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The best private, oceanfront boutique hotel in Isla Mujeres, Mexico – close to North Beach

If you’re looking for a private and peaceful place to stay in Isla Mujeres, Mexico that’s close to North Beach (aka Playa Norte), then Hotel Secreto is your secluded getaway to paradise. It’s so secret, you won’t even find a sign. Hotel Secreto is the best oceanfront boutique hotel on the island located across from Cancun. Isla Mujeres (aka Woman Island) is the perfect destination for couples and emptynesters especially.

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Hotel Secreto’s secluded cove near North Beach in Isla Mujeres

Hotel Secreto is just around the corner of the popular and more active North Beach on Isla Mujeres. Staying at this private boutique hotel gives you access to both worlds – the best beach hotel with high-energy activities and the best beach hotel that’s quiet and perfect for reading or just watching the ocean do its thing. Take a look at the private and secluded beach cove that awaits you at Hotel Secreto.

Watching the crashing waves at the private, quiet and secluded beach at Hotel Secreto – the best boutique hotel near North Beach on Isla Mujeres, Mexico.

Isla Mujeres hidden gem: Hotel Secreto – the best oceanfront boutique hotel

I’m a little reluctant to share this hidden gem of a boutique hotel in Isla Mujeres, but since my friend introduced Hotel Secreto to me, I must pay it forward.  

Where is Hotel Secreto located?

Hotel on a beach with palm trees
All rooms at Hotel Secreto face the ocean.

Located on the north end of Isla Mujeres in Mexico (a ferry ride across from Cancun), all Hotel Secreto rooms face the Atlantic Ocean. Hotel Secreto is also conveniently close to the Caribbean side of the island as well as many attractions and restaurants (Isla Mujeres is only 4 miles long). All of these benefits makes Hotel Secreto one of the best boutique hotels in Isla Mujeres.

Learn how to take the ferry from Cancun to Isla Mujeres and how to get to Hotel Secreto.

Couple drinking mimosas

My husband, Steve, and I arrived at Hotel Secreto around noon and were greeted immediately with a refreshing welcome cocktail. We were then led to our first-floor poolside superior junior suite (#1). No waiting for a room to open up after 3 p.m., so choosing Hotel Secreto was a great decision for our empty nester getaway.

Hotel Secreto feels like your own private beach house on Isla Mujeres

Hotel pool with daybeds
All first-level rooms at Hotel Secreto come with a private day bed.

I’m a light sleeper and I like my privacy so was a little concerned because the Hotel Secreto website said our superior junior suite room on the first floor had limited privacy and a limited oceanview.

However, staying at Hotel Secreto felt like we were in our own private beach house most of the time. We could hear and see the ocean from our room just fine. With only 12 rooms, you don’t have to worry about large crowds at Hotel Secreto.

Hotel Secreto offers great personal service, easy access to beach and no crowds

Man lifting up a beach umbrella
Hotel Secreto provides attentive service making it the best boutique hotel on Isla Mujeres.

This is why Hotel Secreto is the best boutique hotel on Isla Mujeres: Great personal service, easy access to beach and no crowds. Which means no need to get up at dawn to save a pool or beach chair at Hotel Secreto.

That’s a priceless benefit especially when you’re on vacation. Hotel Secreto provides beach towels; you can find them next to the lobby bar. If you want to relax down at the private cove of a beach, simply ask and the Hotel Secreto staff will set you up with lounge chairs, a side table and an umbrella.

And the Hotel Secreto staff will also take your beverage or food order right on the beach!

View of the beach and crashing waves
Hotel Secreto offers a semi-private sandy beach cove overlooking crashing waves.

Travel tip: I always keep IPOW jumbo beach towel clips in my beach bag to secure my beach towel on those windy days. This brand is my favorite as they grip any size of beach chair and don’t break easily. And they serve a dual purpose as chip clips.

Hotel Secreto boutique hotel in Isla Mujeres: hotel suite review

Hotel room bed with white pillows, white comforter and large mirror and sofa and lamps and table

The superior junior suite at Hotel Secreto was spacious with a king-size bed, living area and a floor-to-ceiling mirror.

Hotel room living area with sofa, table, chairs and floor to ceiling mirror
Spacious living area at best boutique hotel on Isla Mujeres: Hotel Secreto

I fell in love with this mirror at Hotel Secreto! I want one for my home.

Man sitting on a hotel room terrace overlooking the pool and daybeds
View from first-level superior junior suite room at Hotel Secreto.

Hotel Secreto’s superior junior suite on the first level features direct access to a private terrace and the pool.

