Pros

  • Couples-only, clothing-optional all-inclusive resort
  • Beautiful beachfront location outside Puerto Morelos
  • Contemporary rooms have LCD TVs, coffeemakers, and outdoor spaces
  • In-room minibars are restocked daily free of charge
  • Pool with swim-up bar, plus 30-person whirlpool with ocean views
  • Lively entertainment program includes steamy couples’ workshops
  • 24-hour food and drinks, including international liquor brands
  • Solid buffet and a la carte restaurants; no reservations required
  • Spa with couples’ treatments, sauna, steam room, and small gym
  • Free non-motorized water sports such as kayaks
  • Free Wi-Fi
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Cons

  • Can be a little too rowdy for some
  • Standard rooms are smallish
  • Fee for room service (except Suites)
  • Some complaints of pushy, long sales pitches
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Bottom Line

The 114-room Desire Riviera Maya Resort is an all-inclusive, couples-only, clothing-optional resort that attracts a range of couples, from older married couples to young nudists to swingers. This is a place only for those interested in a raucous vacation, as sex is allowed in some public spaces, such as the whirlpool area and the Sin Room. However, as an upscale resort, it also offers a wide array of amenities: There are a nice pool and a large whirlpool (both with ocean views), a well-equipped fitness center, a small spa with treatments for two, and four restaurants. Rooms, however, are a little smaller than at other similarly billed hotels, and the explicit sexual atmosphere is not for everyone. For a less sensuous but still adults-only hotel, consider Excellence Riviera Cancun.

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What Are the Design and Scene Like at the Desire Riviera Maya Resort?

A clothing-optional, couples-only resort for the open-minded, offering a beach and all-inclusive packages

Steamy nightly entertainment, a clothing-optional policy, and X-rated whirlpool parties make this upscale all-inclusive resort a great pick for those looking to have some adults-only fun. Take those three factors out of the equation, and you still have a solid beachfront all-inclusive outside quiet Puerto Morelos.

The resort’s 114 rooms and suites are housed in several low off-white buildings topped with palapa roofs that lend the property some local charm. Stone paths wind through lush gardens dotted with daybeds and tropical flowers -- plus the occasional harmless iguana -- and the vibe ranges from mellow in the gardens to racy at the Jacuzzi Lounge and lively by the pool.

Both the pool and the rooftop whirlpool have ocean views, and there is a snack bar offering drinks and food poolside and beachside. There are activities by the pool during the day, but at night the action moves to Melange Bar -- located outside the lobby -- and later to the nightclub and its adjacent Sin Room (equipped with round beds and straps for those who want to take part in sexual games with other guests or their partners).

While the atmosphere at the Desire is decidedly sensual and geared toward nudist couples -- with activities such as Sensual Touch, Naughty Noodles, and guided sensual playtime -- open-minded travelers looking for a different Riviera Maya experience are also catered to with volleyball tournaments and yoga sessions. Sex is only allowed in the Jacuzzi Lounge and the Sin Room, and the management is strict about its “no-means-no” policy.

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Where is the Desire Riviera Maya Resort Located?

A short drive from Puerto Morelos, a more subdued area south of Cancun with tranquil beaches and great snorkeling

The Desire Riviera Maya Resort is located in a quiet area home only to other resorts. While there is nothing within walking distance, shopping and dining in Puerto Morelos -- a former fishing village located halfway between Cancun and Playa del Carmen -- can be reached in about 10 minutes by car. Local attractions such as Xel-Ha and Xcaret are about 45 minutes to one hour away from the hotel, while the drive to the Mayan ruins of Tulum takes about an hour and 15 minutes. Cancun International Airport is a 20-minute drive away.

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What Are Rooms Like at the Desire Riviera Maya Resort?

Smallish but well-equipped standard units with furnished terraces, plus upscale suites with many great extras

The Desire Riviera Maya Resort has a total of 114 units ranging between smallish Deluxe Garden Views and Desire Suites with swim-up access and lofted bedrooms. Room decor is stylish without being overdone, with off-white tile floors and cream-colored walls offset by golden and chocolate-brown accents in mirrors, bed runners, and throw pillows. Higher-category rooms and suites have more ornate details, including dark-wood closets with lighter brown inlays, erotic photos on walls, and marble accents. Across the board, rooms have furnished balconies or patios with either ocean or garden views, and Superior units and suites have living areas.

