A couples-only, clothing-optional retreat with a hedonistic vibe, the all-inclusive Desire Riviera Maya caters mostly to younger and middle-aged heterosexual couples. The hedonistic, racy atmosphere certainly isn’t for everyone, though. Other than the fact that it’s a bit rowdier and its beach isn’t quite as nice, it’s very similar to its sister property (also in Puerto Morelos), the Desire Riviera Maya Pearl. Photography and cell phones aren’t allowed in public areas, live entertainment can be provocative (a pro for some), and dining variety is below average for an all-inclusive; but the property offers quality spa facilities with unique couples treatments, a good staff and overall level of service according to guests, and an on-site nightclub. The rooms here aren’t quite as luxurious as you might expect for the price, but they come with plenty of space and sleek amenities, and some have private plunge pools. They’re also decidedly more upscale and modern than those at the sister property, which helps the Overall Beach Resort Rating (it’s still a notch lower than the Pearl’s, however, because the Beach and Pool Quality scores here are lower). Purely as a beach resort, the overall value here isn’t great – but guests pay for the experience, which is definitely unique. Activities include beach volleyball, snorkeling, sailing, and more.
Complimentary COVID-19 antigen tests are available on-site for guests traveling back to the United States (minimum three-night stay required). In the event of a positive test, guests can extend their stay at the resort for up to 14 days at a discounted rate of $125 USD per night.