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 a giant whirlpool, 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!*.

xhale Club Suites:

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

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

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

xhale club Junior Suite Ocean Front with Whirpool and 1 king-size bed or 2 double beds, sleeping maximum 3 adults.

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

xhale club Master Suite Ocean Front with 1 king-size bed, sleeping maximum 2 adults.

xhale club Master Suite Swin Out Ocean Front with 1 king-size bed, sleeping maximum 2 adults.

xhale club Presidential Suite Swim-Out Ocean Front has a living area with a 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
  • Access to private Xhale Club lounge
  • Guests have an Xhale Club lounge à la carte breakfast option
  • Access to hydrotherapy once per stay
  • Upgraded mini-bar and room service menu
  • Pool concierge and bar service
  • Afternoon hot and cold hors d’oeuvres, exquisite desserts and fine liquors in the lounge
  • 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
  • Complimentary 750ml bottle of Rich Veuve Clicquot to be consumed at the Fizz Champagne Bar only*

*Minimum of 3 night stay required in xhale club room category. 

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 (tapas menu), 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.

2 pools, including, an Energy pool and an xcelerate Party Zone pool. 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*.

Please note: a travel tax of $11 per adult (over 15 years old) applies when visiting the Mexican state Quintana Roo. The payment can be made prior to travel, upon arrival or during the stay, as the tax will be imposed upon departure.

Minimum of 3 night stay required in xhale club room category. 

* 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 Not as good as it was, Miguel gets 1 star all by himself!

Jul 25, 2021 Rafphillips Milverton, United Kingdom

Staff still excellent hotel not as good as it was. Last visit in Jan 2020 so this review compares to that. Still good overall 3.5 stars but no longer the great 5 star. We stayed on the Secrets side of Breathless. The split of hotels a bit of a joke TBH so we will review as Breathless as those are the restaurants, pools and entertainment that… Read more
Staff still excellent hotel not as good as it was. Last visit in Jan 2020 so this review compares to that. Still good overall 3.5 stars but no longer the great 5 star. We stayed on the Secrets side of Breathless. The split of hotels a bit of a joke TBH so we will review as Breathless as those are the restaurants, pools and entertainment that we used most. Staff are all still great. Always excellent and very attentive be it at the buffet for breakfast, pool or restaurants. Special mention to Miguel and Daniel at the Secrets pool who are first class and made the trip special. Alcohol quality down and all spirits heavily watered down. I drink allot of Vodka so can tell taste wise. Also allot of premium brands, Belvedere for example, is heavily restricted and now switched with cheaper brands, even if you ask for a more ‘premium’ brand it’s watered down. Only time tipsy was on the Veuve or canned beer which cannot be watered down. The coffee shop is great, even my wife loved the coffee and she normally doesn’t drink it. Also the sorbets they have were excellent. Entertainment now poor no longer the same party vibe. The odd (elements and reverb) show still good but for example one night Karaoke was the ‘entertainment’ hearing annoying Americans squeal rock music for 2 hours isn’t my idea of chic party entertainment. Lots of other things stopped or cut right back compared to before. Also the ‘DJs’ aren’t really that, seems to be pre recorded as one track always had the same mix errors. Also they play exactly the same set lists every night. Mostly now switched R&B and again exactly the same tracks night in night out. After a few nights just repetitive and dull, certainly not a patch of what is was before. It’s also mis sold and advertised on the basis that it’s no longer dance music. Food mostly the same as before still good overall. Will be our last visit here based on all the changes just now a very small generic hotel with a vibe and entertainment similar to other hotels in the area. It’s lost it’s USP. We were at the Iberostar grand week before and it was just as much ‘fun’ and their DJ played more modern and varied music, alcohol and food was of better quality. Much better value when compared to this. Read less
Image of the Tripadvisor rating Great stay just wasn’t long enough!

Jul 22, 2021 Mike M Cedar Bluff, Alabama

Great stay ! Service was above and beyond this trip. We only stayed 5 days and it was not long enough. Thing have improved so much since last year. They have kicked it into another gear with getting things going again since shutting down for COVID last year.
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Jul 22, 2021 Jen2zo Lincoln City, Oregon

Just left here on Tuesday.... some people may not like this, but I am going to give you my honest review. I would never come back here. I have only been to Mexico one time before and we were at Secrets Playa Mujeres, so we were comparing this place to that. There are 3 pools.... but you only know of 2 unless you upgrade to the Secrets side. We… Read more
Just left here on Tuesday.... some people may not like this, but I am going to give you my honest review. I would never come back here. I have only been to Mexico one time before and we were at Secrets Playa Mujeres, so we were comparing this place to that. There are 3 pools.... but you only know of 2 unless you upgrade to the Secrets side. We asked to be upgraded when we arrived but they were full and we had to wait 2 days to move to the other side. No big deal right? WRONG! Our room was right outside the party pool and all you heard all day and night (until about 11pm) was loud, bumping, thumping techno music. They closed the pool the first day because someone puked so we all had to move to the middle pool which closed the next day (for an entire day) because another person puked. Lots and lots of young groups of constant partying. Finally moved to the Secrets side, nicer pool... no puking and a private restaurant. Food.... meh! Only liked the Italian restaurant. Didn't get to try the French one as it was closed the day we went. Picante ... the Mexican restaurant... horrible! We couldn't even eat it. Went back and ordered room service. They say they have 9 gourmet dining places. Wrong! The Barefoot Grill is by the pool. You can get a nasty soy burger and fries. That's all. Spoon is the buffet for breakfast and lunch only. Terrible and someone took my omelet that I waited for to be made. The Nook Cafe is just a small coffee spot. So no bueno on the 9 gourmet dining places. Entertainment sucks. Once over at the Secrets side there is a better restaurant called Rosewater that was really good. The entire pool area and swim out rooms are made out of a pebbled concrete. Even the stools that go up to the swim out bar are made out of that scratchy concrete that cuts your legs and ass up trying to sit on. Drinks... oy vey! Terrible! Not sure why we paid for an all inclusive when I ended up paying $80 for a bottle of wine just to get something decent. Drinks are all watered down and terrible. The staff though is amazing. And as far as AMSTAR...... if you use them for transportation.... THEY SUCK!!! Horrible!!!! Don't waste your time of money. Just spend the $40 each way and get a taxi. Amstar completely didn't care we didn't have a ride back to the airport the day we were leaving, They can suck it! Again.... would not be back. Ever. Read less
Image of the Tripadvisor rating AMAZING RESORT AND EXPERIENCE!

Jul 21, 2021 Expedition579615

JORGE, HECTOR, MARY, BEATRICE, VANESSA At the party pool are amazing people! Highly recommend them to anyone! Make sure you seek these people out, they will treat you like family and make your stay and trip a great time!
Image of the Tripadvisor rating So Disappointed. Resort did not live up to its image on advertisement

Jul 21, 2021 kikitup Dallas, Texas

Pool was horrible. Rough pebbles. bare patches. Tore my swim suit on rough parts. Needs much repair. Food was beyond horrible. Cold, tough meat. Not a good value of money. Get the same hotel experience at other places for far less money.