Standard amenities include king beds, coffeemakers (espresso machines in suites), flat-screen TVs, safes, robes, and slippers. Minibars are restocked daily with soda, water, and beer in standard rooms; suites come with several types of liquor. Wi-Fi is free throughout the property. Bathrooms have double sinks and spacious walk-in showers. Kamasutra-inspired Jacuzzi Rooms and all suite categories have four-person hot tubs either in the bedroom, the bathroom, or outdoors.

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What Restaurants and Bars Are at the Desire Riviera Maya Resort?

Varied international buffet with themed nights, plus three solid a la carte restaurants, several bars, and a clothing-optional nightclub

The resort’s main restaurant is Arrecife, a large, casual buffet open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. The spread is tasty and offers tons of options, and themed nights add variety with offerings such as Caribbean, Italian, Mexican, and barbecue.

Additionally, the resort features three a la cartes restaurants. Tentazione is a pleasant poolside spot for lunch or snacks, while Suki serves up Asian cuisine for dinner; reservations are required only for the teppanyaki table. Sahlo is the resort’s most formal dining option, offering an aphrodisiac-inspired menu for dinner.

Melange Bar, located adjacent to the lobby, serves drinks throughout the day and snacks and cocktails until well into the night. It’s open 24 hours and offers nightly themed parties, such as Schoolgirls & Nerds, Champagne & Lingerie, and Bright & Tight.

Jacuzzi Lounge Bar is a clothing-optional bar located adjacent to the rooftop whirlpool. It is one of the two public areas where guests are allowed to have sex, but guests are only allowed in the area with a partner.

Tentazione Bar is the poolside bar and is open during the day. Bar service is available at the beach and around the pool.

Y Nightclub is clothing-optional and opens after dinner. Adjacent to the dance floor is the dimly lit Sin Room, the only other public area where couples are allowed to have sex. There are round beds and a sex swing in the Sin Room, as well as dancing poles in the nightclub.

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What's Covered by the All-Inclusive Package at the Desire Riviera Maya Resort?

All meals and drinks, plus a few perks, including Wi-Fi and access to the gym

The Desire Riviera Maya Resort offers a comprehensive all-inclusive package that covers all food, snacks, and drinks (including international brands), as well as Wi-Fi throughout the resort, non-motorized water sports, access to the fitness center, and use of loungers by the pool and at the beach.

Perks available in Jacuzzi Rooms and all suites include sparkling wine, fruit baskets, and afternoon snacks, while extras such as daily continental breakfast delivered to the room, butler service, designated beach loungers, and preferential restaurant reservations are available for suite guests only.

There are fees for use of the business center and for room service, which is available 24/7.

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What's the Beach Like at the Desire Riviera Maya Resort?

On a gorgeous white-sand beach with turquoise waters

The resort is located on a white-sand beach outside quiet Puerto Morelos. There are several cabanas (some of them can be reserved for a fee) and loungers that guests can use for free. Drink service is available, and there is a volleyball court for guest use. Non-motorized water sports -- including kayaks, surf boards, Hobie cats, and sailboats -- are also provided free of charge.

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What Features are Available at the Desire Riviera Maya Resort?

Pleasant freeform pool, large whirlpool, small gym, and serene spa

The resort has one beachfront clothing-optional pool surrounded by loungers and cabanas. There is drink service as well as a swim-up bar and a snack bar offering a food menu and cocktails under a palapa with ocean views. There is usually music around the pool, and some of the entertainment takes place in or around it. The rooftop whirlpool offers expansive ocean views and has a chic lounge with bar service. It opens after breakfast and closes late at night and is known for its X-rated parties (it is one of the two public spaces where sex is allowed).

The hotel’s fitness center is a small room with a decent variety of both cardio and strength-training equipment. There is free bottled water and the hotel offers free use of towels to all guests. The spa is located adjacent to the fitness center in a quieter area of the resort. It offers a few treatment rooms, as well as massages for two, a sauna, a steam room, and a relaxation area.

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What Entertainment is Available at the Desire Riviera Maya Resort?

Poolside activities during the day and steamy entertainment after dark

The resort offers an extensive entertainment and activities program that starts after breakfast and ends before midnight. There are fitness classes, beach volley games, fashion shows, and water polo games during the day. At night the atmosphere becomes steamier, with themed nights, such as Schoolgirls & Nerds, sexy contests and auctions, performances, and DJ sessions. After dinner, the entertainment is taken indoors, with long nights at the clothing-optional nightclub and Melange Bar.

