Ready to live the good life? Let’s fan the flames of passion for your relationship! This upscale, Mexican, beachfront, couples-only vacation option is romantic but that is not what makes it special. Desire Resorts are one of the sexiest vacations a couple can enjoy. Our detailed review will clear the hype, explain what’s so seductive, and flag potential slip-ups for this oh-so-sexy vacation option.
What makes Desire Resorts so sexy? Only couples are welcome – so no kids and no pesky single men at this all-inclusive resort. A few weeks of the year, they make an exception to allow single ladies, but single men are never allowed. The couples at the resort are given a friendly clothing optional environment. That means you can show off as much of your sensual self when you feel comfortable or show off your sexy wardrobe – the choice is yours. You aren’t forced to wear clothes or forced to be naked. Whatever you decide, no one is going to stare at you. Most people tend to be topless or naked.
This place is designed for couples to stoke the fire & passion in their relationship. The entertainment team, the Playmakers, work hard to create a great party vibe. There are optional provocative poolside games like posing competitions on surfboards and strip-dancing lessons. Desire resorts provide intimate workshops during the day plus a full-service spa and a unique Fantasy & Passion menu. They also have hot nightly entertainment, private nightclub, a huge hot tub and let’s not forget the SIN room for extra naughty fun.
Riviera Maya vs Pearl
There are currently two Desire Resorts – Riviera Maya and Pearl. Both beachfront resorts are a 20-minute drive from the Cancun, Mexico airport. The resort owners are working on plans for a third resort, possibly in the Dominican Republic.
Desire Riviera Maya & Desire Pearl are very similar to each other. They both offer sensual sex positive vacations with a live & let live attitude amongst the visiting guests. There are some subtle differences. Pearl has a reputation to skew a little bit older than Riviera Maya and the vibe is a bit more relaxed. Riviera Maya has a few more rooms (114 rooms vs 88 rooms at Pearl) and the slightly larger group tends to party a bit more. Pearl tends to feel a bit more sensual and intimate than Riviera Maya since all rooms have ocean views and tend to be bigger than RM. Pearl has the sensual catamaran rides, bigger pool and hot tub and Riviera Maya has more dining options and more active nightlife. Riviera Maya has a better late night kitchen and bar service. They both are great sensual vacation options. It is like debating what is prettier a ruby or an emerald, they are both solid choices.
Typical Desire Resort Guests
The age range of guests varies quite a bit. The majority of couples are in their mid 30s to early 60s. The age range moves a bit younger during the summer months when Desire caters to younger couples with special DJ guests and other additions. The resort does have a minimum age requirement of 21 years but not many 20 year olds are coupled up and/or can afford the price of this premium vacation.
A common misconception is that only “perfect” bodies are allowed in. This is not true, period. This is a very welcoming resort where each couple is just happy to enjoy a hot getaway with their special someone. Just like there are guests of all ages, there are also people of all body types.
Even though it is a Mexican resort, the staff speaks perfect English as do almost all guests. Many staff also speak French since many Canadians also enjoy this resort. Most of the guests come from the United States and Canada but it is also an international affair. Because these are sex positive resorts, they attract couples from countries across Europe and Asia. You know it is a unique adult vacation when people fly over 24 hours from Australia to stay here. Remember just because other people post rave reviews & reports about Desire Resorts does not mean it is the right match for you. Keep reading our travel guide to make sure it is a good match for you.
These sensual resorts do attract a lot of couples who are part of the swinging lifestyle. About 1/3 to 2/3 of the guests tend to be open to sexual play with other swinger couples. No worries if you aren’t a swinger. Desire Resorts are not dedicated swinger spots. They are much more about being sexy for all couples and much less about having public sex (though there is plenty of sex if you know when & where to look). If you are comfortable with nudity and respectful to all, you will fit right in. There is never any pressure to do anything except have a good time.
To help all guests enjoy their sexy vacation and feel comfortable, there are some house rules. Guests have the option to be topless or naked at the pool but clothes are required in the restaurants and lobby. No cameras are allowed in public areas to protect everyone’s privacy. You’ll be given a sticker to cover your phone’s camera at check-in. If you want to take pictures, you should do that in private. Security is quick to politely but strictly enforce the privacy rules so everyone can feel safe wearing a revealing swimsuit or tanning their bare skin. If you feel passionate, you can kiss anywhere on the resort but sex is limited to your room, the SIN room, the curtained beach beds and the Jacuzzi lounge area. There is just something extra hot when having sex outside on a comfortable bed in the moonlight. This allows guests of all comfort levels to enjoy the resort in their own preferred ways. If you don’t want to see other people having sex you can stay in the pool area or the bars & nightclub. If you want to be frisky or just enjoy an ultra sensuous situation, you can head upstairs to the Jacuzzi lounge. You have the flexibility to be as passionate as you like without feeling pressured or uncomfortable.
