We travelled here on an anniversary vacation sans kids. I recommend this for couples not really that kid friendly if you're looking for kids club vacation etc.
I was nervous having read all the mixed reviews. I did read on review that really sold it for me. If you're looking for glitz and glamour and 7 star accomodations, don't book here. If you're the sort of traveller who appreciates privacy, good food, and a one of a kind beach then Avalon Reef could be the perfect place for you.
If romance, private islands, and tranquility on a budget is what you're looking for... then go here!
Did I mention Private Island on a budget?? To me that is enough to go anywhere!
Yes, the rooms are minimal, but you're in Mexico. The room was always kept very clean, A/C/ was freezing. The day we got there I did not like the view so they moved us immediately. The staff there was amazing and so kind. Below I've reviewed it in even more detail.
I love the intimacy of this hotel. The staff is so friendly, especially in the dining area. The hotel is situated on its own private island off the Island of Isla Mujeres; just a short ferry ride from Cancun. It is an older hotel but it is not run down and still retains its charm.
The rooms range from standard to deluxe villas. You can choose from the all inclusive plan or just a room. I experienced the standard room all inclusive. It was a bare room with nothing too special about it. It was clean, had a shower, a/c, and beautiful view of the ocean. We were not in the room much so we did not mind it's simplicity. We did try to upgrade to a room with a jacuzzi which I will do the next time we return...they book up fast!
The food here is amazing...especially for an all inclusive. The chef takes great pride in his menu. He is always around the premises talking to people asking how the food is. We were here for Thanksgiving, and I actually gave the chef some input to the menu...thanks to me we had some great green beans :-) It was one of the best Thanksgiving meals I ever had (sorry mom).
The beach is AMAZZING!! You can walk what seems for miles in crystal clear water that comes as deep as your waist. The hotel also has it's own "natural pool" surrounded by rocks. Giant waves crash against the rocks as you swim in the tranquil pool - it is quite an awesome experience! There is also great snorkeling all around the hotel.
My only negative reviews are with the pool. It was very small, but honestly with a beach like this you don't care about the pool!! There was no jacuzzi at the pool either. My main negative review is that there were no hammocks for lounging. I love to lay in a hammock when I'm in Mexico.
The town of Isla Mujeres is so vibrant. I highly suggest renting the "suv" golf carts and take a tour of the city. There are great bars, restaurants, juice bars, and markets for souvenirs.
I will definitely return here someday soon. I recommend this hotel more for couples than families. There is one small play area for children, however it's in the middle of the hot sun and looks like it would be painful to go down the slide. There is no kids club or onsite babysitting.
I just want to thank the staff for making our trip there so memorable and romantic - they even sent us an anniversary card on our anniversary.
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- Also Known As:
- Avalon Reef Club Isla Mujeres Hotel Isla Mujeres
- Avalon Reef Isla Mujeres
- Avalon Club Reef
- Isla Mujeres Avalon Reef