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UNICO 20°87° Hotel Riviera Maya claims to be a one of a kind, all-inclusive hotel that connects you to the youthful pulse of the local culture…and in fact it does just that! This adult only property quickly became one of my favorites in the Riviera Maya and here’s why…
ROOMS: clean and cozy-all rooms come equipped with local handmade sunhats you can get custom painted poolside, the best sweatshirt style robes (that I am currently writing this post in) & an outdoor Jacuzzi tub on the balcony no matter the room category. Of course I had to get a large breakfast spread & a few late night items from the impressive room service menu- the daily replenished snacks of M&M’s, granola bars & pistachios were a nice touch…oh did I mention Ferrero Rocher at turn down-it’s the little things.
DINING: every meal was memorable…Mi Carisa- Italian favorites like caprese salad, fusilli pesto & the most delightful ravioli with egg yoke inside. Cueva Siete- elevated Mexican cuisine with a fun custom cocktail menu to start off. Mura House-sushi & teppanyaki that I have yet to try but next time. The buffet 20.87 served a mean brunch with of course my favorite- a chilaquiles station. Pool Side service can be ordered via their app but don’t miss the brick oven pizzas (the carnivore is a must) Located in the lobby is Bar Balam (meaning jaguar in Mayan) that creates bespoke cocktails for guests- you can finish by dancing the night away at Palmera Lounge. Unlike some all inclusives every bar is fully stocked with top shelf liquor…may not seem important to some but when you wish for a Hendricks & tonic you can swim on up to get one.
ACTIVITES: unique to this resort is included tours (at just a 25% service fee) Guided Tour of Chichen Itza & Cenote, Zip Lining or Swim with Dolphins just to name a few. If you do stay on property you can look forward to popup bloody mary bars, DJ accompanied by a saxophonist poolside & live art exhibitions.
SPA: included….I say again- included! (25% service fee) splurge on the 90min Volcanic Stone Massage and thank me later. You can book your appointments in advance via the app. Also use your in room coupon to create a custom scrub, lotion or after sun cream before or after your treatment.
WEDDINGS: at the helm is Marylen Exposito, a Miami based wedding planner who brings her expertise and eye for detail to UNICO. My favorite feature is the “unplugged ceremony” where guests place their phones into a locker while the couple says I DO….they want you to enjoy that special moment and you can snapchat and facebook live the reception later!