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On a small, relatively quiet island accessible only by boat
The Avalon Reef Club is located on Isla Mujeres, a small island off the coast of Cancun. Formerly a place sacred to the Mayans, nowadays the island is sacred to tourists looking for a quieter Cancun location with plenty of great snorkeling areas. But it's a bit too secluded for those who want the partying and shopping scene -- the island is a 20-minute boat ride from the mainland. Many day trippers flock to the island for the snorkeling, but then head back to the mainland for the nightlife. For those who stay on the island, the downtown area is a short walk or golf-cart drive away.
Sea turtles are regularly spotted in the waters surrounding the island, as are dolphins, and an underwater sculpture museum is just off the coast. The hotel is located on the northeast tip of the island, where the coast is rockier and the surf is a bit rougher.
The highlight of the Avalon Reef Club is its location; on the island Isla Mujeres, the hotel overlooks beautiful beaches and natural pools on all sides. All 129 rooms have ocean views and though their decor is bland -- lots of beige, minimal furniture, and white stucco walls -- they are clean and well-kept. The light, airy lobby is a bit kitschy (Mayan reliefs on the walls and lots of terra cotta), as are the restaurants, but the hotel's grounds are pristine. Most guests enjoy the secluded feel (and the hotel is only a 10-minute walk to the downtown area), but those looking for a wild spring break vacation may prefer to stay at one of the hotel's sister properties in the Hotel Zone, the Avalon Baccara or the Avalon Grand, which are granted day access to the Reef Club.