First, let me state that the group that I have traveled with for the past ten years in April are all in their fifty's and we have cruised up until April 2013. We have been to various islands in the Caribbean and to both sides of Mexico. Last April we chose to try an all inclusive. My wife and I had been to an AI in the Dominican Republic in 2000. This is the first review that I have written due to my belief that you should have been there and done that a few times before you have the experience to judge.
The Reef Playacar is not a five star resort but I did not expect it to be. The cost of this trip was less than I would have paid for a cruise on some of the medium priced cruise lines. The resort grounds are beautiful and clean. The beach is one of the nicest beaches that I have been to, and I've been to quite a few. The rooms were a little dated and we did have a problem with the first room we were given, there was a musty odor in the bathroom, we calmly stated this and were moved the next day. The food in the buffet restaurant was good not great but breakfast and lunch are not my favorite meals anyway. For breakfast I would have eggs ( the freshest that I have had abroad} cooked to order by a little lady with a great smile and done just the way I like them each day a different way. A highlight of breakfast was Mexican Coffee, made with Cinnamin Fabulous. Lunch would be fruit or something light, there was always a good selection and the service there was prompt and friendly We ate dinner in the Mexican restaurant once and the Italian restaurant the rest of the week. As I said the food was good not great but I did not expect great. We had paid for the upgrade so that we did not get charged extra. One of the unique offerings was coffee in the cenote' each afternoon at four o'clock. This was special, I do not remember the names of the two gentlemen who made the Mayan Coffee for me each day but they were friendly and fun. I also chose to upgrade to Nico's, the top shelf bar on the beach, this was well worth it. Although they did not have my favorite brand of Irish Whiskey, the bartender Israel was helpful in broadening my tastes. I hope he is still there. We did visit Chichen Itza on a tour that we had booked before travelling, this is a must see for anyone going to this area, we also went to a lagoon and snorkeled.
I enjoyed this resort mainly due to the relaxed atmosphere and the lovely grounds and beach.
When it came time to plan the 2014 trip, the group agreed to return to the Reef Playacar and we are returning in April. I cannot wait. To all my friends at the Reef see you in ninety days.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- This boutique style all-inclusive resort is located on a beautiful white sandy beach just steps away from the famous 5th Avenue in Playa del Carmen, Riviera Maya, Mexico. The hotel offers all food and domestic drinks, 1 buffet restaurant, 2 a la carte restaurants, Italian & Gourmet($), snack bar, ice cream parlor, various bars including a swim up bar, 2 pools, kids club, daily activities & nightly entertainment. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Reef Playacar Hotel Playa Del Carmen
- Reef Club Playacar
- Reef Playacar Mexico
- Reef Playacar Playa Del Carmen
- The Reef Playacar Riviera Maya/Playa Del Carmen, Mexico