Desire has many dining options for you to enjoy. There is no reason to leave the resort for a good meal. The food is safe and very tasty. The food quality is high but not gourmet. It will compare to your favorite restaurants back home, but Desire is never going to be in the Michelin guide. Resort staff are very good about asking if you have food allergies before starting your meals. You can find authentic Mexican food alongside many traditional continental favorites.
If you really want to leave the resort, you can arrange offsite reservations & transport with the concierge but that is rarely done. The onsite restaurant service is professional & the food is quite enjoyable. Since Pearl is smaller than Riviera Maya, it tends to be able to deliver slightly more impressive dishes.
Arrecife (RM) /Aphrodite (Pearl) – Open for Breakfast & Dinner
This elegant buffet is similar to the upscale buffets found in Vegas. You can walk in anytime and enjoy as much as you like. Breakfast and dinner are standard American options. Each night a different cuisine is featured, ranging from Asian, French, American BBQ, Italian, Caribbean, and Mexican. The coffee tends to be a bit strong which is helpful since so many guests like to stay up late and party. Each meal they have different staffed stations to serve you. It is hard to decide what is more delightful – the custom omelets for breakfast or the custom carving stations or freshly made tacos at dinner.
Tentazione (RM) / Aphrodite (Pearl) – Open for Lunch
This poolside casual café is a great place to refuel while still enjoying the exciting poolside vibe. No reservations are needed but clothing is required. Many people use the pool without wearing a bathing suit, so they can put on their nice & dry trunks or shorts to go eat lunch. At lunch the quesadillas and burgers are oversized so couples often split them. Most days they set-up an outside cooking station that prepares great treats like fresh shrimp, paella and other tasty treats so make sure to check it out. The outside cooking station is often the tastiest option for food lovers. If you don’t like the daily special you can have a custom pizza, or quesadilla, or a burger made just the way you like it. There is a wide selection of different foods at the lunch buffet including a full salad bar.
Sahlo (RM) / Pearl (Pearl) – Open for Dinner
This elegant restaurant delivers a very sensual & tasty experience in small portions. The food is a little more focused on pretty presentation than it is on incredible taste. If you are foodie, don’t expect a Michelin restaurant experience. Most of the dishes are very good and will definitely delight but fall short of amazing if you are a hardcore foodie. The international menu is generally designed with romance in mind, but we suggest skipping the onion bread & asparagus as a kindness to whoever you may kiss later in the evening. Lobster is an extra charge but worth it. The rib-eye steak is absolutely not worth the extra charge. The standard beef option tastes better. Premium wines are available for purchase, but the complimentary cocktails are more than enough to enjoy this culinary experience.
You do need to make reservations, which can be done by walking in or calling. Book early to ensure availability. Our biggest complaint is that reservations are often limited.
Guests tend to dress up above the usual casual resort attire for this more refined dining option. Men wear nice slacks & shoes. Ladies wear sensual dresses.
Suki (RM) – Open for Dinner
This Asian inspired restaurant offers a complimentary Teppanyaki experience that is as good as any Bennihani restaurant. It also serves a standard Asian menu from sushi to Thai. You only need reservations for the Teppanyaki cooking experience.
Melange (RM) /Agave (Pearl) Bar – Late Night Snacks
Desire understands you might work up a hunger dancing in the nightclub or playing in your hotel room. Both locations offer a complimentary late-night pizza & sandwich café that is open till about 4am. If you have been partying hard, you are going to love the pizza. It is a huge fan favorite of the inebriated crowd. If you are sober and not starving, it’s just alright. We recommend going with a BLT or grilled cheese sandwich. The biggest problem is they only have one oven with two shelves so waits can be long especially right after the nightclub closes.
Room Service – Available 24 hours
If you are enjoying the intimacy of your hotel room but need more fuel, resort staff can come to the rescue. There is an extra charge for room service unless you are a Premier timeshare member or are staying in the Passion Suites. You also have a fully stocked mini bar in your room and the hotel lobby gift shop has a decent selection of snacks & candies for purchase.
Private Beach Dinner
If you want a truly exceptional experience, request a private candlelit dinner for two on the sand. This is an extra charge but how often do you get to dine under the stars on a private beach?
Naughty Travel Guide to Desire Resorts
- Welcome to Desire Resorts!
- Best Time to Visit Desire
- Choosing Your Room
- What to Wear
- Dining Options
- Desire Discounts & Savings
- Less Thinking, More Drinking
- Entertainment Options
- Sexy Fantasies Made Real
- Swinging at Desire
- Beware Timeshare Tangle
- Drawbacks of Desire
- Other Sexy Vacations
- Weird but Helpful Tips
- Packing List for Desire
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