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Things You Should Know About Desire Riviera Maya Resort

Also Known As

  • Desire Resort & Spa Riviera Maya
  • Desire Resort & Spa

Room Types

  • Jacuzzi Garden View Suite
  • Jacuzzi Suite
  • Passion Suite
  • Superior Garden View Room
  • Superior Ocean View Room

Address

Carretera Cancun-Puerto Morelos Km 27.5 SM 12, Mza 41, Lote 1, Fracc. 2, Puerto Morelos 77580, Mexico

Phone

(888) 201-7551

Website

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Desire Riviera Maya Resort

What Are the Design and Scene Like at the Desire Riviera Maya Resort?

A clothing-optional, couples-only resort for the open-minded, offering a beach and all-inclusive packages

Steamy nightly entertainment, a clothing-optional policy, and X-rated whirlpool parties make this upscale all-inclusive resort a great pick for those looking to have some adults-only fun. Take those three factors out of the equation, and you still have a solid beachfront all-inclusive outside quiet Puerto Morelos.

The resort’s 114 rooms and suites are housed in several low off-white buildings topped with palapa roofs that lend the property some local charm. Stone paths wind through lush gardens dotted with daybeds and tropical flowers -- plus the occasional harmless iguana -- and the vibe ranges from mellow in the gardens to racy at the Jacuzzi Lounge and lively by the pool.

Both the pool and the rooftop whirlpool have ocean views, and there is a snack bar offering drinks and food poolside and beachside. There are activities by the pool during the day, but at night the action moves to Melange Bar -- located outside the lobby -- and later to the nightclub and its adjacent Sin Room (equipped with round beds and straps for those who want to take part in sexual games with other guests or their partners).

While the atmosphere at the Desire is decidedly sensual and geared toward nudist couples -- with activities such as Sensual Touch, Naughty Noodles, and guided sensual playtime -- open-minded travelers looking for a different Riviera Maya experience are also catered to with volleyball tournaments and yoga sessions. Sex is only allowed in the Jacuzzi Lounge and the Sin Room, and the management is strict about its “no-means-no” policy.

See More What Are the Design and Scene Like at the Desire Riviera Maya Resort?

Where is the Desire Riviera Maya Resort Located?

A short drive from Puerto Morelos, a more subdued area south of Cancun with tranquil beaches and great snorkeling

The Desire Riviera Maya Resort is located in a quiet area home only to other resorts. While there is nothing within walking distance, shopping and dining in Puerto Morelos -- a former fishing village located halfway between Cancun and Playa del Carmen -- can be reached in about 10 minutes by car. Local attractions such as Xel-Ha and Xcaret are about 45 minutes to one hour away from the hotel, while the drive to the Mayan ruins of Tulum takes about an hour and 15 minutes. Cancun International Airport is a 20-minute drive away.

See More Where is the Desire Riviera Maya Resort Located?

What Are Rooms Like at the Desire Riviera Maya Resort?

Smallish but well-equipped standard units with furnished terraces, plus upscale suites with many great extras

The Desire Riviera Maya Resort has a total of 114 units ranging between smallish Deluxe Garden Views and Desire Suites with swim-up access and lofted bedrooms. Room decor is stylish without being overdone, with off-white tile floors and cream-colored walls offset by golden and chocolate-brown accents in mirrors, bed runners, and throw pillows. Higher-category rooms and suites have more ornate details, including dark-wood closets with lighter brown inlays, erotic photos on walls, and marble accents. Across the board, rooms have furnished balconies or patios with either ocean or garden views, and Superior units and suites have living areas.

Standard amenities include king beds, coffeemakers (espresso machines in suites), flat-screen TVs, safes, robes, and slippers. Minibars are restocked daily with soda, water, and beer in standard rooms; suites come with several types of liquor. Wi-Fi is free throughout the property. Bathrooms have double sinks and spacious walk-in showers. Kamasutra-inspired Jacuzzi Rooms and all suite categories have four-person hot tubs either in the bedroom, the bathroom, or outdoors.

See More What Are Rooms Like at the Desire Riviera Maya Resort?

What Restaurants and Bars Are at the Desire Riviera Maya Resort?

Varied international buffet with themed nights, plus three solid a la carte restaurants, several bars, and a clothing-optional nightclub

The resort’s main restaurant is Arrecife, a large, casual buffet open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. The spread is tasty and offers tons of options, and themed nights add variety with offerings such as Caribbean, Italian, Mexican, and barbecue.

Additionally, the resort features three a la cartes restaurants. Tentazione is a pleasant poolside spot for lunch or snacks, while Suki serves up Asian cuisine for dinner; reservations are required only for the teppanyaki table. Sahlo is the resort’s most formal dining option, offering an aphrodisiac-inspired menu for dinner.

