Breathless Riviera Cancun Resort & Spa

Riviera Cancun, Mexico

The hotel

Not all Cancun beach hotels are created equal. The vibrant Breathless Riviera Cancun Resort & Spa understands not everyone’s just after a perfect beach, fully kitted out guest room, and palm-and-sunbed fringed lagoon pools — although of course it’s got these covered. So they’ve come up with a fresh new concept — a buzzing party hotel for adults-only, with pretty much everything included from premium drinks to room service. They know guests aren’t created equal either, so you get to pick from three unique zones: breathe deep in the xhale Club section, mix and mingle in the Energy Centre and party in the xcelerate Party Zone. Designed to help guests meet and socialise with new people from around the world, its outdoor spaces include a party pool and 35 seater Jacuzzi, its gourmet restaurants feature communal tables, and its calendar is packed with events from foam parties to carnivals.

Amenities

  • Bar
  • Spa
  • Swimming Pool
  • Wedding
  • Night Club
  • Room Service
  • Safety Deposit Box
  • Evening Entertainment
  • Internet Access
  • Beachfront location
  • Golf
  • Tennis

Where is it

Located between the Caribbean Sea and the Lagoon of Bahia Petempich in the Yucatan Peninsula. Only 15 miles away from South Cancun. 25 minutes from Playa del Carmen. Transfer time from airport: 15 minutes.

Hotel information

362 ultra-contemporary suites. All with a private balcony or terrace, air-conditioning with in-room climate control and ceiling fan, cable TV, complimentary WiFi access, telephone, radio alarm clock, tea/coffee-making facilities, nightly turn-down service, 24-hour room service, mini-bar, in-room tablet, safe, iron and board, shower and double vanity, Gilchrist & Soames bath amenities, slippers, bathrobes and hairdryer. Allure Junior Suite Ocean View with 1 king-size bed or 2 double beds, sleeping maximum 3 adults.

All Inclusive of: Unlimited-Luxury® includes limitless access to gourmet à la carte dining options without reservations required. Unlimited international and domestic top-shelf spirits. Unlimited natural fruit juices and soft drinks. 24-hour room and concierge services. Pool and beach waiter service. In-room tablets. Secrets box for room service. Daily refreshed mini-bar with soft drinks, juice, bottled water and beer. Daily maid service. Endless daytime activities and live nightly entertainment. Theme parties, oceanfront bars and entertainment venues. No wristbands required. All taxes and gratuities. Enjoy complimentary WiFi and free international calling to the US, Canada and local landlines with Unlimited Connectivity. The mobile app also allows guests to view the schedules of all events, activities and restaurants at the resort, plus to learn about local destinations, excursions, and much more!*.

Enjoy the 'Sip, Savour and See' Dining Experience which includes sipping artfully prepared cocktails at the bar or lounge of your choice, savouring complimentary cuisine at the restaurant of your choice and seeing the resort's nightly entertainment at nearby Secrets, Breathless, Dreams, Now and Sunscape Resorts & Spas. (Dinner only. Guests are responsible for cost of transportation to and from the resort. Terms and conditions apply). 

xhale Club Suites:

xhale club Junior Suite Ocean View has a whirlpool on the balcony and 1 king-size bed or 2 double beds, sleeping maximum 3 adults.

xhale club Junior Suite Ocean Front has a whirlpool on the balcony and 1 king-size bed or 2 double beds, sleeping maximum 3 adults.

xhale club Junior Suite Swim-Out Tropical View with 1 king-size bed or 2 double beds, sleeping maximum 3 adults.

xhale club Master Suite Ocean Front has a whirlpool on the balcony and 1 king-size bed, sleeping maximum 2 adults.

xhale club Presidential Suite Swim-Out Ocean Front have a living area with sofa, fully equipped kitchen, dining room area, large private terrace with seating area and sun loungers, with 1 king-size bed sleeping maximum 2 adults.

