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Desire Pearl Resort & Spa
4.0 of 5 Specialty Resort   |   Costera Norte, Lote 1 Sm10 Mz. 26, Puerto Morelos 77580, Mexico   |  
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San Francisco, California
1 review
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
“Fabulous Honeymoon”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2012

We spent the first half of our honeymoon at this resort, and we thoroughly enjoyed ourselves. It was our first experience going to a clothing-optional resort, and we felt right at home. Everyone, including the staff and guests were perfectly welcoming and very fun.

The room was great - we had an Ocean front room, and we had a beautiful view. The bed was comfortable, and it was well kept. There was still a lot of construction and repair when we were there as the resort had just opened after Desire took over. The staff did everything they could to make us comfortable even though that was happening. It rained while we were there, and they provided umbrellas to keep us dry walking from building to building.

We were nervous about the food since it's an all-inclusive, but it was actually wonderful. We loved all the meals, and there were snacks in the afternoon as well. And of course the open bar helped - we often drank our snacks! We usually opted for the served restaurant for dinner, and the options were varied and wonderful.

The disco was the place to be every night. There were some fabulous shows & audience participation, followed by dancing. We usually didin't stay long though, and headed out to the amazing jacuzzi afterwards. It was nice and large, which gave you room if you wanted it, and a bar dedicated to it. You could also order snacks to the bar, such as some late-night pizza, that was fabulous.

I have to give a special thanks and huge recommendations to all the staff. They were all wonderful - they got us to participate in volleyball, basketball, water arobics and even a pole dancing lesson by the pool! All the activities were fun, and the staff was amazing. The bartenders and waiters were all great too. They remembered us and our drinks, and mixed up some fabulous concoctions while we were there! I rarely had to actually order my evening margarita as the bartender would send one over as soon as we got to the jacuzzi!

The Jacuzzi and pool were both wonderful, as was the beach-front. The space on the beach is rather small, but we spent most of our time in the pool as we were spending the rest of our honeymoon at the beach. It's an infinity pool, so I got plenty of time staring at the water with my margarita in hand, and thoroughly enjoyed the lounge chairs and small jacuzzi attached to the pool as well.

We did take advantage of the opportunity to visit the original Desire down the road one day. It was definitely a bit different - more people, and less space. But it was fun as well - just a little more cozy!

We loved our vacation here, and will definitely be back!

  • Stayed May 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    5 of 5 stars
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Almere, The Netherlands
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8 reviews 8 reviews
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9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2012

We spent two weeks in this resort, and we must say it was amazing. This was our first visit to Desire Pearl.
The room (Master Suite) was magnificent: huge living room, very nice spacious bedroom with kingsize bed, firm but very comfortable, choice of at least 4 types of pillows, two bathrooms, sufficient storage facilities, two balconies.
The pool is large with a more crowded part with swim-up bar, and a more quiet part, with enough chairs and beds to accommodate all guests. Nice beach with beach chairs and beach beds, palm trees and palapas providing shade where needed. The only issue is the rocks in the water, so water shoes are recommended.
We think the jaccuzi is the nicest one we ever saw, transformed from a former childrens pool. It easily can have 50 or more people, is nicely decorated in red, white and black, with different levels. This is the place where the fun is at the end of the afternoon, and after the disco.
As occupancy was rather low when we arrived, only one restaurant was open, which was okay. However, when a group arrived, bring the occupancy up to 80%, the staff was not able to cope with the number of guests and the limited number of seats. This resulted in long waiting times, either before one was seated, or until dishes arrived, once ordered. Quality of food in general is okay, choice being rather limited with an Italian and an international menu. Besides of the menus, however, you always can ask for your favorite dishes, not on the menu. Staff is doing their utmost best to accommodate you.
The disco is a bit over-the-top Vegas style. Every night there is a theme, with corresponding show and/or contest, as well as dress code. When we were ate Pearl, only part of the guests were dressed according to the code for that night. For us preparing at home for the theme nights is part of the fun. After the show a DJ is playing music, which almost every night was techno. The average age of the guests being over 45, this was not really the type of music which was highly appreciated, so the disco most evenings was almost empty around midnight, everybody moving to the lobby bar or jaccuzi.
The staff at Desire Pearl really is the best we ever experienced at any holidays: after two days everybody in restaurants and bars remembered our names and knew exactly what our favorite drinks were at which time of the day. Staff really is pampering the guests, and do everything to make and keep them happy. The entertainment staff was great as well.
We, being the only ones from Europe, met a lot of nice people from US, Canada, Mexico and Latin America, varying from hardcore swingers to people visiting a c/o resort for the first time, and feeling a bit embarrassed by the DPA in and around the jaccuzi and some other places. We had a lot of fun, and certainly will go back next year, despite of some growing pains, which in our opinion certainly will disappear within reasonable time. One should not forget that this resort only opened some months ago.