Many first time guests will wear swimsuits on their first day and eventually feel comfortable enough to go topless or bare it all by the end of their trip. The non-judgmental live and let live mentality of this resort provides a comfortable place to experiment with flaunting your sexier side. It can feel very liberating to show extra skin with your partner. None of us have perfect bodies but we do have enticing bodies that attracted our loving partners. Just imagine reigniting the passion in your relationship as you feel the warm rays of the sun on your skin while sipping cocktails poolside. You can go as fast or as slow as you feel comfortable with your sexier side.
If you are new to experiencing sexy sights in public, please remember to be respectful & non-judgmental. You will see super-hot naked people – please don’t gawk. You will also see some out-of-shape people – same rule applies. If you are curious about the body types at Desire, imagine the people at your local Starbucks or Tim Hortons. Just like those coffee shops have a wide variety of customers, so does Desire have a wide range of guests. All respectful people who like a hot time and can afford the premium price are welcomed here.
One of the best aspects of Desire is the great people. We are talking about the guests, and timeshare members, and staff who are all very friendly. All you need to do is bring an open mind and a friendly attitude and you’ll fit right in. This welcoming community feeling has many guests come back multiple times.
In case you are wondering, Desire Resorts are very safe. They have their own private 24 hour security team that looks over you and ensures non-guests don’t crash your good time. It’s not common but occasionally a horny tourist from the neighboring resort tries to sneak a peek. It is really impressive to see how quickly and professionally the resort security reacts to protect your privacy. They also enforce the no drug policy so don’t do something silly. If a couple has too much to drink they can help you back to your room where you can safely sleep it off. You can relax and really enjoy yourself at this resort.
Just like everything in life, it isn’t perfect and accidents have happened at Desire. Over the years a few guests have been injured after too much alcohol, too little water and too much time under the Mexican sun. It is not common but it happens. Thankfully Desire keeps a nurse on property to help any sick or injured guests. You will be safe if you avoid taking reckless risks.
Desire Resorts consider themselves a luxury destination and it is a very nice destination but … it might not exactly meet your definition of high-end luxury. Let’s be honest, the resort is not brand new and service in the Caribbean is not exactly the same as the ultra luxury service at a Beverly Hills hotel. We love the staff and they do an amazing job even when it’s 100 degrees but Desire is not an ultra high end luxury vacation. Desire Resorts offer a great staff to guest ratio for the Caribbean and is very, very nice. However its priority is on sexy romance and not gold serving trays held by formal butlers. Other places have ultra premium luxury but you have to sacrifice the naughty adult experience. The choice is yours. If you want to have both ultra luxury and ultra sexy, you can reserve a Villa which comes with your own butler, swim up pool and much more but it costs much more. If you care more about naughty fun and less about ultra luxury, you will be very happy with any room here.
It also has a bunch of wildlife because Mexico’s Yucatan peninsula has plenty of protected nature preserves. For example at the Riviera Maya location there is the crocodile lagoon out front on the other side of the parking lot. Yes, it has real crocodiles in that fenced in lagoon – which really helps to keep out uninvited visitors. Then there is the stray cat that likes to visit the beach. Plus the pelicans that fish in the ocean each day. Let’s not forget the sea turtles that occasionally bury their eggs on the beach. That brings us to Roger the raccoon. Roger is a friendly raccoon that likes to hang out behind the late night pizza bar at Desire Riviera Maya. Security tries their best to stop guests from walking over and feeding Roger but it happens. If you don’t go chasing after the wildlife, you will be totally fine & undisturbed.
Desire Resorts offers something that is rarely found in the regular world – freedom. You are free to wear (or not wear) what you like without being judged or shamed. You are free to love your special someone whenever your romantic inspiration pops up. You are free to indulge in your sensual side and just be yourself. If you are a new guest you might be a bit anxious facing this foreign level of acceptance. Relax and move at your own pace. We are confident you will find it refreshing to experience the freedom to do what you want, when you want.
Desire tries to think of everything to make you happy because they want you to return and spend more money. To help you, they even offer a vanilla cover story for you to share with your family & friends. If you contact the resort, they can provide you with secret hotel contact information that is answered by staff who never mentions it is the Desire hotel. You can discreetly enjoy your adult vacation without any of your family & friends discovering what you really did on vacation.
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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