people tend to complain about hotel food (and we consider ourselves pretty fussy eaters), the quality of the food and its presentation was uniformly exceptional across each of the venues we tried and the wines served with dinner were decent. Portions were right-sized so you didn’t overeat although you could always ask for more. The service felt personal and with indoor or al fresco seating, none of the restaurants felt crowded or overwhelming in size.

Wall mural in the Market Cafe

Wall mural in the Market Cafe

Tuna at the Seaside Grill

Tuna at the Seaside Grill

When my husband yearned to try two Mexican regional dishes, cochinita pebil (slow-roasted pork from the Yucatan Peninsula) and Veracruz-style ponuchos (tortillas topped with refried beans and chopped cabbage), all he had to do was ask the Maître d’. The next day, the dishes were served for lunch at the Market Café buffet. The warm, affable and attentive waiters and sommeliers always went out of their way to please even though some struggled a bit with English.

Cochinita Pebil cooked-to-order

Cochinita Pebil cooked-to-order

Having spent our vacations in Los Cabos for the past eight years, we know that European plan (no meals included) stays at properties in Los Cabos can get tedious and expensive. Every evening, you need to find a restaurant, make reservations, and pay for taxis to and from one of the two towns where they are located. At Secrets Puerto, it was relaxing to be able to walk a few steps from our room to the restaurants on the grounds whenever we wanted without having to plan out our trip in advance. There were also no bills to fuss over when we were through.

The program

Los Cabos weather is as good as it gets—anywhere in the world: Full sun, low humidity, and cool ocean breezes most days of the year. Having escaped from one of the worst winters on the East Coast, we spent most of our time at Secrets Puerto outdoors doing nothing: walking the beach, soaking in the sun, reading on a lounge chair, swimming in the pool, burning some calories on the walking/jogging trail and sipping margaritas.

The beach

The beach

Each day, a newsletter called the Sundial (similar to those delivered to passengers on a cruise ship) was delivered to our room. At any hour of the day or evening, guests could choose from an exhaustive list of activities that included water aerobics, tennis lessons, volleyball, yoga, and cooking classes. Evening options included live music, karaoke, and a fire show on the beach.

Yoga class

Yoga class

Guests can also succumb to the temptations of the Pevonia spa (with 21 treatment rooms and a hydrotherapy circuit) or visit the Fitness Center to nurture their bodies or replenish their spirit. For those who want to go off-premises for water adventures (like whale-watching, fishing, or snorkeling), nearby golf, the Thursday night art walk in San Jose, or to rent a car to explore the area, a concierge is available in the lobby to help make arrangements.

Entrance to Pevonia Spa

Entrance to Pevonia Spa

Bottom line 

Everything a guest might want is included as part of the Unlimited Luxury package: meals, snacks and drinks; international calling and free Wi-Fi across the resort; suntan lotion in each room; 24-hour room service; pampered wait service at the pool and beach; and all taxes and gratuities.

This sprawling new property—surrounded by breathtaking mountains, the sea and the desert—combines a stunning setting with outstanding amenities and gracious Mexican hospitality. It’s a perfect destination for singles, couples or friends seeking an effortless vacation.


IF YOU GO 

Tips for Over-50 Travelers:

  • Those with mobility issues should bear in mind that the resort is spread out on multiple levels with steps and that walking the beach (which is at a steep incline in places) can be challenging.
  • Although there are elevators between floors, you may want to request a ground floor unit if you don’t want to navigate stairs. (However rooms on the higher floors offer the best views.)
  • Virtually none of the beaches in Los Cabos, including this one are swimmable, because of the strong undercurrents.
  • If you are noise/music aversive, the Oceana pool is a more serene choice than the Seaside pool.

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Secrets Puerto Los Cabos Golf & Spa Resort

Puerto Los Cabos, San Jose del Cabo 23400, Mexico (about 20-25 minutes away from San Jose del Cabo International Airport)

Los Cabos Tourism Board


Disclosure: Our stay at Secrets Puerto Los Cabos was hosted by the property but any opinions expressed in this post are our own.

  • Reply
    Marilyn Jones
    February 21, 2014 at 8:22 am

    You really captured your experience and your photos are brilliant!!

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    Sand In My Suitcase
    February 21, 2014 at 6:51 pm

    Great review of the new Secrets!

