Secrets Maroma and Secrets Silversands construction

We’re getting closer! Two brand new Secrets Resorts will be opening up this summer, and while it’s difficult to get an idea of the finished product from construction site photos, we think they’re really cool to look at! Secrets Maroma is scheduled to be opening in July, and we will begin taking reservations for arrivals August 1st and onwards; Secrets Silversands is scheduled for August, so we’ll take reservations September 1st and onward.

Both resorts will be the adults-only, top notch luxury Secrets is famous for, and triple the number of Secrets properties in the Riviera Maya. Both are close to the airport (Silversands is barely 15 minutes away!) and are intimate in size, under 450 rooms each. Secrets Maroma is located on the famous Maroma Beach, voted Travel Channel’s Best Beach in the World a few years back, and will feature very unique swim out rooms that you can literally step off your patio into the pool. Secrets Silversands is a much different decor and design; very much art deco and eclectic, very silver and white colored rooms and common areas.

We’ll keep everyone posted about opening dates or new pictures, but if you’re looking for a fall getaway with that someone special, here are two fabulous choices!

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Ocean Coral & Turquesa

Ocean Coral & Ocean Turquesa’s newest resort complex is located minutes south of Cancun, one of the first resorts you come to, so it’s incredibly convenient, especially for anyone who’s spent all day flying! Like the Princess resorts, this is technically two sections of one resort, but unlike Princess, Ocean has decided to market it as one resort (which makes life easier for us!) No difference in ‘sections’, and the buildings are arranged in horseshoe configuration, meaning most rooms have at least a partial oceanview.

Like Ocean Blue in Punta Cana, Ocean Coral & Turquesa has one of the best features an all-inclusive resort can have – the ability to have a family of five in one room. For all of you with three little kids wondering how in the world you can afford to book two rooms on your vacation, this may be your answer. All Junior Suites, and all have pull out sofabeds, so no need to worry about cost or hoping to get adjoining rooms!

Four a la carte restaurants, plus one main buffet and a beachfront breakfast and lunch snack bar, give plenty of variety. Four pools, one located in each ‘horseshoe’, each provide a different atmosphere (if you want pool volleyball, it’s in one; if you want to read a book by the pool, head to another one.) Beautiful white sand beach, very similar to the sand in Cancun, and a very calm ocean make for enjoyable lounging and swimming.

Definitely a great choice for families because of (a) proximity to the airport, (b) full service Children’s Club, and most of all (c) being family of five friendly, Ocean Coral & Turquesa could be your summer vacation destination. Dozens of Ocean Coral Turquesa pictures online!

Grand Riviera Princess & Grand Sunset Princess

Two resorts, mirror images facing each other across the main pool, with full exchange privileges, the new Grand Riviera Princess and Grand Sunset Princess could really be sold as one resort, but they have decided to split the names so each can be sold through different suppliers (don’t ask us why…)

As with our very well-rated Bavaro Princess and Punta Cana Princess in Punta Cana, Princess Hotels has done it again with all-suite, all-inclusive, great value properties, this time in the Riviera Maya. Not too far from the airport (and only a few minutes from Playa Del Carmen), a Junior Suite is as low as $82 per person, per night in May, which quite honestly is unheard of in Mexico. That price level is where 2-3 star hotels price…we’re still amazed at how great a deal these resorts are.

Again, the Princesses are all-suite properties, with upgraded suites that feature Jacuzzi tubs, direct swim out access to the pool, or even ones that sit on a man-made lagoon. The also have a Platinum category which offers 41″ flat screen televisions, unlimited Internet access in the lounge, 24 hour room service, and much more.

Seven a la carte restaurants, two snack bars, a late night sports bar with snack service and an ice cream parlor means never having to go hungry. And if you’re a pool person, this is heaven – 12 (yes, 12!) swimming pools (including four just for kids) are located throughout the property. Very large beach, one of the “deepest” we’ve seen, gives plenty of space for beach chairs.

Add it all up and you get a great value for your dollar – maybe something to think about when that tax rebate check comes in! Plenty of great pictures from the Grand Riviera Princess and Grand Sunset Princess on our site…

THE ROYAL Playa Del Carmen & THE ROYAL Cancun

Properties that underwent massive upgrades and renovations a little while back (essentially tearing down to the foundations and being rebuilt as luxury adults-only properties), the sister Royal Playa Del Carmen and Royal Cancun are remarkably similar in layout/amenities/rooms/dining, and also share a very unique feature most other resorts can’t claim. Both resorts sit right in the middle of “the action” – the Royal Playa Del Carmen is literally right on Playa Del Carmen’s famous Fifth Avenue, in the middle of the shopping/nightlife that ‘Playa’ is famous for, and the Royal Cancun is towards the north end of the Hotel Zone, located between two major shopping centers within walking distance of dozens of restaurants and clubs. That being said, both resorts are separated from that hustle and bustle very well, so guests within the resort stay in the five star luxury, while those who crave the activity only need to step outside the front gate.

Both resorts are all-suite, featuring in-room Jacuzzi tubs (true double size, not just a few jets in the bathtub!), television and CD/DVD player, and 24 hour room service. Guests in Royal Service rooms also have a feature available to them which is nearly unheard of in the industry – the ability to book the exact room location/floor/number they want, simply by logging on to The Royal’s website 48 hours prior to arrival!

All this, plus a la carte gourmet dining with no reservations (except for the very unique Royal Chef’s Plate, a special menu done by the head chef every night at an intimate setting, something to try out!) make for a truly five star experience at either resort. The only question is which city do you want, Playa or Cancun?

Valentin Imperial Maya – All New

Brand new, built from the ground up, and only 25 minutes south of Cancun’s airport, the Valentin Imperial Maya is an adults-only, all-suite, five star luxury resort that is geared very heavily towards North American clientele. Before you even check in, you’re greeted with a cold towel and welcome drink, a nice touch more resorts should adopt!

The Valentin Imperial Maya features seven a la carte restaurants, none of which ever require reservations (the best way to travel!), including Japanese with teppanyaki tables and a lobster restaurant, or order room service 24 hours a day. Plus, a very unique feature is the “One Touch” system – no need to dial one number for housekeeping, another for room service, another for concierge. Just One Touch and you’re taken care of.

Suites are all equipped with hydromassage tubs, satellite television with DVD player, in-room Internet access, daily stocked minibar, and bathrobes and slippers.

A large lagoon-style pool runs down one side of the Valentin Imperial Maya, featuring a swim up pool bar and plenty of chairs. White sand beach, calm water, and a beach bar give you two distinct places to relax during the day.

The Valentin Imperial Maya is definitely one of the top luxury resorts in the Riviera Maya, so for those of you looking for a new destination for adults only, certainly one to consider.

Plenty of Valentin Imperial Maya pictures on our site from our agency tour in March!