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 guestroom, 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

526 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). 

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

Allure Junior Suite Swim-Out Tropical View have direct swim-out access to pool, with 1 king-size bed or 2 double beds, sleeping maximum 3 adults.

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 View has a whirlpool on the balcony and 1 king-size bed, sleeping maximum 2 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 Ocean Front have a living area with sofa, fully equipped kitchen, dining room area, large private terrace with seating area, sun loungers and Jacuzzi, with 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.

10 reservation-free restaurants (gourmet restaurants with communal tables): Barefoot Grill (snacks served on the beach), Bites (Tapas restaurant), Coquette (French cuisine), Kibbeh (Lebanese and Middle Eastern cuisine, exclusive to xhale Club guests only), Picante (Mexican cuisine), Silk City (Pan-Asian cuisine), Spoon (local and international cuisine; open 24-hours), Spumante (Italian specialties), The Strip Grill (grilled specialties) and The Nook Café (coffee and pastries). 24-hour room service. 8 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 including 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.

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Image of the Tripadvisor rating Thanksgiving get away

Dec 2, 2020 56fatimaw

We just got back from Breathless last week and let me tell you we had an absolute blast! From the minute you walk in they follow safety protocols while making you feel very welcomed. I read a bunch of reviews of people complaining about the beach. It was not pretty but again they just had a hurricane and I’m not about to blame the resort for… Read more
We just got back from Breathless last week and let me tell you we had an absolute blast! From the minute you walk in they follow safety protocols while making you feel very welcomed. I read a bunch of reviews of people complaining about the beach. It was not pretty but again they just had a hurricane and I’m not about to blame the resort for something out of their control. The restaurants did have limited food options but again we are traveling during a pandemic. We can’t expect them to have everything available already. This hotel has to be a giant party when it’s operating normally and we cannot wait to go back. The entire staff wore mask. The guests had the option to not wear theirs. Again I’m not going to blame the hotel for grown people not keeping their distance. That is common sense. The staff was beyond friendly they really made me feel special. We had a very nice swim up room with an ocean view. I had no complaints what so ever. Pasquale at Spoon was the sweetest waiter ever. My friends at the bar were beyond awesome Julio and Moises made the best drinks! I would recommend going because again we will! Read less
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Dec 1, 2020 HowBoutIt87

Had an awesome trip for Thanksgiving. The staff is very nice and make sure to take care of you. My favorite was Yoshi. He remembered our names and made sure we had fun and knew where to hang out. We made sure to wear our masks when we were around a lot of people. The staff wore masks the entire time. I will be back after Covid with a large… Read more
Had an awesome trip for Thanksgiving. The staff is very nice and make sure to take care of you. My favorite was Yoshi. He remembered our names and made sure we had fun and knew where to hang out. We made sure to wear our masks when we were around a lot of people. The staff wore masks the entire time. I will be back after Covid with a large group of friends!!! Read less
Image of the Tripadvisor rating Still a Wonderful Stay!

Dec 1, 2020 taratru Colorado

My husband and I celebrated our anniversary here a few weeks ago. We travel exclusively to AMResort properties, and this was our first visit to a Breathless resort. We would absolutely return, although maybe waiting until the pandemic has passed. We booked an ocean view king room, and had preferred privileges, which gave us access to the pool… Read more
My husband and I celebrated our anniversary here a few weeks ago. We travel exclusively to AMResort properties, and this was our first visit to a Breathless resort. We would absolutely return, although maybe waiting until the pandemic has passed. We booked an ocean view king room, and had preferred privileges, which gave us access to the pool which this month will only be available to Secrets guests. If you are a party person, you know what you are getting...if you are like us, and looking for a gorgeous resort with great service and opportunities to be still *and* to party, this is a great option for you! Things we very much enjoyed: the grounds are beautiful (even after a hurricane), the resort is sparkling clean, the majority of staff is wearing masks/some face covering properly the majority of the time, the room decor is gorgeous and I absolutely love the floor light that comes on automatically when entering the bathroom area (a life saver at night!). The restaurants we visited gave us no cause to complain (other than covid related below). Food was outstanding, service was fast and friendly, the house wine at dinner was drinkable! We spent every day at the preferred pool - which is quiet and lovely. The service there, and at the preferred restaurant was the best we had on property. We ate breakfast there in the morning and then moved to pool chairs for the rest of the day. Chairs were mostly taken by about 9am. Things we weren't fans of: the main pool and party pool seemed fun, but the guests were clearly not following any social distancing or other guidelines, so we didn't go anywhere near there, except walking through at night. The beach is...not good. The water was fairly brown, but I am sure that is from draining the mangrove area behind the resort - there was a pipe pumping water into the ocean every day we were there. It's a good beach for walking, though...you can go for quite a while if you head south. I was surprised that only two restaurants had outdoor dining. The French restaurant did not appear to be observing distancing in it's setup, although the Italian and the Asian (non-hibachi) did. We did not visit the buffet. Staff who we LOVED: Cruz at the preferred pool is hands down the best pool server we have ever had - he works so hard and is very personable. Victor works as a bit of a pool concierge at the preferred pool and went out of his way multiple days to find us great seats and provide whatever we needed. Christin (I think?) at the spa walked me through my hydrotherapy session, and she was fantastically friendly. Everyone at the preferred restaurant (which will become Secrets Rosewater) was outstanding, especially Jose, who introduced my husband to the habanero salsa that he had with every meal. :) For the most part, we stayed to ourselves and tried to relax for a few days away from the reality of covid. I bet that outside of covid and hurricanes, this resort deserves it's five star reviews! I can't wait to return and take actual advantage of the party scene a little more! It would be a perfect resort to visit with friends as well. Read less
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Dec 1, 2020 mel1262020

We had a wonderful time on our much needed getaway. This was a very enjoyable trip during this crazy year that we are all having. The hotel was very clean. The entertainment was great. The staff went above and beyond to make our trip great.
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Dec 1, 2020 wolfstar83 Saint Louis, Missouri

If you’ll been to breathless in the past and want to book again, there have been changes. The Room service menu is extremely limited. Lunch menus at both restaurants (bites and kibbehs) has changed, with less options. Barefoot grill is closed, Patio Mexican restaurant is closed. All rooms don’t have tablets. The mesh system used for seaweed is no… Read more
If you’ll been to breathless in the past and want to book again, there have been changes. The Room service menu is extremely limited. Lunch menus at both restaurants (bites and kibbehs) has changed, with less options. Barefoot grill is closed, Patio Mexican restaurant is closed. All rooms don’t have tablets. The mesh system used for seaweed is no longer in place, causing the ocean water to look more like a river or lake. The xhale check in process was a disaster, they calm they’re only at 39% capacity, but I’ve never seen so many people waiting in the xhale lounge to check in. I know covid and hurricanes have effected many resorts, but we have visited serval Mexican resorts during the pandemic and have not had nearly as many downgrades. Finally if your afraid of getting covid don’t go to this resort, they don’t have nearly as many safety procedures as other resorts. This is our fifth time at this resort we know what to expect, this used to be our favorite Cancun resort. Read less