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Weddings at Secrets Akumal | Our Honest Review (2022)

Do you want your destination wedding at Secrets Akumal?

Is the right all-inclusive resort for you?

We can help with that. 👏 

Our team at ParadiseWeddings.com has 1st hand experiences planning weddings here & being a guest. 

You’ll get the inside scoop directly from our experienced team.

In this unbiased & honest review, we’ll go over what you need to know to make your final decision. 

Let’s get started…

Secrets Akumal Riviera Maya Weddings

1. Hotel Overview

★★★★★ | Adults-Only | All-Inclusive | Riviera Maya | 434 Suites

Secrets Akumal Riviera Maya is an AAA Four Diamond resort located in the heart of the Riviera Maya.

The resort is aptly named Akumal, or “land of the turtle” in Mayan, because of the turtles that consistently return to the beach to nest. 

And get this! 

They’ve been doing this since ancient times and continue to do so year after year. 

Secrets Akumal has been open since 2015 and is an adults-only all-inclusive resort.

Here’s what’s included:

  • Unlimited dining at 1 of their 9 restaurants
  • Unlimited drinks at 1 of their 6 bars and lounges
  • Tips & Taxes
  • Entertainment
  • 24 hr room service
  • Free Wi-Fi

If you want access to extra pampering & perks, you can upgrade your booking to Preferred Club.

Preferred Club includes:

  • Private check-in & check-out
  • Access to preferred club lounge which offers continental breakfast hors d’oeuvres & fine liquors
  • Upgraded room amenities
  • Preferred Club Suites in Premium Locations

2. Wedding Package Options

Secrets Akumal offers 3 romantic wedding packages…

And you can customize any package to your desires.

They also have specialized packages for Indian Weddings. 

Start planning your dream wedding here and pick from the many locations, sceneries & setups. 

destination wedding couple

How Much Do Wedding Packages Cost at Secrets Akumal?

Prices start at $999 USD and increase from there. 

The cost changes depending on the package, customizations, and time of year. 

It’s also good to know that the basic Wedding in Paradise package can potentially be free when certain conditions are met. 

Be sure to check with 1 of our wedding planners for more information!

***PRICES ARE SUBJECT TO CHANGE SLIGHTLY YEAR ON YEAR***

Wedding in Paradise

Starting at $999 

This includes:

  • Symbolic Ceremony
  • Wedding organization & on-site coordinator
  • Preparation of wedding day attire
  • Complimentary room for bride or groom night before the wedding 
  • Bouquet(s) and/or Boutonniere(s)
  • Wedding cake & sparkling wine toast (for up to 10 guests)
  • Special turn-down service ton wedding night
  • 15% discount on all spa treatments (boutique purchases not included)
  • Newlywed Package
  • Late check-out for couple
  • Free Anniversary Nights (stay min. 5 nights over 1st anniversary & receive 2 additional nights free)

secrets akumal wedding review

Secrets of Love

$3,399 USD / $3,199 USD 

This includes:

  • Service of judge or minister
  • Wedding organization & on-site coordinator
  • Preparation of wedding day attire
  • Complimentary room for bride or groom night before wedding or same day 
  • Bouquet(s) and/or boutonniere(s)
  • 2 boutonnieres & 2 corsages for wedding party
  • Hairstyling & make-up day of ceremony
  • Wedding cake & sparkling wine (up to 30 guests)
  • Private cocktail hour with hors d’oeuvres (up to 30 guests)
  • Private dinner reception (up to 30 guests)
  • Floral centerpiece for sweetheart table (1)
  • 36 full color photos & wedding album 
  • Special turn-down service on wedding night
  • 15% discount on all spa treatments (boutique purchases not included)
  • Newlywed Package
  • Honeymoon banner on couple’s room door
  • Late check-out for couple 
  • Free Anniversary Nights (stay min. 5 nights over 1st anniversary & receive 2 additional nights free)

bridal party getting ready

Secrets Ultimate

$3,799 USD / $3,599 USD

This includes:

  • Service of judge or minister
  • Semi-Private Rehearsal Dinner for 10 ppl
  • Wedding organization & on-site coordinator
  • Preparation of wedding day attire
  • Complimentary room for bride or groom night before wedding 
  • Hairstyling & make-up day of ceremony
  • Bouquet(s) and/or boutonniere(s) for couple
  • 2 boutonnieres & 2 corsages for wedding party
  • Ceremony décor
  • Wedding cake & sparkling wine (up to 30 guests)
  • Private cocktail hour with hors d’oeuvres (up to 30 guests)
  • Private dinner reception (up to 30 guests)
  • Floral centerpiece for sweetheart table & ceremonial table
  • Live Mexican music trio (1 set during cocktail hour)
  • Special turn-down service on wedding night 
  • 15% discount on all spa treatments (boutique purchases not included)
  • Newlywed Package
  • Late check-out  
  • 50 full color photos taken during ceremony & wedding album
  • 30 min. video of ceremony 
  • Choice of couple’s spa treatment (options to be provided by the resort)
  • Free Anniversary Nights (stay min. 5 nights over 1st anniversary & receive 2 additional nights free)

hindu Indian wedding reception on beach

Shaadi Package

$25,999 USD 

Inclusive of 3 days, 6 events with extended hours.

This includes:

  • Mehndi Evening
  • Welcome Dinner/Sangeet/Garba
  • Baraat
  • Wedding Ceremony
  • Post Wedding Ceremony Lunch
  • Dinner Reception
  • 75 guests 

indian hindi destination wedding ceremony beach

Dulha & Dulhan Package

$7,500 USD for 50 guests or $11,999 USD for 100 guests

Inclusive of 2 days, 5 events.

This includes:

  • Welcome Cocktail Party
  • Sangeet & Mehndi
  • Baraat
  • Wedding Ceremony & Reception

3. Ceremony & Reception Options

After your wedding package, you get to choose the venue for your big day. 

Choose from:
  • A beachfront wedding,
  • Saying “I do” in a garden,
  • Or an indoor event in 1 of the elegant event rooms

wedding arch ceremony

Reception options include:
  • Cake
  • Champagne
  • Food & drinks
  • Decorations

4. Gay Weddings at Secrets Akumal

Same-sex weddings are legal in certain states in Mexico.

Almost all wedding resorts in the Riviera Maya welcome gay weddings.

You can’t go wrong with having your wedding at Secrets Akumal. 

But it’s important to know there are 2 types of ceremonies: symbolic & legal. 

gay weddings at secret akumal

The most common option is to have a symbolic ceremony in Mexico.

All the legal paperwork can be done in your home state. 

It’s often easier that way because it’s less foreign paperwork for you.

If you do want a legal wedding in Mexico, it’s possible with a little extra help. 

Have any questions?

Let me know in the comments section down below and I’ll get right on it. 

5. Room Types

Wondering about the accommodation options at Secrets Akumal?

Prices start at $286 per person, per night and increase depending on your room.

Suite options include:
  • Junior Suite
  • Preferred Club Junior Suite
  • Romance Master Suite
  • Presidential Suite

Each suite has a furnished balcony or terrace.

And they offer small dog-friendly accommodations so you don’t have to leave your 4-legged friend behind!

Swim-up suites are another cool option that are as delightful as they sound. 

They are stunning, and you simply swim up to your room!

These include a king bed or 2 double beds. 

If you want to splurge, go with the double jacuzzi option. 

Imagine soaking in the jacuzzi with your honey after a long day at the beach…

in room jacuzzi

 

Rooms have a daily stocked minibar and a coffee machine.

There is also an in room iPad where you can order room service from. 

The best part?

Aside from not having to talk to anyone, the food gets delivered to your room via a secret hatch. 

How cool is that?!

Room types include:

  • Tropical view
  • Oceanview
  • Oceanfront 
  • Swim-up suite with a semi-private pool

rooms at secrets akumal

6. Beach

You can’t plan a Mexico destination wedding without knowing more about the beach. 

After all, that’s 1 of the things people look forward to the most!

The beach at Secrets Akumal is breathtakingly gorgeous, with white sand and crystal clear waters. 

If you’re lucky, you’ll catch a glimpse of the local turtles. 

secrets akumal beach

The resort has snorkel equipment you can rent, or you can buy your own locally for pretty cheap.

If you want to just chill & catch some rays, the beach is the perfect spot.

7. Food & Drink

This resort is a foodie’s dream.

They have 9 different restaurants and 6 bars & lounges to choose from. 

