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desire riviera maya resort

Puerto Morelos, Mexico - Cancun Area

Desire Riviera Maya Resort & Spa

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Desire attracts adult, couples only.  The resort is lifestyle friendly. Nudity is not required and participation is completely voluntary - noncompulsory If revealing costumes, adult themes, sensual behavior among adults or nudity may offend you, please contact your travel advisor for options to visit other adult venues.

Resort Overview

Owners of the Desire Riviera Maya classify it as a "Deluxe" property, to reflect its various services and amenities offered. See Fact Sheet link shown below.

Desire Riviera Maya Resort is one of two Desire properties catering to hedonistic adult activity.  Both resorts are Couple Only, All-inclusive and Clothing Optional.   If you don't know what hedonistic might mean... See lifestyle-friendly  But... suffice it to say... there may be a fairly "highly-charged" sensual atmosphere at the resort. The resort is promoted as welcoming only Male/Female Couples only. No singles, triples or quads permitted.  But, typically in August, the resort may feature a promotion where a 3rd person (female) is welcome to share a room with a sponsoring couple (male/female).  This offer is subject to change.

In our opinion, Desire Resorts' greatest assets are Consistency:  Service, dining, entertainment, staff, and management.

Nude Beach Status at Desire Riviera Maya:
According to the Management of Desire Riviera Maya, the owners of a new hotel property nearby (Breathless Resort) are aware that Desire Resort is nudist-friendly.  Therefore, the new Breathless hotel's status is to be topless next door to Desire.   Further, Desire management stated there is no law or restriction for being nude on Desire's beach or at the hotel at Desire Riviera Maya.  See the map of Desire Riviera Maya below.   All of this is subject to change.   Click on it to enlarge the image.

Printable fact sheet for DESIRE RESORT in PDF format  

Virtual Tour of Desire Resort

Room Numbers and Locations

Getting There

Did You Know...

When you book with us round trip airport transfers are included at no extra cost compliments of Castaways Travel.

See: 12 Reasons to use Castaways Travel

Desire Riviera Maya Resort & Spa is about 12 miles southwest of the Cancun airport on the beach near a fishing village called Puerto Morelos.

Puerto Morelos, a non-touristy town is the first village 20 miles south of Cancun city. Another popular tourist area, Playa del Carmen is another 20 minutes further south of the resort - so you're secluded but close to most things for nightlife and shopping if you can't find enough action at the resort.

U.S. Citizens: Passports are required for international air travel to all destinations outside the USA.

Cancun is a world-class vacation area, served by numerous airlines from North America, South America,

and Europe. Both scheduled air carriers, as well as charter flights, fly to Cancun with frequent service from just about anywhere.

Taxis are plentiful and all major rental car companies are located at the Cancun airport. A shuttle from the airport is the cheapest way to reach the resort. You can arrange for shuttle service in the arrivals hall near the airport exit. Airport transfers can range from $30-$150/person, depending upon type of vehicle selected. Price subject to change without notice. Taxi rates are typically fixed prices for transportation from the airport. Puerto Morelos has taxis that serve the resort, just a few minutes from the town's square.

ALERT  If you have pre-arranged airport transfer before you enter your vehicle, confirm the driver knows where to take you and make sure he knows how to get there.  The majority of the time, the driver speaks English and if there is any doubt while you’re at the curb BEFORE you depart, ask a Supervisor at the dispatch desk where you check it to confirm: 1)  Driver knows the correct name of the resort, 2) Directions or location of the resort. and 3) How to get there.

WARNING:  There are two (2) Desire Resorts on the Riviera Maya 5 miles apart.  Make sure your driver knows the correct resort you've booked.

Water taxis to and from Cozumel are also available from Playa del Carmen and from Cancun. Water taxi tickets can be purchased right at the dock.

Frequent bus service to other parts of Mexico is also available in Puerto Morelos at the terminal located downtown on 5th Avenue.


Desire Resort & Spa's package is all-inclusive which means all the following are provided for in one price.

