Breathless Riviera Cancun Resort & Spa – the best all-inclusive adults-only resort in Cancun Mexico

August 17, 2022

Are you wanting to visit Cancun, Mexico but want a place to go where you don’t have to think about a single thing? Then I suggest staying at an adults-only, all-inclusive resort that takes care of everything for you, so all you have to do is step into your #vacationmode! In this blog post, I share my experience staying at The Breathless Riviera Cancun Resort and Spa in Cancun, Mexico, and how it was the perfect worry-free vacation.

As an adults-only property, you can expect top-notch service and a worry-free vacation that leaves you feeling refreshed. The property sits on a beautiful beach, and taking a walk on the beach is easily doable anytime during your stay. It’s perfect for couples looking to reignite their spark on a romantic getaway. As an all-inclusive resort, it is perfect for a stress-free, hassle-free, worry-free vacation.

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Where is Breathless Riviera Cancun Resort & Spa?

Tucked away on the Caribbean Sea side of the Yucatan Peninsula, this resort is ideally located on a secluded stretch of beach between the ocean and the Nichupte Lagoon. It is just a short 25-minute drive south of the airport in Cancun. (get directions from the airport here)

Best time to visit the resort

Like every destination, the best time to go depends on what kind of experience you want and is always a matter of balancing costs. Weather is an important factor to consider when choosing when to visit Cancun. The busy season is typically from December to April as the weather is ideal then. Summers still have great weather, just a bit hotter and rainier, with the risk of hurricanes.

Mexico’s hurricane season falls sometime between June and November, with a higher likelihood for hurricanes later in that time frame. While the chance of a hurricane hitting directly while you are there is extremely slim, it is still something to think about, as even a nearby hurricane can mean several days of rainier weather.

Another thing to consider with a visit to Cancun is the popularity of the destination as a spring break location. Visiting Cancun sometime in March or April is great if you want to party like a rockstar, as that is when many spring breaks are. But If you are trying to avoid crowds, the best time to visit is during the less busy time of year, from May to November.

How long to visit for

If you are looking to stay just at the resort and forgo the nearby attractions, then I suggest booking the resort for at least 3 nights minimum. However, if you want to explore nearby attractions and get a good grip on Cancun, I suggest a minimum of 5-7 days. Keep in mind that the length of the stay also varies depending on your departure destination. If you have a two-hour flight, a short visit might not seem like a bad idea. However, a longer stay would be more worthwhile if you fly for more than 6 hours.

HOW TO GET TO THE RESORT

We flew from Seattle, WA, on a 6-hour flight to Tulum. Most major US cities have plenty of flights during the week to Cancun, so getting a flight out shouldn’t be a problem. The resort is just 25 minutes from the airport (with no traffic). Once you book your stay be sure to request an airport pick-up.

If you are getting picked up from Amstar, you will see someone holding a sign once you walk out the main doors. Check in here first; then, they will direct you to the car’s location.

There is tons of construction happening in Cancun (last updated Aug 2022), so keep that in mind when going out.

What to expect in the resort

  • Language: Spanish is the official language. However, we found it quite easy to converse in English anywhere in and around the resort.
  • Currency: Peso. 1 USD = 19.96 Peso
  • Creditcard and ATMs: Credit cards are accepted nearly everywhere, but I always suggest carrying a little cash for tips or emergencies. I use my Chase Preferred Card to earn points on every purchase. My husband uses his Charles Schwab debit card to avoid foreign transaction fees. Once you pay for your room, you don’t need a credit card anywhere on the resort.
  • Safety: Overall, I would say the resort was very safe. However, this is an all-inclusive resort which also means alcohol. So just be cautious about how much you drink and where you go, and keep track of your belongings.

Hotel Overview

Rooms

Every vacation should start with a nice romantic room! With over 400 amazing rooms, this resort has something for everyone. For the ultimate VIP treatment, stay in the Xhale club and treat yourself to upgraded amenities.

ROOM SERVICE

One of the best things about this all-inclusive resort is that you can get food brought to you any time of day. We had quite a feast brought to our room after one of our excursions out of the resort.

