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5 Star
Rooms
120
Wellness/Spa
YES
Internet
FREE
5 star dive center
Onsite
House reef
NO

Resort Highlights

  • Excellent year round visibility, warm waters (~25°c) and miles of coral gardens
  • Swim with sharks, dolphins, turtles and schools of large and small reef fish
  • Explore the mystical jungle cenotes for a truly unique and memorable experience!
  • Accommodation just steps from the beach and Playa del Carmen’s 5th Avenue
  • Completely new, stylish and adults only all-inclusive resort with 24hr room service
  • 3 bars and 2 restaurants offering high quality multinational cuisine
  • Rooftop bar with infinity pool and views of the blissful Caribbean Ocean
  • Special rates for the most exclusive beach clubs only 1 minute from the hotel 
  • Aromatherapy and pillow menu to ensure impeccable rest

Resort Description

Visit Playa del Carmen for excellent reef systems, calm and crystal blue waters and hundreds of species of fish. There are 128 varieties of starfish alone! And that’s not all, the waters of the Mexican Riviera are frequented by more than 20 marine mammal species including bottlenose dolphins, minke whales, sperm whales, manatees and humpback whales. Add that to five more species of turtle and some 49 species of shark – including bull sharks and the magnificent whale shark - and it’s a wonder there is any ocean space left for you to dive in! Whatever you are looking for - whether it be an open water course or a unique challenge- you'll find it in Playa del Carmen. Drift diving is popular in this region, as well as the chance to investigate underwater caverns and mystical jungle cenotes. The majority of diving in this area is done from the boat, and with such diversity of shallow and mid depth dive sites, it’s a perfect location to embark on a PADI certification. 


Opening in April 2018, this chic, adults only, boutique style resort is located just steps away from the Riviera Maya coastline and Playa del Carmen’s lively 5th Avenue or ‘’Quinta’’ as it is known locally. The Reef 28 offers the perfect combination of easy access to Mamita’s Beach, colourful shops and street entertainment by day, plus a variety of bars, restaurants and clubs by night. All guestrooms consist of high-tech amenities, crisp and light décor, a private terrace or balcony and complimentary WiFi. The hotel itself boasts its own high-energy rooftop bar with infinity pool and evening DJs, cutting edge gym with yoga area, full service spa and 2 restaurants serving up imaginative Mexican and Asian flavours. All rooms are fully inclusive, allowing guests to relax and indulge in all that this newly established, exclusive resort has to offer.

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Explore diving around the The Reef 28

Best dive sites in Yucatán Peninsula

Punta Cancun – This is a popular spot with divers and provides access to several dive sites and some healthy coral reefs. Located at the eastern end of Cancun's hotel zone, the reefs contain colorful coral formations and you can hang out with a diverse array of marine life, including barracuda, rays and sharks. Punta Nizuc – This site is famous for its snorkeling and diving thanks to an offshore reef rife with abundant marine life. Depths average 10 metres/30 feet and great visibility make this a spectacular spot where divers meet lobster, groupers, rays, sergeant majors and a host of other marine life. At Punta Nizuc art meets coral reef conservation and divers can visit a statue of a young girl lying in a coral garden. She’s part of an underwater museum, Museo Subacuático de Arte, that’s well worth exploring. Playa del Carmen, Akumal and Tulum – South of Cancun, Playa del Carmen is a bustling town with a European vibe. Akumal and Tulum, both south of Playa, are seaside villages that offer a glimpse into the Yucatan of yesterday. Generally, the dive sites here are shallow with excellent visibility and boat rides are as short as five minutes. You’re likely to see turtles, barracuda, stingrays, lobsters and nurse sharks. Pared Verde – Sloping rivers of sand divide sections of the wall which is well populated with coral, sponges and myriad macro invertebrates. Depths to 40 metres/130 feet are possible and the current can be a consideration. Larger pelagic species are frequently seen here, given the reef’s location in the middle of a sandy plain. Cenotes – If you want to try something truly special, dive a cenote. These deep, freshwater-filled sinkholes formed when the roofs of limestone caverns collapsed and filled with water. The Yucatan’s elaborate cenotes have intricate cave systems and underground tunnels that draw divers from around the globe. Many cenotes boast pristine turquoise waters and a beautiful array of stalagmites and stalactites formed over millions of years.

Snorkeling in Yucatán Peninsula

Non-divers will find plenty of reasons to enter the water in the Yucatan Peninsula. From shore, you’ll be able to access the region’s best reefs and even dip your head in a cenote. If you happen to be in the area from June to September, make sure to take a day trip to Isla Mujeres in order to snorkel with whale sharks. There are also trips to the deep sea for snorkeling with sailfish that may interest some.

What to see

Dolphins and sharks patrol deeper waters, while stunning colorful fish hang out by the reefs. You will see eels and lobsters near overhangs, as well as plenty of eagle rays gliding through the shallows. If you dive in the mangroves you may even run across a manatee!

