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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
Also see: Photos RIU Palace Macao Punta Cana
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.
Transfer: our trip started out on a positive note with the excellent transfers from Expedia. Driver Juan was prompt, polite, and drove a spotlessly clean van. I will stick with Expedia for all future transfers. Transfer back to the resort was equally smooth and efficient.
Beautiful but very large resort. You will definitely get in your 10,000 steps per day here. Well maintained, spotlessly clean.
Best pool I’ve ever been to at an all inclusive resort, but the water was not very cool on our trip due to the high temperatures; music was very loud near the center swim up bar, but there are quieter spots near either end of this very large pool. Two swim up bars, lazy river type of layout with three fountains.
Appeared to be plenty of pool chairs until about 11 am, but if you want a shady spot, you will need to play the towel game and go reserve your spot before 9 am. I observed one prime shady spot with towels that was unoccupied all day until about 3:30 pm, then a young couple arrived. I overheard them say they had spent the day at the beach. Another irritating thing at the pool was the rude thoughtless guests who felt they had to reserve their pool float by taking it back to their chair or sliding it under their chair. The pool floats should remain in the water for anyone’s use. Please don’t be one of those people.
Playa Del Carmen: our taxi into Playa was $27 one way, $28 on the way back. The hotel offers transportation for $18 per person round trip, but you must come and go at the two preset time periods (10:30 am to 2:30 pm or 3:30 pm to 7:30 pm).
Show: we made it to only one show, the Michael Jackson impersonator. Was very entertaining.
Beach: beautiful sandy beach. A little rocky near the center, which is where the Privilege cabanas are, but when you get to the beach, turn left and walk past the Privilege cabanas, where you will find more chairs and cabanas for the “regular” guests as well as a better area for wading. When we went, the red flags were out, the water was rough, we could barely stand up. We spent only a couple hours at the beach before returning to the pool.
No need to worry about pool towel cards, wristbands, or restaurant reservations (except for the Japanese hibachi grill, see below comments)
Room, very happy with our deluxe junior suite on the third floor of building 4 (4314). We could walk directly out the back of our building to the pool, and were close to the restaurants. We never did use the balcony or the jacuzzi tub. The ocean front buildings (9 thru 14) are the farthest from the lobby and restaurant area, you would need grab a shuttle/golf cart. The swim up room buildings (6,7,8) looked very nice and had their own bar and snacks area. If you are so inclined, the free television lineup includes two porn channels.
Availability of canned beer such as Bud Light, Coors Light, Tecate Light, Dos Equis
All the food was excellent. We tried the steak and seafood restaurant, the Japanese restaurant, and the Italian restaurant. Just a minor point but I appreciated the crispy bacon at the breakfast buffet instead of the under cooked, greasy breakfast meats we’ve usually found. When you go to breakfast, try to get seated in the air conditioned room off to the right.
Coconut shrimp at the seafood restaurant
One of the best couples massages we’ve ever had
Restaurant server and captain-in-training Diego was great and made our visit much more pleasant. My first beer at the seafood restaurant was a little on the room temperature side, and when I mentioned it, he placed three Bud Lights on ice especially for me
Poolside lunch, offerings varied from day to day between soft tacos and cheeseburgers, but it would have been nice to have some sort of side dish like fries or chips.
Teppanyaki style dining at the Ginger Japanese restaurant; good luck trying to get a reservation, very inefficient system. You must go in person to one of the six concierges located at various buildings around the resort beginning at 9 am. You cannot make advance reservations unless you have the “Privilege” package. When you arrive at 9am, there will already be a line for the concierge. He/she then must call in via phone to the main reservation place, so all 6 concierges around the resort are all calling the same number at one time. Only one employee someplace is actually logging all the reservations. All spots for that day will be gone in a few minutes. Unless you are first in line, forget it. One guy I spoke to in line said it was his fifth day in a row trying to make a reservation, so on this day he had several friends strategically placed in different concierge spots around the resort. The day I was in line (third in line), no one at my location (building 7 concierge) got a reservation because our concierge never was able to get through on the reservation number.
The room AC seemed to be working, but never got the room really cool like we like it. The ceiling fan was necessary to keep the room at a reasonable temperature.
Mini bar: same as with the room AC, it never got the drinks cold. If you like your beer cold, you will need to put some on ice in the ice bucket. An ice machine is available in each building.
Service in the Italian restaurant was very slow, took about 30 minutes to get our appetizer
While we would not hesitate to go back to the Valentin, we enjoy going somewhere different on each vacation. We’d like to try Secrets Silversands, El Dorado, or the Royal next time.
Gary and Estelle
AMResorts is expanding to Panama, with the Secrets Playa Bonita Panama; it will be the first Secrets property in Central America.
Secrets will take over the existing InterContinental Playa Bonita Resort and Spa, which will operate under that name until Dec. 2015, when it will debut under the Secrets brand.
The 303-room hotel has a 10,000-square-foot spa. It is owned by Bern Hotels and Resorts.
Read the full article from the Caribbean Journal here.
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