Desire Pearl Resort - Trip Reports

Desire Pearl Resort - Trip Reports

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D & L Couple June 2019

Just spent 4 nights at Pearl June 2019

The master suite was very nice and plenty of room.  Had a great view of the ocean and pool.

The food at Pearl restaurant was very good, while food at the other restaurants was just ok, nothing special. Landscaping left a bit to be desired
compared to other resorts.(plastic greenery around pool & other areas, and old style astroturf)

The staff was great.  Only negative there was the manager of Premier, their vacation travel club.  Name was Charlie - what a pushy jerk!

There was a lot of seaweed.  Not their fault. it was coming in while we were there, but could have cleaned the beach up better.
Didn't even try to remove any of it.  Obviously can't remove it all, but an attempt at some would be nice.
(Castaways note:  Sargassum occurs offshore and is seasonal as some changes ocean currents can affect its presence on beaches).

Overall, nice trip.  Enjoyed our stay.


Other  2018-2019 Trip Reports

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DN Couple May 2017

Beautiful destination, excellent cuisine, menus met expectations. Still adjusting to 'lifestyle' environment but loved the open clothing optional mix. The nightly entertainment was fantastic and upscale. Surprised at the amount of 'tipping' that we saw for an all inclusive. Above what considered appropriate 'slip the bartender....' made us feel obligated to begin tipping..what was that about? Overall great experience. We will go back again.


DV Couple  March 2017

We won two days at Desire Pearl from Castaways Travel. The resort is the best we have ever been to.  We like the property much better than Desire R/M but a lack of lifestyle people there.  Would be nice if everyone identified themselves with a wrist band or something if they are lifestyle or not.  We would have liked if the dining rooms had more large tables and they would ask if we wanted to sit at a large table so we can meet others faster.  They do this on many lifestyle cruises.


 

  B & C February 2016

Castaways Note: This couple spent four nights at Hidden Beach prior to four nights Desire Pearl.

It was an interesting comparison with HBR as we spent 4 days at Desire followed by 4 days at HBR.

Desire Pearl was a great destination. Lots of energy, good food, good entertainment, good accommodations. Thank you for recommending Desire Pearl. The property was lush,the food was good, the entertainment was outstanding! My wife had been hesitant because we are not swingers, but she had a great time. We met couples that were and couples that weren’t. There was no pressure at all. Only fun was had at the pool, at the bars, and at the disco. We definitely will go back and we will recommend it to our friends.

Both places had relatively young couples (40-50) celebrating President’s Day weekend and Valentines. The level of activities and entertainment was much greater at Pearl. The bar stock was top drawer. At HBR we were told we could get Gray Goose, but for an extra price. HBR was much quieter. Having a pool guy to reserve chairs and move umbrellas was a real plus at Pearl. At HBR you had to get out before 7am to get a chair near an umbrella. They definitely need to have more umbrellas and better bases so as to be able to move them around at HBR. The service level at Pearl was much better. I would also recommend that HBR upgrade their safes to combination safes. Having to carry around a key or hide it somewhere is old fashion and out of date. On the plus side, the new restaurants at HBR were very good, both food and ambiance. I will say that Daniel, who checked us in at HBR, told us that we did not need to make reservations. We waited 1-1/2 hours at the Italian the first night. After that we made reservations and had no problems. I heard that they are planning to build a new HBR to the south of the old Seaside property. I would go for that as the current HBR is getting old. The swim-up idea was great when the water was warm, but is useless when it is cold as it was when we were there. A much nicer pool, like Pearl, would be an improvement.


A & D Couple  December 2015

They visited Desire Riviera Maya and Pearl

Desire: Pearl vs Riveria Maya

 Food: Equal and very good. There are differences. Rivieria Maya has more Mexican food.

 Service: Equal and Excellent

Rooms: similar but smaller at Riveria Maya

Shows: better at Pearl

Exercise facility:             better and more up to date at Pearl, but Riveria Maya is adequate

Sin Room:             Very good at Riveria Maya, too small at Pearl

Hot Tub: Much nicer at Pearl. RM is small on top of the roof

Disco: similar, but see re Crowd

Crowd: Riveria Maya had a wider age range which meant there were more and wilder dancers at the Disco.  Not much in the way of PDAs except in the designated areas.

