Eight is the magic number at Secrets Silversands Riviera Cancun.
Not only does the lavish five-star property, nestled along the picturesque Riviera Cancun coastline, boast eight restaurants, eight pools, and eight bars. It also opened on Aug. 8, 2008 – 08.08.08 – rounding off the pleasing symmetry that, in many ways, typifies the perfect attention to the smallest details that abounds at the idyllic, all-inclusive resort.
441 expansive suites
That said, the adults-only property opts against using the term ‘all-inclusive.’
Rather, it bills itself as ‘Unlimited Luxury’. The resort boasts 441 expansive suites, with each offering its own whirlpool, private terrace or balcony, and plush, suspended king-sized bed – or alternately, two double beds.
Our rooms were in the Preferred Club category, granting access to an upgraded suite, special concierge service and enhanced amenities: the epic Preferred Club Master Suite, for instance, features its own living room and dining area, with a jacuzzi for two and an expanded terrace area.
Over The Pool Cabana Honeymoon Suite
Such is the calibre of the property’s rooms that it’s difficult to single any one category out for special attention, but its over-the-pool suites unquestionably feature amongst its most impressive offerings.
The Over The Pool Cabana Honeymoon Suite includes generously-sized accommodation (with a separate sitting area), a king-sized bed, and a spacious bathroom with its own expansive jacuzzi.
If you’re looking for an ideal spot to enjoy a refreshing cocktail in the heat before venturing to one of the resort’s multitude of superb restaurants, look no further than the Barracuda Bar – featuring unencumbered views of the glistening, crystalline Riviera Maya water.
The culinary fare on offer includes something for everyone: those in search of a more refined meal can find it at the swanky Bordeaux restaurant, requiring formal attire for guests, while authentic and savoury Mexican food is served at El Patio. The menu at the Himitsu restaurant is replete with offerings that enthusiasts of Pan-Asian cuisine will relish, while fresh, tasty seafood is the order of the day at the resort’s Oceana and Seaside Grill restaurants.
We were treated to a sensational meal by flickering candlelight in the atmospheric surroundings of the Bacanal wine cellar, whose brick walls are adorned by row after row of bottles and enormous, ornate tapestries as their centrepiece. It’s one of the few features offered by the property that is not included in its ‘Unlimited Luxury,’ with a separate fee required for access to the restaurant, but its dramatic backdrop and stellar service ensures that it’s a dining experience well worth paying extra for.
Secrets Silversands at night
Secrets Silversands truly comes alive by night, with the curved sculptures that line its many paths emitting a luminous glow that sets the scene for an array of options including themed parties, live sports and other entertainment offerings.
Whether for a romantic getaway or a destination wedding, the couples-oriented property features more than enough to appease a variety of different tastes, with its gazebo suitable either for tying the knot or simply enjoying a peaceful dinner for two. Unlimited Luxury is what the property promises – and there was little doubt in anyone's mind, as we took one last look at the immaculate waters from the powdery sand beach, that it more than delivers.
Our journalist was invited to Secrets Silversands by TravelBrands.