With the Riviera Maya's seemingly endless supply of all-inclusive hotel options, it might appear as if they have thought of everything. And then you meet Unico.
But Unico, a new adults-only, all-inclusive concept, is going to surprise even the most jaded of all-inclusive connoisseurs. The Unico 20.87 Hotel Riviera Maya (the numbers signify the property's longitude and latitude) is set to open in March, but a hard-hat tour last weekend, combined with a little imagination, told the story of what is to come.
Typically all-inclusives are designed the way they are to keep you on property. But with today's emphasis on local experiences and memorable moments, Unico will encourage its guests to get off the property and explore Riviera Maya on excursions falling under four key categories: food, art, culture and mixology.
Its stunning design could make it tempting for guests to stay put. Ninety percent of the 448 rooms will offer ocean views, with the smallest rooms measuring 624 square feet. All first-floor rooms will have swim-up pools, while floors two through five have double hydro spa tubs on their terraces. Custom accents include flat irons and hair dryers by CHI (which, ladies, you will greatly appreciate if your hair is susceptible to the Riviera Maya humidity), as well as custom scent amenities by CHI, and a local host per room to assist with everyday needs.
Most of the 448 guestrooms at Unico 20.87 will have ocean views.
The sprawling property will extend to the beach, with public spaces built over water features and tucked into jungle foliage. There will be several pool and beach options, with food and drink offered at all.
Restaurants will include Cueva Siete, for modern Mexican; Mi Carisa, for Italian fine dining; Mura House will serve yakitori and teppanyaki; 20.87 for international fare; and Cafe Inez for healthy to-go options. A spa with two couples suites, six couple cabins and 10 single cabins round out the experience, along with hydrotherapy facilities and outdoor lounge areas.
Though the company isn't officially announcing where the other Unico properties will open, if you know anything about the hotspots of Mexico tourism, you can probably venture a guess.