Secrets The Vine Cancun: Possibly the Best All-Inclusive Resort in Cancun!

Secrets The Vine is an all-inclusive, adults only resort located along the hotel zone in Cancun, Mexico. Given its access to the pristine beaches of Cancun, personalized service, amazing food, it is little wonder that Secrets The Vine is rated as the top 3 resorts in Cancun by Tripadvisor. It is also an adults-only resort, making it popular with honeymooners and anniversary celebrations. Having experienced all that the resort has to offer, we’re taking a step further…Secrets The Vine could possibly be the Best All-Inclusive Resort in Cancun. And here’s why…

Lobby of Secrets The Vine Cancun
Lobby of Secrets The Vine Cancun
Secrets The Vine Cancun
Secrets The Vine Cancun
View of Secrets The Vine from the beach
View of Secrets The Vine from the beach


Facilities at Secrets The Vine

At all-inclusive resorts, swimming pools are usually one of the deciding factors. Well, at Secrets The Vine, you will be spoilt for choice. There are not 1, Not 2, NOT 3 but 4 swimming pools! Not only that, each swimming pool is located next to a bar which makes access to drinks relatively easy (another important factor for all-inclusive resorts)…

Pool 1 next to Sugar Reef Pool Bar
Pool 1 next to Sugar Reef Pool Bar
Pool 2 next to Manatees Poolside Bar
Pool 2 next to Manatees Poolside Bar
Pool 3 next to Barracuda Beach Bar
Pool 3 next to Barracuda Beach Bar
Pool 4 (Preferred Club) located next to Olio Restaurant & Bar
Pool 4 (Preferred Club) located next to Olio Restaurant & Bar

Activities by the Pool

The Entertainment Team of Secrets The Vine engages guests by the pool throughout the day. We participated in the water aerobics and watched some dancers perform by the pool. Others played beach volleyball, water volleyball, jumbo jenga or enjoy the sun by the pool. Our favourite? Having cocktails while listening to the waves…ah…

Entertainment team booth by the pool
Entertainment team booth by the pool
Water Aerobics at Secrets The Vine
Water Aerobics at Secrets The Vine

Some of our favourite drinks includes the Mango Tango, Mojito, Dirty Banana and of course, the essential to a Mexican holiday – Tequila shots! :P

Hawaiian Mango Secrets The Vine Cancun
Hawaiian Mango
Mojito & Tequila Shots Secrets The Vine Cancun
Mojito & Tequila Shots
Cocktails by the pool
Cocktails by the pool

We also hit the Games Room next to the Entertainment booth and had a blast with the air hockey. Table soccer, ping pong, Kinect and Wii are also available here. At the 12th level, you’ll also be able to find a full gym with tread mills and spinning bikes facing the Caribbean Sea. A full service spa (known as Secrets Spa) can also be found on the same level. You’ll also be able to do some light shopping at the lobby (Signature Shop) next to Market Cafe.

Gym with a view
Gym with a view
Secrets Spa Secrets The Vine Cancun
Secrets Spa Secrets The Vine Cancun
Shopping @ Signature Shop
Shopping @ Signature Shop

Throughout the day, the Entertainment team would plan other programmes such as wine tasting session, massage therapy sharing as well as magic/comedy/dance performances. We enjoyed the magic of Fernando Keops who had previously performed in Vegas. You’ll be able to find all the day’s programme on the Sundial, delivered to your room daily. Our other favourite would be to wind down the evening at the Red Vine Piano Lounge and listen to some light tunes…

Sundial - Programme Timings
Sundial – Programme Timings
Sundial - Programme of Secrets The Vine Cancun
Sundial – Programme of Secrets The Vine Cancun


Dining at Secrets The Vine

At most all-inclusive resorts, food is provided to keep the guests full. Usually, not much emphasis is placed on the quality of the food. This is not so at Secrets The Vine. The chefs pride themselves in producing excellent tasting gourmet that puts a smile on the guests. In addition, Secrets The Vine is actually named as such because it specializes in wines and wine pairing. In fact, it has the largest collection of wines for a resort/hotel, in the Caribbean. This adds another dimension to the term “fine dining” at Secrets The Vine.

There are 6 dining venues, a buffet as well as a cafe at Secrets The Vine. They are …

The Cafe

The Cafe Secrets The Vine Cancun
The Cafe Secrets The Vine Cancun

This was where we get our daily espresso and latte fixes. The cool part is that the baristas are experts in latte art as well!

I can see my reflection!
I can see my reflection!

Barefoot Grill

Barefoot Grill Secrets The Vine
Barefoot Grill Secrets The Vine

Here you’ll be able to grab some light bites such as sandwiches and nachos to enjoy by the pool. The Sugar Reef pool bar is right beside where you’ll be able to grab some ice cold Corona as well.

Market Cafe

Market Cafe Secrets The Vine Cancun
Market Cafe Secrets The Vine Cancun

There are 2 restaurants where you can have breakfast in the morning. They are Market Cafe and Dragons Oriental Dining. They are both buffet-styled breakfasts that operate from 7am to 11am daily. Both restaurants serve champagnes and mimosa as well. But we prefer dining at the Market Cafe for breakfasts simply because they offer more options (and more Asian fare) due to its larger premise.