    • Irene S. Levine
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      Irene S. Levine
      February 21, 2014 at 8:04 pm

      We loved it so that makes writing about it easy:-)

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    Michele
    February 21, 2014 at 8:53 pm

    Thank you SO much for your review! I stayed at Secrets Royal Beach in Punta Cana and had the best stay of my life. I was looking forward to going to Secrets Los Cabos for my next trip. From what you’ve said, I guess all I’ll ever need to do it travel to all the Secrets resorts as they seem to be setting the bar EXTREMELY high! 🙂

    • Irene S. Levine
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      Irene S. Levine
      February 21, 2014 at 9:16 pm

      I haven’t been to the Punta Cana property so that is very good to hear!
      You will absolutely love Secrets Puerto Los Cabos, Michele.
      Thanks for visiting my blog.
      Best, Irene

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        Michele
        February 22, 2014 at 12:43 am

        Thank you for your post! YOU MUSTGO TO PUNTA CANA!! I had already planned to go to Los Cabos, but now without a doubt I will be going thanks to your blog. I have some pics (they’re personal and on a website, but there are a lot of pics of the resort). I can’t put into words how fantastic it was there. Because it was connected to Now (one of their sister properties) we had access to a total of 10 restaurants. There was an Italian Restaurant, a Seafood Restaurant a Steakhouse, A Hibachi Grill plus two buffets. Room service was 24 hours, no tipping, the mini bar was included and stocked everyday and the entertainment was PHENOMENAL! There were SO many activities and between the pool and the beach/ocean I had a great time! The Now resort was family, but Secrets was adults only. We could go on their side, but they couldn’t come on our side. The spa…aaah, I still dream about it. I was there for 7 days and it just wasn’t enough. I was there to celebrate my 40th and by cousin was with me…we cried like babies on the ride to the airport.

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        yoga peach
        February 22, 2014 at 12:47 am

        I stayed at Punta Cana Secrets Royal Beach too last April! Went for the Punta Cana marathon then taught yoga at Secrets for the week. Looking forward to comparing the resorts.

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    yoga peach
    February 22, 2014 at 12:44 am

    Really appreciated your review. The pibil and tuna made me hungry. Love the yoga pic. Teaching yoga at Secrets Puerto Los Cabos next month!

    • Irene S. Levine
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      Irene S. Levine
      February 22, 2014 at 8:53 am

      You are so lucky! The setting for the yoga class is to die for—as you probably saw in the picture.
      Best, Irene

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    Michele
    February 22, 2014 at 3:38 am

    Maybe we should get a Secrets club going and try to meet up at the different resorts once a year! 🙂

    • Irene S. Levine
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      Irene S. Levine
      February 22, 2014 at 8:51 am

      I don’t know anything about it but I believe there is a Secrets Vacation Club!

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    Vikki
    February 22, 2014 at 7:36 am

    Sounds like…looks like…you have found another slice of paradise to share with your readers. Keep traveling Irene and Jerry. Your writing and photos are exquisite.

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    Susie
    February 22, 2014 at 8:25 am

    Tropical perfection!! I just put it on my “must do” list—and will share this with my friends! Thank you for this wonderful review!

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    Pete
    February 22, 2014 at 3:20 pm

    Thanks for this great review. I am staying a week there in March with a close group of 40 friends. We all are really looking forward to it.

    • Irene S. Levine
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      Irene S. Levine
      February 22, 2014 at 3:50 pm

      You should have a blast, Pete! Thanks for stopping by my blog~

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    Karen
    February 23, 2014 at 11:44 am

    Excellent review! I am now getting even more excited. I’ll be going in March with a large group of people. How was the spa? Could you go in there anytime for a sauna or was it an extra charge?

    • Irene S. Levine
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      Irene S. Levine
      February 26, 2014 at 11:16 am

      I didn’t have time to get to the spa, only breezed through it and it looks lovely! I did check with the spa management to respond to your question, Karen. The cost for a day pass to the (which includes the sauna, steam room, Jacuzzi and dynamic pool) is $75 USD. You can get a pass for a week for $255 USD.

      Have a great time!

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    Sheryl
    February 26, 2014 at 9:27 am

    I love the way this sounds. I’m packing now.

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    Terry Denton
    March 1, 2014 at 7:28 pm

    Very nice article about a spectacular property. Here is my take in a post on my blog site TravelByTerry. http://wp.me/p2vQmR-1kz

    • Irene S. Levine
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      Irene S. Levine
      March 1, 2014 at 8:41 pm

      Thanks for visiting my blog. Reading it made me want to return!
      Best, Irene

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