Secrets Silversands Riviera Cancun

Looking for a sleek, contemporary, adults-only all-inclusive that offers numerous amenities and excellent service?  Look no further than Secrets Silversands Riviera Cancun.  Located 20 min. south of the Cancun airport near the fishing village of Puerto Morelos, the Silversands caters to adults who enjoy Miami-chic ambiance in an oceanfront setting.  This resort is a recipient of the AAA Four Diamond award for its stellar amenities and service.

Secrets Silversands Riviera Cancun

Aerial view Secrets Silversands, courtesy AMResorts

This is a pool-lover’s resort–in fact, there is a whopping 43,000 sq. feet of total pool space with nine separate pools, an integrated pool Jacuzzi, separate beachfront Jacuzzi which seats 16, and a hydrotherapy circuit pool over by the spa.  In-pool flotation mats and poolside hammocks are provided by the resort, while man-made overhead structures provide shade instead of traditional umbrellas.

Secrets Silversands Riviera Cancun

Infinity pool next to Preferred Club guest room buildings, courtesy AMResorts










No matter the room location, there is a nearby pool–some are just a few steps away from one’s terrace.  Given the fact there are so many pools to enjoy, there happens to be more swim-up suites available here than at most other resorts.  Terraces do not step directly down into a pool as is common for traditional swim-up suites, but with resort pools being only a few steps away, grassy areas and private loungers grace the space instead.

Secrets Silversands Riviera Cancun

Jr. Suite Pool View Swim-Out, courtesy AMResorts


The resort recently added two new guest room categories, Preferred Club Ocean View Rooftop Jacuzzi Suite and Over-the-Pool Cabana Honeymoon Suite.  The Rooftop Jacuzzi Suite is for Preferred Club upgraded guests and this beauty offers a rooftop Jacuzzi tub with an ocean view.  These suites are above the lobby area, so they are not oceanfront, but they do offer an ocean view.  The three newly opened Over-the-Pool Suites are located beachfront on the southern side of the resort over a new pool area and are reminiscent in style of some south Pacific over-the-water bungalows.

Secrets Silversand Riviera Cancun rooftop jacuzzi suite

Rooftop Jacuzzi










Secrets Silversand Riviera Cancun over-the-pool cabana honeymoon suite

Over-the-Pool Cabana Honeymoon Suite










While pools are one of this resort’s strengths, the beach, alas, is not.  There is a real problem here with sea grass; although staff diligently try to get the upper hand in its collection, Mother Nature is definitely winning the battle.  Also, a trip to Secrets Silversands requires water shoes since there are rocky areas not far from the shoreline–this is especially true for the area just south of the pier.  The beach itself is very nice with soft, white sand and loads of space for loungers, palapas, natural shade, and beach games.  (If you are looking for a better ocean entry point, try walking five min. north of the resort).

Dining well is the order of the day when vacationing here.  This resort offers no less than seven a la cartes, a buffet restaurant, a poolside grill for lunch and snacks, and Coco Café for pastries and coffee/tea.  Although there is no dinner buffet service, the plethora of dining choices nicely fills in this gap.  Secrets resorts do not require dinner reservations with the exception of the teppanyaki show tables at Himitsu restaurant.

A newer addition to Secrets Silversands is the Veranda Lounge located next to the existing Veranda Bar which is on the back side of the main pool.  This is a very cozy open-air lounge and bar area with lots of comfy cushions and plenty of space and opportunity to meet new friends or just hang out in comfort with your significant other.

Secrets Silversands has their trademark silver, gray, and white  “suspended bed” in each suite which is nothing more, actually, than a bed set on a platform or ledge.  There is mood lighting near the bed along with a sliding mirrored panel which opens up to reveal the bathroom with its Jacuzzi tub and large separate shower.  This is a nice feature since it gives guests the opportunity to bathe in private, converse with one’s partner, or watch the flat screen TV while relaxing in the Jacuzzi tub.  All guest rooms are suites which means living room areas with large sofas are included.  Guest rooms are looking a bit dated, so be prepared for some fabric stains, scuff marks, and the occasional loose fixture.  If you believe that this will interfere with your vacation enjoyment, just ask to see the room before formally accepting the resort’s assignment.

Secrets Silversands Riviera Cancun Jr. Suite

Jr. Suite guest room, courtesy AMResorts










Type of Resort:  Adults-only

Pro:  Eight pools, free WiFi, guest service, no dinner reservations or wrist bands

Con:  Ocean swimming, some dated rooms, resort can feel somewhat isolated even though it’s five min. north of Puerto Morelos

Best Suited For:  Couples typically between the ages of 25 and 40 (couples of all ages come here, however)

No. of Rooms:  433

Room Amenities:  King or two dbl beds, balcony/terrace with daybed and table and two chairs, A/C, sofa, mini-bar, in-room safe, room service delivery box, flat screen TV, CD/DVD/MP3 player, alarm clock, coffee maker, telephone, iron/ironing board, robe and slippers, ceiling fan, umbrella, hair dryer, dbl vessel sinks, Jacuzzi tub, separate shower with rainforest showerhead and body wand, toiletries, and 24-hr. room service.  WiFi in addition to local calls and calls to the US and Canada are complimentary if you download the Secrets app.  Here is a brief rundown of suite categories:

  • Jr. Suite:  King or two dbl beds with garden, pool, or partial ocean view.
  • Jr. Swim-Out Suite:  King or two dbl beds in a ground floor suite with nearby pool access.