Breakfast Secrets The Vine Cancun
Fruits
Asian Fare Secrets The Vine Cancun
Asian Fare
Mimosa Secrets The Vine Cancun
Champagne & Mimosa

Sea Salt Grill

Sea Salt Grill Secrets The Vine
Sea Salt Grill Secrets The Vine
Menu @ Sea Salt Grill Secrets The Vine
Menu @ Sea Salt Grill Secrets The Vine

For lunch, you’ll be able to dine at Olio (Preferred Club), Sea Salt Grill, Market Cafe and Barefoot Grill. We almost always dine at Sea Salt Grill because of the nachos. Kate loves, loooooves the guacamole that goes with the nachos. The guacomole was always freshly prepared which pairs well with the lightly crisp nachos. Tom’s favourite would be the ceviche. The seafood in the ceviche was always fresh. Whether it was the squid, scallop or fish, they were all sweet to the taste and well cured with fresh citrus juices that made the dish rather appetizing. Tom always finishes the ceviche. Always.

Nachos with Salsa & Guacamole
Nachos with Salsa & Guacamole
Seafood Ceviche Sea Salt Grill
Sea Scallops and Octopus Ceviche Sea Salt Grill
Stuffed Calamari Secrets The Vine Cancun
Stuffed Calamari
Tomato Gazpacho Secrets The Vine Cancun
Tomato Gazpacho
Deep Fried Spicy Pork The Vine Cancun
Deep Fried Spicy Pork

Bluewater Grill

Bluewater Grill Secrets The Vine
Bluewater Grill Secrets The Vine
Menu @ Bluewater Grill
Menu @ Bluewater Grill

For dinner, all 6 restaurants open up from 6pm to 11pm. We heard that the Bluewater Grill had the best steak and we were not disappointed. The house wine paired well with the steak which was flavourful and charred from the flame of the grill. We added the grilled octopus on the side since we were a little undecided (they all sounded soooo good!). The braised short rib on the other hand was tender without any gamey hint. Definitely our top venue for dinners at Secrets The Vine Cancun.

Clam Chowder Bluewater Grill
Clam Chowder
Braised Short Ribs Bluewater Grill
Braised Short Ribs
Steak with Grilled Octopus Bluewater Grill
Steak with Grilled Octopus

Nebbiolo Ristorante

Nebbiolo Ristorante Secrets The Vine Cancun
Nebbiolo Ristorante Secrets The Vine Cancun
Menu @ Nebbiolo Ristorante
Menu @ Nebbiolo Ristorante

The other favourite among guests is the Nebbiolo Ristorante which serves Italian cuisine in the evenings. The oven-fired thin crust pizzas was a clear favourite for us. The risotto was not as good as anticipated as the rice was not infused with the flavours of the seafood. Nonetheless, the grilled prawns were fresh, succulent and delicious.

Pasta Nebbiolo Ristorante
Pasta
Oven fired thin crust pizza Ribs Nebbiolo Ristorante
Oven Fired Pizza
Bread Nebbiolo Ristorante
Breads

Dragons Oriental Dining

Dragons Oriental Dining Secrets The Vine
Dragons Oriental Dining Secrets The Vine
Menu @ Dragons Oriental Dining
Menu @ Dragons Oriental Dining
Sushi Menu Dragons Oriental Dining
Sushi Menu Dragons Oriental Dining

As Asians, we were skeptical about the kind of food that an asian restaurant in Mexico serves up. Afterall, we’ve had several misses at asian restaurants during our journeys through South America and USA. However, we are delighted to report that the sushi was actually rather decent! Pad Thai on the other hand had the right tastes but the flat noodles were a little hard. There was also Korean fare such as bibimbap and bulgogi which are nice touches implemented by Secrets The Vine.

Pad Thai @ Dragons Oriental Dining
Pad Thai @ Dragons Oriental Dining
Sushi Rolls & Sashimi @ Dragons Oriental Dining
Sushi Rolls & Sashimi @ Dragons Oriental Dining


What We Really Love about Secrets The Vine

Having gone through the facilities, restaurants and activities at Secrets The Vine, here are some things that we really loved about the resort.

1. No wrist bands. Unlike most all-inclusive resorts, you DONT HAVE TO WEAR A WRIST BAND at Secrets The Vine Cancun! Hooray! We’ve been to all-inclusive resorts that made us wear those naggy wrist bands and they were a pain! Firstly, it made us feel “imprisoned” and that is like the antithesis of the idea of a holiday! Secondly and more practically, the wrist band scratches and irritates you while you sleep, bathe or hold hands with your loved ones. So the no wrist bands policy at STV is definitely a huge plus for us!

2. Impeccable Service. From the moment we arrived at the hotel, we were treated to first class service. Our bags were taken, champagnes were served and the smell of the hotel lobby was reminiscence of high end hotels such as the Raffles Hotel in Singapore. At the pool, water was always served promptly (so that they remain ice cold) and the staff would always be on hand to ask if you needed another bottle of water, cocktail or an extra towel. Valerie (from the Entertainment team) also remembered us by name and even asked us for beach volleyball and water aerobics the next day. A nice personal touch for us. The no reservation policy for dinner was also a plus. Lastly, guests were always greeted with, “Welcome Home, Mr Lim” upon arrival and “When will you be back Mr. Lim?” upon departure. Small gesture that will definitely go a long way.

3. Relaxed Atmosphere. We would strongly recommend coming straight after breakfast to “chope” those beach facing seats. Sitting here, enjoying a cocktail and listening to the sound of the waves was oh so relaxing! Several times, we would just doze off, wake up, take a dip in the pool and repeat the whole cycle. The seamless integration between the modern hotel and the beautiful beach (and turquoise waters) of Cancun, made our stay thoroughly enjoyable and rejuvenating.

These are reasons why Secrets The Vine Cancun is probably the best all-inclusive resort in Cancun. Kudos to the staff and team at Secrets The Vine Cancun!

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**Special thanks to Marhu and Glenda for having us over for such a wonderful time at Secrets The Vine Cancun!

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