Secrets Akumal Riviera Maya - March 28, 2020

WELCOME!

Welcome, Family and Friends! We are so excited to spend an extended weekend or maybe a week with you in gorgeous sunny Mexico. Jennifer Brown (THE VAGABLONDE), a groups and wedding travel agency specialist, has been amazing with helping us with all the booking details and worked with the hotel to secure fabulous group rates with Secrets Akumal Riviera Maya. She will help all of our guests book their travel accommodations for OUR BIG DAY (March 28, 2020), including air, ground transportation, and the hotel!

Should you have any questions related to travel that are not answered on this site below, please contact Jennifer. You can email her at jennifer@vagablondetravel.com .

We can’t wait for you to celebrate with us!!!

There is A LOT of information, so grab a cup of coffee, wine, or maybe a margarita and enjoy reading about your NEXT vacation spot! Don’t try to do this if you only have 5 min. Take time reading and booking everything! Please read to the very bottom, where you can book online into the group block.

 
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SECRETS AKUMAL RIVIERA MAYA

Idyllic. Striking. Nature.

Secrets Akumal Riviera Maya, ideally located in the heart of the Riviera Maya along the famed white-sand beaches and calm, clear waters of Akumal, fuses elegant and original design with nature’s elements. This new, AAA Four Diamond award winning adults-only ALL-INCLUSIVE resort offers a truly magical Unlimited-Luxury® experience beginning with 434 elegant suites, many with exquisite ocean views, 3 stunning pools including an expansive infinity pool and 11 smaller pools that create a soothing water enveloped haven, all located nearby the centuries-old Mayan sites of Tulum and Coba. Enjoy the natural beauty of Akumal – meaning “Place of Turtles” in Mayan – by snorkeling off the coast in the world’s second largest barrier reef with the famous green sea turtle population that call Akumal home or take a bike tour along the Yal ku Lagoon where you’ll find a trove of sea life to admire. The natural elements strewn throughout the property create a sensual and peaceful heaven that is truly unmatched. Walk through the natural wooden walkways by the purposely conserved trees and pass by the pools and fire pits cleverly situated throughout the property creating a stunningly romantic ambiance and an oasis you will later dream of fondly.

With a unique layout and a centrally located lobby, everything is just within reach with yet there is plenty of room to spread out. The nine dining options delightfully spread throughout the property offer a variety of experiences in both atmosphere and cuisine. From ocean breezes to romantic moments, no night will be like the other as you tour the worldly flavors, unique experiences and the thoughtful décor of each restaurant all elegant, natural and divine.

All suites offer a private furnished balcony or terrace, full bathroom with whirlpool tub and separate shower, daily refreshed mini-bar and more. Preferred Club suites provide an extra level of luxury with upgraded amenities, exclusive Preferred Club Lounge, upgraded mini-bar service – and that’s just the beginning. All guests will indulge in limitless gourmet dining, without reservations, at 6 à la carte restaurants, one international buffet, a café and a grill. 24-hour dining options allow guests to enjoy late night bites at Coco Café. Or stay in and order room service. It’s all available at any hour day or night. Not to mention top-shelf spirits served at seven chic bars and lounges. There’s even the option to enjoy a night out at nearby sister properties with Sip, Savor & See Dining Experience. 

Day or night, Secrets Akumal offers guests plenty of activities and entertainment. Wind down with a specialty treatment at the Secrets Spa by Pevonia®, lounge by one of the 3 pools or simply bask on the pristine beach on one of the Balinese day beds. If you’re in the mood for more excitement catch the live nightly entertainment, take a stab at any of our exciting culinary adventures from wine and tequila tastings to cooking classes or participate in one of our various sports and activities. There is truly something for everyone at Secrets Akumal. A stunning world of local flora and fauna awaits in this charming new hideaway. 

INCLUDED

  • Unlimited international & domestic top-shelf spirits and natural fruit juices and soft drinks

  • FreeWi-Fi

  • Limitless access to gourmet à la carte dining options without reservations required

  • 24 hour room, concierge service, and daily maid service

  • Pool and Beach wait service

  • Endless daytime activities and live nightly entertainment

  • No wristbands required

  • Theme parties, oceanfront bars and entertainment venues

  • Daily refreshed mini-bar with soft drinks, juice, bottled water & beer

  • Endless daytime activities and live nightly entertainment

  • All taxes and gratuities included

Local Points of Interest

  • Downtown Tulum | 4 miles / 5 mins
    Travel only minutes away from Dreams Tulum and you’ll discover downtown Tulum. Enjoy a variety of restaurants and cafes, exciting bars and nightlife, shopping, activities and public beaches. Events are happening throughout the year to celebrate international and Mexican holidays! 