One of the major attractions to the underwater world of the Riviera Maya are the Bull Sharks that are attracted to the area’s crystalline waters between November and March. There’s also a chance of spotting Green Turtles, Loggerhead Turtles, whale sharks and sailfish during their respective migrations.

Dive Center

Highlights

  • Warm water, top-notch visibility and incredible diversity of marine life
  • Publicized by diving idol Jacques Cousteau as one of best place to dive in the world
  • Spot sharks, turtles, marine mammals, moray eels and hundreds of coral species
  • Textbook conditions to suit Open Water Certifications
  • Drift, wreck, cenote and deep diving for more experienced divers looking for a challenge!
  • Strong emphasis on safety, professionalism and reliability
  • Large selection of rental equipment and a rinse, dry, store and prep service for those with their own gear
  • Whale Shark excursions including transfers, lunch and refreshments
  • The Reef Marina moto ‘Be serious without taking things too seriously

Description

As a 5* Dive Resort, you are in safe hands at The Reef Marina. Professionalism, reliability and security are the name of the game. The center has a well-stocked rental equipment room to suit divers of all shapes and sizes. Should you wish to bring your own equipment, it'll be rinsed, dried, stored overnight and prepared for you the following dive, so you don’t have to worry about a thing! Just relax, and let the friendly, international dive team take care of you! Just minutes by boat from the dive center, many incredible underwater sights can be explored. The pleasant, calm waters offer beginner divers the perfect conditions for an open water course. At the same time, a variety of more challenging drift, wreck, cenote and deep dives run regularly for more experienced divers. The best part is, you can enjoy these warm, clear waters year-round. Come and check it out for yourself!

DIVING SERVICES

Courses

  • Intro Dives/Discover Scuba
  • Scuba Refresher
  • Open Water Diver
  • Advanced Open Water Diver
  • Rescue Diver Certification
  • Divemaster
  • Divemaster Internship
  • Instructor/Idc Course
  • Free-Diving Course
  • Kids Courses
  • Nitrox Certification
  • Rebreather Course
  • Underwater Photography
  • Deep Diver Certification
  • Underwater Videographer
  • Night Diver
  • Wreck Diver
  • Cavern Diving
  • Drift Diving
  • Boat Diver
  • Peak Performance Buoyancy
  • Sidemount Diver
  • Technical Diving Courses

Equipment

  • Tanks With Int (Yoke) Valves
  • Tanks With Din Valves
  • 15L Tanks
  • Nitrox ($)
  • Rental Equipment ($)
  • Thick (5-7Mm) Wetsuits ($)
  • Open-Back Fins ($)
  • Dive Computer ($)
  • Equipment For Kids
  • Filling Station
  • Rebreather Friendly

Diving Facilities

  • Shop
  • Training Pool
  • Camera Room
  • Battery Charging Station
  • Wi-Fi ($)
  • Beach Front
  • Facilities For Disabled Guests
  • Air Conditioning
  • Warm-Water Showers
  • Fish Id And Diving Books

Safety

  • Emergency Oxygen Kit
  • First Aid Kits
  • Vhf Radio

Languages spoken

  • English
  • German
  • Spanish
  • Dutch
  • French
  • Italian

PADI membership level

  • Padi 5 Star Idc

Distinction

  • Padi 5 Star Cdc/Idc

Resort Amenities

Activities

  • Snorkeling
  • Stand-Up Paddling
  • Jet Skiing
  • Kite Surfing
  • Kayaking
  • Sailing
  • Fishing
  • Tennis
  • Pool / Snooker
  • Ping Pong
  • Darts
  • Golf (Close By)
  • Cycling
  • Beach Volleyball
  • Yoga

Food and drink

  • Restaurant
  • Bar / Lounge
  • Buffet
  • A La Carte Menu
  • Fine Cuisine
  • Alcohol
  • Vegetarian Food
  • Gluten Free Food

Wellness

  • Fitness Center
  • Spa Facility
  • Sauna
  • Hamam
  • Hot Tub / Whirlpool
  • Beauty Treatments
  • Massage Services

Facilities

  • Outdoor Pool
  • Wi-Fi (Free)
  • Air-Conditioning
  • Garden
  • Lounge/Tv Area
  • Games Room
  • Facilities For Disabled Guests
  • External Guests Allowed
  • Us Power Sockets
  • Power Socket Adapters

Entertainment and family

  • Nightclub

Payments

  • Visa
  • Mastercard
  • Amex
  • Cash (Usd)
  • Cash (Local Currency)

How to get there

Arrival

  • Having touched down in Cancun International Airport, you will be met by a hotel representative.
  • The representative will be holding a signboard with the name of the hotel 'The Reef 28' and your name, directly outside the exit door of the customs area. 
  • Hand over your bags and be whisked away to the hotel inside a comfortable, air conditioned vehicle. 

Departure

  • Once you have checked out, you will be able to catch another air conditioned lift back to the airport. 
  • Journey time between the airport and the resort is around 45 minutes. 

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