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El Secreto

4.0 out of 5.0

Recent guest reviews

This tiny resort (13 villas) is the perfect place to get away from it all. Beautiful villas, each with a private hot tub are in an idyllic setting - either on the beach or (like ours) around a lagoon. Since it is 30 min from San Pedro by boat (45 by golf cart), all activities require long rides. I suggest you have your adventures first, in Belize City or San Pedro, then come here to recover and relax. Staff is very attentive, and Estell, the manager is a gem. One note: all your meals will probably be in the restaurant, which is excellent, but a bit pricey.

It truly is a 5/5 resort! It is very secluded, and makes you feel like you have the resort all to yourself. The staff does do a great job at maintaining it and making sure you have everything you need. Estell, the manager, is great and very helpful! She replied to all of my emails/questions within minutes which was very nice. Really don't understand these negative reviews: yes mosquitoes are everywhere, but do you realize you are in Belize? Even if they wanted to, they cannot control it. It's something everyone should be aware of and not blame the resort for it. The one thing they can improve on is restaurant service. We had 5 meals there throughout our stay, and every time we would only see our server to take our order and the bring it. Maybe it's the American part in us, but I would have appreciated if someone came up asked if we want more water, if we liked our food etc. Just working on being more personable would be great! Highly recommend this resort!

You will see things you've never seen before. Quite rigorous adventure through underwater caves with your guide explaining the formations and the culture of the caves once you ask the gods for permission to enter and protect you on your visit.

My friend and I stayed in a Tropical Villa at El Secreto January 20 - 24. Hotel staff was waiting for us at the small San Pedro airport and stopped at a grocery store so we could pick up some supplies for our trip. We had read the resort was very secluded and this is correct, so it's a good idea to get anything you might need before you head out there. We then took a private boat ride to El Secreto and Estell, the Frontdesk Manager, was waiting there for us at the dock with towels (it had rained) and Elben, one of the waitstaff, was waiting for us with wonderful fruit drinks. The Villa was beautiful and even though it wasn't beachfront, we could still see the ocean from our porch. The lights and TV and locks are all managed by remote. Everything worked fine in the room and they had a rollaway bed setup for us upon arrival. All of our meals were superb. I'd suggest trying the natural breakfast (only $10 us). Everything we had was delicious and cooked fresh. Our drinks were also made with the utmost care, and even though they took a bit long to make, they were delicious. There's a happy hour from 3-5 everyday with a special 2-1 drink. The beach was cleaned throughout the day. Although the water isn't really swimmable, the infinity pool and hot tub made up for it. There were times it felt like we had the whole resort to ourselves. Yes, there are bugs, but once you're there you can see why. You're practically in the jungle. The resort has bug spray and they fumigate at night. We felt like they did everything they could, but bugs are bugs! Thanks again to Estell, Elben and George for making our stay at El Secreto a memorable, relaxing retreat!

Our bungalow was infested with hundreds of black bugs.They moved us to another bungalow in the am but refused to remove the first nights charge. Unbelievable. they also told us because we were only there for two nights they could not help us.

We absolutely loved our stay at El Secreto. First - and most importantly - the staff were fantastic. Everyone was so kind, thoughtful and helpful. Over our six night stay - we learned so much about Belize, it’s people and culture from getting to know everyone. It was a real treat. The property is beautiful - amazing secluded view of the ocean. There are 12 cabanas in property. If you are looking for a place to relax and unwind, this is it. You can relax at the end of the dock, on the beach or by the pool. The rooms are huge and comfortable. Air conditioning units, TV and Wifi - brought the little comforts of home while sleeping on a beach 👌🏼. This property is secluded. Our favorite part of the trip was exploring the island, traveling into town via golf cart. It was an adventure to hit up all the spots and return home to our comfortable resort. You’re not going to get into town quickly - but that’s half the fun! Everything is so safe, we had dinner off property 3 nights and never had an issue coming home. The team at El Secreto helped book our excursions. We snorkeled, did a day boat trip and went inland for Mayan ruins & cave tubing. Everything was seamless. They made sure we were comfortable and taken care of all the way. Some comments mention the trash and bugs - things I had in the back of my mind when we got there. 1) the trash is not on the property, it is kept very well and groomed all day. This is part of the infrastructure of this country, one needs to understand this when you travel. 2) bugs are a fact of life while traveling in Centeal America. They take measures to keep you safe and comfortable. We did not find it bad and I did not get any bites - be smart about bug spray. This is a great spot for couples who want time together and an opportunity to explore. I can’t thank the staff enough for our stay - I hope you’re reading this! Mike and I enjoyed learning about your country and our time. I hope everyone had a great Christmas and Happy New Year! Hope to see you soon!

We passed through the beach in front of this resort daily during our recent family trip. We had seriously considered the property for our vacation, but for no particular reason, we chose someplace else. Thank goodness. This is not a functioning resort. The grounds and setting are indeed stunning, however, it is far from a full service or even a 50% service resort. The beaches immediately adjacent are trash heaps. The resort itself can barely serve a cold beer. It is clear from the moment you stop bye to enjoy a drink they are in over their heads. There are many other choices in proximity. They are all better.

The facilities are good, the staff is very kind and they make their best to make you feel comfortable but there are some unpleasant things: -the insane plague of mosquitoes. It’s impossible to have dinner, it’s better no to leave your room after sunset. I’m aware of the presence of mosquitoes in the Caribbean beaches but this is ridiculous. - please clean the neighborhood beach. It look really disgusting to se trash just where the hotel ends. 3- the beach is not enjoyable. No swimming only the view.

