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Desire Riviera Maya Resort
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Riverhead, New York
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58 reviews
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“why would you go anywhere else?”
Reviewed November 12, 2013

the best period....why would you go anywhere else? I will tell you why to go somewhere else? you don't like to be naked, you don't like a sexual erotically charged day and night. you don't like meeting new people from all over the world. you don't like great service, great weather, and you are basically a stick in the mud. if you don't like the above, don't go, but once you try it, you will never go anywhere else....we just got back and cant wait to book our 4th trip....if anyone has questions please email me.....

  • Stayed November 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed November 9, 2013

This was our first trip to Desire and will not be our last. We arrived the end of October and left just prior to Halloween. We split our vacation time between Desire and Temptation and wish we would have spent the entire time at Desire.

The resort is located in a fairly secluded area about a 30 minute cab ride south of the Cancun airport. Two security checkpoints are passed before arriving on the grounds making us feel very safe. The resort property is small, compact, and very well maintained. Lush with grass, trees, and flowering plants we found the grounds to be beautiful. The pool area was very well maintained and staffed with exceptional people.

The beach was beautiful, totally clothing optional, with staff raking up debris that had washed up overnight. There was considerable space between resorts here allowing nice walks down the beach. There were occasional 'passers by' that were walking from other resorts but not to the extent that we felt we were being gawked at. Desire is a very comfortable, classy, and relaxed setting.

Our room was directly under the hot tub area facing the ocean. The room was beautiful, clean, and the housekeeping staff was excellent. The party meter at the hot tub was often pegged and we did not feel like it was obtrusive to our room or rest. We would stay in the same room again.

The hot tub area was a blast. There were racy activities happening in the tub but if that sort of thing bothered someone they definately were at the wrong resort. The swim up bar and sexually charged atmosphere made for a great time, especially after dark when looking over the resort and sky from the roof top location.

There were people of all ages, shapes, and sizes. We are in our early 40's, in good shape, and appeared to be the average guest. Some younger and older couples but 40 to 50 seemed average. Most were nude by the pool or on the beach during the day. Most men dressed up for dinner and women dressed sexy. We talked to allot of couples from all over the world and found all to be exceptional classy people. There is always one guy who is a jerk, (why always from Quebec?) but he was not bothersome because he was extremely outnumbered.

The food was above average with exception of the beef. The beef cuts were all average to poor. The baby clam bisque and mushroom cappuccino with white truffle foam was outstanding. Food and staff all get high marks from us!

We tipped for exceptional service and will bring more small bills next time to reward the hard work individually.

Take time to go to the lagoon bridge and see the crocodile. Stand on the bridge and clap loudly. We clapped for about 90 seconds and from the back of the lagoon came the 6 foot crock! He swam right up to the bridge with within 6 feet of us. It was awesome! We wanted to give him a snack but signs posted indicated it was against the rules. We still feel bad for not getting him a little something for his efforts.

Desire is laid back and classy where Temptation is spring break and vainity. We now would like to compare Hidden Beach to this place.........Desire is going to be hard to beat!

Room Tip: We loved the ares on the sedond floor under the hot tub! Great location.
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  • Stayed October 2013, traveled as a couple
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Vancouver, Canada
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Reviewed November 7, 2013

We returned from Desire this past October and found there were a number of changes made to the resort. Our arrival and check-in was still very pleasant. We were greeted warmly and many of the staff recognized us by name which is always nice. Our check-in was very quick and our requested room was ready and waiting. After dropping our luggage off we went to the lobby bar where we had a few very strong drinks to start our vacation.

After hanging at the bar for a bit and meeting a few new friends we went to our room to get dressed for dinner. We went to Suki's for the first night. The dinner was pleasant and the staff was very friendly but wife said the red curry beef was tough. My dinner was fine and I had no complaints. After dinner we went back to the lobby for the evening entertainment. We noticed that many of the entertainment staff had left. Lovely RaLuca, Carly, Cesar, Black Magic, Jesus, Alberto are all gone. Vanessa is still there and she is still wonderful but she is not getting a lot of help from the new staff they hired. The evening shows were definitely not as fun or high-energy as they were in the past and sadly, we were a bit disappointed with many of the new staff they have brought onboard in this regard.