Hotel room pillows
In my 30 years of visiting Mexico, Hotel Secreto has the most comfortable beds ever.

I’m a bit of a bed and pillow snob, so was very pleased with the comfortable bed and the extra pillows provided at Hotel Secreto. If you’ve stayed in Mexico before, most hotel beds are very firm. This bed at Hotel Secreto was super comfortable. So if you’re looking for the most comfortable beds in Mexico, you’ll find them at Isla Mujeres.

I require a body pillow to sleep so I always pack a body pillowcase and stuff it with extra pillows. No need to request extra pillows because the Hotel Secreto suite offered plenty. 

Hotel room terrace daybed
First-level rooms at Hotel Secreto come with a private terrace, a table, chairs and a daybed.

Our private terrace came with chairs and a table as well as a daybed with direct access to Hotel Secreto’s pool area. I’m not much of a napper, but I did drift off listening to the crashing ocean waves while lying on our daybed that first afternoon (we had an early 3:45 a.m. wake-up call for the airport). And it’s a shady respite if you need a break from the direct sun.

Hotel Secreto poolview room; Isla Mujeres, Mexico
Hotel Secreto poolside room; Isla Mujeres, Mexico

If you don’t have a Hotel Secreto poolside room, you can find two other daybeds.

Hotel pool

Hotel lounge chairs overlooking beach
Hotel Secreto’s pool deck offers several lounge chairs that overlook a private cove on the beach.

At the end of Hotel Secreto’s pool deck, you’ll find several lounge chairs that overlook a private cove.

Does Hotel Secreto in Isla Mujeres have a beach?

Hotel Secreto beach; Isla Mujeres, Mexico

Hotel Secreto beach; Isla Mujeres, Mexico
Hotel Secreto beach; Isla Mujeres, Mexico. Some people have asked about the seaweed on the beach. There is some, but they do a pretty good job of grooming the beach.

Yes, Hotel Secreto has a small, semi-private and uncrowded beach and cove. While the beach is not suitable for swimming, it’s a perfect backdrop for reading, napping, meditating or doing a whole lot of nothing.

And while the Hotel Secreto beach area is small and is a shared space with the hotel next door, it was never crowded. With views like this, you won’t even notice anyone else.

Rocky beach
Crashing waves on the beach at Hotel Secreto

Hotel Secreto beach waves; Isla Mujeres, Mexico
While the beach at Hotel Secreto is too rocky for swimming, this boutique hotel is close to North Beach – just a short walk on the beach or by street.

Hotel Secreto is a close hotel to North Beach

The popular and more lively North Beach on Isla Mujeres is just a few minutes’ walk on the beach around to the left (which also offers spectacular sunset shows). Wear sandals (not flip flops), sneakers or water shoes as the beach on this side of Isla Mujeres is a little rocky once you leave the cove area. You can also reach North Beach by the road / sidewalk. It’s still a very walkable distance if you’re looking for the best boutique hotel near North Beach on Isla Mujeres.

Does Hotel Secreto have an onsite restaurant?

Hotel Secreto breakfast; Isla Mujeres, Mexico
Hotel Secreto complimentary breakfast served on your terrace, your room, the pool area; Isla Mujeres, Mexico

Your room at Hotel Secreto includes a daily complimentary continental breakfast, which you can eat at the lobby bar or have it delivered to your room or terrace, or poolside or beachside. Comes with fresh fruit, warm croissants, juice and coffee.

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Strawberry daiquiri on the beach
My favorite beachside cocktail in Mexico is the strawberry daiquiri or the Miami Vice (half strawberry daiquiri and have pina colada). Btw: that’s a paper straw.

And when you’re ready for a cocktail, beer, water or soda at Hotel Secreto, you can order a beverage beachside or poolside also.

Tacos and refreied beans and rice
Fish tacos? Yes, please!

While Hotel Secreto doesn’t have an onsite restaurant (they told us they were adding one soon along with a rooftop bar), they do partner with local restaurants. Ask for a menu for options and they will deliver your meals directly to you (room, terrace, pool or beach). Pictured above are delicious catch-of-the-day (snapper) fish tacos. 

Restaurants delivering your lunch to Hotel Secreto only accept cash, and tips (propinas) are not included. In fact, most places only accept cash so bring lots of pesos. You can find ATMs about a 10-minute walk away near the ferry area (limited to daily withdrawals of 3,000 to 4,000 pesos – that’s about $150 to $250 USD depending on the exchange rate).

Does Hotel Secreto in Isla Mujeres have a pool?

