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Secrets Silversands Riviera Cancun

written by | Posted on January 1st, 2009

One of Secrets’ latest properties has put a sophisticated zing on a beachside getaway. Secrets Silversands Riviera Cancun and its Unlimited-Luxury program—let’s not call it all-inclusive!—has found a way to offer the moon and the stars to its guests, all wristband-free.

Secrets properties, although managed by AMResorts, are each individually owned. The distinction that separate ownership brings extends to various aspects in each hotel, including the decor. Nearby property Secrets Capri Riviera Cancun, for instance, has more Mexican touches. Secrets Silversands, in contrast, elevates the hip factor with contemporary architecture and a polished feel that is ideal for couples and friends’ pampering getaways. All Secrets resorts are adults-only, so this facilitates an atmosphere of relaxed escapism and grownup hijinks. The result, in both its rooms and common areas, is a sensual ambiance that calls for very dry martinis and metallic bathing suits.

The resort is sleek and sexy inside and out, with curvaceous contours in its pools and gorgeous beach area. “Properties are built parallel to the beachfront to maximize location and provide maximum breadth of ocean views,” says Kevin Wojciechowski, v.p. of sales & marketing for AMResorts. Guest suites, all 433 of them, are roomy and urbane, with beds “floating” off the floor, his-and-hers armoires, CD/DVD players, and a guest favorite: the Secrets secret box, which has access from the guestroom and the hallway. Clients who’d rather not be bothered when asking for room service will find their food waiting in this space, and can leave their dishes there for pickup once they’re done.

All larger suites are located at the Preferred Club building, which is oceanfront. The Preferred Club program provides its guests even more perks within its already generous stay, including a private lounge offering continental breakfast and hors d’oeuvres, concierge service, daily newspaper and upgraded amenities.

Dining & Entertainment Culinary offerings are also different in each Secrets property, with each chef putting his or her own spin and personality into each menu. The restaurant experience at Secrets Silversands is a delight even when the first course has not yet arrived—French eatery Bordeaux has a wine cellar and whimsical portraits of Marcelle Marceau on its chairs, El Patio has dramatic Mexican elements throughout and its other restaurants and bars, which include Pan-Asian and Mediterranean dining options, each has its own charismatic identity. No reservations are required at any restaurant.

The outdoor experience here is also chic at night, with modern bars and a giant movie screen available for special al fresco showings. Why leave when you have it all just a short walk away? After 11 p.m., Secrets’ Desires Night Club comes to life with the latest beats courtesy of in-house DJs.

Speaking of nighttime diversions, a nighttime massage under the stars or private pool plunge in a garden area is also on the menu here. The 13,000-sq.-ft. Secrets Spa by Pevonia has the latest hydrotherapy corporal techniques, as well as indigenous-inspired treatments and areas designed for quiet indulgence and solitary attention. Guests may enjoy a cup of tea before and after their massage or facial, brave an ice bath to stimulate their senses, partake of a caviar hand treatment or opt for a mango-passion fruit yogurt wrap to firm and enrich their skin.

Your clients also have a wealth of entertainment options here, from beach volleyball to Hobie cats for a smooth journey gliding along the Caribbean shore. Billiards, bocce ball, kayaks, water aerobics…there’s no end to the number of activities they can indulge in. Another perk: a variety of special programs such as cocktail-making classes and dance lessons.

So here’s what Unlimited-Luxury includes at Secrets: all meals, snacks and beverages at any of its restaurants, bars and lounges; 24-hour room service; nightly entertainment and access to all in-resort entertainment venues; movies on the beach, daily activities, access to the fitness center, and outdoor jacuzzis; use of its tennis courts; and all taxes and gratuities. Additionally, Secrets properties in Riviera Maya also offer complimentary greens fees at Pok-ta-Pok or Playa Mujeres golf courses.

Rates for Secrets Silversands start at $482 pp dbl. If you book clients by the end of this month, they’ll enjoy a Holiday Reward—45 percent off the regular price and a $200 resort credit per room with no minimum-stay requirement. This is good for travel through June 26, 2009.