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“Paradise is not cheap!”
5 of 5 bubbles Review of Reef Resort

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Reef Resort
Centerville, Ohio
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2,518 reviews
116 hotel reviews
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“Paradise is not cheap!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 15, 2014

We love the Florida Keys, and found our peace of mind 30 years ago at the Reef Resort in Marathon.

This is a very small vacation resort that we holiday annually in March. Most of the detached units have been owned by families from the North (especially Michigan and Ohio) for thirty years.

Some families who are Boomers and retirees may own 10-12 weeks during the winter months.

Consider yourself fortunate IF a rare rental appears.

Many owners know and value the friendships of annual visitors.

We have holidayed in all three of the Hyatts in Key West, and prefer Marathon (hometown, USA.)

While the Reef is not a Hyatt or a Marriott, there is not the nonsense of Key West, and the traffic of Palm Beach.

The Reef is a very special small resort with its own marina, pool, tennis, and several other amenities.

The Reef is Paradise, and Paradise is not cheap!

The Reef's value holds, and the annual maintenance fees are reasonable.

We love Marathon; we tolerate Key West, and of we love our Marriott Holidays at Palm Beach.

Want a perfect March spring break? Hop a plane, rent a car, set up for a week of Paradise. It is always difficult to convince my wife to leave following one week.

Lots of neat restaurants. Lots of laid back time. Diving is great. Mother Nature abounds, and Marathon is civilization.

The holiday is appropriate for the tariff.

Room Tip: Really want to avoid Hwy 1.
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  • Stayed March 2014, traveled as a couple
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DefenderResorts, Public Relations Manager at Reef Resort, responded to this review, April 28, 2014
Thank you so much for sharing all this helpful information! We love our location and adore all our owners and return guests that have found us and come back to see us time and time again! Thank you again for your time and feedback!! Happy Travels! :)
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Wilson Point, Maryland, United States
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 3, 2014

this place is great,they thought of every detail. The villas are pretty and weLL maintained. the staff is polite and courtesy. Maribel was just wonderful and very helpful! we are planning a return trip!

  • Stayed February 2014, traveled with friends
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DefenderResorts, Public Relations Manager at Reef Resort, responded to this review, June 13, 2014
Thanks so much! We are thrilled to know that you enjoyed your stay with us!! Can't wait for your return trip!
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Nunica, Michigan
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 8, 2014

My family has gone to the Reef every year, for over 30 years. Here's why: Peaceful resort, kitchen, and the ability to do laundry. (It's so nice not having to pack as much!) Excellent salt water pool, beautiful views, kayak's, bikes, canoe's...all included! Super service, the people here become like a second family. Just returned from another excellent week of bridge walking, fishing, swimming fun.
As my husband and I went out in the kayak's there was a manatee swimming between us! So cool......

  • Stayed February 2014, traveled with family
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DefenderResorts, Public Relations Manager at Reef Resort, responded to this review, June 13, 2014
Thank you for coming to see us for more than 30 years! It's always a pleasure having you hear - we thrive off that second family feel that the resort creates for so many people! See you next year!
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Lilburn, Georgia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 28, 2014

This is a well maintained and comfortable resort. It has great amenities - pool, bbq's, kayaks and canoes and boat docks! Lots of birds that want to pose - brown pelicans and white herons are plentiful and beautiful! We stayed in the timeshares and found them well appointed, clean and comfortable - there are two bedrooms, one with a double and the other with twin beds as well as a sofa sleeper in the living room. Nice kitchen and two bathrooms with tubs! Great for families and the pool is safe! There are two flights of steps to get to the rooms as the accommodations are on the second floor with laundries on the first floor! There are nice little decks and all rooms can see water with some also facing the marina. This is not a fancy place but has nice landscaping and comfort galore! Recommended!

