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Summer To Remember: Secrets Cap Cana Resort Review

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Are you in the search for your next tropical destination? Check out a full review of why I chose Secrets Cap Cana Resort Review in Punta Cana.

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Ever since I shared this photo on my Instagram feed, I’ve received a lot of questions about the resort we stayed in while in Punta Cana, Dominican Republic. Before I get started, let me back up a few years ago, when I was browsing the internet for a beautiful resort –in Riviera Maya, Mexico– where the hubby and I could renew our vows. The results were consistently pointing to Secrets Maroma Beach, one of the many adults-only and all-inclusive resorts of the AMResorts brand (and when I mean many, I mean over 20 resorts in the Caribbean, not counting the other 30-some resorts catered to families). I headed to its website and a few minutes later we booked our 7-day stay. We went, ate, sun-bathe, drank, held a private ceremony to renew our vows and returned back home. Since then, we have revisited with my parents because I couldn’t stop bragging about how incredible this resort was. If you’d like to know more about our experience in Secrets Maroma Beach, you can do so here.

Now, fast forward to earlier this year, when it was time to book our next tropical vacation. We knew that we wanted to again stay at a Secrets collection resort. So I browsed the trusty worldwide net and found that a few months back, AMResorts had inaugurated a new property in Punta Cana named Secrets Cap Cana. So, I called the hubby and it was booked within a few hours.

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Desde que compartí esta foto en mi Instagram, he recibido varias preguntas sobre el hotel en el que nos alojamos en Punta Cana. Antes de empezar, permítanme regresar a unos años atrás, cuando estaba navegando el Internet buscando un hermoso hotel en Riviera Maya donde mi esposo y yo pudiéramos renovar nuestros votos. Los resultados constantemente me dirigían a Secrets Maroma Beach, uno de los muchos resorts para solo adultos y todo incluido de la marca AMResorts (y cuando me refiero a muchos, quiero decir más de 20 resorts en el Caribe, sin contar los otros 30 donde puede visitar toda la familia, incluyendo niños). Me dirigí a su página web y unos minutos más tarde reservamos nuestra estancia de 7 días. Fuimos, comimos, nos bañamos, bebimos, celebramos con una ceremonia privada para renovar nuestros votos y regresamos a casa. Desde entonces, hemos visitado en otra ocasión con mis padres porque no podíamos dejar de hablar de lo increíble que era este resort. Si desean saber más sobre nuestra estancia en Secrets Maroma Beach, pueden hacerlo aquí.

Ahora, avancemos hacia principios de este año, cuando llegó el momento de reservar nuestras próximas vacaciones tropicales. Sabíamos que queríamos alojarnos, de nuevo, en un resort de Secrets. Así que comencé mi búsqueda en el web y encontré, que solo unos meses atrás AMResorts había inaugurado una nueva propiedad en Punta Cana llamada Secrets Cap Cana. Así que llamé a mi esposo y reservamos pocas horas después.

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ACCOMMODATIONS
We were stunned at how gorgeous the room, and resort overall, was. The finishes, from the floor to the bathroom fixtures, were all luxurious and top notch. Attention to detail was definitely the key component. The décor and architecture was a combination of tropical elegance and contemporary chic, which flowed tastefully throughout the entire resort (I made sure to take notes for our bedroom remodel :)). Our suite was very comfortable, large and with beautiful views of the pool and ocean. There are also bungalow, swim-out and Preferred Club suites (which is their highest level of luxury). I loved that we were stocked with water bottles everyday (hydration is key ladies to keeping our skin looking beautiful while traveling!). A few other amenities that I very much appreciated were:
• Marble bathroom with double sink and rain shower
• Hair dryer
• Bathrobes and slippers
• Free international calls to the U.S. and Canada
• Steamer
• King-size bed with the softest and most comfortable mattress and pillows
• 24-hour room service (we had a delish breakfast in bed one morning)
• Private box for room service (the staff would place your meal in that box to avoid disturbing you)
• Nightly turn-down service (they always left a fresh water bottle, chocolate and slippers by your bed side)
• Incense (was replaced daily)
• And other standard amenities like: deposit box, scale, flat screen TV, radio alarm clock, work desk, pod coffee/tea machine

 