Pro tip: Download the AMR Collection app. The app has many features, including maps, when restaurants are open, activities, etc., but we used it most for ordering room service. When you head out on an excursion, order food on the way back to the resort so the food will be waiting for you in your room on arrival.

Pools

The pools are among the best features of Breathless Riviera Cancun Resort and Spa. Depending on your room, there are two main and more private pools. One of the main pools is more for parties, and the other is more for relaxing, so you have an option depending on the day you want to have. If you want to take a dip in solitude, take a few laps at sunrise or earlier in the day. The pools typically start to get busier as the day goes on.

Food

Are you really on vacation if you’re not eating good food? Luckily this resort has everything you need to satisfy your every craving, with the fine dining experiences included in your stay. The property offers 10 dining venues and 10 bars/lounges with every type of cuisine from Mexican to Italian to Japanese and more. And did I mention it’s bottomless everything?

Picante

It wouldn’t be a trip to Mexico without eating some delicious Mexican food. This is the spot to get authentic Mexican food, with hands down the best margaritas and fajitas on the resort.


The strip grill / Bites

This spot is great for a small bite during the day or as a sitdown option for your morning breakfast. We got lunch there one day, and they had maybe THE BEST fish tacos I have ever had. The Mahi Mahi was also quite good.

Spoon

This is the main dining area on the resort as it is a buffet that rotates from breakfast to lunch to dinner. It is super convenient if you don’t want to take the time to order something. They have a large selection of dishes and a few stations where they can make things like omelets or enchiladas specifically for you. I would recommend this spot for breakfast.

Other restaurants to try:

  • Coquette
  • Spumante
  • Barefoot grill
  • Silk City

Looking for something even more special? Then set up a private dining experience in their wine cellar and work with the team to create a menu that best fits your group. This was an incredible experience for our group and probably the best food we had the entire trip.

Activities

Daytime

From snorkeling to paddle boarding, golfing, kayaking, and so much more, there are tons of activities offered to guests to add a little thrill to their blissful getaway. Learn a new activity or take a lesson in Spanish to improve your knowledge. Also, don’t forget that there are also self-care activities onsite. Get a mani/Pedi or facial, or enjoy the hydrotherapy circuit at the spa.

Night Life

If you want to get your dance on and party, this is the resort for you! As an adults-only resort, you are surrounded by people your age, and the party seems to never stop. There are events or shows every night so ask at check-in what is coming up during your stay or look at the app.

Day trips from the resort

If you want to explore off-site, there is plenty to do in the Cancun/Tulum area. The most popular options are stopping by Mayan ruins and exploring cenotes. The resort partners with Amstar, a tour agency with all the inside knowledge on where to go, from the best tacos to the best sights to see. During our stay, we did one of their tours and took half a day to explore the nearby Mayan Ruins and Cenotes.

Mayan Ruins

Tulum Archaeological Zone is an incredible spot to visit and take in a bit of the history of Mayan culture. We did this trip with Amstar and our guide Omar did a wonderful job explaining various things about the ruins and the history of the place. The ruins get pretty crowded later in the day, so I would opt to go early in the morning.

A Cenote Experience

The Yucatan Peninsula is home to somewhere over 6000 cenotes. These incredible bodies of water are constantly being discovered as new access points open up, revealing beautiful caverns and tunnels of clear blue water. We were fortunate enough to visit one of these cenotes on our trip, Cenote el Sueno. This is a private cenote that Amstar took us to, which was a unique experience as no one else was there. I recommend visiting at least one cenote on any trip to the Yucatan Peninsula.

FINAL THOUGHTS

Overall we felt like this resort had the best of both worlds: both a relaxing time and party vibes. I would recommend checking it out if you are wanting to visit the area and let me know in the comments below what you think of it.

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Packing guide

Packing for a tropical destination is by far the easiest to pack for. Since you won’t be packing heavy puffy or a lot of layers, you could easily get away with, dare I say it, a carry-on.

  • Snorkeling gear
  • camera equipment + Phone
  • Money
  • Identification
  • Travel Insurance
  • Toiletries

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