        • Accommodations
        • All meals (buffet breakfast, lunch, and dinner)
        • "A la carte" dining at specialty restaurant (reservations required)
        • Daytime snacks
        • Drinks, wine, beer, and refreshments
        • Day & evening entertainment program
        • Non-motorized water sports program (kayak, windsurf boards, sails & Catamaran)
        • Tennis, ping-pong and board games
  • Au-natural beach area
  • Au-natural outdoor Jacuzzi and lounge area
  • Use of sauna and steam-room
  • Hotel taxes and tips
  • 24-hour room service
  • 24-hour food and beverage service
  • Mini bar, bathrobes, CD players in all rooms
  • DVD in Jacuzzi and Passion Suites

The resort's spa includes additional services you can purchase such as beauty treatments, massages, manicures, pedicures, etc.

Electricity is 110v just like in the USA. You will need a converter/adapter if your appliances require 220v.


Some of the areas are au naturel or nude but most of the resort's grounds do require some type of clothing. In those cases, the resort is CASUAL, with beachwear the norm from thongs to shorts. Most guys and girls wear shorts, T-shirts, cover-ups, see-throughs, and polos for meals during the day but in the evenings you can expect anything and everything from casual to leather and lace depending on what the evening's theme maybe. Some may actually "dress up" for dinner although it's not required. Most combinations of undress are found on the beach and around the water sports areas.

Generally, the main pool, a large hot tub and lounging deck upstairs and a major portion of the beach are nude or clothing optional.

The basic amenities at the resort include:

        • Oceanfront swimming pool with social activities
        • Four restaurants
        • Snack bar poolside
        • Five bars (Melange, Disco, Jacuzzi Lounge, Pool and Il'Piacere)
        • Disco Lounge & on-premises party room for couples only
        • Au-natural outdoor Jacuzzi Lounge with sit down & swim-up bars
        • Au-natural beach area
        • Guest only-Couple Only playroom behind the disco bar
        • Water sports (non-motorized)Desire Resort Logo Shop
        • Ping pong tables
        • Tennis court
        • Premium wines and liquors available for purchase
        • Honeymoon package available

All rooms have updated plumbing, water supply, and air conditioning improvements.

Contact us about the RATES section for more about the 4 room categories available.

Desire Resort & Spa Riviera Maya activities and entertainment program has been designed with fun and sensually themed activities both day and night lead by Desire Riviera Maya friendly Activities Team. If you are an active participant or just relaxed spectator, you are sure to be enticed by our playful and provocative program of sports, games, and entertainment.

During the day, guests will enjoy a broad array of sports activities: yoga classes, sexy aqua fitness, water polo and basketball, beach and water volleyball and many more beach and pool games. For the more adventurous we offer sexy wishes, sexy darts, belly dance, pole dance lessons and the famous daily “Desire Time” couples-only contests hosted by our Desire Riviera Maya Team that is sure to amuse, surprise and seduce even the most reserved of character.

The resort offers assistance with booking scuba diving tours and private clothing optional cruises for couples only.


MONDAY - Masters and Mistresses - Latex and Leather

TUESDAY - Red Carpet Attire - Famous Movie Couples

WEDNESDAY - Let It Glow - Anything That Glows

THURSDAY - Gods & Goddesses - Mythological Gods & Goddesses

FRIDAY - Latin Fever - Tropical, Fedoras, Flowered Shirts

SATURDAY - Desireland - Corsets, Pasties, Little Dress, Burlesque

SUNDAY - Mysterious Masquerade -  Women: Masks & Lingerie   Men:  Masks & Cloaks

NOTE: The resort has costumes and clothing for sale or rents in the Boutique/Logoshop to match the night themes...

ALERT: Theme nights are subject to change without notice. If theme nights are important to you, let us know so the current schedule can be determined….but please be forewarned: Themes can change in the middle of the week.