Turquoise lights in hotel pool
Hotel Secreto pool at night - red; Isla Mujeres, Mexico
Hotel Secreto pool at night - cobalt; Isla Mujeres, Mexico
Hotel Secreto pool lights up at night in brilliant colors.

Yes, Hotel Secreto features an outdoor pool and sundeck with lounge chairs and umbrellas. The pool area is beautiful day or night – and changes from one brilliant color to another.

Does Hotel Secreto offer spa treatments and a fitness center?

Hotel Secreto spa entrance; Isla Mujeres, Mexico
Hotel Secreto spa entrance; Isla Mujeres, Mexico

Yes, Hotel Secreto features a spa and a fitness center. You can find a staircase that leads you down from the pool area.

Hallway leading to an open door overlooking a beach
Hotel Secreto even has a secret passage to the beach.
Sandy beach and ocean
Beautiful access to the beach from Hotel Secreto on Isla Mujeres.

Is Hotel Secreto an oceanfront property?

Yes, Hotel Secreto is an oceanfront property with all suites offering ocean views. You can find another set of stairs from the pool area that leads you to the beach access. The door is locked on the beachside (only open here for the photos) so remember to bring your Hotel Secreto room key for re-entry.

Other Hotel Secreto amenities

Hotel Secreto room bathroom
Soap, shampoo

The en-suite bathroom at Hotel Secreto comes with a shower (no tub), a blow dryer, robes, and plenty of Neutrogena amenities (facial/bath soap, shampoo, conditioner, shower gel).

Not pictured is the closet, which comes with about 10 hangers, a safe, a mini (unstocked) refrigerator, drawers, shelves, ironing board and iron – and the two bottles of water they leave daily. 

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Man sitting under a beach umbrella overlooking the ocean
Hotel Secreto’s intimate beach area offers privacy and beautiful views of crashing waves.

My husband and I have traveled frequently to Mexico for the past 30 years (me at least once or twice almost annually), and Hotel Secreto on Isla Mujeres is the most tranquil place we have ever stayed – and will definitely stay again.

Hotel Secreto is low-key, safe, quiet, peaceful, beautiful, and the staff are amazingly attentive (especially Victor and Rogelio who took great care of us during our entire retreat). My husband and I loved everything and everyone at Isla Mujeres’ best boutique hotel – look forward to returning to Hotel Secreto soon.

Couple selfie on a rocky beach

Take a virtual tour of Hotel Secreto on the beautiful Isla Mujeres, Mexico

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Best boutique beach hotel on Isla Mujeres, Mexico is Hotel Secreto, an oceanfront property

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Sailboats during a sunset on North Beach Isla Mujeres, Mexico
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  1. Wow what an amazing stay you had! I don’t think I’ll have a problem remembering the name since it’s called ‘Hotel Secreto’ – very fitting! 🙂

  2. Thanks for sharing your secret spot in Mexico. I feel the same way when i find a hidden gem… leave it hidden or share with the world. This place looks amazing, so I’m going to save this post for my next trip to Mexico!

  3. We always try and stay in smaller “resorts” for the exact reasons you mentioned.
    That mirror is gorgeous! Although I wouldn’t want to clean it! 🙂

  4. I love how secluded and small this place is. I can see the appeal of only have a few other visitors staying and it feeling like it’s completely private. And I would definitely take advantage of that day bed!

    1. We really loved how secluded and private this small boutique was on Isla Mujeres, Mexico. We would definitely stay at Hotel Secreto again.

  5. What a great hotel. I know I’d love to stay there. We visited Isla Murejes just for a day but next time I’d like to stay on the island. It’s so relaxing there.

  6. I have been wanting to go to Isla Mujeres for a long time. Once we can travel more freely again, this looks Hotel Secreto looks like the perfect place for my honey & I to take a trip (without the kids). We are going to need it!

  7. Wow. Hotel Secreto looks AMAZING!! That pool area is to die for and that beach is gorgeous! If we ever go to Mexico, this will be at the top of places to stay!

  8. What a great find! I live in Mexico, but still haven’t made it to Isla Mujeres. I’ll (hopefully) be mending that error in 2021! I pinned and saved your blog to help me plan.

  9. This really does look like a gorgeous hotel! The pool lighting at night is gorgeous and that outdoor bed had me sold.

  10. There really is something special about staying at a smaller, boutique property. The attention to detail and hospitality makes everyone feel special. The pool and proximity to the beach make this hotel extremely tempting. Thank you for sharing.

  11. Hotel Secreto sounds amazing! I would love to have one of those terraces with the day bed out of the sun. I love being near water, but out of the direct sun. Perfect!

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