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Desire Resort & Spa
4.0 of 5 Specialty Resort   |   Carretera Cancun-Puerto Morelos Km 27.5 SM 12 | Mza 41, Lote 1, Fracc. 2, Puerto Morelos 77580, Mexico   |  
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Dallas, Texas
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2011

My husband and I vowed to write about our experience at Desire Resort in Cancun. First of all prior to our trip we researched and read hundreds of write ups and some of the information we read was critical to enjoying our trip to the fullest extent. We were new and curious to the lifestyle orientated resorts and clubs. This was our first one. We did not know what to expect, but wanted to make the best choice (it's not like we can go every week). Also with our lack of experience, we wanted to make sure that we would be comfortable. We weren't quite sure just "what" might be going on! First of all overall our time there was DEVINE overall, however we paid more attention to the write ups that did critique some flaws, being fearful that the perfect write ups were not true so here goes....

We arrived and had purchased airport transfers. Our driver was there with a sign for our names. We went straight to the resort which was only about 15 minutes away. As we arrived our luggage was plucked from our hands and we were told not to worry about it. As we are signing in and getting information about the restaurants and what not, someone appeared from no where with a fresh glass of champagne. We were then taken to our room...IMPORTANT, we read prior from another guest's write up to try to get an upstairs room if you have opted for a "beach front", this was great information. We had a lovely balcony and privacy. There are only 4 rooms upstairs so you are shielded from the noise of people passing by to the beach and the beach beds don't block your view. Also I would suggest looking up the map of the hotel and choosing a building closest to your preferences. We aren't really pool people so we chose a building away from that area. Another thing, they don't reserve specific rooms and the check in time is 3 so if you are able to structure your flight to arriving around that time you have a better chance of picking your room. Rooms were adequate, I don't care about decor so much as I wish that the bed was better quality. The room had a decent shower. Note: The C on faucets in Mexico is Caliente, not cold.

Be prepared, there are naked people. We were a little taken back to see naked people just sitting and having a conversation. In fact, we had resolved that even though we are OK with naked people, we most likely would not be brave enough to partake.....so much for that. The Jacuzzi bar opens in the afternoon so we grabbed a drink and went to check it out. I was topless and hubby was nude within 30 minutes of arriving. In the afternoons there are alot of people in the Jacuzzi and it gets pretty crowded from there on out, but the breeze is really nice there and there are nice lounge chairs and the beds, which are really cool if you feel the tub is too full.

Everyone we met was extremely nice and really close, great couples. No one has any problems making friends. The couples are not being nice or suggestive about "getting together". It's just the spirit of the place. There is a huge range of body styles which makes it really easy to let go of your inhibitions about being nude. There is a range of ages there from a few young (maybe mid twentys to early 30's) but most being in the late 30's to 50's (hard to say exactly what the ages are). Ironically being nude made me feel more confident about the flaws I felt I had with my body. As a rule, no one is staring at you or making you feel uncomfortable. The Jacuzzi is wild but not shockingly wild and really sets the erotic atmosphere. There are a range of lifestyle types with the majority being really stable, loving, secure couples. You hardly ever saw a couple that was apart from each other. We choose Desire because it is strictly couples only, I believe that is important, or at least it was for the purpose we chose to be there. Note: if you are not used to having unlimited drinks and it being OK to start having drinks early afternoon...pace yourself....

Another guest had written that they were disappointed that people were tipping when tipping was supposed to be included. I believe the resort had corrected that because there was no tipping, nor did an employee act as if they expected it.

Another guest wrote that the drinks were weak and alcohol was poor quality. That has also been corrected. I will note that in Mexico Bacardi is cheap so if you are ordering a rum drink, or scotch, it is poured pretty freely. Again, beware!

We went back to our room and got dressed for dinner. As we walked out, guests in the neighboring room asked us to join them and it was really nice to get to meet people over dinner (we don't get that a lot in our life). People are extremely nice and fun and outgoing there, without ever making you feel you are being hit on. I believe that most of the couples are not just ready to jump in bed with any and everybody, and they would want to talk and get to know you first.

