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“Great Time, not as wild as we thought it would be”

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Desire Riviera Maya Resort
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Boston
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“Great Time, not as wild as we thought it would be”
Reviewed October 16, 2009

To say that Desire is unlike any other resort we have stayed at is certainly an understatement. We typically go for luxury type properties with impressive grounds and facilities but having dabbled in the “lifestyle” a little bit, we really wanted to try this place and see what it was all about. We knew that it wouldn’t measure up in some respects to the other resorts that we have stayed at but we were fine with that. As soon as you enter the lobby and seeing everyone walking around naked outside, well - you know that you’re not in Kansas anymore Toto!

Service – Outstanding. Minor a\c complaint was fixed in a flash, specific minibar requests were taken care of in minutes. Waiters at poolside, bars and at restaurants were all terrific and friendly. Wish I could remember his name but the waiter at the Italian restaurant was so good and so nice that we tipped him double what we would normally give.

Food – On the whole pretty good. We did not really need or want a gourmet experience here so I think we were pretty easy to please. Having said that, the meals that we had at the Italian restaurant were fantastic. It was as good as most places in Boston’s North End. The Asian place was ok but what I ordered turned out not to be my cup of tea (or Sake, LOL) The breakfast and lunch buffets were more than adequate in terms of selection and quality. No reservations required for dinner (I heard that is a new policy there) is a huge bonus. Food is available 24x7 at the pool bar.

Booze – Included wine was good, beer selection …umm we only had Dos Equis in minibar or poolside so I don’t know if they had any others. Liquor selection was good enough – not true top shelf but just a notch below.

Rooms – a little bit on the disappointing side. We upgraded to Ocean front for $25 per night. The view was fantastic and it was nice to sit on the shared balcony to see\hear the gentle waves and be literally right on the beach. We only had a queen size bed (it was comfy) the room was small, kind of dated looking and the bathroom was lacking in certain things (i.e. dual sinks, tub). There were certainly much nicer rooms to be had but at a hefty premium. We barely spent any time in the room so not a big deal. Lots of people choose to leave their door\window curtains open so you will certainly get an eyeful walking by many of the rooms.

Pool and Beach – small pool with decent amount of chairs and beds crammed tightly together. This makes for a good social environment and easy to talk to your neighbors. They do have a policy, and they enforce it, where if your chair is unoccupied for 2 hours, they will remove your stuff if someone else needs the chairs. Wish more resorts would do this! Lots of beach beds to be had. They have a certain number of beds where you can pay to reserve one for the day or week, and a bunch more where it’s first come first serve.

Grounds – very nice. Much more lush and jungle like than other resorts we have been to in the area. We did find ourselves ducking a lot due to the overgrown palm branches but that’s not a complaint - it was beautiful.

Entertainment & Atmosphere – That’s what you come here for. Lots of fun at the pool with dance contests & lessons (belly dancing, pole dancing), volleyball, trivia, etc. The entertainment staff works looooong days and for them to keep up the energy and get everyone involved is remarkable. Pretty much everyone is naked at or in the pool, beach, or just walking around. Women may stay topless to eat lunch by the pool bar but otherwise everyone must cover up inside.

No public sex is enforced (they say) during the day at the pool and supposedly on the beach as well although by late afternoon, the action on the beach beds to picks up significantly. After hanging by the pools, beach, etc until mid afternoon, we would head up to the rooftop hot tub. Thirty naked people in the tub plus more on the beds and chairs was certainly a sight the first time we went up there! Some days there was plenty of activity outside the tub and other days people were just napping. Some folks put on an appetizing show and others – well just don’t watch, lol! It was lots of fun to meet and socialize with folks and it really takes on a whole new vibe when you’re doing it naked. You get used to it pretty quickly though.

Nighttime entertainment had various theme nights (i.e. Lingerie, Leather. Eyes Wide Shut and others) Takes a lot of nerve for some of the female guests to get up on stage and model their fashions for the night but the ones that did put on a great show. After that it was off to the disco between 10:30 and 11:00 for some great music and dancing. We found it very strange that the disco really seemed to peak very quickly, stay fun for about an hour or so and then empty out. We figured maybe people went into the playroom in back of the disco but everytime we went in there it was fairly empty. After the disco we would head back to the rooftop hot tub, which stays open till 3AM. The scene there late night was very much like it was in the late afternoon, but a bit more wild. For the most part, it was limited to couples playing with each other on the beds and chairs surrounding the hot tub area. There were some naughty blindfolded games in the tub where you go around and try to guess which of a specific body part is your partner’s (i.e. five women sitting on the edge of tub and guys blindfolded trying to find their partner by using their mouth). That was fun. Aside from that we did not see as much swinging\swapping as we thought we would. We witnessed only minimal amounts of girl\girl play and no out of control “group” activity. We see much more of it at our local lifestyle club. I know that the atmosphere all depends on the crowd and I am guessing that we hit it at a low occupancy time and when there were a lot of nudists, but not necessarily swingers, were there. We met some great people and had a lot of fun. Most of the guests were mid forties or older. Only a handful, including us, were younger than that.

Would we go back? Yes, but may try to time it with a lifestyle group visit so we can ensure the crowd is a bit younger and the atmosphere will be more of what we are looking for.

