Reasons to Visit:
- beautiful quiet location
- conveniently near Cancun
- shallow beach, great for tots
- nearby small town with shops, cafes
- beachside dining
- nearby outing to Garrafon eco-park
- value price point
Bottom Line: This resort offers a value price and a beautiful location. Don't expect a Beaches-type resort with umpteen pools and kids programs; but guests appreciate this quiet spot, so near Cancun, with its lovely beach, and easy walk to a friendly little town.
note: the Avalon Reef Club has had some additions-- see details.
Avalon Reef Club: Features
The Avalon Reef Club is at the northern tip of Isla Mujeres, a small island that's a 20-minute boat ride from tourist mecca Cancun. The Avalon Reef Club is on its own tiny islet. Cross the little wooden bridge, and take a short stroll away to a laid-back little town: resort guests aren't boxed inside a gilded cage.
The Avalon Reef Club has 55 villas, and a pyramid-shaped tower with 83 guest rooms and six suites with Jacuzzis. Standard rooms are small and would not suit families; suites and villas are spacious and 2-bedroom units can sleep six. (See pix.)
The main attraction at the Reef Club is the beach-- great for kids because it's shallow and gentle. (No lifeguard, though.)
The pool is simple* compared to the elaborate creations at some all-inclusives, and during our visit it wasn't heated -- which is typical of many all-inclusives in Mexico and the Caribbean.
The Wild Things Kids Club had a playground and a clubhouse with daily activities for ages 4 to 12, such as arts, crafts, beach fun, movies, videogames. The Kids Club was small but the staff was friendly with their little brood.
Grown-up activities might offer yoga or a bike tour. Entertainment includes Mexican Party Night with good buffet, Casino Night and Caribbean Show.
The watersports shop provides gear for on-site snorkeling; always best to bring your own, so you can go when you like. (Watersports shacks typically close quite early.)
The Avalon Reef Club had a small spa, with massage tables outdoors by the sea, a wedding gazebo in a scenic spot, and a helpful wedding coordinator.
At the watersports shack, trips are scheduled to the second-largest barrier reef in the world. Snorkeling on this reef can be terrific, but make sure the sea is calm if you're taking kids. (This is not an all-included activity!)
Other popular outings include: sunset catamaran cruise, fishing trip, Jungle Tour (- drive your own speed boat through the mangrove forest with a guide, then snorkel at a coral reef; kids welcome.)
The most popular outing on Isla Mujeres is Garrafon National Park: Part natural park, part eco-theme-park, Garrafon is operated by the same company as the popular Xcaret and Xel-ha eco-parks on the Mayan Riviera. Garrafon offers snorkeling, zip-lines, bungee-jumping, sea-trekking, snuba, hammock garden, restaurants. Buy a package with meals and activities and spend the whole day.
Finally: an easy outing is a shuttle-boat ride to Cancun; guests can spend the day at the Avalon Grand Resort, enjoying food and facilities free of charge.
Keep in mind about Avalon Reef Club
- check to see what types of meal plans are offered. Some guests prefer to eat at least some meals in the nearby town
- golf carts can be rented, to explore the island
- some guests recommend shopping around for watersport tours
Find out more about Avalon Reef Club:
- take a photo tour
- See the Avalon Resorts site
- check recent visitors' comments at TripAdvisor.com
- Check prices
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