Pool: much better at Pearl, Riveria Maya’s pool is very small and you can’t swim if there is an activity, such as water volleyball going on

Out-of-resort excursions: slight advantage turns major if you can find Cesar at Pearl

Wildlife:             alligators and coatis at Riveria Maya, iguanas at Pearl

Beach: both becoming over-run by seaweed but Pearl’s Warf is a major plus, both for snorkeling and for romantic moments.

 


RA  March 2015

We went to Desire RM for the first time to celebrate our 40th anniversary. It was everything we hoped for and more. We have been nudists (not swingers) since 2007. We wish we had started earlier. In 2014, we went to Hidden Beach Resort and had a great time. The staff and guests were wonderful as was the resort. However, no PDA was allowed including kissing and putting suntan lotion on each other. So we checked out the options via the Adult Travel Forum and Castaways travel website. HBR’s night life (dancing, etc) was over by 8pm. (Castaways Note about Hidden Beach (HBR): Night time entertainment varies. The new night club at HBR does feature live bands and dancing certain nights).  We wanted a place where we could dance and feel comfortable with our PDA’s, so we picked DRM. It was a great choice. What surprised us about DRM was that the guests wore clothes of some type more than HBR. The Desire Resorts are clothing optional. So, despite the fact that DRM is lifestyle friendly, many guests of both sexes wore clothes of some type around the resort and even at the pool. We were nude except at meals and during theme nights. So, what everybody else did, didn’t affect us negatively.

Castaways arrangements went flawlessly. Thanks all!

Ground Transportation: Great! Easy to find after getting our luggage. We were the only ones in the vehicle by Castaways design. Thanks again.

Check-in went quickly except for the high pressure sales pitch to buy what amounts to a time share. We only went through it for the coupon book, which was well worth 45 minutes of our time. Our room was exactly what we requested. Quiet room, king size bed on the ground floor. It was nice, but not as large and big at HBR. No problem for us.

The Staff: Fantastic! Eager to please, kind and competent. The food was gourmet for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Lots of choice, all good ones.

The pool: was great too and just the right temperature. We didn’t want to get burnt so we were able to find a shaded spot every day. It was location #56. It wasn’t a bed nor a lounger per se, but more of a big basket. I forget what the actual name was. Silvia was the hardest working bar server we ever met.

The beach: was smaller than we hoped and it was seaweed season, so they resort had a John Deere tractor going up and down the beach for hours. It was windy, but not enough we couldn’t lie in the beach beds if we wanted to. We decided to stay at the pool since that’s where most of the guests hung out. Lots of empty beach beds to choose from at the beach.

The restaurants. All were great, but we went to El Arrecife for breakfast and dinner except one dinner. One evening we went to Sahlo’, which requires reservations and also requires men wear dress shirts, dress pants and shoes. The women are required to wear dresses or pants suits. More formal. You ordered a la carte off a good menu. We liked it but preferred El Arrecife buffet style which had a tremendous amount of great gourmet food on a buffet, from fruits and salads, main courses to desserts. Lunch was poolside at Tentazione. Very good.

The EC’s: During the day and night there was always something fun to participate in or watch. During the day the pool had different fun activities off and on, not too much, just right. Not volley ball all day. At night there were excellent bands playing different types of music. And if you could stay up past 11pm, there’s always the disco. Several nights the staff or outside entertainers performed. All talented.

The Theme nights: I would say most guests showed up but only about 50 % wore the theme night attire. A fun time. Some guests really spent a lot of effort and money on theme nights, others, like us put some effort and a little money into the outfits. For the women, anything sexy worked. For the men, it was a challenge.

Demographics: Mostly 40 to 55 I’m guessing. Our age group, about 10 %. Americans, Canadians, Germans, Swiss, Russian, Hispanic ,French.

Jacuzzi lounge: What happens at Desire, stays at Desire.

Desire Pearl visit: We received a day pass for Desire Pearl from our coupon book avoiding the $150 fee. We are going to Desire Pearl next time. Bigger rooms, bigger pool, bigger Jacuzzi, bigger beach and it had a pier that probably 200 yards long. Same theme nights and activities. Can’t wait!


