Experience a new category of all-inclusive.

Set on the stunning white beaches of Riviera Maya, UNICO 20°87° immerses guests in the culture of the region, from the locally-inflected cocktails and cuisines to the art in the rooms. Three unique pools and holistic spa and wellness center drive home a sense of relaxed luxury, while exciting pop-up events insert a touch of spontaneity into the experience.

The design of the adults-only, all-inclusive UNICO 20°87° is directly inspired by the rich character of Riviera Maya, and incorporates many natural and handmade materials sourced within the area. The rooms and suites mix modern luxury with familiar rustic moments inspired by the region’s history. All of the hotel accommodations feature an Anfitrión, a local host, available 24-hours a day to provide an added level of personalized service.

Dining at UNICO 20°87° is not a singular experience, but rather a multi-sensory adventure, with constantly changing tastes, textures, and sensations. While locally-sourced ingredients are a staple at every restaurant and bar, the offerings are a diverse mix of international flavors. The restaurants vary from elevated fine dining to a casual beachside buffet. Similarly, the cuisine ranges from simple and healthy to wonderfully indulgent. UNICO 20°87° is a haven for any who love food, with a wealth of carefully executed options, and an exciting rotating chef concept at restaurant Cueva Siete, where the first to head up the kitchen is Chef Christian Bravo. An extensive, expertly curated selection of spirits can be found at each bar and restaurant, accented by a mixologist-driven cocktail program. Meticulously crafted cocktails and a selection of top-shelf spirits can be found at both lounges while the café sports a variety of juice creations. The energy shifts as the evening darkens to night with live performances, late-night snacks, and one-of-a-kind programming.

Wellness at UNICO 20°87° is an immersive experience for the self, featuring signature spa treatments, a full-service beauty salon & barbershop, and a state-of-the-art fitness facility. The full-service spa caters to body, mind, and spirit through a range of luxury spa treatments, UNICO 20°87° signature treatments, and locally-inspired beauty rituals. A fully-equipped hydrotherapy facility and a wide variety of natural ingredients help create an immersively relaxing environment. The holistic fitness program is designed to adapt to your personalized routine. We offer personal training sessions, meditation and yoga, beachfront classes, and a state-of-the-art gym.

A strong connection to the region defines the UNICO 20°87° experience. Discover and embrace contemporary Mexico, and share in the passion for the region.

ALL-INCLUSIVE PACKAGES INCLUDE:

  • Roundtrip hotel transfers
  • Hotel accommodations
  • Hotel tax and service charges
  • All meals, drinks, and snacks
  • 24-hour room service
  • Daily activities
  • Nightly entertainment
  • Select land and water watersports and much more!

Also, included in your stay at UNICO 20°87° are Unlimited Inclusions* of Golf, Select Spa treatments, Select Beauty Salon and barbershop services and Select local tours and adventures!

Please send us a message if you have any questions or comments about anything you see in the e-zine. We’d love to hear from you!

Think of your kids smiling day after day, basking in the sun, and enjoying fun activities only tropical destinations can offer – this is what a dream-come-true family vacation looks like.

Across the Caribbean and Mexico, all-inclusive resorts have mastered their offerings when it comes to family travel. Here’s why you should be planning your ultimate family vacation at an all-inclusive resort.

Something for Everyone

Family-friendly all-inclusive resorts go out of their way to cater to each member of the family, from babies to teens, parents and grandparents. From pools to spas, golf, beaches, and many water activities, there is something for everyone at an all-inclusive resort.

Family fun activities offered at many all-inclusive resorts include snorkeling, scuba diving, and endless days of laying by private pools and on sugar-sand beaches. There are also plenty of opportunities to get kids and parents playing together with activities like mommy-and-me spa days, mini-golf, beach volleyball, or bocce. Many resorts also offer options to try something new like cooking classes, dance lessons, archery, or laser tag.

When it comes to dining, family resorts offer the best of both worlds – many have a selection of restaurants and buffets with food made just for kids (think plain pasta and meatballs), while still giving parents more tasty selections. Most often you’ll find resort cafes with lattes and cookies for a mid-day kick.