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HABITACIÓN
Nos quedamos impresionados con nuestra preciosa habitación, y con el hotel en general. Los detalles, desde la piedra natural usada en el suelo hasta los accesorios del baño, era todo lujoso y de primera categoría. La atención al detalle fue definitivamente el componente clave. La decoración y la arquitectura era una combinación entre elegancia tropical y un encanto moderno, que fluye tras todo el hotel. Nuestra suite era muy cómoda, grande y con hermosas vistas de la piscina y el océano. Me encantó que nos abastecían con botellas de agua todos los días (hidratación es clave para mantener nuestra piel saludable chicas, especialmente fuera de tu elemento habitual). Algunas otras comodidades que me gustó mucho:
• Baño de mármol con doble lavabo y ducha de lluvia
• Secador de pelo
• Bata de baño y zapatillas
• Llamadas internacionales gratuitas a los Estados Unidos y Canadá
• Máquina de vapor para la ropa
• Cama grande con colchón y almohada súper suave y cómoda
•  Servicio de habitacion 24 horas (tuvimos un delicioso desayuno en la cama una mañana)
• Caja privada para el servicio de habitación (el personal coloca tu comida en esa caja para evitar molestarte)
• Servicio nocturno donde te dejan todo listo para soñar con los angelitos (siempre dejaban una botella de agua, un chocolate y zapatillas a tu lado de la cama)
• Incienso (reemplazado diariamente)
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DINING & DRINKS
The resort has a total of six a la carte restaurants, a breakfast/lunch buffet with the most delish oatmeal (#drooling!), one café that serves light bites (my favorite items were the tuna sandwich and the cutest petite assortment of desserts), a pool-side grill when you just don’t feel like moving too far from your cabana and six bars and lounges serving top-shelf spirits. If you like Italian cuisine, there’s a restaurant for you, but if you prefer fresh seafood, or a juicy steak, they also have a restaurant for you. Want to enjoy an authentic hibachi dinner? or trying some delicious Mexican tacos, well guess what? There is also a restaurant for you. And best part is, you don’t need to make reservations! Because we stayed 7 nights, we had the chance to try them all. My favorite dish from the Portofino (the Italian restaurant) were the gnocchi’s and the escargot at Bordeux (French restaurant).

For something more romantic, Secrets Cap Cana offers intimate dining experiences on the beach. Take a look at the photos below to peek at what is an incredible and unforgettable experience (sounds cheesy but it’s true!)

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COMIDAS Y BEBIDAS
El resort tiene un total de seis restaurantes a la carta, un buffet para desayuno/almuerzo con la avena más deliciosa que he probado, una cafetería con deliciosos sándwiches (mi favorito era el de atún) y grande surtido de pequeños postres, una parrilla al lado de la piscina para cuando no tienen ganas de alejarse de su sombrilla, y de seis barras y lounge que sirven bebidas con licores premium. Si les gusta la cocina italiana, hay un restaurante para ti, pero si prefieres marisco fresco, o un jugoso bistec, también tienen un restaurante para ti. ¿Quieren disfrutar de una auténtica cena hibachi? o probar deliciosos tacos mexicanos, ¿adivinen qué? también hay un restaurante para usted. Y la mejor parte es que ¡no necesitas hacer reservas! Ya nos alojamos 7 noches, tuvimos la oportunidad de probar todos los restaurantes. Uno de mis platos favoritos, el gnocchi, fue en Portofino (el restaurante italiano) y el escargot en Bordeux (restaurante francés).

Para algo más romántico e íntimo, Secrets Cap Cana ofrece experiencias gastronomicas al lado en la playa. Pueden ver las fotos a continuación para esta increíble e inolvidable experiencia (suena cursi, pero ¡es cierto!). [/one_half_last]

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SUNGLASSES: Henri Bendel  ||   BRACELET: BaubleBar

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BEACH & POOL
This resort has the largest pool I’ve ever seen! You can see the ocean from almost everywhere you are lounging from, and have I mentioned before that I love infinity pools! Well, we spent the majority of our days by the pool because the weather had brought in a lot of seaweed to the beach shore (Hurricane Harvey, which devastated Texas last week, was developing around this area of the Caribbean). But, that didn’t stop us from lounging a day or two under the pretty beach huts. We took in the fresh sea breeze and burring our toes in the softest sand ever (#MissThat). That is probably one of my favorite things about the Caribbean; the white sugar-like sand (which we don’t have in Miami).