RW  March 2015

We did get a chance to relax and chill which was exactly what we needed.  We lounged by the pool and relaxed on the beach most days and even took a tour one of the days.  We were looking for a clothing optional resort and that was exactly what we got.  We knew that Desire was a lifestyle friendly resort and while we do not participate, that did not bother us in the least and we were not confronted or made to feel uncomfortable by other guests.
It would not necessarily be our first choice in the future for a few reasons actually.  This was the second time we have been to the Puerto Morelos area and were disappointed each time by the beach areas so we likely would choose a different area so as to really take advantage of the beach/water (we are beach people).  The water and beach conditions are out of the control of any resort.  We know this and make the most of what is available.  They (Desire Pearl) do make the area nice and are constantly moving dried seaweed.  Sadly, I was not highly impressed by the food quality and was disappointed that there were not more choices.  Not in restaurants, as we knew there were only two, but in variety on the menus.  Both restaurants were nice but the quality was just not the level you would expect from an upscale resort.  I also felt as though if you were not a (Desire vacation club) member the level of service was different.  Not hugely different  just enough though to notice.  There were subtle differences when wearing a different colored bracelet.  The staff is awesome to everyone but you can see where those in higher levels of perhaps management or positions of authority do provide a different level of service to those who are (Desire vacation club) members.  I noticed it more as the week progressed and as more (Desire vacation club) members checked in.  We would recommend the resort as a good choice for those seeking clothing optional and a relaxing atmosphere.

K & D Nov 2014

We had a great vacation and appreciate all Castaway's did to help arrange our travel and transportation.

What we like:
The staff! Charlie is the best, but inspires all the other staff. Marco and Lena were fun and great with games.
The wait staff. They knew our names and what we like to eat and drink. Service couldn't be better. Given the right tips, top shelf is no problem! The food was gourmet and delicious at Pearl. Breakfast was delicious and so was lunch. They will make anything you want, even if it's not on the buffet or menu. Try the tempura shrimp! The lunch grill on the beach was GREAT and we all had a blast. Have it at least twice a week.

The resort is clean and the grounds are manicured daily. Our anniversary dinner in the Wine Cellar was fabulous - steak and lobster. The evening entertainment was excellent and we love the time to mingle, listen to the bands,dance, etc.

Recommendations:                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           Work on the hot water in the rooms. We didn't have hot water the entire time and requested service three times. Open the sushi restaurant more than twice a week and set up outside tables.They only have six table and two seatings twice a week. Think about building another restaurant.   Long waits for dinner after 7:30 pm. . Have the foam party after 5 on Saturday, rather than 2 pm...folks miss it with flying in and out times. We missed both Saturday's.

Theme Nights!!!! If you want people to participate, then do what you advertise. Nothing they advertise on the website was done on Hawaiian night, Kings and Queens night, Lingerie Night, Red Night or Leather and Lace. Folks were complaining that with all the effort to buy and put outfits together, that nothing was done. The only night they did anything was Angel and Devil night with a contest.

WE DID ENJOY OUR TIME AND WILL RETURN.  K & D


Byron and Sondra - June 2014

We were at Desire Pearl 6-03-14 to 6-10-14 (Tuesday-Tuesday). This was one of our best vacations, ever. This was our third trip to Pearl. We used Castaways Travel to book the trip. Castaways has always provided us with responsive, knowledgeable service. They provided transfers to the resort via Lomas, with whom I've also been very pleased.

Their staff had our arrival information and they were waiting for us. At the front desk, we were offered the Lovers Upgrade. I heard ground floor master suite and I accepted the offer. It was worth the extra money to be able to step out on the patio early in the morning and take a short walk to the beach. The lounge bed on the patio was also a nice place to spend a few quite moments together before dinner with the palms leaves rustling in the breeze.

When we checked in, during a "while we are waiting" moment, we were offered a coupon booklet that contained discounts to several goodies. I had my suspicions, even though it was not stated, that this was part of a membership program sales pitch and I declined. We heard from other quests during the week that found out the hard way that accepting the coupons implied an acceptance of an appointment to hear the loyalty program sales pitch. When they (the guests) declined the meeting, they were asked to return the coupons. I love both Desire resorts, partly because they run a classy operation. This semi-deceptive practice is really out of character for this resort and I wish they would stop it.

I understand that a membership or loyalty program is good marketing for the resorts, but please be completely honest about it.

On our last trip to Pearl, the Aphrodite restaurant was being remodeled. The new and improved Aphrodite was a pleasant surprise. The glass wall allows the beach and the ocean to be a part of your dining atmosphere while still providing a little control over the climate so you don't have the wind blowing your food away or th e mosquitoes using your ankles as their main course. It will be even more important in July and August when the air conditioning is a welcome luxury. The food and the service at the Aphrodite blew us away. Jose and his staff are to be commended. On two occasions, we were greeted with exotic tequila shots that were sensual surprises. If you get offered a cucumber-habanera tequila shot, try it. There was fresh fish, tender beef and pork, delightful soups, and teasing little desserts all week. The breakfast and lunch buffets at Aphrodite were kept fresh and appetizing. You can order from the grill for either meal as well. ??Dos huevos, volteado, tiernos'? was part of my Spanish lesson for this trip.

