Unico 20°87° Riviera Maya

Unico 20°87° Riviera Maya

Yes, it’s an all-inclusive. Yes, it offers all the traditional amenities; unlimited food and drink, water activities and entertainment. Yet, at UNICO 20°87° there is a purpose, and that is to connect you to the destination, not just the property.

With a curated art collection, on-site artisans handcrafting souvenirs and an Anfitrión, a personalized local host, it’s no secret UNICO 20°87° is different. What isn’t so well-known is how different.

It begins at check-in. Your arrival in the custom-scented lobby is accompanied by a cool hand towel and a refreshing nonalcoholic drink made from cucumber and lime. There’s even a gift, two straw sun hats, handmade by a local.

At UNICO 20°87° a rotating celebrity chef program incorporates local ingredients and flavors. With five restaurants that range from fine dining to beach casual, food is a great way to appreciate your new locale, you can even learn some new techniques at one of the on-site cooking classes. At the heart of the property is the Palmera Lounge, which is fashioned after the Cuban clubs of the 40s– cigars, cocktails and live music.

On-site executive mixologists reveal bold Mexican drinks and new, unheard of blends with you in mind. Or, spontaneously crafted beverages based on an ingredient or something a little more abstract, like the feeling of drinking a mezcal cocktail while the luxurious sand slides between your toes on the Riviera Maya.

Staying true to its identity, wellness at UNICO 20°87° is locally-inspired. A shaman wrap perhaps? Whether its ingredients from the sea, the treasured Agave plant, or a 4-hand massage, a holistic approach at the Esencia Wellness Spa brings thoughtful style to healing and rejuvenation, where wellness and hospitality are seamless. For only a 20 percent service fee, you can indulge in blissful relaxation as the spa is included in your all-inclusive.

Good food, art, and novel drinks aren’t the only ways to uncover the secrets of the area. In fact, UNICO 20°87° wants you to find your own. A stay at UNICO 20°87° will put you right in the heart of the Riviera Maya. And at the heart is rich history and meaningful geography. That’s why the Signature Excursions and tours are designed exclusively for guests.

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Swimming in cenotes, ziplining and hiking though jungles in still-off the beaten paths. Here, nature is an extension of your stay. There are excursions to Tulum, Coba, Chichen Itza, Garrafon Natural Reef Park and Muyil. There’s swimming with dolphins, sailing and extreme snorkeling. At this longitude and latitude all-inclusive means connection. With everything.

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Nature’s swimming pools are cenotes and this area of Mexico has some of the best. Considered to be sacred wells to the Maya, these waters have spiritual significance. You’ll have no doubt of their significance when you’re floating in the clear, mineral-rich waters.

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With the Mayan Village and Tankah Cenote signature excursion, you’ll explore a place that most people are unfamiliar with. Swim and canoe three area cenotes, snack on seasonal fruits, then finish in a Maya village with a home cooked meal of steamed chicken in banana leaves and grilled pork in homemade tortillas. With UNICO excursions, not all meals are from a menu, but they’re worthy of it.

UNICO 20°87° has departed from the traditional all-inclusive with a new approach and reciprocity. The offerings don’t end, in fact, golf, select spa and off-property tours and excursions are included as well. But we shouldn’t divulge all the surprises, we’ll leave some for you to uncover.

To learn more about UNICO 20°87° or to plan your next trip visit SouthwestVacations.com.

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