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PLAYA & PISCINA
Este resort tiene la piscina ¡más grande que he visto! Puedes ver el océano desde casi todas partes que estes descansando. Pasamos la mayoría de nuestros días en la piscina porque el clima había traído muchas algas marinas a la orilla de la playa (el huracán Harvey, que devastó al estado de Texas la semana pasada, se estaba desarrollando en esta zona del Caribe). Pero, eso no nos impidió descansar un día o dos bajo las cabañas de la playa. Disfrutamos de la fresca brisa del mar y de deliciosas bebidas (incluyendo agua de coco natural que preparaban al frente de ti). La arena es bien fina y blanca, y probablemente es una de mis cosas favoritas en el Caribe (que no tenemos en Miami). [/one_half_last]

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BIKINI: Victoria’s Secret (similar here, here and here)  ||   HAT: c/o Fancy Boutique (similar here)   ||   SUNGLASSES: Henri Bendel

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ACTIVITIES & ENTERTAIMENT
Ladies and gents, if you rather relax and do nothing other than lounge by the pool or beach, this is the place for you, because, hello! that’s what these types of vacays are for! But, if you rather be more active, or are just plain bored of sipping Coco Loco’s, there is so much to do at Secrets Cap Cana. The day’s activities are available on TVs throughout the resort and also in paper form at your room. And there are so many activities to enjoy both during the day and night. During the day, there are things like archery, yoga by the beach, bingo, pool aerobics, and even Salsa classes. There are also water sports; the resort offers complimentary kayaks, paddle boards, windsurfing, etc. At night, all the activities were related to music and dancing in some way or another. There was live music in the main lobby and also by the pool. But the big spectacle was at the theater, where we enjoyed nightly themed shows. There were dancers, singers and even acrobats.

INTERNET
Secrets Cap Cana offers free Wi-Fi throughout the property. The connection is very reliable and available even at the beach. You can easily connect with your smartphone or laptop by entering your name and room number.

RESORT AMENITIES
The resort has everything you can think of to make your stay comfortable and memorable. There was a state of the art gym, business center, ballrooms, renowned spa by Pevonia® (I will share more of our experience below), a coffee shop that offers everything from lattes to light bites (and opened 24 hours), and nearby there is a championship golf course, equestrian center, world-class fishery, protected harbor marina and a natural theme park.

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ACTIVIDADES & ENTRETENIMIENTO
Damas y caballeros, si les gusta relajarse y no hacer nada aparte de broncearse en la piscina o playa, este es el lugar para ti, porque, este tipo de vacaciones son precisamente para eso. Pero, si prefieren ser más activos, o si simplemente se aburren de beber Coco Locos, hay mucho que hacer en Secrets Cap Cana. Las actividades del día están disponibles en las televisiones de todo el resort y también en tu habitación. Y hay muchas actividades para disfrutar tanto en el día tal como la noche. Durante el día, hay cosas como tiro con arco, yoga en la playa, bingo, ejercicios aeróbicos en la piscina, e incluso clases de salsa. También hay deportes acuáticos; el resort ofrece (por cortesía) kayaks, tablas de paddleboard, windsurf, etc. Por la noche, todas las actividades estaban relacionadas con la música y el baile de una manera u otra. Había música en vivo en el lobby principal y también en el área cerca la piscina. Pero el gran espectáculo es en el teatro, donde disfrutamos de shows temáticos nocturnos. Había bailarines, cantantes e incluso acróbatas.

INTERNET
Secrets Cap Cana ofrece conexión Wi-Fi gratuita en toda la propiedad. La conexión es muy fiable, y disponible incluso en la playa. Puede conectarse fácilmente con su teléfono o computadora portátil introduciendo su nombre y número de habitación.

COMODIDADES ADIOCIONALES
El resort tiene todo lo que se pueda imaginar para hacer que su estancia sea cómoda y memorable. Había un estado de la técnica de gimnasio, salones de eventos, centro con impresoras y computadoras, spa (voy a compartir más de nuestra experiencia a continuación), una cafetería que ofrece desde café con leche a pequeños sándwiches (abierto las 24 horas), y cerca hay un campo de golf, centro ecuestre, pesquería de clase mundial, puerto y un parque temático natural.

PS: Si reserva su estancia directamente con el resort, su transporte, desde y hacia el aeropuerto, está incluido. Así que no hay necesidad de preocuparse en ese pequeño detalle.[/one_half_last]

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TOP: Nordstrom (available in blush and black)  ||   SKIRT: Forever 21   ||   NECKLACE: BaubleBar

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SPA
Ok who doesn’t love a little (or a lot of) pampering?! So why not make your vacay that much relaxing with a massage, body treatment or manicure. Well, the hubby and I had the opportunity to experience a couple’s massage in one of the most beautiful spa suites ever! Just like the rest of the resort, the finishes as well as the surroundings were beyond luxurious. After the much-needed massage, we headed to the hydrotherapy area. There are two pools; a dynamic one (with jets and whirpool) and an ice plunge one (the hubby loved this one!). I spent a few minutes in the sauna, then grabbed some fresh fruit and tea in the relaxation area.[/one_half][one_half_last]

