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The Reef 28

Last updated: 24 May, 2023

Feeling like a little piece of South Beach Miami transported to Playa del Carmen, the adults-only Reef 28 mixes urban comfort and ocean views and sits right in Playa’s party central.

Bright modern rooms with wall-high windows come in a contemporary neutral palette, with soft creams offset with olive, cinnamon, polished stone and worked wood.

The rooftop sundeck has expansive ocean views – seen from a busy bar or a big, group-share Jacuzzi plunge-pools and the fountain-tingling spa has an indoor pool fed by artificial waterfalls.

There are two good restaurants, a big buffet breakfast and heaps of eateries, bars and shops right outside the front door.


Surrounding area

Fifth Avenue – Playa del Carmen’s bar-bursting, club-pounding party street is just outside the front door. There are plenty of supermarkets, restaurants and cafes less than 2 minutes’ walk away.

The beach – where the hotel has a beach bar club – is two blocks east.

With pristine beaches to the north and south and a lively urban centre, Playa del Carmen offers the intimate back-to-nature feel of Tulum and Puerto Morelos and Cancun’s urban amenities and nightlife – albeit on a smaller scale. The town is close to Cozumel island (for reef dives) and the big Xcaret and Xel-Ha adventure parks.


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General amenities

Key facilities

Airport transfers*
Beach: < 5mins walk
Fitness centre
Fitness classes
Golf course
Hot tub
Kids club
Parking: On-site (free)
Pool (adults only)
Pool (indoor)
Pool (outdoor)
Pool (kids)
Tennis courts
WiFi: Free

Food & drink

All inclusive
Kids menu
Restaurant on-site
Self catering
Additional charge

Room amenities

Room types


Room facilities

Air conditioning
Flat screen TV
Hot tub (private)
Pool (private)
Tea & coffee making facilities

Bedding options

2+ bedrooms
3+ beds
Connecting rooms
Rollaway/sofa bed