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Temptation Tours comes with a wealth of tour operating experience, so you can book with us with double the confidence: that we know and understand the lifestyle and that we are true travel professionals with decades of travel experience.
What to expect
You’ll be guaranteed a warm welcome by everyone at all the resorts by staff and guests alike. It’s the real combination of guests that make the mix at lifestyle hotels work so well. Expect to meet people from all walks of life – teachers, accountants, doctors, prison officers or foster carers – everyone needs to relax in their own way. Fat, thin, tall, short, well-endowed or perhaps not so – it really doesn’t matter.
Just remember – Holiday not Judgement Day!
If it’s your first time at an adult lifestyle resort and you’re a bit shy, take our advice – go to the nude sooner rather than later! People meet and mingle and the nude bars and pools are certainly the places where you’ll find the most action day and night. Take your time, find your own way at your own pace. People are friendly (as you would expect!) and they will talk to you – especially when they realise you’re Brits! If you’re part of a Tom’s Trips group this will help to break the ice and remember, people don’t bite – unless you ask them too!
Predominantly, guests travel as couples. However, single guests are always welcome in the pursuit of pleasure at Hedonism ll and Temptation. Single supplements will apply. Both the Desire Riviera Maya and Pearl Resorts are open to couples only.
Will I see naked people? – Realistically yes. At Hedonism ll, full nudity is required on the nude side (there are clear signs on the beach advising you where clothing optional ends) and the hotel’s staff keep a watch over guests to safeguard everyone. No cameras are allowed where there is nudity in any hotel, so please don’t even think about taking your phone or camera. It’s as much for your own protection as others!
LGBT community – Local attitudes to the LGBT community are mostly conservative throughout the Caribbean. Whilst within the hotel grounds there will be a more liberal attitude if you travel outside the hotels it would be wise to exercise caution. In Jamaica certain same-sex sexual activity is illegal. In practice these laws are rarely enforced, however the attitude of many Jamaicans to the LGBT community can be hostile. LGBT travellers should be mindful of local attitudes and be aware that public displays of affection may attract unwarranted and negative attention. Mexico is liberalising its view on same-sex partnerships and homosexuality is generally tolerated rather than accepted. In both countries public displays of affection (such as hand-holding or kissing) between opposite or same sex couples are uncommon.
Weddings/renewal of vows – If you’re thinking of honeymooning, getting married or looking to renew your vows (or maybe even celebrate a divorce!), just let us know and we can assist with the arrangements.
Tipping – There is a no tipping policy at all hotels, but outside of the Resort, tipping etiquette is similar to the USA. Restaurants may include a service charge, but this is not a tip for the server, and is usually retained by the restaurant, so add a tip for your server as well. A gratuity of US$1 – US$5 per person/bag is usual for airport baggage porters, drivers and tour guides, maybe more if you feel extremely good service was provided.
Whilst there is an air of ‘anything goes’ at the hotels and everyone wants to have a great and sexually charged holiday, it goes without saying there are accepted standards of behaviour and, crucially, NO means NO. When you book a holiday with us we do expect you and any member of your party to behave responsibly. To keep all guests at the resort safe, if we or any other person in authority, or supplier of any other service, is of the reasonable opinion that you, or any member of your party, is behaving in a way so as to cause danger or upset to any other person or to damage property, Temptation Tours will be entitled to terminate the holiday of the person (s) concerned with immediate effect. Should this occur the person(s) concerned will be asked to leave the resort immediately and Temptation Tours will have no further responsibility for providing alternative accommodation and may, in exceptional circumstances, cancel any onward flight arrangements. No refunds will be made for any unused accommodation nor will we pay for any extra expenses incurred because of the termination of arrangements. If there is property damage caused by you or any member of your party, then any payment must be paid directly at the time to the supplier. If Temptation Tours incurs any expenses as a result of your behaviour, you will be held responsible for meeting any claims against us, plus full legal costs that we or the other party may incur.
Travelling to and within resort
Your safety is our priority at all times and if the Foreign and Commonwealth Office advises that travellers should not visit either Jamaica or Mexico, then we’ll act on this to keep you safe and reserve the right to cancel your holiday. Remember, that although on holiday you have the same responsibility for your personal safety and possessions as you do at home. Click to see the Foreign and Commonwealth Office latest travel and security advice for visitors travelling to Jamaica and Mexico. Ultimately, be wise, be safe, be sensible – don’t flash the cash or expensive jewellery. If you wouldn’t do it in the UK don’t do it overseas.
UK Airport hotels and parking – There are a plethora of companies offering UK hotels and airport parking. However, if you would like us to book this for you, we would be more than happy to do this for you, just advise our reservations department when you book. If you do book airport parking yourself, we highly recommend you use companies that are registered with and recommended by the airport authority (see relevant airport website), for yours and your vehicle’s safety.
Transfers – Upon arrival and after clearing immigration and customs, you will directed by the ground staff who will assist with your transfer if you have booked it through us. The transfer across to Negril for Hedonism ll takes approx. 90 minutes. The Cancun hotels are around a 20-minute drive from the airport. If you have booked a premium suite that includes private transfers details will be included in your documentation.
Check in – Upon arrival at the hotel, you may be asked for a credit card to guarantee payment for incidentals such as telephone calls, spa treatments etc. It is your responsibility to ensure that you have sufficient funds available to cover these incidentals
Local representation – If you are included on a Tom’s Trip group at Hedonism ll, the group hosts will attend to any issues you may encounter at the hotel. Otherwise, the local representatives’ contact details will be included with your travel documents. The local representative is there for emergency help and assistance. If you wish to book local tours, activities or excursions, please see the Concierge in Resort for assistance.
