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Desire Riviera Maya Resort
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Long Island, NY
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37 reviews
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“Great Experience!”
Reviewed August 7, 2013

This was our first trip to the resort and we had an overall awesome time. Here's the breakdown for anyone looking for a relaxing getaway at a resort with this "concept".

Location: If you have stayed in Cancun and like the accessibility of just walking off the property and going to the mall or other resorts then you won't like the seclusion of Riviera Maya. But if you prefer to stay on the resort property and party with other guests at the resort this IS the place for you.


Check In: We arrived earlier than the 3pm check in time. The room wasn't ready but again we arrived early so weren't expecting it to be ready. We received a warm welcome, a selection of welcome beverages and were asked for room preferences before being handed off to Magy for an overview of the resort, amenities and offerings. She gave us coupons and help us reserve a special celebration dinner all before we were officially checked in. We were encouraged to walk around and grab lunch while waiting for our room.

Room:
We had a "standard room" which I think is code for small. The room was small and there was a queen bed which didn't really work for us. We asked for a room with a king bed but were told that there weren't any available. This was disappointing for us because we have a king bed at home and that' just we are use to sleeping in a big bed. If the room is important then the standard category is not for you. The décor is older as well, if you want something fresher then you'd be better off going to their sister facility, the Pearl.

We had plenty of closet and drawer space. The mini bar was restocked everyday. The cleaning service was great, everything was always cleaned and towels etc. were always replenished.

Food:
No one goes to all inclusive places for the food, but the food was really, really good. With the exception of a couple of cold items in the "hot" buffet tray at the buffet restaurant. The specialty restaurants were top notch! The lunch buffet by the pool and after hours pizza was great as well.

Drinks:
The bartenders are creative and my new best friends! The drinks were good, better than some of the other all inclusive places we stayed.

Atmosphere:
If you are looking for a good time and a happening party, this IS the place for you. Whether you are a pool, beach, hot tub, or club person....there was a good time to be had at any of the locations you like. What made this trip extra special on top of the food and drinks were the people that we met. All of the guests were nice. We met people who go back the same time every year and also people who were visiting for the first time like us. By the end of the trip it was like we all knew each other for years.

Spa:
AWESOME!!

Extra Info:
We check out the sister property, the Pearl, and it was beautiful and the grounds were lush. Everything was a little more spaced out. This facility is more compact. I like the convenience of everything being close together.

We are definitely going back to this resort!

Room Tip: We a room in the 2100 block and that was perfect. Not too far from the action but quiet enough for...
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  • Stayed August 2013, traveled as a couple
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Cincinnati, Ohio, United States
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Reviewed August 5, 2013

We started going this resort in 2006, and it is now an annual trip! It is by far, the best place we have ever been!! Food, staff, service - everything is a 10!!! The pool staff remembers you by name, remembers your drink preference, etc. We never leave the resort, as this is not a tourist trip. The entertainment staff is always top notch! Bar service is impeccable!!! Again, we will go here every year!!!

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
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Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
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Reviewed July 31, 2013

We've been to Desire twice before and we've been to Desire Pearl also so there were no surprises for us. Except one! The resort maintenance, food and service are always excellent but Desire has stepped it up a notch beyond excellent. The resort and its staff were above excellent on this trip. So many courteous hard working people give it their best, day in and day out, to make your trip enjoyable. It would be difficult for me to single out any of the staff for their excellent work and their desire to serve the guests because each and every one was excellent or better than excellent. The food was also much better than previous stays. And, the grounds, the pool, the jacuzzi lounge, the disco, the play room and the beach beds and beach service were also better than ever. Okay, so you'll know if you don't already. This is a clothing optional resort that permits open displays of "affection" in two limited areas of the resort. If nudity and/or sex bother you, don't stay here. But, if you are looking for an exotic and erotic experience, this resort is probably the best in North America. There is no pressure to engage in any activity and you aren't even obligated to remove any of your clothing or your bathing suit but, if this is your destination, you should definitely do as the Romans do. We enjoyed every aspect of the resort on this trip and extend our compliments to the entire staff of the resort. One final caveat. If you have not been to Desire, it IS NOT the Four Seasons so don't raise your expectations to that level. But, it is in my opinion, the best clothing optional resort in North America and we would heartily endorse it. Definitely, "two thumbs up."

