Why UNICO 20˚87˚ Hotel Riviera Maya is the All-Inclusive Escape for Couples Who Hate All-Inclusive Resorts

Sep 11, 2017

While many travelers rave about the convenience of packaged tropical vacations, plenty of couples looking for a romantic getaway argue these cookie-cutter properties lack the authenticity of an independently planned trip. Preset itineraries and menus crafted for tourists offer a sense of security for some but also prohibit visitors from truly exploring their destination.

Opened in March, UNICO 20˚87˚ Hotel Riviera Maya broke the mold with custom-designed holidays encouraging guests to experience all Mexico’s Yucatán Peninsula has to offer. With unique off-property excursions and personal butler service -- not to mention unlimited meals from some of Mexico’s top-rated chefs –- UNICO is quickly becoming our favorite all-inclusive resort for couples who can’t stand all-inclusive vacations. Read on to find out why, and for those who want firsthand experience, here's a Travelzoo member-exclusive deal with guaranteed upgrade.

The adults-only, private beach is free of crying babies and organized kids activities, leaving plenty of real estate for catching rays on the sand or romping in the waves.


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Beyond the buffet, guests can indulge with unlimited meals and drinks at five restaurants and six bars, including Cueva Siete (Seven Caves) serving Yucatan flavors prepared by a “Top Chef Mexico” competitor.


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Mystical native themed cocktails are made with indigenous fruit and mezcal at Bar Balam (which means “jaguar” in Mayan language).


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The hotel is an elegant exhibit of modern Mexico with local artwork, patterned upholstery and handcrafted details displayed throughout.


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Grown up in-room amenities include custom-scented toiletries, cocktail kits and cozy robes and slippers.


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All accommodations are stocked with Mexican candies, traditional snacks, wines from the Guadalupe region and two straw hats that can be hand painted.


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Each room has a private patio with a plunge pool or spa tub big enough for two and perfect for skinny dipping any time of day.


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Couples who sweat together stay together -- all visitors have the choice of fitness classes including outdoor yoga and cross training.


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Competitive pairs can face off on the tennis and basketball courts or spend the day sailing catamarans or cruising the coast on paddleboards.


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All three pools on the property have swim-up bars; sun worshipers can order drinks to their lounge chairs and cabanas.


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The concierge can arrange tours of Tulum's ancient ruins and swimming excursions with dolphins.


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Squad-ready suites sleep up to six and are the perfect pads for bachelor and bachelorette parties.


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After a day at the beach, guests can soothe sun-weary skin with complimentary spa treatments.

Guests ready to take the plunge are guided on swimming tours of the nearby cenotes.


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Off of the sand, visitors can take Mayan cooking courses and mixology classes.


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A personal butler is available 24 hours a day to unpack luggage, offer insider knowledge on the destination or send Champagne to the room, day or night.


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