11 miles north of San Pedro Town, San Pedro, Ambergris Caye, Belize
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El Secreto’s secret recipe? Thirteen luxe thatch-roofed villas, a hidden Caribbean cove, and plenty of activities for those unsatisfied with lying in some warm white sand under the shade of a swaying palm tree. And as the address implies, it’s all rather secluded. There’s no road in, just a speedboat that takes you eleven miles up the coast from the more crowded beaches of San Pedro. Not that the hidden-Caribbean-cove location means you’ll be roughing it. Those villas come with all the right gadgets and threads, marble bathrooms with tubs for two, outdoor showers on the private patios, and plunge pools which double as jacuzzis.
The plunge pools, frankly, are pretty much decorative, for the main pool and the sea just beyond are irresistible. The former is surrounded by enough comfy loungers and hammocks to ensure a deep suntan, and this is a very privileged section of the Caribbean. The diving, in particular, is world-class, the highlight being the undersea Blue Hole. With sheer walls dropping four hundred feet into a cavern filled with stalactites, it’s like a living page out of National Geographic. Belize’s barrier reef is second in size only to Australia’s, and it’s full of rare soft corals, colorful sponges and fishes of all stripes. The activities go on and on — snorkeling, fishing (including excellent fly fishing), cave tubing, sea kayaking, trips to Mayan ruins, helicopter rides…. And for those who prefer to take their relaxation lying down, the breezy seaside spa is a delight.
For all the high-end hotel trappings, the overall vibe of El Secreto is deeply casual. The day starts with fresh-squeezed watermelon juice delivered to your door, and to dress up for dinner at Miss Miguela’s Kitchen, for seafood from local fishermen and produce from the on-site organic garden, would be a bit like putting on a bow tie for a day at the beach.
How to get there:
El Secreto is located on San Pedro Island, 11 miles north of San Pedro town, and can only be reached by boat. The hotel offers complimentary transfers from the San Pedro Airstrip. Transportation from Belize City International Airport or Chetumal International Airport in Mexico can be arranged for a fee. Please contact CustomerService@TabletHotels.com for details and assistance.
- Complimentary upgrade upon hotel check-in, based upon availability
- Early check-in and late check-out subject to availability
- 15% discount on treatments at Ikal SPA
- One bottle of wine served with dinner (one bottle per room, dinner not included)
- Complimentary welcome cocktail per guest upon arrival
- 13 Rooms
- Style: Contemporary Classic
- Atmosphere: Secluded
- 1 Guest Review
- El Secreto
- 11 miles north of San Pedro Town
- San Pedro, Ambergris Caye, Belize
Hotel amenities and services
- Free wi-fi
- Outdoor swimming pool
- Room service
- Spa treatments (on request)