A few more reminders from the Resort:
• Appropriate dress attire is required in restaurants.
• Due to the nature of our Resort, please respect all guests. Photos or videotaping in public areas is NOT permitted.
• Please refrain from overt sexual activities in public areas.
• Please treat all guests with the utmost respect, and remember the Golden Rule: "NO" means "NO."
• The reservation of the Palapa Beds is not permitted. If belongings are found on the beds or beach chairs, they will be sent to the front desk as Lost & Found.
• The Hotel is not responsible for lost items left out of the safety deposit box.
• The resort is proud to provide you with a secure, open-minded climate in which you may fully enjoy your DESIRE vacation. However, it is a firm company policy that all staff members are strictly forbidden from interacting intimately with guests; to do so will result in their immediate dismissal.

JACUZZI FOAM PARTY (Resort's description... who writes this stuff?)

"The Party at Desire!” just took on a new meaning. Each Tuesday, Desire sets the mood for a different erotic night. The Disco will be closed to take the night to another level. The world famous Roof Top Jacuzzi Lounge will be the perfect place to forget about your inhibitions and join bubbling Desire Party, where the best music, sensual and erotic dancers, aphrodisiac cocktails and adult fun will reign. NOTE: This event is subject to change without notice.

Here are the Top 5 suggestions from repeat guests at Desire Resort Riviera Maya:

DESIRE FANTASY MENU (Contents and prices subject to change without notice)

Group Trips

If you are unsure of a destination, or not sure if you will easily meet people when you get there, our group trips are the perfect answer. We’ve been there, we know what to do, where to go, and generally how to get the most for your dollar. PLUS... most of the time we have special contract rates for our Group Trips (but you have to contact us directly as these prices do not show up in the online booking engines.

Check out our Desire Riviera Maya Group Trips here


Use this link from our parent company, Fox Travel - Associate - American Express Travel, to pre-book your excursions, tours, and sightseeing before you arrive at the resort. Typically, tours and sightseeing include pick up at your hotel.

With the hotel close to everything, you can choose from many activities when you leave the resort. Here's just a partial list of things to do:

Shopping in Cancun, cruising the bars/discos/clubs in Playa del Carmen or Cancun, snorkeling and swimming in the natural lagoons at Xcaret or Xel-ha to the south, visiting the Mayan ruins at Chichen Itza to the northwest or Tulum to the south, fishing or diving on the Mayan Reef, the second-longest barrier reef in the world, extending all the way to Belize. Optional escorted tours with driver and guide can be arranged at the resort, with transportation that will pick you up right at the resort for your guided tour.

Did You Know...

Castaways Travel KNOWS the surrounding area including Cancun and Playa del Carmen to help you plan to get the most out of your holiday in and around Desire and the local areas.

See: 12 Reasons to use Castaways Travel

Or, choose to swim with the Atlantic bottlenose dolphin just off the beach or ride horseback in the nearby jungle. If you want to see more of the area, you can go down to Playa del Carmen and catch a water taxi to cross the channel to Cozumel for about $8-$12/person/round trip (prices subject to change without notice). The trip takes about 30-45 minutes, depending upon the weather….or if the waves are running high. Deep-sea/bill fishing and SCUBA diving can be arranged from the hotel, too.

For a fun night life experience in Playa del Carmen at an upscale watering hole and guest hotel, try the Deseo Bar & Cantina off of 5th Avenue. A slick place to be sure and not just the same old thing as you would find "bar hopping." Ask any local there where the Deseo is located. You can't get lost on 5th Avenue... the street only runs 10-15 blocks and is arguably the "heart" of "Playa." There are numerous other places to hang your hat in Playa including Sr. Frogs, the Blue Parrot plus lots of other hang out. Cancun has its share of night life including the Krystal and other night clubs. Have fun!


Desire Riviera Maya offers the following dining and "libation" options. (Days of operation and schedules vary by season)



Rates and Rooms

Special offers apply to certain travel dates and seasons. An Early Booking Discount offer may apply to certain travel dates. NOTE: Discounts typically apply to the Garden View room accommodations. Please ask your Castaways travel counselor about these and other specials that may apply to your date of travel.


