For those that followed us on social media as we shared our adventures to UNICO 20º87º in real-time, you could see that this experience was over the top! We are dedicating this week’s issue to the amazing time we had in Riviera Maya, showcasing the sights and experiences, along with a destination Real Wedding of a couple we met from Minnesota that was hosting their gorgeous wedding at UNICO.
Our team enjoyed a week of both fun and relaxation at UNICO 20º87º, an all-inclusive luxury resort and we wanted to share our favorite parts of the stay with you.
MATTHEW: Seriously, hands down UNICO provides the most amazing culinary experiences. Their series of al a carte restaurants are top-notch. It was like enjoying five-star dining each day. It’s hard to pick a favorite, but I loved the ambiance of Mi Carisa, with cuisine that features an Italian coastal flair. I love that every space throughout the property, including the restaurants, incorporated a well-thought-out design. The interiors of each are unique and inspiring, each feels like a mini-excursion and a week of adventures. If they have lamb chops while you are visiting, I highly recommend paring with their amazing list of wines. We loved the Casa Madero, a wine from Mexico. Point of interest: Casa Madero owns and operates the oldest vineyards and winery in the entire American Continent!
I’m pretty picky when it comes to the amenities and services at hotels, so the spa is one area that often doesn’t deliver at other destinations I’ve visited. At UNICO, the spa is one of the best features! From the amazing hydro-therapy experience to beautiful suites overlooking the jungle for the perfect massage, I don’t know what could be more relaxing. Our team started the trip off with manicures and pedicures, so I’d also recommend the salon which is adjacent to the spa when you arrive.
BRUCE: I have to admit the arrival was one of my favorite things at UNICO 20º87º by far. The check-in was very personable. Standing at the registration desk? Oh, no. Not at UNICO! After arriving, you are asked to be seated in their lobby lounge while your personal valet greets you and checks you into the hotel. Not only is it a personal touch, but it gets even better when a nice cold beverage and cool towel is given to you at arrival. And just when you thought this was amazing, you are asked to select one from the six aromatherapy candle scents you would like for freshening your room throughout your stay.
The pools were great fun, with swim-up bars and fun activities. You could select from the very calming and relaxing pool to more high energy pools filled with music, water sports – yes, we were even shooting hoops! It was fun to watch the people taking part in water aerobics and the spinning class in the pool, but this was a vacation – no working out allowed for us.
ELLAINA: UNICO is a great experience all round from the minute you arrive! Picking just two of my top things wasn’t easy when writing this…but if a property is that great that you love it ALL, it must be great, right? I was ready for some sunshine by the pool, and with the multiple different pool options, each with a distinct vibe, there was a fit for your mood of the hour or day. We tended to move around! I loved the chairs and beds around for lounging. They all had plush cushions, basically everyone had a sofa they were laying on, making it easy for sun naps. Food and beverage options are all over the pool (and property!). Swim-up bars were in 2 out of the 3 main pools, and it led to lots of fun. We even met a wedding group from Minnesota at the pool one day. I enjoyed that the property hosted pool parties with a DJ some of the afternoons. With those parties, out came the giant floaties – I had to grab the unicorn!
The rooms were beautiful and lots of custom touches with the ability to personalize. There is the option to go to the spa and custom select products you would like to use during your stay for your room – how cool is that?!? Another service that they offer is a pillow menu to find the best fit. Each room had either a deck or a swim-up patio. Mine had a deck with a jetted soaker tub and a lounge sofa. For the tub, it comes with some essential oils or bubbles to add to it, I used the bubbles! One of the final great features in the room that I personally enjoyed, were the hooded robes and slippers waiting for you in the room.
Fun fact: we actually met a couple from Minnesota at UNICO where they held a beautiful destination wedding. Check it out here!
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