Departure Tax – For all passengers departing Jamaica, there is a departure tax payable of US$35 or JMD$4600 (approx. £28 per person). For Mexico the departure tax is approx. 1200 Mexican Pesos (approx. £60 or $80) and is payable in cash only. Scottish pounds, Irish pounds travellers’ cheques, credit or debit care are NOT accepted. Depending on your airline carrier, this tax may be included in your ticket price. We will advise you if this needs to be paid for locally. Please note, these taxes are controlled by local government and are subject to change without notice.
Health – We suggest you contact your GP 4 – 6 weeks before travelling if you have any major health concerns. Currently, there are no compulsory vaccinations required for entry into Jamaica or Mexico. They key with health when travelling overseas is to be sensible. We suggest you pack proprietary medicines (headache tablets, plasters, anti-histamines (if required),antiseptic liquid etc) as these items can be expensive overseas. The Caribbean sun is extremely strong so start your tan off sensibly with a high factor lotion. Don’t be tempted to try to get as much sun as you can in the first couple of days – you run the high risk of burning! Be aware that if you go out on the water the sun reflects off the sea and the danger of sunburn is even greater. Remember to cover well the bits that never see the light of day in the UK – especially your willy and nipples! For once the rubbing in of suntan lotion could be quite fun!!
Mosquitos can be a problem so ensure you liberally cover yourself with an insect/mosquito repellent after dark. Keep your room window/patio doors closed at night-time when you have the lights on. You may consider buying a plug-in mosquito repellent for night time sleeping.
And finally, for yours (and others) sexual health, if you are planning to play, then please play sensibly. No glove, no love – so remember to pack sufficient protection.
Out and about in resort
Whilst you’re in Jamaica, take time out to get out and about and meet some locals! The Jamaicans have the most wicked sense of humour and cricket is a real passion – smile, wave and talk – and brush up on the lasts Windies test scores – they’ll love you for it. Stroll along 7-mile beach and enjoy walking along the water’s edge. Negril is famous for Rick’s Café. Situated right around the bay, it’s THE place to enjoy thumping reggae music, the most spectacular sunsets and to watch the dare devil cliff -divers. Grab a Red Stripe – but remember you need real money for this trip out!!
Mexico is steeped in history and Cancun is on the edge of the Yucatan Peninsula. Take time to explore the famous Mayan ruins at Chichen Itza – one of the new seven wonders of the world. And if you can tear yourself away from the beach, travel further afield to Tulum.
Overall, the road network are good but public transport or local food vendors might not always meet British health and safety standards. We request that all our suppliers comply with local regulations and laws, but it’s wise to keep this in mind to protect yourself. Taxis may be metered or not. If not metered, make sure you agree a price with the driver before departing.
Local laws and customs – Drugs – It is possible/probable that you will be offered the opportunity to buy drugs – but be warned: Contrary to popular belief, it’s illegal to smoke marijuana (‘ganja’) in Jamaica. There are penalties for all drug offences, including those involving ganja. Every year, many British nationals are arrested for attempting to traffic ganja and other drugs. Severe penalties are remain in place for drug related offences, including attempting to export narcotics. All prison sentences are served in Jamaica and prison conditions are harsh. In April 2015, legislation came into force to decriminalise possession of small amounts of ganja. Possession of up to 2 ounces will continue to be illegal but will be punishable by a fine of JMD500, which is payable within 30 days.
Under Mexican law, possession of and trafficking in illegal drugs are federal offences. Mexican law does not distinguish between hard and soft narcotics so marijuana and heroin are treated equally. Convicted offenders can expect lengthy jail sentences of up to 25 years and hefty fines.
Always pack all luggage yourself and don’t carry anything through customs for anyone else. So let’s be clear JUST SAY NO.
Camouflage clothing – Some areas and islands in the Caribbean region prohibit camouflage print material, which can be extended to items of clothing and baggage. To avoid inconvenience we would advise all guests from packing/carrying such items.
Time difference – Jamaica is generally -6 hours and Mexico – 5 hours behind the UK. The reality of this is that you may be tired in the evening for the first few days and wake up very early in the morning – until you get acclimatised. However, do not fret! These are 24 hour resorts, so no matter the time of day you are awake there will still be something happening somewhere!
Weather – You can expect hot sunny days, although like everywhere there will be cloudy days and days interspersed with heavy showers – remember this is just liquid sunshine! The average daytime temperature is 82⁰ F, with the night-time dropping by a few degrees to 72⁰. The crystal blue Caribbean Sea maintains around a balmy 80⁰ year-round.
It’s hot, in more ways than one, and as it’s all inclusive, please take it easy with alcohol. Drink plenty of water, soft drinks and juices, too!
Currency – The Jamaican dollar is the official currency in Jamaica and the Peso in Mexico. The hotel and most shops and merchants will accept US$. If you plan to go outside the hotel then it would be sensible to exchange a small amount into local currency. Most shops and local traders will accept US$ but they may give you change in local currency – at an extortionate exchange rate!! Credit cards are widely accepted.
Water – Whilst the tap water supplied in the hotels will meet the local standards of safety, you may wish to purchase bottled water. Take care if taking ice with drinks outside of the hotels.
Electricity – Jamaica uses 110 volts and Mexico is 127 volts with the two pin US style plugs. You will need to bring suitable adaptors with you.