A friend of mine is looking through my pile of pictures from Isla Mujeres, Mexico and asks me why I have postcards in the stash? I laugh hardily and answer, “Those are not postcards. They are pictures from our hotel room.” All I recall of Hotel Secreto are postcard moments, from the view of the inviting pool to the outdoor bar where the moonlight is as perfect as the tropical weather.
The island of Isla Mujeres is only five miles long and half a mile wide. It is 15 minutes from Cancun by ferry. From the dock on Isla Mujeres, we can walk to Hotel Secreto, but given its name, we fear it may not be so easy to find, and we are right. Our taxi drives off the main drag onto a dirt road. We pass a family living in what looks like a metal shack with an open courtyard, which doubles as their kitchen. The scene is rounded out with a couple of lazy dogs lying around and chickens scratching around the yard. Immediately adjacent to this is Hotel Secreto, chicly hidden. Its sleek white exterior accented with glass is such a strange juxtaposition with the residence next door; I don’t know what to think.
Once you walk into the hotel, you are welcomed by cool air (a great relief from the humidity), fresh fragrance and new-age music. The first time I walked into the hotel, the change in environment was so sudden; I did a double take back through the glass doors and was glad to be out of the elements. Like the rest of the hotel, the rooms are clean, white and cool, a sweet reprieve from the heat.
The rooms boast four-post beds and marbled bathrooms. Remember to request a room on the second or third floor. You will get a breathtaking view of the ocean from your balcony, as well as the hotel’s infinity pool. The hotel’s pool is soothing and pleasantly designed with direct access to the bar, yet it is modest in size. The view of the private beach from the pool is perfect.