Food: The food is really not that good. It's nice having the restaurants, everyone dresses for dinner and the service is great. We liked Suku best and after the first night ate there every evening. For breakfast I suggest paying the 5 room service fee and having it brought to you to order, otherwise breakfast is that kind of strange buffet. We did take another guest's advice and brought a bottle for our room (they are expensive at the resort) for when we just wanted to have a drink without venturing to the bar. We bought bug spray but did not have any problems with mosquitoes, I'd bring some just in case. We brought a flashlight which was helpful if you want to go to the beach at night. Next time we are bringing some snacks to munch on in the room.

The gift shop has some sexy clothing and what nots that are worthy of checking out.

Staff was great as a whole. We did have an issue one late evening when we felt uncomfortable with a night security agent. We told the resort and did not see him again during our stay.

Pay attention to the theme nights if you want to participate. I did not one night and it was lingerie night, most of the women wore it to the disco that evening, I had brought a ton of it and did not know that that was the theme for the evening.

We never found the couples room? I don't know if they eliminated it. We forgot to ask, we had just searched for it to check it out.

If you are new like us, I would suggest booking during a slower time and not when a seasoned swinging club/group is there. There were a few of those types there and it wasn't our cup of tea, but again, no one was pushy to us or made us feel we had to be a part of any group. We didn't swing on this trip, I think that we were waiting for some one to approach us and then see what we wanted to do, but no one will do that there. Like I said, it's not a bunch of sex crazed perverts and most likely they want to talk and get to know you before anything like that happens. We did not go with that expectation, we were just open to the possibility.

All and all we accomplished what we hoped. We had a totally erotic, romantic, relaxing time together and are definitely closer than ever. With exceptions to the beds and food, the resort lived up to everything it promised and then some. In fact, I tend to overlook those two flaws because everything else was so wonderful. We are definitely going back. Next time we are probably going to go with the less expensive room so we can justify going more often.

Room Tip: Choose upstairs rooms for beach view.
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  • Stayed September 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Palm Springs, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2011

We have just returned from another wonderful vacation at Desire, our 3rd one in a year and this time we extended our stay to 8 nights. Once again everything at this adult resort was fantastic - the service and friendly staff, the food, the room and all the nightly activities were first class.

We were able to rent a bed on the beach for the whole time once again for only $100 extra and it's so worthwhile. Relax during the day and party at night, which was ideal for us because this time at the resort they had two groups attending which made the pool a little noisy as the day went on. With that being said it did not distrupt our vacation one little bit and everybody was friendly and interactive. In fact we enjoyed an hour or two each day having lunch in the poolside cafe and watching all the activities.

The rooftop hot tub area was always buzzing and around 4:30 pm it started to fill up and at times it was hard to find a spot to squeeze in to but a very friendly place to be to meet new people before dinner and before the evening activities began. If nudity and "other activities" are not your thing then this is not the place for you, whether it be late afternoon or late at night.

Nightly themes were still the same, leather night, school girl, white and sexy etc which was fun but the entertainment we thought had improved with great dancers, music and better shows. The disco was OK but the sound track has to change, it felt like the same songs were being played everynight so we gave it a miss a few nights.

On this visit we were given a much bigger room on the second floor with a king size bed in the garden area, away from the hub of the lobby bar and disco area, making it very quiet once we retired. Paying the extra for an oceanview room is not needed at this resort in our opinion. The room was kept spotless and the service when we needed something was very fast - for example our safe was not working correctly so we called the front desk and after two minutes of putting the phone down we had a knock on the door and it was fixed in seconds.

The restaurants were awesome, menus had changed which was nice and the service we received we could relate to a 5 star restaurant anywhere. Dress code is still a priority at the International and Sushi restaurants, pants and shirts for men and sexy dresses for the women which makes it a very special evening.

Yes this is a clothing optional adult resort and of course a lot of fun but we were pleased to see certain rules being enforced, such as dress codes, no smoking areas, no singles allowed and any form or display of sex was not permitted in public areas, such as the main pool and beach. This we believe gives Desire that extra bit of class.

Now we have to figure out when we can go back.