  • Tulum Mayan Ruins | 4 miles / 5 mins
    These ruins located in the one of the most important cities during its time, are among the most popular sites to visit including ancient artifacts, pyramids, a beach and breathtaking views of Caribbean Sea from cliff-top. 

  • Chichen-Itza Mayan Ruins | 75 miles / 130 mins
    These Mayan ruins include several restored ancient structures, pyramids and excellent views of Chichén Itzá. Chichén Itzá is one of the most impressive of all the Mayan Ruins, named as one of the 7 wonders of the world. The pyramid and other historical ruins are located in the middle of the jungle and are part of an extensive tour of the area. 

  • Tours to Cenotes | 5 mins - 20 mins
    See two of the most magnificent Cenotes, or underground rivers or lakes, nearby. Dos Ojos is 10 minutes to the north and Gran Cenote 10 minutes west going to Coba. 

  • X-Caret Eco-Archeological Theme Park | 30 miles / 35 mins
    Learn about the Mayan culture and enjoy several family activities at this ecological/archaeological theme park. 

  • Cozumel | 60 miles / 70 mins
    Take a Ferry from Playa del Carmen to this island which is a tourist destination for scuba diving and snorkeling. 

To be considered part of the Wedding Group, you must book through the group rates and not through any other method (even directly with the hotel). We have negotiated competitive group rates and secured a room block to make this as easy as possible. Additional fees will apply to visit the resort or come to wedding related events.

***IMPORTANT: If you would like to travel outside the indicated range or extend your stay at another resort please include information in the notes section or email Jennifer and we will gladly set you up with a package itinerary! The pre-negotiated package rates include hotel accommodations, hotel tax, housekeeping and bellman gratuities. Group amenities and terms and conditions have been included as well. Room categories are available on a first come, first serve basis within the block. Room rates are per person per night in USD and include all taxes and gratuities.

All rooms include

  • Mini-bar refreshed daily with soft drinks, bottled water and beer

  • Whirlpool for two in every room

  • 42” satellite TV

  • Rain & handheld showerhead

  • Hair dryer

  • Bathrobes & Slippers

  • Vanity mirror

  • Iron and ironing board

  • Direct dial telephone

  • Night table with lamp

  • Alarm clock with iPod dock

  • Nespresso coffee maker

  • Electric voltage 110 V

  • Electronic safety deposit box (laptop size)

  • Armoire

  • Sofa

  • Blackout drapes

  • Ceiling fan

  • Individually controlled air conditioning

  • 24-hour room service

  • Secrets Box for room service

  • Concierge in every building

  • Complimentary Wi-Fi with Unlimited Connectivity

  • Private, furnished balcony or terrace

ROOMS CATEGORIES AND RATES

(SGL) - SINGLE ADULT OCCUPANCY (1 ADULT TO A ROOM)

(DBL) - DOUBLE ADULT OCCUPANCY (2 ADULTS TO A ROOM)

(TPL) - TRIPLE ADULT OCCUPANCY (3 ADULTS TO A ROOM). 

*pictures may be slightly different than actual accommodations and cannot be guaranteed.

All bookings will receive $200 in resort coupons per room. - $200 in Coupons are broken down as such: three coupons worth $40 each, two coupons worth $20 each and four coupons worth $10 each. These coupons may be used only as follows: $100 for Spa treatment, $60 for romantic dining, and $40 for wine purchases. Spa treatment coupons are broken down in two coupons worth $40 and one coupon worth $20. Only one coupon can be redeemed per spa treatment. To use coupons for romantic dining, one $40 coupon and one $20 coupon may be combined, resulting in a total discount of $60 off one romantic dining experience. When using coupons towards wine purchases, only coupons worth $10 may be used and cannot be combined, therefore one $10 coupon can be applied toward one bottle of wine. Resort coupons cannot be applied toward the following items: beauty salon services, spa product purchases, telephone charges, dolphin experiences, gift shop purchases, boutique purchases, internet service, marina services, dive shop, medical services, car rentals and travel agency services.

