Real Vacation: Secrets the Vine Cancun

My husband and I had the opportunity to visit the brand new beautiful Secrets the Vine resort in Cancun. We were looking for a place to relax for a couple of days and neither of us had been to Mexico or stayed at an all inclusive before, so it was  a great opportunity to try!

Beautiful water in Cancun

Since it’s our own personal trip, I’ll have my husband answer the questions 🙂

Where did you go on your trip?

Cancun, Mexico

Beautiful pool & ocean in Cancun

How did you decide on Cancun?

We wanted to go somewhere relaxing, not too far away, not too expensive, and that we had not been to before.

Which hotel/resort did you stay at? 

Secrets The Vine — a very new all-inclusive resort (just opened in October 2012) in the Cancun hotel zone.

Secrets The Vine lobby

Secrets The Vine Cancun – Deluxe Ocean View room

What activities did you do?

Can Cook in Cancun cooking class, Chichen Itza tour, walked along the beach, and most importantly relaxed poolside–read books and swam a little.

Chichen Itza

What was the highlight of your trip?

A few highlights (in random order):  (1) Amazing ocean blue waters of the Gulf of Mexico, (2) All-inclusive meals (food and drink) was super convenient–not having to think about prices or sign a bill after every meal or trip to the bar felt weird, in a good way.  (3) The fantastic authentic Mexican lunch feast from Chef Claudia’s cooking class.

Any advice for anyone thinking of going on a trip to Cancun?

  • Highly recommend the cooking class (www.cancookincancun.com)–such delicious good food in an educational, but relaxing format in an authentic Mexican home.
  • Bring lots of $1 bills for tips, especially if staying at an all-inclusive hotel or resort.  Also bring at least one set of nicer clothes (pants, collared shirt, and shoes for men; blouse or dress for women).  Many restaurants at these all-inclusive hotels have dress codes.
  • Chichen Itza tour was ok. I suppose it’s a must-see. And our guide was very good, but if you can afford it, we would recommend a private or small group van tour. The large coach bus tour took the entire day and we found ourselves waiting around a lot throughout–picked up from our hotel at 7:15am, dropped off around 7:30pm.
  • Most places we went to (touristy spots) took US dollars, but it was slightly better (cheaper) to pay in Mexican pesos. So we’d suggest paying with a credit card that has no foreign transaction fees, or withdraw local currency from an ATM or exchange some cash beforehand.
Any parting words?
We really enjoyed our Cancun trip and would definitely consider going back.  It was super relaxing, food and drink were decent (considering it was all-inclusive), and pretty affordable–as a comparison, it was much cheaper than if we wanted to go to Hawaii.
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