Desire Pearl Resort and Spa, formerly known as the popular all-inclusive Ceiba del Mar, opened its doors in March 2012 as a “lifestyle” resort. Guests need to be comfortable with total nudity and public sexual displays to enjoy their stay here. Although the resort attracts both “swingers” and nudists, mostly between the ages of 35 and 60, many book here just looking to enjoy the freedoms associated with shedding their clothes in a more upscale vacation environment with like-minded individuals. Public sexual behaviors are restricted to the larger Jacuzzi area and the Play Room off the disco, while nudity is OK in the pool and around the resort’s public areas–clothing/a cover-up is required in all restaurants, hallways, and the lobby, however. Given the nature of this resort, picture taking and videos are not allowed with the exception of private photos taken in the privacy of one’s room, of course.
Vacationers who stay at the Pearl will find a beautifully landscaped property with seven villas/guest room buildings all with ocean view, a winding beachfront pool with swim-up bar, a large heated Jacuzzi with swim-up bar, spa, fitness center, and three restaurants.
Daytime activities include sexy darts, sensual aqua fitness, belly dance lessons, pole dance lessons, and nude volleyball, to name a few. Nightlife sizzles here with themed parties throughout the week including Lingerie Night, Lust In the Dark, and Sexy Queens and Kings (check the resort’s web site for a complete listing of current theme nights and recommended apparel). Female guests tend to dress up for theme night parties; if you don’t bring any costumes, the on-site clothing boutique/logoshop has several outfits which can be purchased.
The only major drawback to the property is the rocky ocean bottom–although the actual beach area is beautiful with fine white sand and beach cabanas, ocean swimmers will probably be disappointed with the amount of deposited sea grass and the ability to swim in the ocean at this resort.
Type of Resort: Lifestyle resort for couples-only
Pro: Large heated Jacuzzi, freeform pool, ocean view rooms, active nightlife scene, complimentary WiFi (best reception in lobby).
Con: Rocky ocean bottom, room service $ for most guests.
Best Suited For: Heterosexual couples, age 21+, who are comfortable with nudity and seeing/performing public sexual acts.
No. of Rooms: 88
Room Amenities: King or two queen beds, A/C, balcony/terrace, sitting room area with sofa and coffee table, in-room safe, mini-bar, TV, two telephones, radio alarm clock, ceiling fan, robe and slippers, hair dryer, separate shower and tub, and toiletries. Room service and WiFi are an extra charge with the exception of penthouse and Premier Club (timeshare) guests. Here is a brief rundown of guest room categories:
- Ocean View: King or two queen beds.
- Jr. Suite: King or two queen beds, bathtub overlooks the room through shuttered doors.
- Master Suite: Separate bedroom with a king or two queen beds, bathtub overlooks the room through shuttered doors, two bathrooms, work area with desk and chair.
- Master Suite with Plunge Pool: King or two queen beds, bathtub overlooks the room through shuttered doors, two bathrooms, work area with desk and chair, and terrace with plunge pool, day bed, and table and chairs. Located on the ground floor.
- Penthouse Passion Suite with Plunge Pool: Separate bedroom with king or two queen beds, terrace with plunge pool, day bed, and table and chairs, table and chairs, work area with desk and chair, complimentary WiFi/room service, and private roundtrip airport transfer. Ocean view.
- NOTE: There are no elevators at this resort.
Physically Challenged Rooms: Not available.
Resort Amenities: Beachfront freeform pool (swim-up bar), heated Jacuzzi (swim-up bar), Play Room (clothing-optional), spa, fitness center, sauna and steam room, pool and beach wait service, pier gazebo for private dinners and small group meetings, day access to Desire Resort and Spa Riviera Maya (the sister resort), disco, clothing boutique, concierge, tour desk, and ATM.
Restaurants/Bars: There is one buffet restaurant (Aphrodite) and two a la cartes–Pearl, with primarily Italian and Spanish menu choices, and the newly opened Suki Terrace which offers Oriental fare including a sushi bar and sashimi platters. No reservations are required at the a la cartes. There are four bars including two swim-ups, a lobby bar, and the disco bar.
Entertainment: This resort emphasizes both day and night entertainment which have more sensual takes or themes–pole dance lessons, for example, and costume nights with various performers. There are also foam parties, live music in the lobby, and DJ music.