Junior Suite Tropical View

(SGL) $411 Per Night

(DBL) $257 Per Adult, Per Night

(TPL) $254 Per Adult, Per Night

  • 1 king size bed or 2 double beds (subject to availability)

  • Stunning Tropical Views | 544 sq ft

  • Full bathroom with whirlpool for two, separate shower, water closet and double vanities.

  • Max Occupancy: Up to 3 adults.

Junior Suite Ocean View

(SGL) $544 Per Night

(DBL) $272 Per Adult, Per Night

(TPL) $272 Per Adult, Per Night

  • 1 king size bed or 2 double beds (limited quantities of double beds)

  • Stunning Ocean Views | 544 sq ft

  • Full bathroom with whirlpool for two, separate shower, water closet and double vanities.

  • Max Occupancy Up to 3 adults.

Junior Suite Swim Out

(SGL) $560 Per Night

(DBL) $280 Per Adult, Per Night

(TPL) $280 Per Adult, Per Night

  • 1 King size bed or 2 double beds (limited quantities of double beds)

  • Stunning Pool or Tropical Views | 544 sq ft

  • 24/7 direct swim out access

  • Full bathroom with whirlpool for two, separate shower, water closet and double vanities.

  • Max Occupancy: Up to 3 adults.

 

Other room categories available. Preferred Club Rooms available. See privileges below.

EMAIL JENNIFER FOR PRICING.

PREFERRED CLUB PRIVILEGES

Available with Upgraded Preferred Club Rooms

  • Personalized check-in and checkout with concierge service in the Preferred Club Lounge

  • Preferred status and amenities

  • Private Preferred Club Lounge

  • Upgraded mini-bar service and bath amenities

  • Daily continental breakfast service, afternoon hot and cold hours d’oeuvres, exquisite desserts & fine liquors served in the Preferred Club Lounge

  • Complimentary computer access in the Preferred Club Lounge

  • Complimentary newspaper in room every day (available in English and Spanish)

  • Exclusive a la carte breakfast and lunch at Seaside Restaurant for Preferred guests only.

  • $400 in Resort Credit instead of $200.

 
Thinking about bringing your kids? Email    Jennifer    directly to discuss options and get a quote for a neighboring family friendly property.  Kids are not allowed at the wedding or at Secrets Akumal.

Thinking about bringing your kids? Email Jennifer directly to discuss options and get a quote for a neighboring family friendly property. Kids are not allowed at the wedding or at Secrets Akumal.

 
 
 
LEARN MORE  about bringing your dog with you on vacation!

LEARN MORE about bringing your dog with you on vacation!

 

CAN I SET UP A PAYMENT PLAN?

Yes! You can structure your payments in one of 3 ways:

  • You can make a deposit and then make a final payment on the balance due date. WE DO NOT KEEP CARDS ON FILE.

  • You can make a deposit and using your payment link make a payment whenever you want and in any amount.

  • You can have authorize us to charge your card monthly in even increments with the last payment on the balance due date.

IS TRAVEL INSURANCE AVAILABLE?

YES. Pricing starts at $69 per person. Click HERE for detailed information regarding Classic Vacations Group Protection Plan.

Rates are per person, depending on the cost of the hotel-only portion of your trip. Travel Insurance can be added at any point; however, in order to receive the full benefit of the travel insurance, you must add it within 14 days of booking. Otherwise, the "Cancel For Any Reason" benefit will not apply and the only benefits will be for in-travel issues. Please note that once purchased, travel insurance is nonrefundable.

This plan includes cash reimbursement for your hotel only*. *Unless your air is also purchased through Vagablonde Travel. If you purchase Travel Insurance and cancel your trip before final payment date, you will be refunded what you have paid on your trip. If you do not purchase travel insurance, your deposit is non-refundable. This plan includes 100% cash reimbursement in the event of cancellation for covered reasons including the most common reason for cancellation - illness affecting the traveler, traveling companion or an immediate family member. It also includes reimbursement for cancellation due to ANY REASON up to 75% of the cancellation penalty amount as long as the plan is purchased within 14 days of initial trip payment and cancellation occurs more than 48 hours prior to departure.

