The Reef Playacar Resort and Spa

4-, 5-, or 7-Night All-Inclusive Stay at The Reef Playacar Resort and Spa in Playa del Carmen, Mexico

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All-Inclusive Beachfront Resort in Tropical Garden Setting

From its idyllic beachfront spot in Playa del Carmen, the all-inclusive Reef Playacar Resort and Spa gives guests the chance to explore the scenic Yucatán Peninsula, even offering several cultural and adventure tours (for extra fees). Traveling a few hours west will bring you to the iconic Mayan step pyramid at Chichén Itzá, named one of the new Seven Wonders of the World.

Back along the coast, you can take a Caribbean cruise on a replica of a 17th-century Spanish galleon or schedule some time at the local dolphinarium to play, swim, and kiss a dolphin. And when you just want to relax, you can simply walk down to the beach and dig your toes into the sand.

The resort’s 18 villas and standard rooms are in a tropical, jungle-like setting. Paths connecting the villas to the beach meander beneath palm trees filled with singing birds. The resort offers all-inclusive dining and nightlife options, including one fine-dining restaurant and one with  a buffet and an à la carte eatery. Enjoy alfresco Italian cuisine at the onsite Botticelli restaurant or cool off at the ice-cream parlor, located beside a natural cenote. During the day, feel free to use the resort’s complimentary sea kayaks and snorkel gear to explore the coastline.

Playa del Carmen, Mexico: Trendy Beach Area and Diving Destination

Located 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.

There are several preserved ruins of pre-Columbian cities nearby. 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 less than two miles from the hotel at the pier east of Calle 1. There are about a dozen dive shops on Cozumel that offer trips offshore to the reefs that Jacques Cousteau declared some of the world's most beautiful.

What You Get

  • All-inclusive stay for two in a standard room
  • Click here to see all options.

Included in all options:

  • All meals
  • Unlimited domestic alcohol and nonalcoholic drinks
  • Beach towels, chairs, umbrellas, and bicycle rentals
  • Games and activities, nonmotorized watersports, and evening entertainment and shows
  • All taxes and tips

Policies and Fees

Book by: 12/13/13

  • Blackout dates: not valid 11/15–11/23 and 11/27–11/29/13
  • Cancellation policy and fees: 72-hour cancellation notice required or fee of 1 night's stay up to the Groupon price applies
  • Taxes: tax included

Read the Fine Print for important info on travel dates and other restrictions.


  • Full buffet for breakfast, lunch, and dinner
  • Italian à la carte restaurant
  • Grill à la carte restaurant with surcharge
  • Two pools
  • Nonmotorized watersports including kayaking, sailing, and paddleboarding
  • Tour desk (fees apply)
  • 18-hole golf course across the street (fees apply)
  • Shows and entertainment
  • Onsite spa (fees apply)

The Fine Print

  • Must book by 12/13/13 or promotional value expires
  • Valid for travel 11/1/13-12/20/13 or 1/5/14-4/30/14, depending on option purchased
  • Not valid 11/15-11/23 and 11/27-11/29/13
  • Limit 2 per person, may buy 2 additional as gifts
  • Limit 2 per visit
  • Valid only for option purchased
  • Reservation required, subject to availability
  • 72-hour cancellation notice required or fee of one-night's stay up to the Groupon price applies
  • Must be 18+ to check in
  • Credit card required at booking and check-in
  • Must use promotional value in 1 visit
  • Not valid with reward points
  • Tax included
  • Additional guests must be mentioned when booking.

Other Details

Room Details

Standard Room

  • One king bed or two double beds
  • Standard occupancy: 2
  • Maximum occupancy: 2 adults and 2 kids 12 or younger, or 3 adults
  • Adding occupants above standard in 2013: $90 per night for each additional guest 13 or older; $20 per night for each additional guest 12 or younger
  • Adding occupants above standard in 2014: $145 per night for each additional guest 13 or older; $53.33 per night for each additional guest 12 or younger

Hotel Policies

  • Check in: 3 p.m.
  • Check out: noon
  • Parking: free
  • Rollaways: available for no additional charge; subject to availability
  • Smoking policy: smoking rooms are available upon request during booking.
  • Pet policy: no pets are allowed inside the property.
  • Accessibility: handicap-accessible rooms are not available.
  • Upgrades: upgrade to a Superior room for $30 per night; inquire at booking-subject to availability.

Getting There

  • By car: 35 miles from Cancún International Airport (CUN) or about 40 miles south of Cancún

Traveler's Tips

  • A passport is required for all travel outside the U.S.
  • Before international travel, always check the State Department's website for important info on the destination and its entry/exit requirements.

Customer Reviews

The location was really great.
Hannah B. · March 26, 2017
The hotel was beautiful, the staff was extremely friendly and kind, the food was good - they had this coffee table in the middle of the afternoon that offered coffee and tea with liquor in an amazing bridge... love it.
Paula B. · November 16, 2016
The Reef was great. The food was really good and the pool and beach were amazing! We enjoyed both restaurants and the buffet and the drinks were great. The staff is very friendly and attentive and everyone knew English (fairly well) which was great. The rooms are nothing special but they are clean and since the resort is fairly small even the farthest room (which we were in) is really close to the beach.
Katie W. · October 22, 2016

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