Tony & Cheri

  • Stayed September 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Vinton, Iowa
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 11, 2011

We stayed at Desire in late March 2011-our 4th year in a row. Rooms-clean,service was great. Food-excellent, not only at the buffet(loved the breakfast omelettes and french toast) but also the poolside buffet. Sylvia was always very attentive poolside,very friendly and accomodating. She could even remember what we ordered previously,even though she was waiting on many people. Activities/games-the staff works hard to keep everyone entertained. I attended the workout in the gazebo this year-used muscles I hadnt used in awhile. Most everyone is friendly, whether they are in the lifestyle or not. As others have said, everyone is so friendly. If we could go back several times a year we would do so. We went 4 nights the lst year not knowing what to expect, and now we are up to 7 nights. We will be going back in December 2011, our 2nd time this year. BTW, the disco and playroom have been remodeled since we lst went in 2007 and it is wonderful.It is like heaven on earth according to my better half. When people ask her if she liked the resort her response is "I would buy it and move there if I could!!" Is a great way to rekindle the love spark. Very sexual atmosphere. Love it!

  • Stayed March 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Orlando, Florida
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2011

First time visit in August of 2011. Very happy with our Passion suite overlooking ocean and adjacent to pool and other amenities. Very clean and found staff and guests to be very courteous and respectful. Service was great in most cases. Spa , beach , boat, and pool all added to an incredible experience. Loved the concept and the freedom to enjoy ourselves and others in peace in such a beautiful, romantic and adventurous atmosphere. A place where you can make dreams a reality. Loved it !! Must go back ! Top of list ! David and Trisha , Florida

  • Stayed August 2011
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Melbourne, Australia
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5 hotel reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2011

Great place to stay. we had a Garden view room with a king bed, room number 2313, had ocean views, lovely balcony. We would request this room again as it was quiet and not far from any entertainment :). The staff were fantastic and couldn't do enough for us. The food and bar service was great. The recreational crew were fantastic and even if you didn't participate in activities they were fun to watch. We will plan to go back as we enjoyed the freedom the resort offered and the friendliness of the other vacationers. We stayed in August and only experienced 1 rainy day. I have been told that the weather at this time of year can be unpredictable but no complaints here. I would recommend taking the catamaran tour from cancun that is organised for desire people only. We had the best day.

  • Stayed August 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Sicklerville, New Jersey
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2011

Based on one of our lifestlye friends' recommendations, we chose to book our entire vacation at Temptations Resort. Although we thoroughly enjoyed it (and will go back) we decided to split our vacation and spend a couple of days at Desire and boy, are we happy we did so! It is much more lifestyle oriented (full nudity not just topless) and once the sun goes down, the excitement begins! Desire is an absolutely beautiful resort with cabana-type rooms. There is one main pool that is always "swingin" from sun-up to sun-down. The entertainment staff is amazing and so are the other staff members! We had an amazing experience and made many memories! We will definitely be returning!!

  • Stayed December 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Guadalajara, Mexico
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2011

tip. be nice to all people and staff
tip.dont take picture all over the place.its forbidden
tip enjoy meals,beverages they re excelnt...
tip meet the people..make friends....

Room Tip: got to the rooptop and always keep mosquito away lotion....
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  • Stayed August 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: Carretera Cancun-Puerto Morelos Km 27.5 SM 12 | Mza 41, Lote 1, Fracc. 2, Puerto Morelos 77580, Mexico
Location: Mexico > Yucatan Peninsula > Quintana Roo > Riviera Maya > Puerto Morelos
Beach Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool
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Ranked #5 of 25 Specialty Lodging in Puerto Morelos
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$$
Hotel Class:4 star — Desire Resort & Spa 4*
Number of rooms: 116
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Desire Resort & Spa is a unique couples only resort, the first and only of its kind in Mexico, that located on Cancun’s Riviera Maya will surround you with amazing landscaping and a deliciously erotic atmosphere to unleash your imagination and stimulate your senses. A place of freedom where fantasies become real, a place to abandon inhibitions and truly be you. Imagine sharing this paradise with like-minded couples who also seek a sensuous, clothing optional upscale venue or an adventurous lifestyle experience.Desire Resort & Spa Riviera Maya is a unique, adults only resort (+21) ... more   less 
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