Trip Cancellation Terms: Cancellation penalties could be up to 100% of the cost of your vacation.  If you do not purchase insurance, you are responsible for any cancellation penalties.  Jennifer Brown and Vagablonde Travel are not responsible for any cancellation penalties and your deposit is not refundable if you cancel and have not purchased travel insurance. Jennifer Brown and Vagablonde Travel are not liable or responsible for any expenses incurred as a result of cancellation & interruption, emergency medical/transportation, loss of baggage & personal effects, flight & travel accident, and/or rental car physical damage if insurance is not paid. Please see below for cancellation dates.

WILL I NEED A PASSPORT?

Yes! A passport is needed to fly to and from the U.S. and Mexico. - please take the time now to locate your passport and check the expiration date; make sure it is valid for 6 months after your anticipated return date. Check this site for more passport info: https://travel.state.gov/content/passports/en/passports.html

CAN YOU HELP ME WITH ROUND-TRIP AIRPORT TRANSPORTATION?

Yes. I will help the entire group! All I need from you is for you to send me your flights. Once I have the flight manifests for the group, I will coordinate roundtrip group transportation. Rates start from $52 per person. If you plan to book your own transportation please let me know immediately so I do not count you in toward the group pricing. If you want a private transfer and do not want to ride with other guests of the group, not a problem, please review these rates below and send me an email letting me know you prefer a private vehicle or an upgrade vehicle!

 
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CAN YOU HELP ME BOOK AIR TRAVEL?

YES, we can assist with airfare. Please contact Jennifer with your travel dates, departure city, number of people traveling, and special requests with the wedding name. However, Jennifer cannot guarantee that we have better rates than what you may find on your own and we cannot guarantee we are contracted with every airline. There may be instances when we cannot book your air if we do not have a contract with that specific airline, such as Spirit Airlines. We are also not able to use credit card points or miles towards your flight if booked through the travel agent. You are welcome to purchase your flights on your own and utilize these points. Please submit your flights as soon as they are booked so we can arrange your airport transportation.

Another recommendation for booking flights is www.google.com/flights 

You can easily flex your dates to see the change in pricing. You can also go directly to the airline's website from the google page to purchase the flights. It searches all the internet for the best price. I recommend going direct to the airline because they often have the best communication with the customer on flight delays, flight changes. I've heard of clients miss their flights because cheapoair or expedia didn't relay the message of a flight time change.

There really is no "perfect time" to buy flights, that's a myth. It would be like trying to find the perfect time to fill up your gas tank to get the best price on gas. It's constantly changing, based on the occupancy of that particular flight, gas prices for airliners and their own business models. I just start my search on google flights and check back a few times over a 2-3 week period. Once you see a price you are comfortable with purchasing, go ahead and don't look back!! That's my own philosophy. It may fluctuate some yet but like I said, there is not magic crystal ball out there that's going to tell you the best time to buy. The closest program I've found that can predict the best flights and share them with you is an app called Hopper

I FOUND A CHEAPER PRICE ONLINE, CAN YOU MATCH IT?

Finding cheaper rates than the group rates online is very rare! However, if you have found cheaper rates, please take a dated screen shot that includes the final total price (with all taxes and fees), what the price includes (dates and room category), the website you found it on and the date and time on your computer and send it to jennifer@vagablondetravel.com. We will ask the hotel for a price match. It may take several business days to hear back from the groups department for the match. We have been successful in the past in reducing entire group contracts, but hotels can also reject price matches due to having a group contract in place.

IS THERE A TOURIST VISA FEE?

Your tourist VISA fee should be included with your airfare. You should not need to purchase a separte tourist VISA to enter Mexico.

IS THERE A DRESS CODE AT THE RESORT?

Yes! However, if you would like to never get dressed, you can order room service for every meal but if you would like to go to the restaurants, some of them do have a strict dress code- especially for men. No tank tops for men- must have sleeves! I would also encourage men to bring slacks and closed toe shoes. For breakfast and lunch, swimsuits and cover ups with sandals are fine. Golf pants with a V-Neck are acceptable at most places but the “nicer” restaurant requires men to wear closed toe shoes, slacks, and a collared shirt so be sure to read the resort information packet with dress codes. 

WHAT IS THE WEATHER LIKE?