SPA
¿A quién no le encanta ser mimado? ¿Por lo tanto, por qué no hacer sus vacaciones más relajante con un masaje, tratamiento corporal o manicura. Mi esposo y yo tuvimos la oportunidad de experimentar un masaje de pareja en una de las más hermosas suites del spa. Al igual que el resto del resort, la decoración, así como los alrededores, son muy lujosos. Después del masaje, nos dirigimos a la zona de hidroterapia. Hay dos piscinas; una dinámica (con chorros y jacuzzi) y una con temperatura helada (mi esposo le encantó ese). Yo, pasé unos minutos en la sauna, luego me deleite de frutas fresca en la zona de relajación.[/one_half_last]

 

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BIKINI: Asos (similar here)

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LOCATION
I’ve visited Punta Cana in two other occasions and I was surprised of how close this resort was to the airport! Such a plus when all you can think of as soon as you land, is to put on your bathing suit and take a dip in the ocean. The resort is just 15-20 minutes away from the airport, within gated community and set in Juanillo Beach (one of the most beautiful beaches in Dominican Republic).

 

While I paid for this travel, some of the services provided were compliments of Secrets Cap Cana Resort & Spa. Thank you for supporting the brands that support Blame it on Mei.

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UBICACIÓN
He visitado Punta Cana en otras dos ocasiones y me sorprendió de lo cerca este resort era al aeropuerto. Una ventaja cuando lo único que puedes pensar tan pronto aterrizas, es cambiarte a tu traje de baño y darte un chapuzón en el océano. El resort está a sólo 15-20 minutos del aeropuerto, dentro de una comunidad cerrada y situado en la playa de Juanillo (una de las playas más hermosas de la República Dominicana).

 

Aunque pagamos por este viaje, algunos de los servicios ofrecidos fueron cortesía de Secrets Cap Cana Resort & Spa. Gracias por apoyar a las compañías que apoyan a Blame it on Mei.

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  1. 4.16.20
    Nimone said:

    hi i was wondering what was the name of that purple drink. It look delicious

    • 4.19.20

      Hi Nimone,
      It was the drink of the day, but I can’t remember the name 🙁

      Hugs! Mei

  2. 9.18.17
    Andrea said:

    This place looks amazing and I love your photos! Did they have a night club or bar that was open late?

    • 9.19.17

      Thanks so much Andrea! And yes, I forgot to mention that it does have a night club and one of the bars is open 24/7 🙂
      XO,
      Mei

  3. 9.13.17
    Nita said:

    Wow what an amazing resort!

  4. 9.11.17

    heaven on earth… this place looks STUNNING

  5. 9.9.17
    Anna English said:

    I totally wish this was my view right now!

  6. 9.8.17
    Ruth Ridley said:

    OMG these photos are amazing! This place looks like a dream!

  7. 9.8.17

    This place looks AMAZING! What a beautiful resort! I’d love to visit here one day, thanks so much for sharing! XO

    Jamaria | throughjamseyes.com

    • 9.12.17

      Hi Jamaria,
      You should definitely share when you visit! I would love to know what you think.
      XO, Mei

  8. 9.7.17
    Ashley said:

    This resort looks incredible! I’ve always wanted to visit Punta Cana!

  9. 9.7.17

    This looks like the perfect resort location! I’ve never been to the Caribbean, so there will likely be a winter get away trip in my near future.
    – Katherine
    engineering-in-style.com

  10. 9.7.17

    This place looks like an absolute dream! I have never been to Punta Cana but it’s definitely on my bucket list!

    xo,
    Courtney
    http://www.stylebycourtney.com

  11. 9.7.17
    Krista said:

    Lady you absolutely killed this recap – it’s stunning, beautiful and so so thorough.

    I love it – I want to go!

    Great work! xoxox

    Krista
    http://www.hundredblog.com

    • 9.12.17

      Krista,
      Thanks so much hun! You definitely should visit 🙂
      XOXO, Mei

  12. 9.7.17
    Whit said:

    This place looks AMAZING! I can’t believe that dress is Forever21! Looks amazing!

    love,
    Britt+Whit

    • 9.7.17

      Hi Whit! Isn’t the resort to die for!? And yep, Forever21 baby 🙂
      XOXO,
      Mei

  13. 9.7.17
    Shelby Back said:

    this resort sounds amazing! it looks like you had the best time!

    xo!
    Shelby
    http://www.glitterandgingham.com

    • 9.7.17

      Shelby,
      Thanks for stopping by, and it was truly amazing! can’t wait to go back 🙂
      XOXO,
      Mei