Ambergris Caye, San Pedro Town, Belize – El Secreto, an intimate resort retreat promising a sophisticated, barefoot-luxury experience to guests, is sharing its secret with the world with its official opening set for October 1, 2012 and a special four-night opening package starting at $1,670.
Tucked away in its own private beachfront enclave on Ambergris Caye, 11 miles north of San Pedro Town, Belize, El Secreto is an exotic escape within a secluded oasis surrounded by the lush and natural beauty of its island setting. With careful attention given to every detail of the resort’s design and service while staying eco-sensitive and true to the region’s authenticity and culture, El Secreto is a true, modern-day paradise unlike any other in the area.
Offering an unmatched guest experience and top-notch accommodations and amenities, 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. All while being pampered with complimentary fruit and five-minute power massages as they relax poolside, specially-prepared drinks made to order from hand-picked coconuts from the resort’s surrounding palms, and personalized attention and service.
The El Secreto experience begins well before stepping foot on the resort’s white-sand shores as guests arrive to Belize’s San Pedro Town, 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 turquoise waters of the Caribbean Sea and dotted by piers.
Upon arrival to El Secreto, guests are warmly 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, guests immediately take their first steps onto the powder, white sand shores 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 guests 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 lush 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, indoor hot tub, private outdoor Jacuzzi with tastefully enclosed outdoor shower, outdoor deck with hammock, Melita coffee and tea maker, iPod docking station, mini-bar, and air-conditioning.
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 Town.
Surrounded by lilting palm trees, a private beach, and some of the area’s most notable natural wonders, including the magnificent 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 guests to take part in Mayan Civilization, Jungle Adventure 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:
Four-night stay at one of El Secreto’s four Tropical Villas (double occupancy)
‘Meet and Greet’ at San Pedro Town airstrip
Transfer by boat to and from El Secreto
Welcome cocktail and chilled scented towel upon arrival
Full American breakfast served at El Secreto restaurant
Dinner at El Secreto restaurant with your choice of appetizer, entrée and dessert (alcoholic beverages not included)
One Ikal Spa signature treatment
Hol-Chan Marine Reserve excursion
The above 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, 2012 for travel between October 1, 2012 and November 16, 2012. Package option displayed at time of reservation.
Restrictions and blackout dates may apply. For reservations and more information, please visit www.ElSecretoBelize.com or call 1-800-479-5037 or 011-501-236-51-11.
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About San Pedro, Belize
San Pedro is the largest town on Ambergris Caye, the largest of Belize’s cayes. Known for its world class beach resorts and a laidback atmosphere, San Pedro has retained its authenticity and charm, including its cobble stone roads traveled mostly by golf carts, bicycles, and scooters. Being free of traffic lights, highways and high-rises also contributes to the laidback and relaxed environment of San Pedro. Visitors can enjoy the culture and everyday life of a tranquil Caribbean beach town, with unspoiled shores sprinkled with coconut palm trees and forested mangroves that shelter exotic wildlife. This tropical island paradise is full of colorful sponges, canyons, spectacular caves and tropical fishes, making the island famous for diving. San Pedro is a quaint and festive town where cafes, bars and gift shops adorn the streets while Latin, reggae and Punta music bring in the night as the sun sets over the lagoon.
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