Room Tip: Ask for a room in the teens as they face the marina!
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  • Stayed January 2014, traveled with family
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DefenderResorts, Public Relations Manager at Reef Resort, responded to this review, June 13, 2014
Thanks so much for taking the time to write a review for The Reef! We are glad you enjoyed your trip here and took the time to provide o many helpful details to potential guests! Thank you for noticing the landscaping - it's our pride and joy!! We hope you return to visit us again!
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Baltimore, MD
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 19, 2014

These are individual 2-bedroom/2 bath timeshare condos that are octagonally shaped and sitting on pedestals (the washer/dryer is inside the bottom of the pedestal). The floorplan is a little fun and quirky because of the overall shape. We thought that both bathrooms were pretty small, but we did have two clean and working bathrooms, so that's good. The first unit they put us in was #2, which is the absolute closest to the highway traffic. I got inside and could hear the noise. Also, it has zero view of anything. You feel enclosed by trees, except for the highway. They were nice enough at the office to switch us to unit #19 right away. That is right in front of the swimming pool, so there was the noise from that. But we preferred that to the highway noise. That unit also has a view of the lagoon, which was nice to see. We were looking forward to using the free paddleboats they advertised, but they said they didn't have any when we were there and were getting new ones. That was disappointing. The microwave oven door wouldn't close all the way, so the light stayed on the whole time and we couldn't use it. I had to warm things up in the regular oven all the time. The electric switches in the kitchen were loose and unreliable. You had to play with them a lot. I'm sure it was an electric hazard. It was extremely difficult to report these things to the office while we were there because the office is closed on Sundays, Christmas, and half day on Christmas Eve. I reported them when we checked out. Would I stay here again? Maybe, after exploring other possibilities. It is located halfway between Key Largo and Key West.

  • Stayed December 2013, traveled as a couple
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DefenderResorts, Public Relations Manager at Reef Resort, responded to this review, June 13, 2014
Thank you for visiting us and taking the time to write a review! We are happy to report that we do have paddleboats, kayaks, and bikes all here now! We have also done renovations to our interiors adding tile and fixing the electrical issue that you mention. We hope that you come back to stay with us again!
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Jacksonville, Florida
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 26, 2013

We made a trip to the keys and stayed here, opting to stay out of key west during our visit to fantasy fest. This place was fantastic. The pool was nice and up to date, kayaking laundry facilities for each villa. Did I mention how clean it was?! The staff was super friendly...we will definitely plan to stay here again. Oh, we stayed with another couple in the villa and had plenty of room and privacy. Greta places around for some local fun too.

  • Stayed October 2013, traveled with friends
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Cumberland, Rhode Island
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 15, 2013

The best thing to say is CLEAN, CLEAN, CLEAN! The two bedroom condo was very clean as were the grounds and pool area. The condo was equipped with everything you need to cook if you so desired and there a barbeque you share with the other condo that shares the stairway. As you enter the condo the dining table is right there with the kitchen on one side and the living area on the other. There is a bathroom outside the bedrooms straight ahead with one bedroom having a full bath. There are full size appliances and includes a dishwasher. Beneath each condo is a washer and dryer with a lockable door (same as your room key).
The resort does include a small marina where you can keep a boat during your stay which for a few days had a lot of sea grass blown in which was blown out a few days later.
There also is a pavailion by the water with a barbeque for a group is that happens on you just wish to cook and eat there. Bugs in general were not a problem when we were there the beginning of May.
Overall a nice place to stay and is very suitable for a family of two adults and two children unless you use the sofa sleeper. Due to the size of the condo, more than four adults or family of four to five, you would feel a little cramped. While the TV in the living area is a good size the one in the master bedroom is very small.
Overall we had a very nice weeks stay and the hosts were very friendly.
Please not, the condos are built up so you need to go up a flight of stairs.
The deck on our condo was small and with only two chairs.
As a note, we shipped some packages to the resort before our arrival and they were waiting outside our room when we checked in.
We would stay here again without any concerns. We timeshare exchanged, but you also can rent.

Room Tip: Condo's 1 and 2 are closest to the water and are separate, meaning you do not share a stairway a...
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  • Stayed May 2013, traveled as a couple
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Property: Reef Resort
Address: 6800 Overseas Hwy, Marathon, FL 33050-3100
Location: United States > Florida > Florida Keys > Marathon
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Ranked #5 of 14 Specialty Lodging in Marathon
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$
Hotel Class:3 star — Reef Resort 3*
Number of rooms: 6
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