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Desire Riviera Maya Resort
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Buffalo, New York
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25 reviews
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“Blew our minds!”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 April 2013

Realized we didn't write a review for our honeymoon back in June 2007.
We love Desire! Great food, great people & exceptional service. We weren't sure what to expect our first time at a resort like "this" but our worries were gone after our first few minutes there.
Everyone is so friendly & respectful and we never felt uncomfortable.
The rooms are a little small but are clean & you won't spend much time in them anyway.
The food is excellent in every restaurant.
We loved it so much, we have gone back 3 more times & are going back again this year!
We can't think of a better place to reconnect with each other.

  • Stayed May 2012, travelled as a couple
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 March 2013

I have to say that the Desire RM hotel is amazing. The facilities are top notch, the service there is incredible and of course you cannot beat the ambience and seduction that Desire has to offer. Go with an open mind, and open eyes and you will not be disappointed.

Highlights for us from the Desire Hotel would have to be the cleanliness and the superb service. It felt like there were two workers for every guest. Extremely friendly, helpfull and always ready to get whatever it is you need to make your stay better. The entertainment staff are incredible. Watch out for Vanessa in the pool. Don't spike the ball in their as she will very quickly give you some fun discipline....lol

Lows for us would have to be the food. The dinner buffet is average at best and the one A la Carte was just not very good. The Japanese restaurant was amazing tho so personally I would just eat there every night. Well worth it. Make sure you reserve for the show as the meals are a little better and prepared right in front of you.

Rooms were decent. Good size and well kept. First night we arrived, we had reserved for a king size bed as it was our honeymoon. They said they would get us one the next day and they did, so we got upgraded at no cost. Well the end of that day, luck would have it, our air conditioner broke down so they upgraded us again to an ocean view room which overlooked the pool and was near the restaurants. This was the perfect room in our opinion. No towel animals on the beds each day...lol

The pool is fun and a great place to relax, have some bevvies and take in the sights. It isnt a large pool by any means but it is big enough for water volleyball and other poolside games.

The hottub was where things get heated up. Afternoon happy hour has lots of socializing going on, setting up dinner dates etc. Lots of people venture up there in the late afternoon. It gets crowded and very open with all that Desire is about.

The beach and beach beds are amazing. The sand is truly the softest I have ever felt and the beach beds are to die for. Always one available and Africa is there in a heartbeat to ensure you get all your beverage needs.

All in all it was an amazing adventure. We left Desire to spend another week at the Gran Bahia Principe Coba resort. We were able to experience both sides of the lifestyle for an amazing adventure.

  • Stayed February 2013, travelled as a couple
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Dallas, Texas
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 March 2013

We tried both the original Desire Spa Riviera Maya and the new Desire Pearl in July. This was are first trip to a resort that explicitly catered to “lifestyle” couples as well as nudists.

We found the original Desire Spa too much like spring break on steroids. A “Generation X” group from Texas basically took over the resort and turned it into a loud fully clothed drunk fest. It was easy to pick out the nudist from the “lifestyle” group in three ways, they were clothed, they paid for several Dr.’s Mercedes with the amount of silicone implants, and they were the loudest drunks in the pool, disco, and hot tub. They really stuck to their own group and would make fun of the other guests, especially if they overheard anyone mention “Hedo” or looked like they were that side of forty.

In general people were a lot less social there than at Caliente Tampa or other nudist resorts we have stayed at. So we learned an important lesson, check to see if there are any group take overs going on, ask the expected occupancy level (especially because of the size of the pool, capacity of the restaurants, bar staff, and amount of beach beds and loungers) , and avoid those weeks, unless you miss the drunk fest of “Spring Break”.

The service at the original Desire was outstanding, the staff was always friendly and wanted to ensure your stay was enjoyable. However, the food and drinks were just average. Lots of choices but the quality was more like a Chinese Buffet; and the oddest thing what in Mexico there were no authentic Mexican dishes. Our room was large, comfortable, clean, and open up to the pool with a great view of the ocean. It was on the ground floor below the hot tub but the noise from the pool and the hot tub were never an issue. The evening entertainment could use an update, marginal bands and poor dancers. The resort overall is a little shopworn, but considering the age and the general at capacity booking it was around a three star resort.

After three days we asked to be moved to Desire Pearl mostly because of the “Spring Break” drunk fest. The facilities at the Desire Pearl were amazing. Everything was fresher, larger, and more lush. The pool was perfect, large enough to have an active side as well as a quite side, a great swim up bar, and the hot tub was amazing with its spacious size, various water levels and great swim up bar. The place was at less that 50% occupancy and even at full occupancy with only 80 plus rooms it will never be a crowed as the original Desire. The spa was also amazing and the staff there were well trained and friendly. The other big plus over the original desire was the nightly entertainment. They did a top notch job pulling it together, the acts were consistently good and the staff worked hard to get the limited number of quests involved with the activities. In addition, the quest were also more social, that could have been because there were no large group dominating the resort. Unfortunately, that is the end of the list of positives.

Unfortunately, even after being open 3 months to work out the kinks, the place is an operational disaster at 50% occupancy. The wait and bar staff is overwhelmed. Service took up to two hours for dinner, and the food was marginal to poor. The desert menu was a bad black white and xerox folded in half and was the same for lunch and dinner. There were only two restaurants and they were never open at the same time. The menu was limited so after four nights your were basically out of choices. We were preferred members, but that was of no value. Our “private butler” never even bother to check on us until the last night to ensure he got a tip, and I still had to tip the beach attendant to ensure getting a beach bed. The music both at the pool, hot tub, and disco was some of the worst mixes i have ever heard, dominated by covers of songs by artist that couldn’t even record for kids bop. They need to revamp the wait and bar training, both menus, add an expanded buffet at a minimum, and probably hire a new head chef that knows how to run a resort restaurant. If they can’t get this corrected, they will not be able to achieve profitable occupancy levels and it will have a short run.