Talk about options!

Another perk of the unlimited luxury concept is that you don’t have to worry about making reservations.

You can just show up and enjoy the food…

But be sure to double check if the restaurant has a dress code!

Restaurant options include:

  • Market Cafe –  Buffet
  • Seaside Grill –  By the pool
  • Barefoot Grill –  Light lunch specialities
  • Himitsu – Asian
  • Portofino – Italian
  • Bordeaux – French
  • Coco Cafe – Fresh coffees, pastries & desserts
  • El Patio – Traditional Mexican
  • Oceana – Seafood

As for drinks, there are a variety of bars throughout the resort…

cocktail by the pool

Choose from:
  • A swim-up bar
  • Lobby bar
  • Lounge music bar
  • Beach bar

If you choose the pool or beach areas, there is water service available to you. 

This way you don’t have to worry about leaving your spot to go up to the bar for another drink.

An extra perk of staying here is that you can eat or have drinks at other local resorts.

This includes any Dreams, Secrets, and Now resorts. 

You do have to make a reservation with the chosen resort’s concierge if you decide to take advantage of this perk.

The times you can book are from 6 pm until 1 am.

**Please note that transportation is extra and there are certain conditions that might apply.**

8. Activities & Entertainment

There is no lack of activities & entertainment at Secrets Akumal. 

They have 3 pools, each dedicated to a different activity. 

For example, 1 has activities & games whereas the other is laid back for those looking to relax.

group in pool

They offer pool equipment like sun loungers with headrests so you can enjoy the sun. 

If lounging in the pool isn’t your thing, there’s something for you too! 

There are a number of things to do.

Activities include:

  • Nightly entertainment with live shows
  • Special Events
  • Tennis Courts
  • Bike Tour
  • Ping-Pong
  • Yoga
  • Paddle Boarding
  • Zayak Boarding
  • Hobie Cats
  • Snorkeling & sailing
  • Beach & water volleyball
  • Dance lessons
  • Cocktail making classes
  • Archery
  • Football
  • Batting Cages
  • Euro Bungee
  • Rifle shooting

The resort also offers deals at their exclusive golf club for the golfers in your wedding party. 

For those who like to get pampered, they have a world-class spa with amazing services. 

spa at secrets akumal

Spa Services include:

  • Hydrotherapy
  • Specialty services 
  • Full beauty salon

And much more.

9. What Couples Are Saying

“This resort and the staff there are amazing, and I could not recommend Secrets Akumal more!! I had my wedding there in April and was blown away by the high level of customer service shown by the wedding department and service staff in general, not to mention the beautiful and well-maintained grounds there. The food, spa, and rooms were also incredible.” – Ali F.

 

“The service at the resort is unmatched! I’ve been to several all-inclusive resorts and the food and service at Secrets Akumal is truly 5 star! The daily lunch at the pool is always delicious from brick oven pizza to fresh seafood. The restaurants are top notch – every single one is excellent with our personal favorites being Bordeaux (French) and Oceana (Seafood). During our wedding trip this past December we were gifted the wine cellar dinner .. what an incredible experience I would certainly recommend! Our sommelier Alberto was exceptional!” – Brittany H.

 

barcelo beach wedding couple

10. Why We Like It

Secrets Akumal is a gorgeous resort that offers variety in its wedding services. 

Not to mention all the activities to choose from for you & your guests! 

It doesn’t hurt that they now have accommodations for small doggos either. 

The only con for this resort is if you’re planning on having children at your wedding. 

Since this is an adults-only resort it’s not a good option for family events. 

adults only secrets Akumal

11. Need Help Planning?

We know how overwhelming planning can be… 

If you need help or advice, reach out to our expert wedding planners at ParadiseWeddings.com

Our team is local to the resort.

We’ve helped 100s of couples through this process and are here for you every step of the way.

The best part of this is you have someone on location to make sure everything goes as planned. 

What are you waiting for?

Call us toll-free at 877-737-0177.

Or contact us via email at [email protected]

Best wishes on your planning journey! 

Hi, I'm Sarah! Need help deciding which resort is right for your wedding? I've been reviewing wedding resorts for 5+ years with the help of our team here at ParadiseWeddings.com. Have questions? Get honest answers in the comments, or contact our award-winning agency for help today!

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