The Cayes and Atolls Hotels


Fodor's 2013 Hotel Award Winner

El Secreto

El Secreto, Ambergris Caye and San Pedro

At a Glance


  • quiet beach
  • luxe villas
  • prime for romance
  • great spa


  • sticker shock (except off-season)
  • limited nearby dining options

El Secreto Review

Billed as "barefoot luxury," El Secreto opened in late-2012 on a sandy strip eleven miles north of the town of San Pedro on Ambergris Caye, offering a secluded beach and 13 private villas kitted out with Egyptian cotton sheets, outdoor Jacuzzis, and private decks with hammocks. Four villas sit on the beachfront, five are spread out around a saltwater lake, and the final four have garden views—along with Malin + Goetz amenities and new-to-Belize touches like pillow menus. Meals can be enjoyed at the main restaurant, which serves international fare with a Belizean accent, or at a private table set along the sand. Along with on-site activities like yoga on the pier, biking, and sailboat rides, the hotel can arrange for fishing, diving, and snorkeling trips, helicopter tours, and visits to ruins. After all the outdoor exertion, the intimate spa–with beachside and "moon tour" cabanas–is a popular choice for its nature- and marine-themed treatments.

    Hotel Details

  • 13 villas.
  • Rate includes no meals.
Updated: 07-19-2013

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