El Secreto, an intimate resort retreat promising a sophisticated, barefoot-luxury experience to clients heading to Belize, has set its official opening for October 1 and is offering a special four-night opening package starting at $1,670.
Located in its own private beachfront enclave on Ambergris Caye, 11 miles north of San Pedro, El Secreto is an exotic escape within a secluded oasis surrounded by the natural beauty of its island setting.
El Secreto combines the exotic style of the South Pacific, with the authentically relaxed-nature of the Caribbean, with large palapas housing common areas that leave guests mesmerized by the open-air views of the surrounding beach, palms and tranquil waters.
The El Secreto experience begins well before stepping foot on the resort’s white-sand shores as guests arrive to Belize’s San Pedro, where they are greeted and transported to the property via boat - the area’s primary form of transportation because after all, Ambergris Caye is surrounded by the Caribbean Sea and dotted by piers.
Upon arrival to El Secreto, clients are welcomed by property staff at the resort’s private pier where they are quickly pampered with a signature cocktail and chilled scented towel. Making the check-in experience ultra-relaxing and seamless, clients immediately take their first steps onto the beach as they are escorted from the pier to one of 13 luxuriously-appointed, freestanding villas.
A tropical-style resort with modern day conveniences and amenities, El Secreto offers clients a variety of thatched roof villa types based on their location throughout the property. These include three Sea Villas located just steps from the ocean; four Tropical Villas offering garden views; and five Lake Villas that surround the resort’s salt water lake. All villas feature contemporary and locally-inspired fixtures with all carpentry designed and handcrafted by local artisans using a variety of hard woods native to the region for the window frames, closets, deck floors, and interior furnishings.
Additional interior and exterior villa finishes include king-size bed, flat-screen LCD television, marble bathroom, an indoor hot tub, a private outdoor Jacuzzi with tastefully enclosed outdoor shower, an outdoor deck with hammock, a Melita coffee and tea maker, an iPod docking station, mini-bar, and more.
Guests will also have access to a full pillow menu and enjoy Malin + Goetz bath amenities, Vivenda Egyptian cotton linens and complimentary WiFi. For the tech-savvy traveler, an “intelligent” in-room system allows guests to control the villa’s air conditioning and lighting to their own preferred settings using their iPad or iPhone.
For those who book El Secreto’s IKAL Spa Villa, in addition to providing full accommodations, guests can also enjoy a private double massage cabin, steam room, indoor/outdoor Jacuzzi, and a fresh water pool. The spa will feature Thalmer & Fisiosphere products and offer an extensive menu of facial and full body ritual treatments that encourage balance, health and harmony, such as IKAL’s signature Bamboo and Hot Sea Shell massages. Spa services are also available to guests at beach cabanas and the resort’s two thatched roof spa towers.
As part of El Secreto’s desire to provide guests with a memorable, island experience that promotes overall health and wellness, El Secreto Restaurant will offer a regionally-inspired menu of culinary fare using organic ingredients grown at the resort’s own vegetable and herb gardens. Located near the pool and reception lounge, the resort’s Sand Bar will offer guests an alternative food and beverage option.
Guests will also enjoy complimentary resort amenities on a daily basis including continental breakfast; fitness programs such as yoga and meditation sessions on the resort’s private pier; bicycle rentals; non-motorized water sports including sailing and kayaking; and shuttle boat service to/from San Pedro.
Surrounded by lilting palm trees, a private beach, and some of the area’s most notable natural wonders, including the famous Blue Hole, located only 52 nautical miles (or two hours) from San Pedro, El Secreto offers guests an array of authentic and exotic island activities, as well as access to some of Belize’s historical and natural points of interest. Available activities and excursions include scuba diving, snorkeling, sea kayaking, parasailing, windsurfing, fishing, cave tubing, cycling and bird watching. The resort’s concierge and excursion planner can also arrange for clients to take part in Mayan civilization, jungle adventures and helicopter tours. Specifically for the scuba aficionado, tours to Glover’s Reef, Turneffe Islands and the Blue Hole can also be organized.
To welcome guests to Belize’s newest secret island oasis, El Secreto is offering a four-night Grand Opening Package with rates starting at $1,670 for Tropical Villa accommodations. The package includes a four-night stay at one of El Secreto’s four Tropical Villas (double occupancy), a meet and greet at San Pedro airstrip; transfer by boat to and from El Secreto; a welcome cocktail and chilled scented towel upon arrival; dinner at El Secreto restaurant with your choice of appetizer, entrée and dessert (alcoholic beverages not included) and more.
The four-night Grand Opening package is also available for Sea Villa accommodations at $1,999, and Lake Villa accommodations at $1,850. Taxes and service charges are included. The El Secreto Grand Opening Package is available for booking now through September 30 for travel between October 1 and November 16.