For a higher level of luxury, the xhale Club Suites include;

  • Personalised check-in and check-out
  • Balcony with whirlpool (except for Swim-Out Suites)
  • Access to private xhale club lounge
  • Access to hydrotherapy once per stay
  • Private xhale club pool
  • Private xhale club Jacuzzi
  • Upgraded mini-bar and room service menu
  • Daily continental breakfast service in the lounge
  • Private restaurant for xhale club members for breakfast and lunch
  • Pool concierge and bar service
  • Afternoon hot and cold hors d’oeuvres, exquisite desserts and fine liquors in the lounge
  • Private restaurant for xhale club guests
  • Upgraded bath amenities
  • Pillow menu
  • Complimentary newspaper in room every day upon request
  • Concierge service
  • Martini Bar with complimentary Belvedere Vodka (200ml), cranberry juice, martini glasses and drinks shaker
  • Nespresso™ coffee machine

xcelerate Party Zone Suites:

xcelerate Junior Suite Tropical View with either 1 king-size bed or 2 double beds, sleeping maximum 3 adults.

xcelerate Junior Suite Ocean View with either 1 king-size bed or 2 double beds, sleeping maximum 3 adults.

xcelerate Junior Suite Swim-Out Tropical View with direct access to a heated, swim-up pool from the terrace and either 1 king-size bed or 2 double beds, sleeping maximum 3 adults.

xcelerate Junior Suite Ocean Front with either 1 king-size bed or 2 double beds, sleeping maximum 3 adults.

xcelerate Junior Suite Swim Out Ocean Front are also available. 

9 reservation-free restaurants (gourmet restaurants with communal tables): Barefoot Grill (snacks served on the beach), Coquette (French cuisine), Picante (Mexican cuisine), Silk City (Pan-Asian cuisine), Spoon (local and international cuisine; open 24-hours), Spumante (Italian specialties), The Strip Grill (grilled specialties), Bites (à la carte breakfast, exclusive to xhale club guest), Rosewater (International à la carte menu for breakfast and lunch, exclusive to Secrets Riviera Cancun guests only). The Nook Café (coffee and pastries). 24-hour room service. 9 bars and lounges: After Dark sports bar and nightclub, Deep swim-up bar, Twist & Squeeze swim-up bar, Fizz Iced Exclusive Champagne Bar, Foam seaside bar, Showstopper theater bar, The Bar (top-shelf spirits) and Wink cocktail bar. Enjoy the 'Sip, Savour and See' Dining Experience and indulge in dinner, sip an artfully prepared cocktail and see the nightly entertainment at the neighboring Secrets, Breathless, Dreams, Now and Sunscape Resorts & Spas (terms and conditions apply).

Please note: all restaurants and bars may not be open every night.

Weekly parties and shows. Themed parties and special events. Please note: all day parties will be taking place on the beach until further notice. DJ station in the Freestyle Swim and Entertainment Zone. Gala parties. Live nightly entertainment. Films on the beach. Spanish classes. Open plan plaza with bars, restaurants and shops. Nightclub.

3 swimming pools; a main social pool, an xhale club pool and 1 party pool. 35 person Jacuzzi. relax Spa by Pevonia* with an array of treatments. x-ert Fitness centre. Full-service beauty salon*. Tennis court with clinics*. Beach volleyball. Pool table. Dance and Zumba classes. Ping-pong. Yoga. Bocce ball. Horse shoes. Corn hole. Bingo. Scuba diving demonstrations. Hobie cats. Complimentary green fees at to El Tinto Golf Course. Non-motorised water sports including kayaks, snorkelling and water aerobics.

Complimentary WiFi access. Shopping onsite*. Tour desks*. 24-hour on call Doctor*. Laundry service*.

* Denotes local charge.

Please note: all guests of Secrets Riviera Cancun Resort & Spa will have access to amenities at the existing Breathless Riviera Cancun Resort & Spa.

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Image of the Tripadvisor rating The best!

