Let's start with the food-- It was uniformly phenomenal at every restaurant we tried (Kibbeh, Picante, Silk City, The Strip, Bites, Spoon). Top shelf liquors and well made cocktails kept everyone in high spirits (seriously... try to get a well-made Manhattan at any other Mexican AI property. Good luck.) Just one restriction that we ran into: No shots in the Xcelerate pool, but that's probably a good idea.
Our suite in the Xhale (VIP) area was quite modern and very well appointed. Everything (with one exception) was in excellent shape and housekeeping services were prompt and thorough.
We were at Breathless for my buddy's bachelor party and the party package we ordered ($125 a head) was totally worth it. Bottles of tequila, a photo shoot, a private cigar rolling, a late night party in the room, table service at the club, a specially decorated daybed by the pool... it all added up to a very special experience.
Overall, the grounds are absolutely gorgeous. The place is pretty new, so you'd expect things to be clean and they are. The raised walkways throughout the property and the tasteful use of accent lighting really makes you feel like you're in the middle of an ultra modern estate. All of the restaurants and lounges are beautifully decorated, too. A lot of thought went into the design of this stunning property.
The thing that really makes Breathless Riviera Cancun stand out, though, is the people. The entire staff from top to bottom are friendly and accommodating. The worst I personally experienced was a bartender or two who was somewhat indifferent. No one was unusually sour or gave off a begrudging attitude like you find at a lot of AIs (especially in the Caribbean islands). Just keep a steady flow of small tips ($1 here... $3 there... $20 for super special favors) coming and you'll be treated very very well.
Extra huge thanks to...
JC at Wink-- The best bar server I have ever met in my whole life! Thanks for hooking it up time after time and for helping us recreate our 18-year-old bro trip photo. :D
Ericka at Picante-- For playing mom to a bunch of overgrown misfits as you served us the best Mexican meal we ever ate.
Ivette Hernandez-- For personally seeing to it that all of our requests were handled quickly and thoroughly. It was a true pleasure meeting you!
Bottom line: I wouldn't hesitate in recommending Breathless Riviera Cancun to anyone I know... and I already have many times. Keep up the great work!
Just a few things to mention-- all of them minor:
- Our in-room tablet (how you check the activities, make reservations, order room service, etc.) in one of the suites didn't work upon arrival. Something was wrong with the charging base. A little tinkering and it was fine.
- While the property is totally appropriate for anyone traveling without kids, it does cater primarily to couples. As such, the beautiful rain showers in the suites are in a glass box right in the middle of the room-- ostensibly so you can see how smoking hot your new husband/wife is as they bathe-- and the "privacy curtain" basically just separates the shower from the bed area. Anyone accessing the sinks, toilet, closet, minibar, coffeemaker or walking in the front door (GASP!) has a front row seat. The management might consider having those curtains go around the entire shower enclosure.
- Room service was uniformly slow. Every time. Tasty, though!
- I scheduled our private photo shoot for 7pm on our last day. The photo desk called to ask if we could move it up to 6. I obliged. When we showed up, the photographer power-walked us to the beach, snapped exactly two photos and skedaddled. When I asked if we could take just a few more, she said simply "No. This is enough." Oooooo kaaaaay.