Desire Resort and Spa Riviera Maya

Desire Resort and Spa is the original Mexican “lifestyle” resort designed for both naturalists and “swingers”, mostly between the ages of 35 and 60, looking for a more exuberant party atmosphere.

Desire Resort and Spa

Aerial view of Desire Resort and Spa Riviera Maya, courtesy Original Resorts

There are daily activities which echo the resort’s sensual vibe (pole dance lessons, sexy aqua fitness), while theme nights rule the evening (Sensual Wild West, Carnival Erotic Foam Party, and Lingerie Night, to name a few).  Guests need to be comfortable with total nudity and public sexual displays to enjoy their stay here.  While nudity is allowed in the pool, on the beach, and at the rooftop Jacuzzi Lounge area, guests must wear clothing/a cover-up where food is served or in other public areas of the resort such as hallways or the lobby.  Public sexual behaviors are only allowed at the rooftop Jacuzzi Lounge or in the Play Room next to the nightclub.

Those who book this resort will find a compact, village-type atmosphere with rows of white two-story buildings with thatched roofs, lush landscaping, and plenty of cabanas and seating areas.  The pool is on the small side, however, with no swim-up bar, while the rooftop Jacuzzi Lounge has double padded loungers, an ocean view, and a swim-up bar.

Desire Resort and Spa

Pool area, courtesy Original Resorts

Desire Resort and Spa

Rooftop Jacuzzi Lounge, courtesy Original Resorts

Various areas of the resort have recently experienced some degree of renovation including the guest rooms, the pool area, and the poolside restaurant.  Despite the changes, guests will still find shared balcony space in the Passion Suites, somewhat cramped quarters in many Deluxe Ocean View rooms, while Standard rooms are still the “coziest”.

Desire Resort and Spa

Guest room, courtesy Original Resort

Desire Resort and Spa

Bathroom, courtesy Original Resorts







The beach here is typical for this area of the Riviera Maya–beautiful soft white sand with a slightly rocky ocean bottom.  Snorkeling is possible fairly close to shore, while wading and swimming close to shore may be somewhat disappointing for beach lovers.

Type of Resort:  A lifestyle resort for couples-only.

Pro:  Lively party atmosphere, plenty of lounging spaces, complimentary WiFi.

Con:  Small pool and overall guest room size, rocky ocean bottom, room service fee for most guests.

Best Suited For:  Heterosexual couples, age 21+, who are comfortable with nudity and seeing/performing public sexual acts.

No. of Rooms:  108

Room Amenities:  King or queen bed, A/C, balcony/terrace, in-room safe, mini-bar, TV, CD player, coffee maker, telephone, radio alarm clock, iron/ironing board, robe and slippers, hair dryer, shower, and toiletries.  Room service is 24-hrs. a day, and there is complimentary WiFi throughout the resort.  Here is a brief rundown of guest room categories:

  • Standard Room:  King or queen bed
  • Deluxe Room:  King or queen bed.  Ocean or garden view.
  • Jr. Suite:  King bed, bathroom Jacuzzi tub, DVD player, music and movie library available at the front desk, Tantra gift box, candles and incense, afternoon hors d’oeuvres, daily fruit basket.  Ocean or garden view.
  • Passion Suite:  King or queen bed, adjacent living room area, bathroom Jacuzzi tub, DVD player, music and movie library available at the front desk, upgraded mini-bar with spirits, Tantra gift box, candles and incense, unlimited reservations at the gourmet restaurants, daily continental breakfast, afternoon hors d’oeuvres with sparkling wine, daily fruit basket, in-room beach towels, roundtrip transportation provided between the airport and the resort.  Guaranteed oceanfront.
  • NOTE:  There are no elevators at this resort.

Physically Challenged Rooms:  Not available.

Resort Amenities:  Pool (no swim-up bar), rooftop Jacuzzi Lounge (swim-up bar), Play room, spa, sauna and steam room, fitness center, tennis, non-motorized water sports, pool and beach wait service, day access to Desire Pearl resort (sister resort), nightclub, clothing boutique, tour desk, concierge, and ATM.

Restaurants/Bars:  There is one buffet restaurant, the poolside luncheon and afternoon snack restaurant, and two a la cartes–Sahlo and Suki–reservations are required for the Teppanyaki table at Suki as well as dinner service at Sahlo.  Late night snacks are offered at the open-air Melange Bar which also serves drinks 24 hrs. a day.  Other bars include the upstairs Jacuzzi Lounge bar, Sahlo restaurant bar, pool bar, and beach bar.

Entertainment:  There are lots of daytime and nightly entertainment options including poolside classes and games, live music or fashion shows at the Melange Bar, disco theme nights, foam party, and DJ music.





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