Secrets Aura Cozumel and Dive House
by Tina Robinette-Miller, Island Dreams Travel
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SECRETS AURA COZUMEL -- Secrets Aura Cozumel is a great opportunity for couples wanting an upscale beachfront resort. Fully all-inclusive, this property offers a great beach, attractive rooms, fine variety of dining, and service with a smile. Secrets Aura includes four restaurant choices (none needing reservations) and a great barista-served coffee shop. Aura's French restaurant, Bordeaux, has a swanky indoor-setting and although they have a dress code, it's well worth packing a pair of slacks for men and a sundress for women.
All the other restaurants offer enjoyable al fresco, beachfront dining. Even the buffet restaurant offers some seating near the water. The menus change daily and include seafood, prime meat cuts, and many salad and fruit choices as well as local favorites and too many desserts. Of course all beverages, including alcohol, are included. Guests may also make use of all the restaurants at the adjacent sister hotel, Sunscape Sabor Cozumel.
UPSCALE LODGING -- My room had an ocean-view, modern décor with a spacious bathroom, a nice sitting area, and a flat screen TV offering a selection of local and international channels. There was plenty of storage area for clothing, luggage and dive bags. Each day the entertainment staff provided scheduled activities like bike riding and archery on sunny days, with a fallback to indoor events like Spanish lessons and bingo on cloudy days.
DIVING with DIVE HOUSE -- I went diving with the on-site operator, Dive House, and had some of the best dives in Cozumel, even though this was my seventh trip to the island. The dive staff took great care of us... the boats are spacious with sufficient shade for those seeking to avoid sunburn, and almost all have a marine head on board. We were given fresh fruit and bottled water to keep us happy, healthy, and well-hydrated.
PLENTIFUL MARINE LIFE -- Marine life was plentiful and diverse. I saw large nurse sharks on all but one dive, mature turtles on each of my safety stops as if they were there on command, lobsters galore, crabs of all sizes from small arrow crabs to those you might see on a platter, splendid toad fish on almost every dive, a spotted drum, an eagle ray on two different dives, a sandy area on one dive offered at least a dozen small stingrays, swim through areas, great corals and only one lion fish the entire trip! As it was December the water was a bit chilly for me, I'm a wimp, 79 - 80 degrees but very little current and good visibility at almost 100 feet.
THE BOTTOM LINE -- This was my first visit to Cozumel in December. Normally the weather is sunny during the day and cool at night, but this year the rainy season came late so there were some rainy afternoons that impacted the non-diving day's activities. However it was still fun with bike riding, some pool lounging, shopping, good food and service, very comfortable and upscale rooms and excellent diving... all in all a great trip! I would recommend this location to couples seeking an upscale, couples-only, all-inclusive, beachfront getaway... and all located very close to Cozumel's uniquely delightful scuba diving. Tina Robinette-Miller - Island Dreams