Aerial view of the resort, pools and beach at secrets akumal wedding
Destination Wedding Information

The Complete Guide to Secrets Akumal Weddings

Welcome to our complete guide to Secrets Akumal Weddings! Here you can say “I DO” in a AAA Four Diamond award-winning resort with a luxurious ambiance, surrounded by lush tropical gardens and a crystal-clear ocean, famous for its sea turtles and marine wildlife!

Take a look at all the information you will find in our complete guide to weddings at Secrets Akumal:

Where is the Secrets Akumal?

The hotel is located in the Riviera Maya. 1 hour from the Cancun International Airport, 20 minutes from shopping in Playa del Carmen, and 30 minutes from ancient Tulum’s archeological site.

This adults-only all-inclusive resort offers an impressive natural backdrop facing Akumal bay, where is very common to find sea turtles and colorful fishes in the crystal-clear waters. Staying at this resort you will be able to access -within minutes- adventure parks, cenotes, underground rivers, and everything there is to discover in Riviera Maya!

Our experience with Secrets Akumal

This resort vibes elegance and natural lush. Gardens are impeccable, grounds are pristine, the beach is a dream, and there are many romantic nooks to unwind and relax in privacy.

Outdoor freeform pool with lounge chairs and palm trees

Everything is close and easily accessible within steps, but you still feel you are in a huge tropical forest. Nature at its best!

Every member of the staff was very warm and courteous, you can easily tell they enjoy working at this property, and how could they not, everything is beautiful!

Secrets Akumal Resort Overview

Rooms: 434 luxurious suites.

Adult Only: Yes, 18+

Pet-Friendly: Yes. Small dogs under 22 lbs. (10 kgs.) are welcomed in select room categories for a daily fee.

Room Service: 24-hour room and concierge services.

Wi-Fi: Free.

Restaurants: 6 restaurants. Buffet options and gourmet a la carte.

Bars: 7 bars and lounges.

Cafe: Yes, 1 24-hour cafe.

Nightclub: Yes. Desires nightclub. (Due to the current sanitary situation it’s not in service however, they expect to re-open it very soon) The Hotel also offers live music, dancing, and entertainment, a theater, and theme party nights.

Spa: Yes, world-class spa.

Beauty Salon: Yes, it offers salon treatments.

Fitness Center: Yes, open 6:00 am – 9:00 pm daily.

Pools: 3 swimming pools, including an expansive infinity pool heated during the winter season, and 2 outdoor whirlpools.

Water Sports: Non–motorized watersports, water aerobics, and water polo. Snorkel equipment is available for a $5 USD fee and you can keep the tube.

Exchange Privileges: Staying at Secrets Akumal you are able to visit nearby AMR Collection Resort properties within the same category or under for dinner. Reservations and availability are subject to change and must be confirmed with the concierge.

Outdoor lobby with lanterns and a palapa roof

Find a more detailed description about the resort HERE.

Pros and Cons of the resort

Pros:

  • Resort’s been operating for a while now, so they are true experts in regards of warm, personalized and corteous service. AAA Four Dimond award-winner, remember? That’s class!
  • Due to resort’s location, you can easily visit water parks, archeological sites and quaint towns within minutes. Or maybe never leave the property, you have everything there!
  • The rooms are AWESOME! Decorated with the utmost taste, including natural elements from the area. All room categories have more or less the same layout, so you only need to decide the area you want, or if you prefer a swim-out suite.
Arch wedding location

Cons:

  • Resort is located on a very popular beach, next to dive shops and snorkel areas, so beach could feel crowded sometimes with guests, visitors and locals.
  • With big, thriving tropical gardens come… you guessed it, mosquitoes! Resort sprays regularly but, make sure you pack your repellent!
  • Resort is located one hour from the airport. After a long trip, some people might find distance a little annoying. We can tell you it’s worth it!
View from buildings and gardens of Secrets Akumal

Secrets Akumal and COVID

Secrets Akumal is offering travelers returning to the US and Canada free antigen tests performed by a local lab inside hotel facilities. This service is available for guests staying at least 4 nights and must be arranged with the concierge during check-in.