Melange Bar, located adjacent to the lobby, serves drinks throughout the day and snacks and cocktails until well into the night. It’s open 24 hours and offers nightly themed parties, such as Schoolgirls & Nerds, Champagne & Lingerie, and Bright & Tight.

Jacuzzi Lounge Bar is a clothing-optional bar located adjacent to the rooftop whirlpool. It is one of the two public areas where guests are allowed to have sex, but guests are only allowed in the area with a partner.

Tentazione Bar is the poolside bar and is open during the day. Bar service is available at the beach and around the pool.

Y Nightclub is clothing-optional and opens after dinner. Adjacent to the dance floor is the dimly lit Sin Room, the only other public area where couples are allowed to have sex. There are round beds and a sex swing in the Sin Room, as well as dancing poles in the nightclub.

See More What Restaurants and Bars Are at the Desire Riviera Maya Resort?

What's Covered by the All-Inclusive Package at the Desire Riviera Maya Resort?

All meals and drinks, plus a few perks, including Wi-Fi and access to the gym

The Desire Riviera Maya Resort offers a comprehensive all-inclusive package that covers all food, snacks, and drinks (including international brands), as well as Wi-Fi throughout the resort, non-motorized water sports, access to the fitness center, and use of loungers by the pool and at the beach.

Perks available in Jacuzzi Rooms and all suites include sparkling wine, fruit baskets, and afternoon snacks, while extras such as daily continental breakfast delivered to the room, butler service, designated beach loungers, and preferential restaurant reservations are available for suite guests only.

There are fees for use of the business center and for room service, which is available 24/7.

See More What's Covered by the All-Inclusive Package at the Desire Riviera Maya Resort?

What's the Beach Like at the Desire Riviera Maya Resort?

On a gorgeous white-sand beach with turquoise waters

The resort is located on a white-sand beach outside quiet Puerto Morelos. There are several cabanas (some of them can be reserved for a fee) and loungers that guests can use for free. Drink service is available, and there is a volleyball court for guest use. Non-motorized water sports -- including kayaks, surf boards, Hobie cats, and sailboats -- are also provided free of charge.

See More What's the Beach Like at the Desire Riviera Maya Resort?

What Features are Available at the Desire Riviera Maya Resort?

Pleasant freeform pool, large whirlpool, small gym, and serene spa

The resort has one beachfront clothing-optional pool surrounded by loungers and cabanas. There is drink service as well as a swim-up bar and a snack bar offering a food menu and cocktails under a palapa with ocean views. There is usually music around the pool, and some of the entertainment takes place in or around it. The rooftop whirlpool offers expansive ocean views and has a chic lounge with bar service. It opens after breakfast and closes late at night and is known for its X-rated parties (it is one of the two public spaces where sex is allowed).

The hotel’s fitness center is a small room with a decent variety of both cardio and strength-training equipment. There is free bottled water and the hotel offers free use of towels to all guests. The spa is located adjacent to the fitness center in a quieter area of the resort. It offers a few treatment rooms, as well as massages for two, a sauna, a steam room, and a relaxation area.

See More What Features are Available at the Desire Riviera Maya Resort?

What Entertainment is Available at the Desire Riviera Maya Resort?

Poolside activities during the day and steamy entertainment after dark

The resort offers an extensive entertainment and activities program that starts after breakfast and ends before midnight. There are fitness classes, beach volley games, fashion shows, and water polo games during the day. At night the atmosphere becomes steamier, with themed nights, such as Schoolgirls & Nerds, sexy contests and auctions, performances, and DJ sessions. After dinner, the entertainment is taken indoors, with long nights at the clothing-optional nightclub and Melange Bar.

See More What Entertainment is Available at the Desire Riviera Maya Resort?

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Amenities

  • Air Conditioner

  • Airport Transportation

  • Balcony / Terrace / Patio

  • Beach

  • Beauty / Hair Salon

  • Business Center

  • Cable

  • Concierge

  • Cribs

  • Dry Cleaning

  • Fitness Center

  • Free Breakfast

  • Internet

  • Jacuzzi

  • Laundry

  • Meeting / Conference Rooms

  • Mini Bar (with liquor)

  • Pool

  • Poolside Drink Service

  • Rental Car Service Desk Onsite

  • Room Service

  • Separate Bedroom / Living Room Space

  • Smoking Rooms Available

  • Spa

  • Swim-Up Bar

  • Tennis Court

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