We ate dinner twice at the Pearl. The good was good, but not as good as it was at Aphrodite. They're trying to make the atmosphere at the Pearl more erotic and sensual, but for me, it somehow misses. Perhaps mannequin legs sticking out of the wall just aren't my thing. But, as a wise man said during this trip, We all like different things.

Poolside drink service was perfect - attentive without being intrusive. The sky was cloudy the first four days, so the pool water temperature was a little cool. They had quite a bit if rain the prior week, which resulted in an algae bloom in the pool. They treated it and cleared it pretty quickly, though. If you've never been to Pearl, the layout of the pool is one of its strong points. The pool is elongated so it'??s possible for part of the crowd to be social and active on one end while the other end remains tranquil for those that want to read and nap and have quiet conversations. It's easy to walk through the water from the quite end, getting a little exercise along the way, to the bar for a drink, visit a little while, and back to the quite end for a nap. It's not a bad way to spend the day.

The other strong point about Pearl is the hot tub and happy hour. With its swim-up bar are large size and layout, it is a great social focal point. The water temperature was a little too high on a couple of afternoons during our week and it was too cool one day. I think the overnight rains were causing the difficulties. It was not so bad that we didn't enjoy it, though. There was a variety of activities in and around the hot tub during the week, from discreet and subtle to bold and brazen. Use your imagination. If you're reading this and thinking, 'No way! That's not for us. We're not into that,'? don't let it stop from enjoying a very nice resort.

Happy hour would be a great time to go for walk on the beach with your partner or sit on the beach holding hands. The facilities and the grounds are being kept in top shape. I saw repair men fixing broken tiles and refreshing guest rooms. Don't underestimate this. We're veteran naked vacationers and we've watched other resorts slip into state of general disrepair from which they never recovered. It started when they stopped repairing the little things. I'm happy to see that Desire Pearl is not falling into that trap.

The bartenders at all of the bars were terrific. They stock a decent selection of liquors and the bartenders seem to be pretty knowledgeable about mixing drinks. We're not wine experts, but some of the other quests we met were and they told us the house wines were at least drinkable. They had Grey Goose when Sondra wanted a dirty martini and they had Bohemia when I wanted a dark beer.

We didn't get involved in the evening entertainment much. There were some live bands a few nights and a DJ playing videos a couple of nights. We've kind of 'been there-done that'? and we like to spend that time either alone together or with new friends. The entertainment staff was active, energetic, and involved, so if you're looking to get into the themes and contests, it was easy to do. They also led exercise classes and dance lessons at the pool during the day. I'm saving the best for last.

This trip, like most, is all about the people we met. Sondra commented early in the trip that she was pleased with the variety of quests. There were folks from all age groups, from 20s-70s, and from all over the world. We met couples that were friendly, funny, open-minded, flirty, respectful, and overall a lot of fun. We're in our 50s and we're not the most attractive or social couple in the world. We spent a lot of time alone together during this trip because that's just our thing. But, when we did mingle with other couples, we had a blast.

I won't name names out of respect for privacy, but if we met you during this trip, thanks for the memories. B and S

PS: Vacation Club Comments: I really don't mind them pitching their program. I've met a few people that have bought into it and it seems to suit their needs. Basically, Original Resorts is saying, "Pay us more money and we'll do little things to make you feel special" without saying exactly what those things are. It seems to work often enough, so I can't really blame the resort. They are committing themselves to absolutely nothing tangible.

This trip, the coupon book was a bit sleazy, though. The young man specifically avoided saying why he was handing you this book of coupons. Having been to both Desires before, I knew what it was for. But, a first-timer wouldn't know this. That's the part I find objectionable. I might even consider listening politely to their pitch if they were not being so deceptive about it. Of course, I would decline it, but I would do it politely.


Desire Pearl - HBR Comparison - Oct/Nov 2013

My husband and I made our first trip to Desire Pearl in November. After vacationing at Hidden Beach resort 6 or 7 times, in both Feb/March and Oct/November we had the opportunity to make a fairly true comparison....

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