  • Stayed September 2009, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed October 14, 2009

I went with a very open mind. I had been to many nude resorts in Jamaica and I thought that this place would be no different. However, I was in for a surprise and it wasn't that anything offended me but it was also that it didn't enhance my vacation either. This is what I wanted to make sure that people know that went here. My husband thought that everything was great but I on the otherhand kind of struggled with what I thought was fun or exciting so be ware. The people at the resort are very nice and food and accommodations are more than adequate though one night I did have trouble sleeping knowing that an iguana was running around loose that we couldn't catch in our room. What was a tough adjustment is that this place is sexual 24/7 and this is not for everyone. I had a hard time with the orgies in the hot tub and the constant seduction for the swingers everywhere even though there is truly no pressure...but that also converts to..oh, if you are not "into the lifestyle" then you are an outsider. The quote "playroom" is also a weird experience....people all having sex in this room with porno playing on TV's.I probably will not be back but that is no fault of the resort. I just warn people to know exactly what they are getting into....best of luck.

  • Stayed September 2009, traveled as a couple
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new jersey
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed October 13, 2009

This was our first trip to Desire, and could not have ask for more even thought we went when the pool was closed for 4 days, the hotel customer services manager MIA was great she did everthing in her power and more make up for the pool being closed. we vacation a lot and have been to many resort non top this one. The most fun and relaxing vacation I been on in over ten years. service is like you are the queen and king of mexico the best all the way around. great food, great people and the guest that stay here are some of the most friendly people we have ever meet. If you go to Desire please see the front lobby bartender Ralphel he is the best bartenter ever. to all the people we meet New Jeresy says hi. we hope to see you next year. we will go back

  • Stayed October 2009, traveled as a couple
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Oklahoma
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed October 10, 2009

This trip was fantastic and fun. The non-pushy atmosphere is perfect for newbies or seasoned lifers. The beach beds were the best especially because of the great service staff coming by to refill drink orders. We can't wait to go back!

  • Stayed September 2009, traveled as a couple
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London
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Reviewed September 25, 2009

This was my partner and mine first visit to this hotel. Having had read so much about this hotel we were very pleased with sensually charged atmosphere right from the start. Most guests around the pool and the beach were in the nude. We didn't feel out of place when we shed our clothes. The music piped through the PA system around the pool set us in the right mood to relax. There were plenty of activities during the day. The sun beds and the circular beds around the pool were very comfortable. The circular beds have to be reserved and were very popular so had to be reserved early. The large beds on the beach were very comfortable. As the public has access to the beach we noticed guests from other hotls walking along the beach past these beds. The security was very good and made sure that the hotel guests have privacy.
In the evening after about 9.00 we would gether around the reception area with other guests to enjoy the evening entertainment over a drink and admire guests in sexy outfits. We would then move to the Disco room around 11.00 pm with many other guests to participate in further erotic entertainment. The Disco area has comfortable sofas at the back for those wanting to relax rather than dance or partcipate in the activities.
Around 1.00 am we would join other guests in the jaccuzi area. This is where the most erotic activities took place, especially after midnight. There are beds available for couples to express their senual feeling in this erotically charged atmosphere. We thoroughly enjoyed this part of the evening. It was thoroughly relaxing. There was no pressure or intimidation from other guests.
This was the most romantic, sensual and erotic experience we have had for a long time.
We didn;t get a chance to try food in the speciality restaurants as the meals in the main restaurant were varied and very good.

  • Stayed September 2009, traveled as a couple
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Los Angeles
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed September 10, 2009

Spent a 5 days at Desire that exceeded our expectations. Service was excellent -- the front desk very willingly upgraded our ocean-view room to a king from a queen. The rooms were clean and well-maintained. The food was excellent and had great variety -- we tried all 3 restaurants and the food was good in all. Drinks were readily available day and night and arrived as ordered. Unlike other reviewers, we didn't tip anyone except for on the way in and the housekeepers on the way out (no clothes = no pockets -- who carries cash?), so the all inclusive resort really felt that way. The hotel offered a Tantric Workshop led by a sexologist couple from San Diego that was really terrific. A wide range of couples learned a lot and it was a great experience and one we hope the hotel continues. As well, we had couples sensual massages at the spa and also massages at the beach gazebo that were all quite wonderful. The beach beds are wonderful to spend time in. The hotel is not clear that one needs to reserve a poolside lounge chair in order to sit by the pool -- a lot of reserved but unoccupied chairs -- but, once we understood the system, that worked out too. We'll be back again!

  • Stayed September 2009, traveled as a couple
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San Diego
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed August 11, 2009

This is our 10th trip to Desire Resort!! What a wonderful time we had. We found prices that were just unheard of, and we got dates for the first week of August that were shown sold-out everywhere. The people were fantastic, the 'play' was virtually non-stop, and we met new friends that will last us a lifetime.

We can't wait until the new proposed improvements will be done to the resort, adding new rooms and a new heated pool with a bartender. Everyone is talking about this! We are perfectly happy with the way the resort is now, but resorts need to make changes to keep everyone happy I guess.

We owe many thanks to our agent Don from http://RightConnectionsTravel.com This guy jumped through hoops for us, getting us Ocean Front rooms for much less than others were offering rooms for, and getting us dates that showed sold out even on the Desire Resort site. In this day and age, I think we all forget how valuable the agents really are to us, and cost nothing to use.

If you get the chance to go here, by all means, do it. This is a great place to bring your wife or husband for a vacation you will not soon forget. We will probably go back every year for as long as we can keep up with this lifestyle.

Stayed August 2009, 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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