See the room diagram at right for room locations & categories >>>

Room rates vary seasonally and are subject to change without notice as are the special offers the resort promotes occasionally. Typically, room rates may vary from about $200/person/night up to $400/person/night. Prices subject to change without notice. NOTE: Reservations made On-Line do not include airport transfers.... they're extra.

Room Count: 26 Oceanview, 16 Standard 48 Garden-view, 4 Jacuzzi Suites with Ocean View, 2 Jacuzzi Suites with Garden View, 10 Oceanfront Passion Suites plus 4 Desire Suites

 Desire Group Trips
Don't forget to check out our group trip listings to see what's Group Trips are coming up for Desire Riviera Maya Resort and other resort trips as well. Our Group Trips are a BLAST and often save you money.

Room Basics

• Vanity armoire • Air conditioning (Individual climate control) • LCD screen TV • Satellite TV, with an interactive menu, in-room movies • Telephone • Safe • Bathroom with shower and glass shower doors • Exclusive bath amenities • Bathrobes • Coffee maker • Hairdryer • Balcony or terrace • Iron and board • In-room bar stocked with: water, beer & soft drinks • CD player/alarm clock - See more at: https://desire.originalresorts.com/rooms-amenities/#sthash.tmXrh08q.dpuf



↔ The consensus of most of our clients seems to be: You will love it or hate it, depending upon the amount of fun you have or what type of experience you're looking for. Couples looking for a liberal atmosphere and sensual ambiance may find it at Desire, while others may judge the experience to be "over the top.".

↔  The resort can be a bit crowded if it's sold out especially if a group is on-site when you're there on your vacation. If no group is in the house, the resort can be somewhat tame by comparison.

↑↑↑ The resort's consistency delivering service, dining experience, entertainment, sports, nightlife, management, and staff is its best asset

↑↑↑ The liberal atmosphere specifically catering to hedonistic couples attracts its share of the market….especially when an adults-only group is in the resort.

↑↑↑ Room rates for Garden and Oceanview accommodations are priced at those comparable to similar adults-only Jamaican resorts such as Couples, Swept Away and Hedonism.

↑↑↑ The rooftop hot tub and disco party room are the most likely places for adult fun.

↑↑↑ Desire is close to the airport and near lots of sightseeing on the Yucatan Peninsula

↔  Desire has a Time Share program that you might want .. or might not want to consider. Some see it as an intrusion and pushy and others see some value in it.

WARNING:  Vacation Club reps. will tell you anything to induce you to buy.  Walk away if they keep hounding you.

Age Ranges

Guest ages are likely to vary from the lower 20s to over 60, with most in their 30's to 50's. Couples Only.

Best Time To Go

Year-round. Late summer - August and September - can be more humid and prone to storms in the Caribbean. Also, remember that this is Mexico and while even in the summer months there's usually a cooling breeze off the water, but once you go inland or into town... it can get really hot. Also remember that you're in the tropics so expect some rain anytime, anywhere, unannounced.

      • Average temperatures range between 75-85 (F)
      • Average high temperatures range between 81-90 (F)
      • Average low temperatures range between 67-77 (F)
Average Temperature (F)
81.1 75.4 77 78.8 81.3 83.8 84.6 85.3 85.5 84.2 81.7 78.8 76.5
Average High Temperature (F)
86 81 82 84 85 88 89 90 90 89 87 84 82
Average Low Temperature (F)
72.9 67.8 68.7 70.2 72.9 75.2 76.5 76.6 76.3 75.7 74.1 71.6 69.3

Wish List

• Wish the resort was bigger. (Desire may be sold out often' when it is at its max of 114 couples, the pool and dining facilities poolside can get crowded.)

Photo Album

Click on this link to view our PHOTO ALBUM of Desire Riviera Maya. The photos were either shot by us, our clients or provided by the resort. If you have recently visited Desire we invite you to send in your photos for us to display. To contribute your own photos (or trip reports), go to our Contribute Trip Report / Photographs page.

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