Jan 19, 2021 bres831

We stayed 10 days at breathless for our honeymoon! We can’t say enough good things. The resort was so clean and all staff wore masks. We spent most of our time with Ulises, Yoshi and Miguel! These three go way out of their way to make sure every single person has a good time and even remember everyone’s names! They were so personable and one of… Read more
We stayed 10 days at breathless for our honeymoon! We can’t say enough good things. The resort was so clean and all staff wore masks. We spent most of our time with Ulises, Yoshi and Miguel! These three go way out of their way to make sure every single person has a good time and even remember everyone’s names! They were so personable and one of the best parts of our trip! They have different entertainment every night which is fun. Due to covid they only had a few restaurants rotating which was fine. We were a bit disappointed Picante wasn’t open but they did have Mexican options at a few other places. We had our own swim up pool that they cleaned almost daily. Overall we had the best time and would absolutely recommend it for vacation! Big thanks! Read less
Image of the Tripadvisor rating Breathless for the Holidays!

Jan 19, 2021 BobbyGodsey Austin, Texas

My fiancé and I arrived on Dec 26, 2020 for an 8 night stay to include celebrating New Years. We arrived at 5pm and the whole check-In process took us about 30 minutes (perfect as there is a lot to do at check in with copying passport and signatures along with details of the property). Rafael - a front desk manager- is really helpful with… Read more
My fiancé and I arrived on Dec 26, 2020 for an 8 night stay to include celebrating New Years. We arrived at 5pm and the whole check-In process took us about 30 minutes (perfect as there is a lot to do at check in with copying passport and signatures along with details of the property). Rafael - a front desk manager- is really helpful with questions and knowledge of the hotel and Shimar the concierge has all the answers. Our room was clean, stocked, and ready for us. Love the lighting and the colors of the room along with the big two person shower in the middle with plenty of hot water. Service and Staff was always super friendly and helpful. Everywhere we walked, no matter what time of day or who the employee was (Hskper, maint, security, bar staff, entertainment), acknowledged us with a greeting. At Breakfast, we were treated like Family from Esther, Carlos, and others including our favorite cook -Manuel- who made the best Huevos Rancheros. We loved the afternoon food at the Grille by the Xcelerate pool and the pizza by the Energy pool. Dinners were all exceptional. From French, Italian, Asian, and steakhouse - great hostesses, waiters, decor, food and drinks. Tip-if you check in for dinner and have a 30 minute wait, it’s perfect to go have your first drink of the night at the Wink bar or Swing bar and enjoy the surroundings while you wait. During the day and night, we loved getting drinks from the coolest bartenders that love to get to know you and take care of you -Wilbreth(Energy pool) and Fernando (Bites bar) and Gabriel (pool bar) and Ivy (Energy pool bar and area) and Aaron&JaJa (Wink bar). We were especially grateful to Derya (asst sommelier and all around great hostess) for her knowledge in wine choices and attention to details. She can help you with pairing your wines with foods. Francisco (lead sommelier) can help you with bottle service by the pool or anything you need at the restaurant. Great person. We brought 3 first timer friends on this trip and they were so impressed by the entertainment staff that always had choices on things for us to do. Yoshido, Bernice, Ulysses kept us entertained and laughing and smiling the whole trip. Miguel, from entertainment, is a “celebrity” to the guests because of his ability to make you feel special to be there and makes sure you are always having fun if he is around. Their greatness is in part because of the leadership of Xavi, the entertainment manager. Wow! A dedicated employee always focused on making your experience the best it can be. They all work all day and night everyday and night. Xavi and that whole team enhanced our experience and made the whole trip more fun. We loved the music at this resort. You can’t help but to dance and move in the pool or at Wink with DJ Andres playing for you. Always know where he is playing and you won’t be disappointed. Tip- don’t miss out on the various shows and performances as they are totally worth checking out. Acrobats in the pool and surprise singers at the French restaurant along with nightly shows and the water fountain show- All things to make your experience a fun one. Just always ask for the times. Ivan Marquez is the social media person for the hotel and post cool things online to keep you informed before arrival. *Traveling immediately after 3 hurricanes hit them and during a pandemic was our decision. So our mindset was appreciative of them being open while understanding that things were going to be scaled back a bit and they are probably still getting the buildings (paint&stuff) fixed up. But in our opinion, they did a great job of making our trip and our experience special. We brought new guests with us and they were impressed and didn’t even notice a “scale back” at all. Tip-just ask for the top shelf liquors - but they were limited this year - I encourage you to just walk 20 yards to another bar and they may have the liquor you want. The other thing that is special about this resort is the people you meet from all over the world. The people at the resort are really nice, enjoyable, fun, social people. So make sure you say hello to the people next to you at the bar or pool. It’s got a community feel to it. We have been to this resort 3 times and will definitely be back! Enjoy!!! Read less
Image of the Tripadvisor rating Beautiful resort, friendly staff but poor management

