Travel: Experience at Secrets Aura Cozumel Resort – Part 2

Bordeaux at Secrets Aura Cozumel - April 2016

This is Part 2 of Experience at Secrets Aura Cozumel Resort, please click here for Part 1.

Dining

There were several all-inclusive dining options at Secrets Aura Cozumel.  Guests at Secrets Aura are also welcome to visit the restaurants located next door at its sister property, Sunscape Sabor Cozumel, however, in this post we’ll only be discussing the dining options located on the grounds at Secrets Aura Cozumel.  The dining options at Secrets Aura Cozumel were:

  • Market Café
  • Oceana
  • Windows
  • Bordeaux
  • Gohan Sushi Bar
  • Barefoot Grill
  • Coco Café

The Market Café is the only buffet style restaurant at the resort.  It was open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.  They would switch up the buffet offerings not only between meals but it was also different from day to day.  Each meal would usually have a theme like Italian buffet, traditional Caribbean buffet, etc.   Twice during the week they moved the dinner buffet down to the beach and setup tables in the sand.  We usually enjoyed the food at the Market Café, but there were a couple times when we just didn’t like the theme of the food that day.

Market Café at Secrets Aura Cozumel - April 2016

Market Café at Secrets Aura Cozumel – April 2016

Buffet on the Beach at Secrets Aura Cozumel - April 2016

Buffet on the Beach at Secrets Aura Cozumel – April 2016

Oceana is the seafood restaurant at the resort. I don’t think we ever had a bad meal at Oceana, it was delicious. It was open for lunch and dinner.  There were a few different offerings between the lunch menu and the dinner menu, but both menus were great.   The salsa and guacamole that they serve you when you first sit down is also fantastic!

Oceana Restaurant at Secrets Aura Cozumel - April 2016

Oceana at Secrets Aura Cozumel – April 2016

Windows Restaurant is located near the lobby.  They were open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.  They served a variety of different foods and didn’t really seem to have a theme.  We found ourselves eating breakfast here several times (we also tried lunch and dinner here as well).  I don’t think that we had any complaints, the food was good, but not out of this world.

Windows Restaurant at Secrets Aura Cozumel - April 2016

Windows Restaurant at Secrets Aura Cozumel – April 2016

Bordeaux is a French themed restaurant and its the fanciest dining option at the resort.  It was only open for dinner and the only restaurant that had a dress code.  Men must wear long pants.  No shorts, t-shirts, or flip flops.  The food was really good.  I recommend trying the cheese fondue.

Bordeaux at Secrets Aura Cozumel - April 2016

Bordeaux at Secrets Aura Cozumel – April 2016

I was told that the Gohan Sushi Bar was a relatively new place to eat at the resort.  It was located on the roof above the main lobby right next to Sky Bar.  It was only open for dinner.  If you’re expecting great sushi, you will likely be disappointed.  It tasted fine, but its not as good as the sushi restaurants in the United States.  It reminded us of sushi that you find in the cooler of your local grocery store.

Gohan Sushi Bar at Secrets Aura Cozumel - April 2016

Gohan Sushi Bar at Secrets Aura Cozumel – April 2016

The Barefoot Grill was located under the same roof as Oceana, just located near the north side of the bar.  They were only open in the afternoon and offered nearly the same menu as the room service menu.  It did not appear to get a lot of traffic.

Coco Café is another food option that was popular for late night snacks and morning coffee.  It was open 24 hours and had a limited menu of a few simple sandwiches, pretzels, muffins, etc.  We tried some of their soft pretzels, they just tasted like a loaf of bread, so I wouldn’t expect too much, but if you’ve been drinking all day it will satisfy you just fine.

Another dining option for guests is room service.  Its part of your all-inclusive package as well and can be ordered 24 hours a day (although the menu changes slightly throughout the day).  We took advantage of the room service a few times, sometimes it was about an hour wait during peak hours, such as breakfast time.

Overall, we enjoyed the food at Secrets Aura Cozumel, sometimes my stomach got upset, but that may have been my own fault, I was ordering some pretty adventurous items.

Drinking

There were also several all-inclusive bar and drinking options at Secrets Aura Cozumel.  The bar options at Secrets Aura Cozumel were:

  • Rendezvous
  • Manatees
  • Sky Bar
  • Desires
  • Preferred Club Pool Bar

Rendezvous is located between the lobby and Windows Restaurant.  There really is vey little seating at or near the bar.  Its really not a place where people hang out.  Most people that stop in at Rendezvous are people who have just checked in or people who are ordering a drink to walk out to the beach with.

Manatees swim up bar is located in the back area in the pool servicing the Pool View rooms.  It is the most lively bar during the day.  It opens in the late morning and closes just before dinner.  It is surrounded by the famous water slides and is also near where people play pool volleyball.  There were people there of all ages.  You can get crazy or just enjoy the people watching.  We had a great time there and the bartenders were great as well.

Manatee's Swim Up Bar at Secrets Aura Cozumel - April 2016

Manatee’s Swim Up Bar at Secrets Aura Cozumel – April 2016

Manatee's Swim Up Bar at Secrets Aura Cozumel - April 2016

Manatee’s Swim Up Bar at Secrets Aura Cozumel – April 2016

Sky Bar was open in the early evenings and closed around 10 pm.  It is located on the rooftop above the lobby.  It had a pretty cool atmosphere of many couches, obscure chairs, and a lot of neon lights.  They seemed to get a decent turnout of guests there as well.

Sky Bar at Secrets Aura Cozumel - April 2016

Sky Bar at Secrets Aura Cozumel – April 2016

Desires is the late night dance club at Secrets Aura Cozumel.  We only made it there one night, since we tended to feel exhausted after dinner, I’m sure mainly due to drinking and being out in the sun all day.  It appeared that most guests felt the same as us, since there wasn’t very many people there.  But its nice to have the option if you are looking for a late night.

Desires at Secrets Aura Cozumel - April 2016

Desires at Secrets Aura Cozumel – April 2016

The Preferred Club Pool Bar is the swim up bar located in the pools near the preferred club rooms/buildings.  You must be a preferred club member in order to drink at it, which we were not.

Overall the resort had some nice bar options and got the job done!

Click here to continue reading about my experience in Part 3!

 

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