The weather in Mexico is hot and humid with averages in the 80s year around. Humidity is lowest during Dec-Feb and increases the closer you get to August. Hurricane season starts in June and continues through November. There is a gentle breeze that comes off the ocean on most days, so make sure to pack plenty of sunscreen because the breeze makes it easy to forget just how hot and strong the sun really is!

DO I NEED AN ADAPTER FOR MY ELECTRONICS?

You do not need an adapter for your electronics; the outlets in the Mexico will accept U.S. plugs.

WHAT IF I WANT TO BOOK EXCURSIONS?

Visit HERE and start shopping! You can book directly from my site.

WHAT IS THE ENVIRONMENTAL TAX?

The government of the state of Quintana Roo has approved for the municipality of Solidaridad a new “environmental tax” to all visitors when staying at hotels, motels or guesthouses in the area. This tax will be a flat fee of 20.00 pesos ($1.00 usd approx.) per night, per room. This amount will be charged to all guests and must be paid upon arrival or before departure. Some hotel have not started to implement this, but we suggest you prepare for it and bring cash.

HOW DO WE COMMUNICATE WITH FRIENDS AT THE RESORT OR FAMILY AT HOME??

If you are looking for a way to communicate with each other at the resort, you can call from room to room using the hotel phone.  If you have an IPhone, you can turn your data off and/or keep your phone in airplane mode (to avoid potential fees with your carrier) and then jump on the WiFi at the resort. This will allow you to send IMessages and even Face-Time. Other Apps are useful and work great- Voxer, Viber and WhatsApp. They all work on the WiFi at the resort. Download the app Viber and make sure everyone you are wanting to communicate with has the app as well. You can add contacts from your phone when you give the app access to contacts. Very simple! This will save you from racking up rates on data while away. You will have free phone calls to the US and Canada from your hotel room but this app will allow you to send pictures to each other and communicate with each other! It's an excellent option for traveling abroad!!

PAYMENT INFORMATION

  • $200 PER ROOM non refundable* DEPOSIT is due at booking plus insurance if applicable. This will go toward the cost of your trip total.

  • Any changes requested after the balance due date must be paid for in full upfront even before they are confirmed. Jennifer may request a card on file if this should occur.

  • Payment is accepted by AMEX, VISA, MASTERCARD & DISCOVER.

  • Please scroll back up to the FAQ section for payment plan options if you missed them!

*refundable if insurance is purchased and you decide to cancel. If no insurance is purchased and you cancel, your entire deposit will be forfeited.

IMPORTANT DATES

  • INITIAL DEPOSIT DUE: August 14, 2019

  • FINAL PAYMENT DUE: January 8, 2020

CANCELLATION POLICY

  • CANCELLATIONS MADE AFTER DEPOSIT IS PAID THAT HAVE NOT PURCHASED INSURANCE WILL INCUR A $200 PER ROOM PENALTY.

  • CANCELLATIONS MADE AFTER January 8, 2020 THAT HAVE NOT PURCHASED INSURANCE WILL BE REQUIRED TO PAY 1 NIGHT OF THEIR STAY.

  • CANCELLATIONS MADE AFTER February 17, 2020 THAT HAVE NOT PURCHASED INSURANCE WILL BE REQUIRED TO PAY 100% OF THEIR STAY.

  • Cancelled AIR tickets are valid for one year from original ticket issue date (it must be exchanged) The new travel date can NOT be beyond the validity date.

REFUNDS

  • Refunds will be awarded from Classic Vacations (THE HOTEL SUPPLIER) up until January 8, 2020. AFTER this date  you will be required to file a claim with the insurance company, Trip Mate - 1-844-207-1929.

BOOKING NEED TO KNOWS:

  • Please read the Terms and Conditions during booking.

  • Should the entire group cancel based on the lead passengers decision the cancellation policies still apply to each individual.

  • VERY IMPORTANT: To book at these rate you are REQUIRED to stay a minimum of 3 nights.

  • The room block is set between 3/25/20 - 4/1/20

  • Rates are available 3 days pre/post the room block dates. (based on availability)

Please note: If you are booking outside the room block then you will need to contact Jennifer by email or using the contact form on the booking site. Rooms within our inventory and block are available to book, those not available will not show and it will ask you to “contact travel advisor". If our inventory is low, this could certainly happen, but it does not mean that more inventory can’t be added. So have another glass of wine, email me and within 48 hours, I will add inventory to our block and notify you to book online!

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