A great hotel with all the luxuries you would expect in a small island. Accessible by boat only and about a 30 minutes ride from San Pedro. A perfect hide away but if you're looking to experience the culture you may be better served staying at a hotel in San Pedro. The swimming pool is gorgeous. The restaurant's menu is exquisite and dinner in the open space next to the pool is a die-for experience.

We spent three days at El Secreto, having decided to go with the Getaway Package. As part of this package, all meals were included, including soft drinks and draft beer. It also included a half-day snorkelling trip and a massage treatment, a romantic meal (see the picture) and a trip to some Mayan ruins. From the moment that we arrived in San Pedro, El Secreto was looking after us. Someone from the hotel met us at San Pedro airfield and organised a taxi to take us to the dock. As we had arrived early in the day, our room was not quite ready. El Secreto offered, therefore, to buy us lunch in San Pedro whilst we were waiting to travel to the resort. We thought that this was a really nice touch. After our lunch, we were taken in the El Secreto boat to the resort. This is about 11 miles north of San Pedro town centre, and most easily accessible by boat. Arriving at the hotel's jetty, the hotel manager, Estell, came to meet us off the boat. She walked us to the check-in desk and handled the paperwork. She was so friendly, even offering to call our airline to rearrange a flight, when she noticed that we had a large stopover in Belize City. The resort itself is very well kept and attractive. With only 13 villas, you quickly get to know the faces of the staff and other guests, which makes it a very friendly place to be. The central area has the dining room and pool, and is so peaceful. The resort is at the water's edge and incredibly secluded. You really do feel like you are on your own island. When we saw our villa, our breath was taken away. It was spacious and with an enormous bed. The bathroom was equally cavernous and we had our own hot tub. All villas have a hot tub; however, we wanted to be close to the sea, so chose a sea-view room. We were glad that we did this as it was fantastic to wake up and look out on to the water, seeing the hermit crabs scuttling along the beach and the palm trees swaying. The room was cleaned to a very high standard. On one of the days, we went snorkelling. El Secreto staff took us on the speed boat to "Hol Chan" and "Shark Ray Alley". Snorkelling gear was provided, and the captain came into the water with us, so we felt very safe. He swam with us around the reef and pointed out the different types of fish. Seeing the barracudas, stingrays and all of the other abundant fish was very exciting. The sharks were not for the faint hearted, but really do not bite (at least not people, anyway). We really enjoyed this experience. If you are able to get up early, do. We had both locations to ourselves, but hordes of other tourists arrived as we left. The next day, we had our massage treatments on site. These were done professionally and skilfully and we both felt very relaxed afterwards. That evening, we had our romantic meal. As you can see from the photo, nothing was spared. I am normally quite cynical about this sort of thing, but even I was won over by the water's-edge location and intimate dining experience. If you're on holiday, why not?! (We had read about the Belizean attitude to gay people being quite strict, but this was never an issue for us at El Secreto.) A note on the food: We had all of our meals at the resort and were anxious about the food. However, it was all of a very high quality, cooked to order and fresh. There is a good mix of Belizean cuisine and some more international dishes. One evening, there was a huge thunderstorm, which made for a dramatic backdrop to supper. On a practical note, it is right next to the water and tropical. Make sure that you have a healthy supply of insect repellant. The hotel supplies a can in each room, but if you have a brand that works for you, bring it. We were so sad to leave El Secreto. It was a wonderful three days with luxurious surroundings and the most friendly staff. If you're looking for secluded relaxation, this is it.

11miles north of San Pedro Town San Pedro

Hotel highlights

  • Free WiFi in rooms and public areas
  • Onsite dining
  • Spa
  • Outdoor pool

El Secreto places you 7.6 mi (12.2 km) from GoFish Belize and 8.2 mi (13.2 km) from Belizean Melody Art Gallery. This 13-room, 4-star resort has private in-room plunge pools along with a restaurant and a full-service spa. It's on the beach and also within a 30-minute drive of The Gallery of San Pedro Ltd and Reef Runner Glass Bottom Boat.


Dining

Enjoy a leisurely bite to eat at the onsite restaurant, or have a drink at the bar/lounge. Savor a meal from the comfort of your room with room service. Continental breakfast is offered for a fee each morning from 7 AM to 11:30 AM.


Rooms

All of El Secreto's 13 rooms are individually decorated and have an array of amenities, including private plunge pools, private spa tubs, and furnished patios. Guests can expect free WiFi and 40-inch LCD TVs with satellite channels. Memory foam beds with Egyptian cotton sheets and pillow menus ensure a restful night, and bathrooms offer deep soaking tubs, rainfall showers, hair dryers, and designer toiletries. IPod docks, minibars, and coffee makers are also standard.


Property features

Guests staying at El Secreto enjoy access to a full-service spa, an outdoor pool, and free WiFi in public areas. Airport transportation is made easy with an airport shuttle (available on request) for USD 222 per person roundtrip. Helpful staff can provide dry cleaning/laundry services and concierge services. This beach resort also has free use of bicycles.

Room options

Villa, Sea View

King 1 | Sleeps 2

Villa, Lake View

King 1 | Sleeps 2

SPA Villa

King 1 | Sleeps 2

Reviews from Trip Advisor

Trip Advisor aggregated rating

76% of guests recommend this hotel

Total of 246 reviews