Room Tip: The beachfront rooms have very nice views of the ocean but I recommend that you save your money and...
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  • Stayed July 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed July 22, 2013

We arrived at desire July 13th and it was our first trip anywhere outside of Canada. Right away the service with the staff was so warming we new we were in the right place. Our room was beautiful. The people are beautiful. The staff and entertainment blew our minds, to see such free spirited people come together with the same reasons for indulging our fantasies. It was saddened us to leave, cuz it truly felt like home, met great friends.. To schedule excursions aldofo was amazing and honest to make sure our needs were met to our satisfaction.. To the rest of the entertainment staff,, Cesar , Regina , black magic, foxy, Vanessa and deseray, thank you truly for making us feel so at home with all the above.. See you's all next summer.. Xox crystal and Ryan from Montreal ;-)

  • Stayed July 2013
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Reviewed July 22, 2013 via mobile

We went for 4th of July weekend. Even though it was overcast and raining for the first two days of our stay, the energy was good. We loved the beach access, and opted to stay by the beach which is quiet and away from the hot tubs. It was our first visit and we enjoyed our couples time. We are not swingers but are very open to lifestyles and love that they are open to use. We are a biracial couple with a significant age difference, and lifestylers are the least judgementmental and fun group of people.

The negatives for us were the food. I ate the raw fish at the sushi restaurant and was sick as a dog for 2 full days. That sucked. The restaurants had long wait times and the food wasn't good to us. Very disappointing.

It was expensive to leave the resort. $40 each way to cancun or the other beach town (I forget the name.).

We went through resort to schedule a dolphin tour: total disaster! We paid by cc. They never put on the receipt that we paid and when we got to the dolphin tour they wanted us to pay again! It was something that should and could have been totally avoided.

Disco gets old after like second night in a row. They play the same music every night. Please mix it up!

But even with the negatives, we love being naked on the beach, in the pool/hottub and it creates such an erotic experience with your partner (and others if you choose) that we will be back! We will know what to expect and may spend a few days in town before we arrive to do any excursions we would like first.

  • Stayed July 2013
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Sicklerville, New Jersey
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Reviewed July 21, 2013

We enjoyed another wonderful trip to Desire RM June 18-23. The service was excellent. The foam party was an off-the-hook type of experience. Overall, we have nothing but positive things to say about Desire. The staff is excellent and they seem to have very little turnover. Every time we go we meet the nicest and friendliest people.

The only minor issues are that the rooms are not consistent (the sizes vary greatly as well as the included items). Personally we feel the ocean-view rooms should be larger than the garden rooms but in our case this was not true. It would also be wonderful if they could build a full-service authentic mexican restaurant. Two restaurants and a buffet gets old after a few nights.

The theme nights were pretty good. Our favorite was the foam party night. We have never laughed so hard in our lives. It was an absolute blast! Lingerie night was the only night where the majority of the women got dressed up and participated in the designated theme night.

We had a great time and will definitely be back. We checked out Desire Pearl and may split the vacation next time.

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed July 16, 2013

This was our first experience at a clothing optional, adult oriented resort and we were a little unsure as to what we would find. We arrived early around 1:30pm and check in was seamless, we got our room only 10 minutes after arriving. We were 20 feet from the pool and restaurants, which at first we thought would not be good but it turned out being great because we met so many people who walked by our door everyday. The noise level at the pool never bothered us in our room because it didn't get started till about 9am and by 6pm all the party people were in the rooftop jacuzzi (highly recommended but not for the faint of heart or prudes).
The staff was amazing, Sammy, Hector, Vanessa, Desire and of course Black Magic the MC. The wait and service staff were beyond attentive and my wife and I never had an empty glass or dirty plate in front of us. After our pool and jacuzzi filled days, we went back to prep for dinner and disco and found a different romantic shaped towel on our bed in our freshly cleaned room.
The guest were all so friendly and not once did my wife and I ever feel pressured to participate in anything. We felt comfortable and made many friends. We enjoyed our time so much that we will return every year.....(oh and definitely hit the spa and if you are confident in your relationship, you have to try the sensual massage.....Stephanie and Carlos were amazing)

Room Tip: Get an ocean view room....
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  • Stayed July 2013, traveled as a couple
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Property: Desire Riviera Maya Resort
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
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 34 Specialty Lodging in Puerto Morelos
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$$
Hotel Class:4 star — Desire Riviera Maya Resort 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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Desire Resort Mexico
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