Room Tip: We had a room at the quiet side of the resort, close to the beach, with nice view on the pool. Rooms...
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  • Stayed August 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Arlington, Virginia
2 reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2012

This place is awesome, loved the environment and the people! It was our first time to this type of resort. It was amazing, I'm actually wondering why didn't I go sooner. I guess I was waiting for The Pearl to open!

In regards to the hotel the place was perfect and I'm a very picky traveler when it comes to accommodations. We upgraded to a penthouse and it was well worth every penny: the bed, pillows, the view spectacular. I think the food and the restaurant service has some room for improvement.
The crowd was really nice, we met a lot of fun people. Very relaxed environment but at the same time very sexy! Loved it! We will be back in January that's for sure.
We fell in love again, just like when we were teenagers. It was an amazing experience for both us, I felt like I was 20 years younger! We had so much fun, and did things together like the couples massage on the water, the private dinner with lobster and then the romantic portrait that was the best!

Room Tip: We recommend room 75 it's perfect! or any other room in the same building they are not to close...
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  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Newport Beach, California
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21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 6, 2012

We visited Cabo Desire by mistake and then explored the "old Desire" in Cancun. 12 trips now. Desire Pearl exceeded our expectations. The rooms (Master Suite) is spacious, living room two bathrooms, 2 balcony decks etc. This Desire Pearl has the best staff ever. Hard working, personal greetings everywhere and who ever trained them A Plus. We wanted to tip everyone at the end. The pool is spacious and just right for the weather. They built a large jacuzzi over what was a former kiddie pool. No kid's screaming just adults... Food is pretty good, people are interactive and fun. We had the best time with Venezualians and Chileans. Language was not a barrier. A Swinger group came in. Not the best bodies but we all got a long and had the best nakation vacation. Only draw back was not all Taxi Drivers know how to get there. Even with the old Cieba del Mar Hotel info. We know now.

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Vancouver Island, Canada
1 review
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 5, 2012

We had the best time. Brent the manager took the best care of us and rosa also.
The nightlife in the club is vegas like and so much fun and first class. My wife has a gluten allergie and all the staff were attentive and kept kristen safe. the food was to die for. We liked it so much we became members.

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Daytona Beach, Florida
1 review
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2012

My husband and I have been to Deisre RM on five occasions. While we enjoyed the overall concept and have met some incredible people, we were always taken aback by the cliques that were formed and how snotty and rude certain people were either invidiually or collectively passing judgement without getting to know others. I particularly do not enjoy engaging in such activities and prefer to socialize with all people from all walks of life. So when we became premier members I was excited but still a bit reserved given some of our experiences.

When my husband booked our tip I was rather excited to give Pearl a try although there were mixed reviews...everyone certainly is entitled to their own opinion. On our first day there I was certain it was going to be another horrible people experience as we saw a small group at the swim up bar checking us out and talking about the new couple in town. We were a bit disappointed in the room we were assigned although as premier members we were entitled to an upgrade it was not what we had expected and the staff was quick to accomodate us with a room more suitable to what we had requested. The room itself was spacious and quite beautiful with a lovely view of the ocean, beach, pool and hot tub. Our butler was very kind and extremely efficient and friendly.

We settled in and made it to the hot tub. The bartender asked our names and remembered them the entire week we were there as well as our beverage of choice and always had one ready when he saw us headed his way. The group from the pool had made it to the hot tub and I have to admit, they were the friendliest group of individuals I had ever met with a mixture of first timers, nudist and lifestylist. No one was judgemental and no one was shy either LOL,

Dinner was another positive experience, again our names were asked and remembered the duration of our trip. The wait staff was attentive and friendly. The menu was not too diverse, but if you wanted something that was not listed on the menu they were more than willing to accomodate you with whatever you wanted.

