Mia Reef Isla Mujeres
What We Love
- An all-inclusive stay on a laid-back island off the coast of Cancun, with a Caribbean-view roomDrinking at the swim-up bar and dining at one of the restaurants, such as the cevicheria
- Enjoying the resort’s private Caribbean shore
- Parking your boat in the private dock, if you brought one along
- Visiting the Isla Mujeres turtle farm, depending on the season, and bustling downtown Cancun
What To Know
- You can easily walk from the resort to the bars and restaurants in town
- The private King's Bath area is perfect for snorkeling or just catching sight of tropical fish
- There's no in-room WiFi, internet access is only available in the lobby and bar and lounge area
Bring on the beach. At Mia Reef Isla Mujeres, nearly every day is a sunshine day, with surf and sand for all. Of course, even if this Mexican resort were not directly on the sands of a Caribbean shore, enjoying a balmy tropical climate, it would still be worthy of its impressive TripAdvisor ranking and hosts of glowing reviews on that site: It houses its own private dock, it’s all-inclusive and it’s just a 20-minute ferry ride from action-packed Cancun. Give it a few hours here, and we predict that you’ll start feeling pretty sunny yourself.
You can slip further into carefree vacation mode with a spa treatment. The wellness center invites you to receive a massage or another indulgent therapy at the hands of its seasoned therapists, who work their magic in single or couples’ rooms, before releasing you to the relaxation room. Rev things back up with an endorphin-pumping workout at the gym, or sip a fruity drink from the natural pool’s swim-up bar, which is just one of the six eating-and-drinking spots at Mia Reef. Follow it up with a stroll to another one of them, Sarimar Restaurant, in time to catch one of its Caribbean sunsets.
Your eco-friendly room features a palette of beachy colors, also referencing the surroundings through its furnishings, which are Mexican. You’ll have a set of sliding glass doors for getting outside, and if the sunlight in the morning doesn’t energize you for the day ahead, a handy coffeemaker.
Your all-inclusive basis gets you eats and treats at six dining spots: a seafood restaurant and cevicheria, a separate beachfront (and sunset-view) restaurant that’s open for three meals a day, a snack bar, a poolside Mexican spot – we recommend the guacamole – and a swim-up bar. Start the day with a cup of joe from the “coffee gallery,” and, if hunger strikes before bedtime, end it with an order from the room-service menu.
For an extra bit of R&R, treat yourself to a therapy at the peaceful sea-view spa. Try a massage, or opt for a different kind of treatment, alone or as part of a couple. When you’re done getting pampered, relocate to the relaxation lounge, or switch it up and get those endorphins pumping at the gym.
Isla Mujeres is off the coast of Cancun, with plenty of its own unique attractions: nesting grounds for sea turtles, a sculpture park, a Mayan temple, the easternmost point in Mexico. Since you’re so close to Cancun, abundant dining, drinking and dancing spots are also within reasonably easy reach. Stay in to chill by the natural pool, or ride around the Caribbean on a boat that you parked at the private dock.
How to Get There
Once more mia reef did not disappoint. Excellent spot and staff are very attentive and treat us very well. Shout out to Angel in the restaurant who always made sure I got gluten free desserts when I asked. Thank you to the amigos at the towel booth who blew up my floaties daily. Special mention to Roberto,Nicolas,Abraham, Martin. Luis our bartender, Heliazar, Abigail, and our two favorite vendors Poco and Antonio picasso!
Let me start by saying that I am 56 years old, and my family and I have done some traveling, mostly to the Caribbean and mostly in Mexico. This was my best vacation for me personally ever. I spent a week here in this paradise and was able to totally decompress from all the normal outside things that wear on you. After I had booked, and I booked through expedia, which gave me the best price and was very good with everything, not my first time booking through them but wanted to give them a shoutout also. After booking and looking through some of the reviews I was just slightly concerned. But from past experiences I thought, just give it a chance because in the past there were some places I went that maybe didn't have the best reviews, and they too turned out to be awesome! Maybe you're someone that enjoys the Ritz Carlton or a hotel like that, then maybe you won't enjoy this as much. For me and my family we love love loved this place and I was sad to leave. The room was clean, ocean front, didn't smell any birds, but we were in the tower, third floor. Oh, and the elevators, there are two, they are small, but they are always available, and very fast, never had to wait for any amount of time. The room could use some dressers or something, there was little place to place clothes, but that's minor, I'd go back with just a pair of shorts in a New York minute!
The ocean was clean and clear and warm. The buffet could maybe, and I say maybe use just a touch of a make over, but I definitely found enough items to my liking and I never went hungry. The entertainment for us outside of the magic show, which we loved, was not much. Some of the larger hotels in Cancun put on some really big shows, and that's great, and we love those also, but it's not a big deal for us. We have an 8 year old son so we aren't up all hours of the night. The servers in this place are just awesome, so kind and helpful and genuine. We love the Mexican people and the culture.
No one harassed us to become a member. We had contact with a couple of them that did try to discuss it with us, but they were nice, and understood we weren't there for that we were there for us and they would graciously say hello in passing after they understood where we were coming from. I'm sure the member thing is a good thing, but we do like to try different places. We were able to rent a golf cart and take a run to Punta Sur, which is really cool. They don't rent the carts there, but if you walk straight across the bridge and keep walking on the street until you can't go any more, keep looking straight ahead and the pink building is where you can rent them from.
It was nice to get out for a bit. We rented at around 2pm, so we had the cart that day and the whole rest of the next day until 2pm, went to Punta Sur twice, and it cost us less than $60 U.S. Went to town to shop, I can say that the sales prices off the main drag are much more affordable, shops right there along the main drag where you come out from the ferry was the most expensive. I can't say enough about this place and the people that work at Mia Reef. The locals we met in town and along the way were also so nice and never felt unsafe. We didn't head out at night and stayed out of the main neighborhoods, but all of our encounters were very nice. This is not a new, big brand hotel. It is very comfortable, very clean, very supported by it's staff. I am sad I'm not there right now typing this. You can easily snorkel there with the fish you will see. If you bring some bread they will surround you and that's a nice experience. If anyone from Mia Reef reads this, We stayed in room 3009 from Nov 24th, 'til Dec 1st and we loved every minute! Thanks for your hospitality, and lord knows we wish to see you all again someday soon!
Great time. Group of 14 of us had a great time and great service. Breakfast was great. There was entertainment and activities for the whole family. Rooms were very clean. Ocean was one of the best. Quick walk to downtown. Very safe!!!
Thanks to the staff for a wonderful time on the island. I loved the villa and the people working there. Thanks goes out to Luis Arias Ceballos for all the good drinks!! Meow!! The rooms were very clean and a beautiful place to stay.
We think highly, of the resort. Everything is as pictured, when you book it! The view is incredible, white sand beaches, and beautiful turquoise blue waters. It's a short walk to town, We rented a golf cart for the week, also a great Idea! We Will return again!