I think that they should differentiate the two resorts, after they get the operational issues resolved at Pearl The original Desire resort can become the “Spring Break” headquarters for “lifestyle” takeovers and Pearl can be a more relaxed resort where both nudists and lifestyle guests can enjoy more upscale surrounding. If they can fix the food and staff issues to where they are more on par with Hidden Beach Resort. They could even charge rates in line with that resort.

We will not give the original Desire at Riviera Maya another chance, but we will give Desire Pearl another try, if the reviews consistently improve, but we will split the week between Hidden Beach Resort and Pearl just to hedge our bets.

Room Tip: Rooms facing the pool on the first floor in the building with the hot tub were larger and in the cen...
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  • Stayed July 2012, travelled as a couple
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Gatineau, Canada
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 February 2013

Just got back yesterday, first time visitors at Desire, but not the first time in a clothing optional resort. Great place, very very clean, staff WONDERFULL, as you will read again and again if you keep reading the reviews.

The other visitors there at the same time as us, were great and wonderfull people, the nicest crownd I've ever been with at a resort. Everyone is very friendly and fun. Actually I am quite puzzled at some of the things I've read here, about the people being all 65 and older... excuse me, but not at all or I guess it depends when you go. But most of the crowd is between 40 and 60, but we also met a couple in there early 30's!

About the lifestyle, if you are not into it, don't even worry about it, nobody will ever be pushy or rude. As a matter of fact you sign a paper as you check in, and it says at Desire no means no, and everyone has to be respectful.

The people in the resorts close by that walk by at all times of day were very intertaining, the look on their faces are priceless... and no we really don't care!

As for the site, the disco is great, pool is great too, the only thing I would improve is the jacuzzi area, it's not big enough and gets really crowded around 5PM. And the beach is not the greatest, too much weeds. Restaurants are ok, but let's say we were not impressed... but heck we didn't go there for the food anyway!

But overall I would surely recommend it... try it, you will love it!

  • Stayed February 2013, travelled as a couple
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 February 2013

We've been going to Desire for the past 6 years and love it. The service is top notch and the facilities are fantastic.
Desire is a place where open minded people can let go, relax and have fun. Whether you are in the lifestyle or not you will have a great time. Everyone is respectful of one another and very friendly! Be open minded and enjoy paradise.
We love that the staff are super attentive, rooms super clean and the food is delicious!
Theme nights are fun too and you can either participate or not...its totally up to you. They have a gym and spa which are very clean and I highly recommend them both. The pool and hot tub are immaculate as are all of the public spaces. They really take pride in providing good service and making sure you are happy.

Security is always there, so safety isn't an issue.

Will definitely go back!

Room Tip: Avoid rooms under rooftop hot tub and near disco...they can be very loud until very early in the mor...
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  • Stayed February 2013, travelled as a couple
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12 Thank MeeshaMB
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Ontario
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 February 2013

This was our first trip to Desire. This place is one of a kind, there is no other place like it. It is magical, sensual, classy, exhilarating and liberating. We cannot say enough about the superb staff, they make the experience truly extraordinary. The food and drinks during our visit were first class.

I can be a bit reserved and conservative and I was quite apprehensive before traveling to Desire. It didn’t take long to shed my anxieties and let go of my doubts. If this is your first time going, here is a summary how I got over some of my fears:

1. Be open-minded. You will be exposed to anything and everything at Desire. Be respectful and courteous and you will be treated the same. We are not swingers or lifestylers but we always fit-in and never felt out of place.

2. Be friendly. At Desire we met the most incredible people. Some are swingers and some are not, but everyone we met was kind, genuine and courteous. We made wonderful friends and we are looking forward to lasting friendships.

3. Get naked. It is the most exhilarating and wonderful experience in the world. It’s true… when you are naked it doesn’t matter if you are a doctor or a janitor. When you shed your clothes you also shed any inhibitions and selfishness.

4. Everyone is beautiful. Every body shape and size is attractive (and I sincerely mean this). Strut around like you’re Adonis, because self-confidence is hot. Yes, there are a lot of implants at Desire, and they are gorgeous. There are a lot of natural boobs at Desire and they are equally stunning.

5. Reconnect with your loved one. The atmosphere is sexually charged, but still very classy and dignified. Allow yourself to be swept away in the atmosphere. We learned a lot about each other and it strengthened our passion for each other.

6. Your worst fear… meeting someone you know. It happened to us. Yes, it is extremely awkward and very unnerving, however it was equally awkward for them too. It all turned out good in the end and now we are good friends and it is great having someone to reminisce with about Desire.

I don’t usually visit the same resort twice but we will definitely be back again and again. Go to Desire and have the time of your life.

  • Stayed February 2013, travelled as a couple
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Warsaw, Poland
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 February 2013

After staing in Desire , the other resorts on the world are boring.
The Concept of nudity and sexual atmosphere opens your mind , relax your body and you always will be dreaming to get back there.

Resort is small what is nice , each part is close. You can be naked on beach and by the pool.
Sexual activities are allowed in jacuzzi and night playrooms.

Service is excellent .
Only the food is on the good but not best level.

Room Tip: Avoid standard rooms , are very small
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  • Stayed February 2013, travelled 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
Region: Mexico > Yucatan Peninsula > Quintana Roo > Riviera Maya > Puerto Morelos
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 33 Speciality 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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