Jen & Kyle Desire rm trip report We have previously compared Desire pearl to Temptations. See here for that report... http://www.cancuncare.com/forum/des...pearl-vs-ttr-vs-desire-pearl-trip-report.html In this report we will compare Desire RM to Desire Pearl wherever possible as we go through our day by day adventures. If you haven't read my reports they are long so apologies to those that don't like that type. I love to go back and read them in the future. Kind of like a journal so here goes.., Background We started going to TTR in 2010. Went once or twice a year until 2014 when we decided the rooms, food, facilities mattered more to us and hoped to find a place with the TTR style party, understanding that nothing can quite compare to the TTR party, and also meet the higher end food, room, facilities expectations we had for our semi-annual tropical vacations. We visited Pearl twice in 2014 and absolutely loved it. As expected it wasn't quite the party ttr was. However, it exceeded expectations on the room, food, facilities front. When I say facilities I mean pool, jacuzzi, grounds, and even beach. Plus although it wasn't the same spring break for adults ttr party it was a more sensual, elegant, sexy party that we actually preferred even more. Great husband/wife time and plenty of opportunity for the 'other fun' lol if that is your game. The biggest deficiency of pearl for us is the late night party. There were times when the party was done at 12:30am and we typically are 3 or 4am type people at least several times a trip. We read that RM was somewhere in between pearl and ttr regarding the level of party so decided to try rm for our may 2015 trip. Booking I am one of those people that search far and wide for the best vacation deals. I love planning trips. One of the common misconceptions on desire is the price is the price. We have gotten as low as $333 a night at pearl using the buy 3 get the 4th night free offer they have from time to time plus a 20% coupon on cheaptickets which they offer pretty much every other week these days. Have friends that were able to book desire rm for $307 a night this October. Desire Rm typically has a lower per night rate but never has deals like buy 3 get the 4th free (edit: actually they do now for this August). You can use those 20% off coupons though so this trip we got our rate down to about $400 a night at RM. We had a crazy rough winter / early spring with family illnesses and long work hours. As a result we decided we needed a couple days at a vanilla slower pace type resort to recuperate and regenerate. We choose Live Aqua based on its number 2 ranking on trip advisor and the ability to upgrade to a jacuzzi type suite with an ocean view. I won't bore everyone with too many details on Live Aqua but it was a mistake. One that we won't make again. Sure the room was insane and view amazing and beach as good as it gets but what a snore fest ... Everyone asleep by 10:30 so a little slower than even we expected for our rejuvenation phase. More importantly the service was just horrible. Made us really appreciate what we receive at all of the original resorts hotels (ttr, desire pearl, desire rm). It felt like the staff was trying to avoid the guests. The other disappointment was the food. We had expected the food to be top notch based on reviews but if they could put a heavy sauce on something they would. We did make it out to the club zone in cancun one night. Our resort was going to a club we were not interested in so we went on our own to the palazzo. We heard it was more upscale than others with edm style music and lots of dancing. To give you a frame of reference, we have enjoyed some pretty good Vegas and east coast clubs so we did have rather high expectations going in. And we were disappointed with several aspects of palazzo. First of all, no dress code. Some groups of guys in tank tops and sneakers. Secondly the music was more some sort of mixed pop / mainstream edm. So no real flow to the music. And last but not least very poor guy to girl ratio effecting the ambiance. Reminded me of that Saturday night live skit where a couple ladies hit the dance floor and a group of guys with hats turned sideways, more gold chains than imaginable and their tank tops swarm them almost bumping the poor girls off each other in a circle. Just a bad scene. Cost was $60 each for all you could drink. No exaggeration...I had 20-25 rum and cokes and barely got a buzz. The weird thing was I could taste the rum. Is there such thing as rum flavoring? I gave them $20 to get us a table. Then another $20 to actually get chairs at the table. Needless to say we won't be back. The only highlight was Jen wore a ttr style REALLY short skirt with no panties. I am a pretty big guy so that seems to keep the hoards of guys away but the few ladies that were there seamed to enjoy the short skirt as much as I did while dancing. so not a total loss. A couple more tidbits about live Aqua before moving on to Desire RM in the next entry of the report. We have been enjoying ttr / desire vacations now for 5 yrs. and it has gotten us to the point where we just don't give a damn about what anyone else thinks. That is the way it should be. Life is too short. Wish we realized that a long time ago. We mentioned this in the 'sluttiness' thread but at live Aqua Jen decided to go topless. She was the ONLY one. I found it thrilling. To Jen it was just another day. The first day we walked from the daybed to take a dip in the pool. Heads were turning left and right. It was a shame that many of the ladies seemed to be upset by it. Of course the guys were smiling. One of the first things I overheard was one of the gentleman saying to his group in the pool 'damn it! Today is the day I left my camera in the room'. Ha. Then we were approached by one of the ladies who says to me 'your date is causing quite the stir around the pool'. My response 'she isn't my date, she is my wife' lol. She then explains that a lot of the women are upset. We clearly were not at ttr or desire any more. I provided the logical response 'well that is their problem'. It is a shame that so many cant break free of societal controls. For the rest of the time at live Aqua whenever anyone would say something my response would be I can't wait to get to Desire next and be naked. That would usually shut down any opinions about my wife being topless Transfers from the cancun hotel zone to desire used to be 400 pesos. The prices have changed to 600 pesos. The best approach is to pay in pesos. They will give you a 10:1 exchange rate when it really should be around 13:1. So if you say you want to pay in usd they will request $60 usd. We wanted to stop at Walmart for some supplies on the way. Desire is south from the hotel zone and Walmart is slightly northwest so I negotiated 900 total pesos for Walmart, waiting and then to desire. Sadly Walmart did not have a lot of what we were looking for like 5 hour energy, mio and bubba cups. Did have a good price on sugar free red bull though and many beer and liquor options we could never find at the places near Ttr. It is really only about 30 mins to desire but with the Walmart stop and then our taxi breaking down on the highway it took us 3 hours. Not the end of the world, a little scary but we made it to Desire RM with 4 nights in paradise ahead of us. Desire RM entries to come next. Sorry for all the background but figured some may be interested and others can just skip ahead.