Team at secrets akumal weddings
Yessy, Jazz, Erandi and Miriam. Weddings team at Secrets Akumal

Also, staff wear face masks all the time and encourage visitors to wear them while in closed spaces. Regular procedures in most resorts of the area.

Rooms and Sections

The hotel is divided into the regular area and the Preferred Club. All rooms are suites with a seating area, similar in space, layout, and amenities. One of the best parts is you get a whirlpool tub for two in every suite! A very romantic touch.

Double room with a terrace and garden view

Since Secrets Akumal is a charming hotel oriented to couples, you will find very few suites with two double bedrooms. Most with only one king-size bed and the maximum capacity of all is 3 guests.

marble bathroom with double vanities and mirrors

The basic junior suite room has 1 king or two double beds, a sofa and a table, a full bathroom with a whirlpool for two, a separate shower, double vanities, and a balcony with tropical, partial, or ocean views.

Preferred Club benefits include access to an exclusive lounge with more elevated wines and liquors, special status and amenities, special concierge service, free use of a computer in Preferred Lounge, just to mention a few. The epitome of service!

How is the beach at Secrets Akumal?

Akumal beach is famous for its clear waters, calm waves, different shades of blue and green, and snorkeling! You don’t have to go far from the shore to find colorful corals and swim among lots of fish, sea turtles, and rays.

Beach with palapas and palmtrees

This view and the location are everything you could want for a Luxury All-Inclusive Destination Wedding. Soft white sand, crystal clear Caribbean sea, many palapas, and lounge chairs. Oh, it’s heaven!

Beach with palapas and people swimming

If you didn’t bring your own snorkeling mask, don’t worry! Secrets Akumal provides equipment, you just have to pay a small $5 USD fee and you get to keep the tube. You know, Rona-related matters…

Food and Drinks

With 6 restaurants and seven bars, Secrets Akumal offers a wide array of culinary options, ideal for every palate.

The all-day dining international buffet is perfect for breakfast and a quick lunch. During evenings they rotate theme nights with different food from all over the world.

There is also Gourmet French, Traditional Mexican, Italian Cuisine, Pan-Asian with live cooking and Teppanyaki tables, and fresh seafood specialties.

Asian restaurant with lanterns

Coco Cafe is this cute little corner in the middle of the jungle, where you could grab a coffee, chai latte, and why not? A delicious pastry or homemade pretzel to pass the afternoon… One of our favorite spots in the whole resort.

Cafe with lanterns and blue tiles

A swim-up bar, an oceanfront palapa hut serving drinks, a poolside sports bar with pool tables and games, a theatre bar with daily shows, and an outdoor lobby bar in the middle of the gardens. We can guarantee you won’t be thirsty during your stay at Secrets Akumal.

Come by the pool and personalize your own pizza, cooked in a traditional brick oven. Could you ask for more!?

outdoor grill with pizza oven

Activities, Sports and Kids Club

Daily activity schedule varies on rotation, and includes archery classes, beach volleyball, bike tours, bingo dance lessons, and even paddleboard yoga at the pool.

Secrets entertainment team will keep you as busy and entertained as you wish to be. We mentioned it before, but you could snorkel off the beach. Just go to the water activities with your $5 USD and get the snorkel equipment. You will have a tube for your next visits!

Outdoor freeform pool with palms and lounge chairs

There is no kids club since the resort is adults-only. No worries about teens hosting a dive bomb championship at the pool, or rowdy children during your romantic dinner. Don’t get us wrong, we love kids! But sometimes it’s nice to have a quiet time too.

What makes Secrets Akumal different from other resorts

The level of service, the beauty of the grounds, and the elegant suites are the perfect combination for a charming wedding or vacation.

Lawn with trees and palm trees with a wooden bench

Also, this place takes romance to another level, with touches like intimate hammock gardens and fire pits to illuminate the evenings.

Secrets Akumal Weddings

A Secrets Akumal wedding is a luxurious event, with locations ready to host intimate elopements for 10 guests or big celebrations for up to 150 attendees.