Jan 19, 2021 Stellagem21 Reading, Pennsylvania

I’ll start with the good- willie who works at the strip grill is amazing! He makes sure to remember your name and always find you to say high-his service in the restaurant is the best! Then there is Bernice,yoshi & Miguel (the entertainment team) and they are phenomenal and keep the party and laughs going! We also loved estiban who is part of… Read more
I’ll start with the good- willie who works at the strip grill is amazing! He makes sure to remember your name and always find you to say high-his service in the restaurant is the best! Then there is Bernice,yoshi & Miguel (the entertainment team) and they are phenomenal and keep the party and laughs going! We also loved estiban who is part of concierge who is very helpful and lastly Jose who works at kibbeh always took great care of us! Those particular employees deserve a raise...they made our experience more enjoyable. Now for the not so good- My husband and I brought along my sister as we had stayed at breathless punta canta just last year so we had great expectations. Let me say I’m not 100% convinced COVID can be blamed for the experiences we encountered because being in management ourselves and running a business myself I can firmly say management should be to blame. Keren the front desk manager heard our dissatisfaction from the very minute we checked in and still 4 days later has not done a single thing to make it better (hasn’t even checked in on us) then you have the main party pool manager feliciano who we caught many times offering different paid amenities to guests who did not pay extra (like the reserved submerged pool vip booths that are supposed to come with bottle service.) my sister and I had purchased bottles and never had any bottle service. Then there is the dress code rule for men (which we never had in breathless punta Cana and was never communicated before coming to Mexico) For this trip we paid to upgrade to xhale swim out room with exhale club premium service and when we checked in Keren told us yea we are on the premier exclusive side but unfortunately we don’t get any upgraded features..doesn’t make much sense to not get premium amenities when your paying premium prices and especially having booked the exact package last year at breathless Punta Cana. We then pay extra money through Keren and go along our vacation to later finally get the xhale club lounge and be told by the desk staff that we didn’t have xhale features so we had to waste more time sorting that out- again awful management and miscommunication. Also let me mention that the xhale club package in breathless punta Cana gives you a personal concierge who is always at your disposal by a simple text message or we literally looks around for you (outstanding service), well here at breathless Mexico they do not offer that and again never communicate that before booking. All in all beautiful clean resort- awful management- miscommunication all around (many others we bumped into said the same) Read less
Image of the Tripadvisor rating Beautiful location, Great Staff, Poor Management

Jan 18, 2021 k92king Atlanta, Georgia

This place was decent at best. Beautiful property and great staff but between the dress code rules and the miscommunications, it really caused frustration. Fellas, If you do go to this location bring long pants because you will only be able to eat dinner at ONE restaurant out of the SEVEN available due to their dress code standard which was not… Read more
This place was decent at best. Beautiful property and great staff but between the dress code rules and the miscommunications, it really caused frustration. Fellas, If you do go to this location bring long pants because you will only be able to eat dinner at ONE restaurant out of the SEVEN available due to their dress code standard which was not communicated prior to our arrival. They have entertainment and themes at the resort but not a lot thought put into promoting them. There is no schedule provided to you and no signage regarding the shows. The themes aren't very engaging it's just a couple of the staff who dress up and take pictures. They don't engage with the customers and it's really just a photoshoot for the hotel. The staff is great, they save this resort everyday but the management of this resort is just terrible. Read less
Image of the Tripadvisor rating THE BEST!!!

Jan 18, 2021 madisonw522

This resort was great! The employees are fantastic. They all have a great attitude and are so happy to be there. Miguel is the best worker! He is so lively and fun to be around. The food is also wonderful. I would 110% recommend coming to this resort!!