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
We recently returned from our third trip to Mia Reef (fifth to Isla Mujeres) and will be returning to Mia at the beginning of April. From the many places we traveled, none is quite as unique as both the resort and the island. Tucked apart on it's on spit of land, Mia Reef's quaintness coupled with it's amazing location truly makes it one-of-a-kind. Paired with the beauty, friendliness and easy accessibility of the island, it's the perfect locale for those who want to soak up the sun or embrace the locale.
As you'll see from reviews, the food is perhaps the one thing that could use some work at Mia Reef (though to be fair, creating dishes for various palates from various countries is challenging). However, the Cevicheria on the beach serves an incredible array of dishes ranging from an amazing tuna tostada to mouth-watering shrimp tacos beginning at 1 p.m. Roberto and his staff work like mad so TIP WELL! Breakfast at the buffet is, well, breakfast at a buffet. Certainly serviceable and perfect for a homemade omelette or fresh fruit. Dinner is, well, I don't really know. Because of the abundance of restaurants within walking distance and the amazing prices, you're doing yourself a disservice if you don't venture out for dinner and drinks each night.
Speaking of drinks, the beach staff works diligently to keep your beverages coming during your day in the sun. We had a group of 13 and Miller not only kept the drinks flowing but delivered them with a smile each time.
Want to order from the bar? All of the bartenders are attentive and will make drinks to order but above all, mi amigo Luis Arias! Luis greets us every time we come back to Mia with a smile and a hug and has been a delight getting to know over the years.
All in all, Mia Reef is and will be continue to be one of my favorite go-to vacation spots. The staff is great (we accidentally left an iPad upon check-out and they were able to track it down and get it returned to us. I think our maid Keyli was responsible for turning it in and she'll get a big thank you when we return), the location is unbeatable and the island itself is amazing. Is a Secrets or Sandals or whatever constitutes a big, fancy all-inclusive? No, but what it is is a place where the employees treat you like family and a place that feels like home.
There was nothing short of relaxation on the beach and excellent service from all staff. Such a friendly resort, and the perfect size with a variety of activities and fun! Great myriad of food and delicacies to try. I felt spoiled and treated like royalty. Can't wait to go back.
Spent a full week at Mia Reef in Isla Mujeres. We enjoyed our stay overall but came up with a complete user-friendly list of what we liked and did not like about the hotel. It is a pain getting to the resort so know that in advance. You need to arrange your transportation from CUN to the Ferry then Ferry cab ride over to the hotel, it is walkable but for $4 USD we were fine with paying so we didn’t have to tote our luggage on uneven hot streets. Keep in mind same returning back to CUN as well. We used the hotel services which is $30 USD pp and is comparable to other rates as well. Arriving at the hotel was ok, the views of water and sand is what you are paying for keep that in mind the entire trip. There is a walk up each day to the main lobby which might pose a risk for some that cannot walk up steep stairs to get to the lobby. The lobby itself is small and very crowded during checking in. We checked in and found our room was not ready so decided to wait until our room would be ready, seemed many were waiting around until their rooms were ready around 3PM or so. I went back numerous times to check and finally our room was ready much closer to check in time at 3PM. There is no itinerary for your stay which shocked me. The hotel lacks informing their guests of their amenities or night shows or hours. I had to ask and got just a single sheet giving me food hours really.
When we got to our room we were disappointed on the 3rd floor facing south. It’s worth an ocean room at this hotel but we knew we weren’t spending much time in our room so went cheap. Our view were of a/c units so it was pretty bad. The room itself was small, full-bed not queen nor king, the best feature was the big but dark shower. The bed was very uncomfortable. Bathroom itself was small with 1 light only working, we also had an exposed fan. TV in the rooms is small and I think there is only 1 English station. Some rooms had latches on the doors and all had safes. Overall the room was small and mediocre in comparison. The small hallways make them SUPER loud, it took us a few days to adjust to all the conversations and noises with everyone’s hotel door slamming at all hours. We did have the power go out on our 1 rainy day a few times and read other postings that this frequently happens. The beaches are very pretty and creates some great pictures to took around the property, unfortunately, everyone knows that so each day we were disappointed to see new people constantly at or around our hotel simply taking pictures, snorkeling tours, using our beach. I did not realize anyone could pays $55 pp per day to stay at our hotel too. If you want a private hotel this is hotel is not for you at all. Everyone comes here each day multiple times to drop snorkeling tour groups off and to take scenic pictures. The fish are pretty cool by the lobby but really only a few different types but cool to see very easily. The hotel restaurants lets be clear is only 1 restaurant that changes it menu. The food overall is not very good at this hotel, even for an all-inclusive hotel. Many in our hotel went downtown to get their dinners. Some good items we found were the shrimp tacos by the beach, all skewers, burgers outside for lunch by the “restaurant” and cappuccinos. Drinks are about the same as other all-inclusives and the staff are very nice and actually fun most of the time. Bottled water is available anywhere and anytime. Our last day there was no hot water at our hotel which the staff knows is a problem but for a hour or so we had no water at all. All was working in a few hours but keep in mind if this happens to you as well staying here.
Pool was rarely used since it’s shaded most of the day and was really cold. Beach is beautiful and is the best feature of the hotel but when everyone and others are using it does not seem very private at all. You do have to walk a far way out to get the water over your head. If traveling with toddler they would love since it’s calm and not too deep at all. The king’s bath is small and to me not worth the visit. Keep in mind the property has the white sands and shallow water by the beach but the other side (most oceanview rooms) face the deep blue wavy waters. The sunsets are beautiful at night and I actually got up one sunrise which was pretty as well.
The entertainment as night was just ok. It usually is just 1-5 people entertaining you with a new theme each night. I’ve been to better shows at all-inclusives but at least they had something for the guests. There really are only 2 bars (1 outside and 1 self-serve inside). We had rain 1 day and the entire outside bar is unusable. We got a couple’s massage at the hotel which was average for the quality and prices. Very similar to a US massage cost and all. The staff does a great job cleaning all around. We constantly could see people cleaning windows and floors (be careful wet tile floors are very slippery!)
Overall a small all-inclusive hotel that has mediocre food and entertainment. You are paying for the views at this location and the hotel knows that so they lack in other normal hotel all-inclusive amenities. Not very private or secluded location since many boaters anchor by hotel and snorkel day trippers are frequently visiting. Weather was good high 78-80 and lows maybe cool 66 for our week. I had a sweatshirt at night which sometimes I needed and other times I did not all depended on wind.
I loved this resort. Views were great, food was what to be expected. Alchohol was good choices but the mixers were terrible and should be changed. Overall I was happy with everything. I would Definitely go back the rooms were nice and hotel was clean.
We absolutely love coming to the Mia for many reasons.. One our favorite bartender Luis Arias makes us feel like family. The staff that works in the dining, beaches, entertainment, and cleaning are so accommodating and FUN. The beaches are gorgeous. See you next February Luis and the Mia!