(Preferred Club)

Secrets Silversands Riviera Cancun also offers an upgraded service for guests to enjoy called the Preferred Club.  Amenities include the following:

  • private check-in/out
  • private concierge
  • premium guest room building location (lots of oceanfront views)
  • access to the Preferred Club Lounge with continental breakfast, afternoon hors d’oeuvres, desserts, premium liquor, and complimentary computer use
  • upgraded mini-bar with small bottles of liquor and extra snacks
  • upgraded toiletries
  • daily newspaper
  • complimentary in-suite WiFi
  • shoe shine service

Preferred Club room categories include the following:

  • Jr. Suite:  King or two dbl beds with pool or ocean view
  • Jr. Suite Swim-Out:  King or two dbl beds in a ground floor suite with nearby pool access.  Pool or ocean view.
  • Two-Story Rooftop Jacuzzi Suite:  King bed, sofa, coffee table, table and two chairs, rooftop area with Jacuzzi tub, table and two chairs.  Ocean view.
  • Honeymoon Suite:  King bed in separate bedroom with chaise lounger, walk-in closet, living room with sofa, dining table and four chairs, two flat screen TV’s, terrace Jacuzzi, some swim-out rooms available as well, and half-bathroom.  Ocean view.
  • Master Suite:  King bed in separate bedroom along with a chaise lounger, walk-in closet, living room with sofa, dining room table and four chairs, two flat screen TV’s, terrace Jacuzzi, two full bathrooms (one with shower-only), some swim-out rooms available as well.
  • Over-the-Pool Cabana Honeymoon Suite:  These are brand new suites with not a lot of information out about them.  There are three of them built over a brand new beachfront pool on the south end of the property.  Looks like all three suites have a king bed, walk-in closet, separate shower and Jacuzzi tub in the bathroom, and an exterior private plunge pool on the balcony with direct access to the pool as well.
  • Presidential Suite:  King bed in separate bedroom along with a chaise lounger, walk-in closet, living room with sofa, dining room table and four chairs, work desk and chair, two full bathrooms (one with shower-only; the full bathroom off the bedroom also has a flat screen TV for a total of three flat screen TV’s in all), full bar, terrace Jacuzzi, all with oceanfront location.

Physically Challenged Rooms:  Available

Resort Amenities:  Eight separate pools including the main pool with swim-up bar, infinity pool with no swim-up bar, and six additional smaller pools to accompany guest room building locations, one pool-integrated Jacuzzi, one beachfront Jacuzzi, spa, beauty salon, fitness center, tennis courts, nine-hole putting green on-site, motorized and non-motorized water sports, complimentary greens fees at Grand Coral Golf Course, open-air theater, music lounge and sports bar, pool and beach wait service, pool flotation mats, poolside hammocks, giant chess/checkers, kitchen tour once per week, concierge, gift shop, cigar shop, clothing shop, tour desk, car rental, ATM.

Restaurants/Bars:  One buffet restaurant (World Café–not open for dinner, however), seven a la cartes including Pan-Asian (Himitsu–teppanyaki tables), Mexican (El Patio), Italian (Portofino), Mediterranean (Ratatouille), French (Bordeaux), and two open-air seafood restaurants (Oceana and Seaside Grill).  Reservations are only necessary at the teppanyaki show tables.  The resort also offers a poolside grill and snack bar (Barefoot Grill), and a café for pastries and coffee/tea (Coco Café).  Flaming Mexican coffee is prepared and served in the lobby in the late p.m./evening.  There are eight bars including a swim-up bar, a beachfront bar, pool bar, music/sports bar, lobby bar, theater bar, new Veranda Lounge and Bar, and spa bar.

Entertainment:  There is a nightly show in the open-air theater, live music in the lobby bar and occasionally poolside, and DJ and dancing in the music lounge.



2 thoughts on “Secrets Silversands Riviera Cancun

  1. Hi, I am indecisive regarding a few resorts. My husband and I have traveled to Mexico and Punta Cana for about 10 years. We have stayed at the Iberostar, Barcelo, Gran Bahia, which I liked, and Grand Palladiums. We wanted to try something new.

    Could you give us some comparisons and rate these three resorts.
    Secrets Silversands, Riu Palace las Americas, Now Sapphire.
    The price range is so close and we need to stay between 1000 and 1100 per person. We are in our 50s like the pools and outdoor excursions arnt our priority, although walking into Cancun or Playa Del Carmen is a nice day away from the pool. Night time entertainment is important.

    Any help is appreciated😁

    • Hello Lisa: Does it make any difference whether the resort are adults-only or family-friendly? Now Sapphire is a family-friendly resort while the other two are adults-only. The beach would be best at the Riu resort–also, at this resort you can easily walk to the nightclubs at Plaza Forum and get your nighttime entertainment fix (Coco Bongo is great for any age as long as you can get a table–have you been there already in your numerous trips?) You can use both pools at the Riu resort, while there are differences in access to pools, amenities, etc. if you do either of the AMResorts (due to Preferred Club upgrade). My choice without an upgrade would be the Riu resort, if you can afford to upgrade I would suggest Now Sapphire. I have been twice to Riu Palace Las Americas and I enjoy this chain in general for its “bang for your buck”. You can also visit all nearby Riu resorts as long as you stay at a Riu Palace resort, so you can also walk over to Riu Cancun or take the bus to Riu Palace Peninsula/Riu Caribe next door to that resort and enjoy amenities for the day. Good luck in your decision, and let me know if I can be of further help. M. Tess

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