Secrets Silversands

We don’t usually lead off a Resort Review with a sales line, but this one may be too good to pass up, and it will end at anytime. Secrets Silversands (along with Dreams Villamagna in Puerto Vallarta) are offering Buy One Night, Get One Free, plus a $200 Resort Credit, for travel in 2009. Take advantage of this VERY aggressive pricing if you can – with rates starting at $105/pp/night for a Secrets resort, we’ve got a feeling this one will be pulled very soon!

It’s actually a shame Secrets Silversands has received some bad reviews because of the beach (a running industry joke with hotels with below-average beaches is that when the property owners were touring prospective sites, they saw it at night). It is true that the beach is narrow, and the ocean in front of the resort only provides a small swimmable area due to natural coral formations, but let’s turn that around. With less people on the beach, this means less competition for beach chairs, and the coral provides some great off-shore snorkeling!

In all seriousness, people who bash the resort based solely on the beach are missing out – Secrets Silversands has so much more to offer, especially if you’re more of a “pool person.” Twelve pools throughout the resort, including the signature infinity pool and a huge lagoon-style main pool with swim up bar, means there’s always a place for a dip without ever setting foot on the beach. Full pool wait service means your pool lounge chair can become your home throughout the day. And most of the ground floor suites are swim out, so guests can have a semi-private pool just steps from their terrace.

Secrets Silversands boasts a minimalistic, almost art-deco look and feel to it. From the white and orange of Rendezvous Lobby Bar, to the silver and white of the Verandah Lounge where the laid back nightlife happens, to the Tree of Life in El Patio Mexican restaurant, to the teppanyaki tables and “conveyor belt” sushi bar of Himitsu, the design of Secrets Silversands has become its trademark – to the point that other Secrets and Dreams resorts are starting to ‘copy’ the look!

The suites at the adults-only Secrets Silversands are very spacious with that same minimalistic design – lots of whites and silvers, flat screen television and iPod dock, large living area with sofa (plus a sofa lounger on the terrace/balcony), and a unique sliding mirror wall between the bed area and bathroom jacuzzi tub. Relax in your suite with 24 hour room service and fully-stocked minibar, or take breakfast out on the terrace overlooking the pool and ocean. Eight restaurants, never a reservation needed, provide nearly limitless dining choices. Plus Secrets Silversands’ proximity to the airport (20 minutes) makes for a stress-free stay.