The nice restaurant (Piacere) underwent a remodel and was re-branded while we were there. It is now called Sahlo. The interior furnishings were changed and they added a new large screen TV to the restaurant playing Burlesque videos. We found the TV to be a bit of a distraction and prefer if it wasn't there. The restaurant is also VERY noisy as they have removed the soft ceiling and replaced it with mirrors. (Bad choice!) The sound bounces off the walls and ceiling and on a busy evening you can't hear yourself talk! I am pretty sure they have received numerous complaints about this already. The menu also changed a bit. Not a big change but one of my wife's favorite appetizers was removed from the menu (along with the Serdena Grouper which I loved). I imagine it might take a few months for them to finally settle on the menu for the new restaurant.

The rooms have been slightly upgraded. There are new pillows, new robes and new TVs in the rooms. As before, the rooms are small but we hardly ever spend any time there so we don't mind.

The daytime activities did not seem as high-energy as before probably due to the new entertainment staff again. They still offered lots of things to do but we spent most of our time on the beach palapas during most of our stay. The disco was still fun but they really could use some new music. Getting very tired of listening to Maroon5. Grace is no longer making pizzas all night. They have a new person doing this. He is quite quick but he puts a LOT of cheese on the pizzas. You might want to give him some direction if you prefer less cheese.

Finally, I have say that Alejandro, Gustav, Luis, CC, Africa, Gerrado, Candido and all of the breakfast staff are all just as fantastic as they were before. You won't be disappointed with their service. All in all, we had a great time the resort really needs to sort of the issues with the entertainment staff to get that energy back into place. We are confident they will listen to their customer base and make the necessary changes to keep us coming back time and time again.

  • Stayed October 2013, traveled as a couple
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Oxnard, California
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Reviewed November 4, 2013

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We have been to Desire property since 2005 and about 16 times. We have return back because of ambience, the lifestyle, concept and some of the staff. Sadly we seen the owners cut back more and more each yr but yet they raise the price by 5-10% yearly. For paying 200-1000 per night the least they can do is have top shelf alcohol for the people and even better alcohol for the premier members and much better cuts of meats for dinner. By no means do I think the managers at the hotel are the issue I do believe they do the best they can with what they have. So if you choose this hotel make sure you don't have the expectation of a four season many of us have giving the hotel 5 start because of the amazing fun we have and the great people you meet and what the staff is willing to do for you. Please take 100 in ones and give them a tip they always work super hard.



Ok now the the juicy stuff. Desire is just a magical place once you get into the groove let things flow you would have tons of sexy fun nobody makes you do things or pressure you. We don't consider our self swingers but we sure are open minded and let things flow. Make sure to look at the theme nights calender take part in them at least the lady counter part you guys will have a blast. Don't forget to visit the playroom at night while the disco is popping and the jacuzzi lounge after hours and late night pizza at the lobby


We had 6 out of 8 days with rain and we still had a blast.

Room Tip: Tip not because they want you to just because it shows you care for the service they offer and this...
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  • Stayed October 2013, traveled as a couple
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BC
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Reviewed October 31, 2013

We spent another week here starting October 20 and it again met all our expectations. The resort was clean and tidy as was our room. While certainly not 5 star we come for the concept of couples only and fun in the sun. The resort staff are over the top in our books.
Only decision is when to book the next trip!

Room Tip: Stay away from the lobby core if you are a light sleeper
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  • Stayed October 2013, traveled as a couple
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Gillingham, UK
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Reviewed October 23, 2013

We were there in February. Had a great time. The staff are great and the guests amazing fun. It was our 1st visit - the next is already booked.
We had one of the standard rooms. The bedroom was fine but the bathroom a little basic.
The beach in front of the resort is beautiful clean white sand.

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
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Charlotte, North Carolina, United States
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Reviewed October 23, 2013

Everything the resort did from checking in to following up they did great! The room itself was fine but we spent very little time there! Weather was great so we were at the pool or using a beach bed. Food was good service was better. All the staff was wonderful!

Room Tip: Beach Front Rooms were worth it!
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  • Stayed October 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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