We have all the info you need to start planning your wedding day in paradise!

Bridal suite with big mirror and chandelier

Secrets Akumal Wedding Packages

Secrets Akumal has a wide variety of packages to suit your every romantic need. If you meet some requirements you can even get a wedding FOR FREE!

Packages start at $999 and cover all for a perfect celebration, then you can add special touches to personalize even more your day.

Wedding showroom with a chandelier and decor samples

It’s important to note due to the current sanitary contingency, external guests are not allowed. All wedding attendees must stay at the resort.

WEDDING IN PARADISE PACKAGE – up to 10 guests

$999 USD up to 10 hotel guests
$19.65 USD per additional hotel guest + TAX + Service fee

This package is complimentary when booking at least seven nights in the required room category or higher, or if five rooms in any category are booked for at least three nights.

Beach gazebo set up for a wedding with pink flowers and golden chairs

WEDDING IN PARADISE PACKAGE WEDDING DAY INCLUSIONS

  • Symbolic ceremony*
  • Wedding organization and personal touch of on-site wedding coordinator
  • Preparation and ironing of couple’s wedding day attire
  • Complimentary room for one member of the wedding couple the night before the wedding (based on availability and upon request)
  • Bouquet(s) and/or boutonniere(s) for wedding couple
  • Wedding cake and sparkling wine toast (for up to ten guests)
  • Special turndown service the night of the wedding

*Additional fees apply for the service of a judge or minister. These fees vary by resort and will be confirmed by the wedding coordinator.

WEDDING IN PARADISE OTHER INCLUSIONS

  • 15% discount on all spa treatments (Spa boutique purchases not included)
  • Newlywed Package with welcome letter, fresh fruit, one bottle of sparkling wine, and breakfast in bed with mimosas
  • Late checkout for the couple (based on availability and upon request)
  • Free anniversary nights (stay a minimum of five paid nights over first anniversary date and receive two additional nights free, or stay four paid nights over first anniversary date and receive one additional night free)

SECRETS OF LOVE PACKAGE – up to 30 guests

$3,399 USD up to 30 hotel guests
$3,199 USD up to 30 hotel guests in August, September, and October
$103.49 USD per additional hotel guest + TAX + Service fee

Couple getting married at the beach gazebo with guests all dressed in white

SECRETS OF LOVE PACKAGE WEDDING DAY INCLUSIONS

  • Service of judge or minister
  • Wedding organization and personal touch of on-site wedding coordinator
  • Preparation and ironing of couple’s wedding day attire
  • Complimentary room for one member of the wedding couple the night before the wedding (based on availability and upon request)
  • Bouquet(s) and/or boutonniere(s) for wedding couple
  • Two boutonniere(s) and two corsages for wedding party
  • Hairstyling and makeup application for one member of the wedding couple on the day of the ceremony
  • Wedding cake and sparkling wine toast (for up to 30 guests)
  • Private cocktail hour with hors d’oeuvres (Silver menu, up to 30 guests)
  • Private dinner reception (Silver menu, up to 30 guests)
  • One natural floral centerpiece for the sweetheart table
  • 36 full color photos and wedding album
  • Special turndown service the night of the wedding

SECRETS OF LOVE PACKAGE OTHER INCLUSIONS

  • 15% discount on all spa treatments (Spa boutique purchases not included)
  • Newlywed Package with welcome letter, fresh fruit, one bottle of sparkling wine, and breakfast in bed with mimosas
  • Late checkout for the couple (based on availability and upon request)
  • Free anniversary nights (stay a minimum of five paid nights over first anniversary date and receive two additional nights free, or stay four paid nights over first anniversary date and receive one additional night free)

Extra costs to consider

  • Legal fees
  • Personalized setup
  • Photography and Videography
  • DJ & Dance floor
  • Lighting
  • Decor tweaks
  • Floral Tweaks
  • Outside Vendor Fees
  • Wedding Favors
  • Fireworks
  • Entertainment
  • Spa and beauty services

Same-Sex Weddings at Secrets Akumal

Love knows no limits at Secrets Akumal. Here you can celebrate unions from any background, religion, faith, and tradition. They will be delighted to make your special day extra memorable.