The nightly entertainment was good, the staff did an incredible job of engaging the small number of guest in the activities to ensure a great time was had by all. The live bands prior to the show in the disco were actually very good and quite enjoyable.

Daily pool activities were fun and again the staff did an outstanding job of getting the guest involved. The music was not bad and I am so grateful that it was not the techno crap that they play at RM. I can live with the repeated music from the 70s, 80s and 90s just as long as I don't feel as if we are at a rave. Sure it could be mixed up a bit on a daily basis, but overall I preferred it over RM. The pool attendant was incredible and again knew our names and took quite good care of us and all the guest. When he wasn't helping guest with chairs and umbrellas, he straighten the guest towels on the chairs when they went to the pool or he would neatly fold their garments, refresh their drinks or clean up their dirty glasses and dishes.

The beach is much nicer than RM and security is right on the spot ensuring the guest are not disturbed by people walking the beach from other resorts or locals trying to sell their wares.

Overall it was a awesome vacation and we are going back in November. Yes, there are some things they could work out in the meantime, like a large outside bar similar to RM and maybe different music each day. The gift shop could be larger as it is quite difficult to look at the items as they are packed in there like sardines. In the short period of time they have come quite a long way and I am encouraged that this will be a top notch facility in the Desire family.

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Stillwater, Minnesota
2 reviews
Reviews in 2 cities Reviews in 2 cities
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2012

Just returned from Desire Pearl. We could not find anything negative about this property. Excellent customer service. There was plenty of activity at the pool and the big hot tub (both with swim up bars). Nightlife was somewhat quiet but we are not big into night clubs and dancing. The food was great. What a great idea to bring different food themes to the pool area in buffet style. The beach was nice and relaxing. We had a lot of fun with the daytime activities. Great job by the entertainment staff. Airport transportation with USTransfers was uncomplicated. We will return again.

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: Costera Norte, Lote 1 Sm10 Mz. 26, Puerto Morelos 77580, Mexico
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Location: Mexico > Yucatan Peninsula > Quintana Roo > Riviera Maya > Puerto Morelos
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 25 Specialty Lodging in Puerto Morelos
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$$
Hotel Class:4 star — Desire Pearl Resort & Spa 4*
Number of rooms: 88
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Desire Pearl Resort & Spa Riviera Maya, seductive, clothing optional sanctuary in the Mexican Caribbean, invites you to come with your partner to discover a world of deliciously sensual experiences. A paradise for couples only, this is the place where you can reinvent the meaning of passion, forget inhibitions and enjoy adventures that go beyond your imagination. Surrounded by lingering ocean breezes, powdery white sand and the captivating, picture-perfect hues of the Caribbean Sea, Desire Pearl Resort & Spa Riviera Maya is found in an alluring beach of Puerto Morelos, as an idyllic setting where your most secret fantasies can become true.With an architectural design that resembles an elegant villa and blends perfectly with its vibrant and tropical backdrop, our clothing optional resort features guest rooms, suites and penthouses that have been provided with a balcony or terrace, so that the only witness of those passionate encounters with your partner, will be the most breathtaking views of the Caribbean Sea. As the most exquisite deluxe all-inclusive hotel, Desire Pearl Resort & Spa Riviera Maya has been provided with superb amenities and features that will seduce all of your senses such as an erotic, clothing optional atmosphere, oceanfront pools, beach beds, beach/pool concierges, and an indulging spa. Two restaurants await you with delightful moments as you discover our variety of gourmet, signature dishes and sensual environments that will embrace you with the taste of Desire every night. At Desire Pearl Resort & Spa Riviera Maya, the most enticing, adults oriented daily activities and nightly entertainment will set the perfect scene for flirtatious occasions to enjoy your partner's company, meet other guests as well as unparalleled opportunities to let yourself loose. For the ultimate seductive vacation, keep your mind open, unleash your imagination and surrender to the Desire Pearl Resort & Spa Riviera Maya experience. ... more   less 
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