All-inclusive beach resort near the Mesoamerican Barrier Reef features restaurants, spa, pool, and watersports; airfare not included
Hotel at a Glance: The Reef Coco Beach
The Mesoamerican Reef extends more than 600 miles along the Yucatán Peninsula, making it the world’s second-largest barrier reef. More than 500 species of fish live here, including the angelfish and bluehead wrasse, as well as loggerhead turtles, spiny lobsters, and queen conch. Not far from the reef—and right on the beach—lies The Reef Coco Beach. This 196-room resort, which is also near Playa del Carmen’s lively 5th Avenue, offers a more personalized experience than some of the larger complexes in the area.
- The all-inclusive package covers all meals, snacks, domestic drinks, daily activities, nightly entertainment, and nonmotorized watersports.
- Take in the view: Your guest room overlooks the resort’s gardens, pool, or the ocean.
- Dine to your heart’s desire at Rosinella, an upscale Italian restaurant, or feast on Miramar’s buffet. Sabor Latino serves elegant Mexican cuisine.
- Premium-room packages include access to a minibar, and a coffeemaker, plus free WiFi, access to the new Japanese Restaurant and lounge bar on the beach, access to the sister resort, The Reef Playacar, and premium alcoholic beverages at all bars (wine and champagne not included).
- Offsite excursions: The resort can schedule snorkeling, dolphin swimming, and trips to Mayan ruins (additional fee).
Playa del Carmen, Mexico: Trendy Beach Area and Diving Destination
Just across the sea from the island of Cozumel, Playa del Carmen has been called “the hippest city in all of the Yucatán Peninsula” by Lonely Planet. The laid-back beach bars and cafés have a way of converting vacationers into expats, but Playa’s most compelling draw might be its cenotes—cavernous sinkholes filled with turquoise pools. The water in the cenotes is crystal clear, particularly at the lily-pad-dotted Xlacah cenote, where you can snorkel among schools of colorful fish.
To the south, you’ll find preserved ruins of pre-Columbian cities. Tulum’s crumbling temples are situated above a dramatic ocean bluff, and Coba’s enormous pyramid rises between two lagoons. For a fun day trip, hop aboard the ferry to Cozumel, which docks at the pier east of Calle 1. There are about a dozen dive shops on Cozumel, and they offer trips offshore to the reefs that Jacques Cousteau declared some of the world’s most beautiful.
Frequently Asked Questions
1. What is the best way to travel to the hotel from the airport? Cancun International Airport is approximately 34 miles from the property. Airport transfers are available for an additional fee (airfare not included). Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
2. Is there an additional occupancy fee, or do I have to make another purchase? The voucher covers two guests. Please contact the property directly at (866) 511-6776 or email email@example.com for additional occupant pricing.
3. Will I be approached to attend a timeshare sales presentation? Customers are never obligated to attend a sales presentation. If you are approached and decline a presentation, you will not lose the value of your voucher or have to pay additional fees.
4. Which activities and amenities are included in the resort credits? Resort credits are not included with the deal.
5. Are dinner reservations required for restaurants? Is there a dress code? Dinner reservations are required for Samurai, but reservations for the other onsite restaurants are not required. There is a dress code of long pants and closed-toe shoes at Sabor Latino, Rosinella, and Samurai. For more information regarding your dining options, please click here or call (866) 511-6776.