Secrets Akumal Weddings Promotions

Not really into a big celebration? You can now elope with incredible perks with this special offer!

ELOPE INTO LUXURY

$1,100 USD for the couple

  • Wedding organization and personal touch of on-site wedding coordinator
  • Sparkling wine and fresh fruit upon arrival
  • Hairstyling and makeup application for one member of the wedding couple on the day of the ceremony
  • Bouquet(s) and/or boutonniere(s) for wedding couple
  • Preparation and ironing of couple’s wedding day attire
  • Symbolic ceremony
  • 20 digital photos of the wedding ceremony
  • Wedding cake and sparkling wine toast for 2
  • Romantic dining arrangements for two the night of the ceremony
  • Special turndown service the night of the wedding

ELOPE IN LUXURY OTHER INCLUSIONS

  • 15% discount on all spa treatments (Spa boutique purchases not included)
  • Complimentary hydrotherapy circuit for the wedding couple
  • Breakfast in bed with mimosas
  • Late checkout for the couple (based on availability and upon request)
  • Free anniversay nights

Want to know more? Get in touch

Secrets Akumal Wedding Locations

Resort Map with wedding locations

BEACH PERGOLA

You travel all the way to the beach, to get married at the beach, right!? Here’s the venue that accommodates up to 100 guests for your ceremony. Bear in mind there is a non-refundable mandatory government fee to use this venue.

Due to the conservation of sea turtles, beach events can’t be held during hatching season around the months of August, September, and October.

CEIBA GARDEN

This location is in the middle of the property, but somehow still feels very private. Surrounded by greenery, the focal point is the big “Ceiba” tree, a local sacred tree for the Mayans. Ceremonies used to be held around them to connect earth and heaven.

Big garden with a ceiba tree and a wooden pergola

POOL TERRACE

The sun is setting, the sky is turning all shades of red and purple, candle lights reflect in the water creating the illusion of a dream… Your dream wedding!

Consider the pool terrace as one of your wedding venues, located in a quiet area of the resort, and with a capacity of 120 guests maximum.

THE LAGOON ARCH

This is the most popular venue in the whole resort. It is very private, incredibly beautiful and you could have the ceremony, cocktail, and dinner all in the same area, so guests are not wandering around the resort or getting lost.

This place truly has a lot of potential to deliver your wedding exactly as you envisioned. Think boho chic, elegant, relaxed country, all you can imagine, you can do here!

AKUMAL PLAZA

After your ceremony at the arch, head to Akumal Plaza. An open space surrounded by water mirrors and huge trees. The best part? This is a private area so no other guests will be peeking or photobombing your perfect shots!

Outdoor plaza with big trees

COCO CAFE DECK

If you are looking for a small area for a rehearsal dinner or a cocktail party for a small group, this is it! Gardens, fountains, a stream river, all you need for a great event and an incredible backdrop for your pictures.

Outdoor deck with wooden lanterns and lush tropical gardens

BALLROOM

The ballroom is the perfect venue for a large group, it can cover any inclement weather, and offers a/c!

This can also be the backup venue, and could add an elegant touch to your day.

Ballroom with round tables and wooden chandeliers

SECRET GARDEN

This is a tiny but very beautiful location for a really small ceremony or cocktail. Maybe 10 – 15 guests maximum could be accommodated here.

Wanna see more about the wedding venues at Secrets Akumal? Go visit our YouTube channel.

Conclusion

Secrets Akumal weddings are without a doubt exquisite celebrations for destination weddings in Riviera Maya. Ideal for couples looking for luxurious accommodations, impeccable service, and a beautiful natural scenery.

Arch wedding location

We hope that our complete guide to Secrets Akumal has answered a few of your doubts, but if you need more information or have any questions, please contact us!

Don’t know if a destination wedding is right for? Make sure you read this first!

Still have questions?

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