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Some quick facts about RIU resorts:
RIU does not sell time shares–you will not be hassled to go to a presentation or buy a timeshare or membership
RIU does not require reservations for specialty restaurants
Some property updates:
RIU Palace Las Americans Cancun is the only RIU adults only property in Mexico; great central location in Cancun
Bahamas: RIU Palace Paradise Island (adults only) was recently renovated
Punta Cana: RIU Republica–adults only, large resort, 1500 rooms, adults only water park on property (no extra charge), one mile of walkable beach
Jamaica: RIU Reggae–adults only, close to airport, only 10 minutes from Montego Bay airport, great for quick getaway
Cancun: NEW RIU Dunamar–north of Cancun, totally new build resort, not a renovation, oceanfront, waterpark on site, family property
Also see: Trip Report RIU Palace Macao Punta Cana
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All inclusive means not having to worry about the details. here’s a list of everything that will be included in your stay.
- 5-star adults-only accommodations
- In-room minibar stocked according to preference
- Custom-scented amenities
- Four unique restaurants, including Cueva Siete under celebrity chef Christian Bravo
- Complimentary high-speed Wi-Fi
- Free calls to the Continental US & Canada
- 24-hr room service
- Three bars with a devoted mixology program and a lounge featuring live entertainment
- Poolside and beachside service including snacks and beverages
- Land and water sports
- Fitness Center with a visiting instructor program
- Daily and nightly events
UNICO 20°87° Unlimited Inclusions
True luxury comes in the form of unlimited inclusions – for a 20% service fee, we’ll take your stay to the next level with unlimited golf, spa treatments, local tours, and beauty salon & barber shop services.
- Select spa treatments
- Select beauty salon services
- Select tours and adventures
Thanks to GoGo Vacations for supplying this review of Unico 20 87, an adults only all inclusive in Riviera Maya.
Unico 20 87 (the numbers are the latitude and longitude location of the property) is a 5 star adults only all-inclusive resort in Riviera Maya. It will take you about 1 1/2 hours to get here from the airport; private transfers are recommended for this resort. This place is perfect for rest and relaxation. If impeccable service is important to you, then this resort is for you.
What makes Unico special?
Included Luxury: there are spa services, beauty services, and tours that are included with your rate. You only pay 20% service fee.
Top Notch Service: you will want for nothing here. Poolside and beach service included not only drinks, but food too. You will not have to leave your lounge chair at all! Special shout out to Gerardo at the pool! We ordered 1 drink, and he said he will come back every 10 min with a new drink. At one point he just brought the bottle over. We asked him what time it was. He looked up at the sky and said 6:20. I grabbed my phone….it was 6:22! Gerardo, you’re the real MVP. Note- if there’s anyone worth tipping, it’s the poolside service guys. They will take extra special care of you. If that wasn’t enough, you will also be assigned a local host. This person functions as your concierge who also does butler like services (such as unpacking, ironing, and spa tub preparation). Be sure to download the app. Services of your local host are at your fingertips.
Mixologist Bar: the bar in the lobby is for specialty crafted cocktails. Want to try Mezcal? They have it here and can build you a drink to your liking with Mezcal as the base
Attention to local detail: a nod to traditional Mexico is everywhere. In the decor, your bathroom amenities, the flavors used in the restaurants especially of Cueva Siete, and the bar.
Spectacular. They feel more like home than a hotel room due to the design choices. The swim up suites are the same entry level price as the ocean view suite. However, there are only king size beds in the swim up suites. All of the rooms have a double spa tub (except for the swim up…you have a pool). There are ocean front rooms and villas with 1 and 2 bedrooms too
Its natural vegetation is beautiful. There are palm trees, bushes, and plants that separate the pool area from the beach. You get to the beach by walking over a short bridge. You can enjoy a long stroll along the beach. However, you will quickly wander to the neighbor’s backyard as Unico is not a wide property. Note: there was a bit of seaweed, but it is raked each morning. There are 5 pools so who cares!
Oh my! Oh the food! I did not have bad meal. Everything was very fresh. It was as if someone squeezed the orange directly into my glass and then they handed it to me with ice. I ate at 20 87 for breakfast and lunch then Cueva Siete for dinner (I only had one dinner because I went to bed at 7:30 two nights in a row…don’t judge me). Reservations for dinner are accepted in advance of your stay. If you travel during prime time (summer, winter, school breaks, and holidays) reservations will be needed.
Note: the dinner menus are sophisticated at every restaurant. Even though the menus are 5 star you don’t have to dress that way. Dress code for each restaurant is “smart beach casual”. While “smart” is relative, as long as you don’t look like a beach bum, you should be fine. People did put on their best resort wear for the evening.
Top Shelf everywhere. I’m a Hennessy drinker. It wasn’t on the shelf but they found it for me at the swim up bar. I even found Hennessy Privilege at the terrace bar at Palermo Lounge. Award winning libations are present. If you don’t see it on the shelf, just ask.
Resort Activities and Entertainment:
The resort was only at 50% capacity during my stay, and felt empty. Guests certainly took advantage of the inclusions. Most people were on a tour or in the spa, so it felt like we had the resort to ourselves. This made it difficult for the entertainment squad to get people to participate in volleyball and water polo. Mixology classes were held poolside. I was taught how to make the drink of the day. And who won’t have fun in a pool where giant floaties are present? I recommend the giant Pegasus, but you can get into the watermelon by yourself most likely. There is a pool table. It’s very nice and balanced. I like playing so this mattered to me. Night entertainment can be hit or miss depending on what you find entertaining. Live bands and singers mainly.
Fun Fact: if it’s storming, they will cut the power and plumbing as a precaution. You can still go to the lobby bar and get a drink (the mixologist knows the bar layout that well). Or you can just party on your balcony in your prize-fighter style robe like I did. Or jump in your swim up pool like the people below us did. Just go with the flow.
On a scale of 1-10 with 10 being the best, I give this place a 9.5. I’d give it a 10 if the beach was to my personal liking.
The Grand Palladium Riviera Resort & Spa has now been completely renovated and is now a part of The Royal Suites Yucatan Hotel. This transformation expands the resort’s boutique adult-exclusive offerings and offers a much more personalized, intimate experience. The Royal Suites Yucatan will feature:
- 454 guestrooms with premium amenities and services
- 108 guestrooms with private pools
- A completely new beach experience with an adults-only Beach Club
- Four exclusive a la carte themed restaurants, and a dinner and a show themed restaurant that will host different shows
As well as enjoying the amenities at The Royal Suites Hotels, guests have free access to all services and facilities at the neighboring Grand Palladium Hotels & Resorts. These benefits include the Dine Around program, which allow guests to dine in any of their restaurants with preferential booking, as well as access to all areas such as the pools, bars, shops, disco and casino, with free access to Zentropia Palladium Spa & Wellness.