Excellent as Usual
We traveled as a group of 3 the week of Sept 29-October 7. We used USA Transfers for personal transport to and from the airport, as we do every time. Their price is $55 round trip for all 3 of us and the best price you will find for private transport. We have stayed at numerous resorts in Mexico over the past 18 years. Among those resorts are Secrets Capri, Silversands, and Maroma Beach. We have also been to Secrets in Jamaica, Cozumel and Punta Cana. This was our first visit to The Vine.We were upgraded to a master suite, very nice, with 2 restrooms. The patio was nice with a view of the beach and inlet. The room was comfortable with nice, cool air , which sometimes may lack in Mexico. The bed and pillows were comfortable. We had a nice latte machine in our room and the room was stocked daily with chips and drinks. The TV in the room was a smart tv, so we could use our Netflix, which is a bonus. We have taken our Fire stick in the past and utilized this for Netflix.The pools were all nice and refreshing. We only went to the Preferred pool once as it was quite a way from the beach, etc., located on the 21st floor. We did have Preferred club status at this resort, but not sure if we really needed it since we didn't access the pool much. All of the pool lounge chairs have a comfortable cushion seat and there were plenty of towels. This is the first resort we have been to where we could come to the pool around 9:AM and still have plenty of seating options. At other resorts, the seats are taken by 7:AM. We had a waitress bring drinks daily, and they will allow you to order food at your seat as well. The drinks were great and food was good.The beach was beautiful, as was the water. The beach chairs are horrendous. We usually spend our time at the beach but the chairs were so uncomfortable, we didn't return after the first day. On our last day, they released baby sea turtles into the ocean which was a great end to our stay.We tried every restaurant at this resort. They were all average in food choices and quality, other than the Dragons restaurant where we went on 3 separate occasions. The sushi was delicious (Spider and The Vine...the BEST). We had about all of the appetizers, soups and fried rice with teppanyaki steak, chicken and shrimp - all delicious. The fried ice cream is great too. Our waiter, Thies, was excellent. Make sure to review the dress code for restaurants as most require pants and collared shirt for men. My husband takes 2 pair of khaki pants, several golf shirts (which don't wrinkle) and a pair of closed toe Crocs. I take several sun dresses and just 2 pair of sandals (non flip-flop). Men must wear shirts with sleeves even in the buffet food area.The entertainment was lacking a bit - we did go to the circus show one evening and it was neat. Other than that, we skipped the rest, it just didn't sound interesting. I did enjoy the piano player every evening in the lobby and in the late afternoon, they had entertainers by the pool, which was fun to watch. They had an amazing violinist one day. I usually take a raft with me, a cooler to take to the pool, and bug spray. We didn't take a raft this time and they were scarce to come by...I saw a few at the Preferred pool. We didn't need a cooler as the waiter was on top of it and there were bars everywhere for a drink. We did not need insect repellent at all.If you have Preferred club status, you may enjoy one free day at the spa at no additional cost. We had a rainy day and did utilize this, which was nice and relaxing.Overall, as Vacation Club members, we enjoyed this resort and found that it was worth the money as we had a discount through our membership. Our friend, a non-member, paid a lot for her room and stay, upgrading to Preferred club. Other than the easy check in and out via Preferred club, we only utilized the pool once, along with the restaurant once, so I'm not sure if it's worth it. My husband and I have been to many Secrets resorts and I'm not sure why this one is so much more expensive than the others. We enjoy Silversands as much, if not more, for half the price. This is more of a hotel setting as opposed to a resort feel.An additional bit of advice - there is a pharmacy right across the street from the resort. They sell EVERYTHING. My friend had a horrible muscle spasm in her neck. We were able to purchase Voltaren cream, Flexeril and steroids for cheap. It saved her trip, really. There are numerous other items you may purchase, such as Cipro and Phenergan, in case you fall victim to vomiting and diarrhea from the drinking water. We have found that starting a probiotic about a week before, during and a week after our trip helps to prevent this. We don't worry about water, ice, or any of that. I even brush my teeth with the tap water (but use bottled water for drinking purposes, or the water offered in the restaurants which is filtered with the ice). No worries!