With so many options for all ages, all-inclusive resorts are perfect for multi-generational vacations; it’s a great time to invite grandparents to join in the fun.

Wild Water Park Play

There are no shortages of water parks at all-inclusive resorts. For bigger kids, look for resorts with large water parks, daring slides, or even surf riding simulation pools. For example, Atlantis Paradise Island in The Bahamas has one of the largest water-themed attractions in the world featuring water slides, 11 swimming pools, a lazy river, and a kids’ water-play fort. If you’re traveling with little ones, most resorts have family pools – some even have toddler pools, too.

There are also ample opportunities to get off the resort and spend a day at an exciting water park. In St. Lucia, head to Splash Waterpark, the island’s largest water park with two waterslides and a lazy river. In the Dominican Republic, try Splash Water World with children’s pools and attractions just for them.

Kids’ Clubs

When you head to Mexico or the Caribbean, resorts catering to families offer one thing every family will love: kids’ clubs. These clubs, which cater to little ones all the way to teens, have schedules of activities to keep kids of all ages happy and having fun. They are also great for encouraging social interaction and can lead to new friendships on vacation and beyond.

For smaller kids, activities can include board games, arts and crafts, or scavenger hunts. Bigger kids will love trampoline experiences, video game rooms, and organized sports. Some even have nightly movies or campouts on the beach. While kids are having fun, parents get to take a well-deserved, guilt-free break.

Take a Family Break

There have been recent studies showing how giving children experiences, versus giving gifts, can help children feel more socially connected and closer to their parents, building a formidable foundation. At home, parents and kids can get into routines with parents spending a lot of time planning and organizing busy schedules. At all-inclusive resorts, there is no need to worry since there are many activities and shows to keep kids engaged and having fun all day – and into the night. Many resorts even have nannies available, so break the routine at home and let the resort do all the work to meet you and your family’s needs. Give your family a well-deserved break with a dream vacation for both the young and the young at heart.

Thinking about taking your family on a trip? Let me help you find the resort that best caters to your family.

 

Content Courtesy of Ensemble · March 2020

Your next international vacation should be full of excitement, magical moments, and unforgettable stops at the most extraordinary restaurants, shops and destinations the world has to offer.

The last thing you need, then, is to show up at the airport simply to get turned away due to an expired passport, or even too many stamps in your book. (Who knew?!)

Check out these five surprising passport mistakes you’ll want to avoid making so you can reach your destination (and return home) with no problems at all!


Mistake #1: Not Checking the Expiration Date

This doesn’t even just mean a passport long since expired. Some countries only accept passports that won’t expire for six months or more. So if you have four months left till your expiration date, it’s probably safer to get a new one than be turned away at the gate!

Mistake #2: Waiting Too Long to Apply

It’s pretty common knowledge that passports take forever to receive and/or renew, but with all the stress of a trip, this important detail can sometimes be forgotten. In general, passports take at least six weeks to arrive on time. If you require it sooner, expedited services will cost $60 and take about three weeks.

Need it even sooner than that? Check out this page to learn how to book an appointment at a passport agency or center.

Mistake #3: Not Correctly Filling Out the Form

We’ve all made some typos here and there, but an error on your passport application will result in a missed flight. Even if the printer was to blame, you’ll still need to correct it before heading through security. The bright side? The correction process is free. You’ll just need a DS-5504 form that you can either mail in or fill out online

Mistake #4: Not Updating Your Name After a Change

Legally changed your name recently? Passports don’t automatically update, so you’ll have to go through the renewal process. You’ll need to use a passport renewal form (DS-82), submit a color passport photo, an official document showing your name change, and your current passport (plus the fees that go along with it). We suggest ensuring you’re eligible for the DS-82 form.

If it’s been less than a year since your passport with your old name was issued, you might be able to update for free with the DS-5504 form.

Mistake #5: Having Too Many Stamps

Who knew that being a world traveler can have its downsides? Though you’re very lucky to have so many stamps in your book, some countries require you to have two to four blank pages in your passport.

If you love traveling as much as we do, make sure you’re always on top of your passport status to avoid any mishaps at the airport and reach your destination as soon as possible!