• Dean Nelson

Vacaya Unico All-Inclusive October 2020

Updated: Jan 20

It's Time For #MoreGoodNews - Unico Riviera Maya ready for Safer LGBTQ Travel

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Join our friends this October 4-10, 2020 as Vacaya takes over the luxury all-inclusive Unico resort Riviera Maya (Cancun) for an exclusive LGBTQ getaway.

The Mexican resort, Unico 20°87° Riviera Maya has reopened with 5-star safety protocols and rave guest reviews in June and this past week brought even more encouraging news to the region: 

  • The US State Department lifted its blanket Level 4 International Travel Advisory

  • VACAYA announced event-specific safety protocols

  • Airfares are at historic lows

While we recognize not everyone is ready to travel, for those who are starting to feel those urges again, we've got a well-timed solution for you: VACAYA's full-resort takeover of UNICO 20˚87˚ Oct 4-10, 2020. And knowing you'll need a world-class escape after this world-confining isolation, you cannot beat UNICO's top-shelf drinks, award-winning food, WiFi, spa, salon, and excursions - ALL INCLUDED.* Top that off with 13 pools (including one that's clothing optional) and there's never been a better all-inclusive LGBTQ resort option for our community. Click here to book now.



CHECK IN Smiles, Everyone, Smiles! Welcome to UNICO 20°87°! The Vacayans will welcome you as you arrive at the resort for a breezy check in. We’re easy to spot in our colorful “I AM VACAYA” T-shirts and we’re eager to make your vacation dreams come true. An amazing lunch awaits, followed by a casual walk around the resort. Is a dip in one of the 13 unique pools what you crave for the afternoon? Or maybe you’re ready to take in your first included spa treatment at our holistic spa and wellness center? A 5-star dinner at one of the resort’s award-winning restaurants and a welcome party are on tap for your first evening, so get ready to flash your smile and say hello to all your new friends!


THE ADVENTURE BEGINS The choices for today abound! Will you take advantage of one of the included excursions and head off to Tulum to explore the ancient beachside ruins? Or will you explore the crystal clear waters of The Grand Cenote? Looking for something a little more relaxing? If the pool’s your choice, be sure to download UNICO 20°87°’s web app so you can have complimentary drinks and food delivered directly to your pool-side chair. Oh yes, that’s a real thing. Our first V-Dance of the week takes place this afternoon, but it’s not like any you’ve seen before. Expect the unexpected!


THE ESENCIA SPA CALLS The Riviera Maya sun shines brightly today as everyone settles in to the luxury of UNICO 20°87° powered by VACAYA. Is today the day you finally experience one of Esencia Spa’s included treatments? Or are you looking to expand your friend circle through one of our planned social mixers? Here, you literally can have it all!


RELAX. REFRESH. REJUVENATE. We’ve reached the midpoint of our time here in Mexico. Where does the time go? UNICO 20°87°’s nearly unlimited inclusions, adventure, rejuvenation, and connections are waiting to be discovered around every corner. Are you traveling with a best friend or have you made a new one this week? Come to our “Besties Sunset Social” later this afternoon, and share this special VACAYA moment with your closest friend(s).


SUN'S OUT! BUNS OUT! Feeling adventurous?? Want to avoid tan lines and a sand-filled swimsuit? Why not go au natural at our clothing optional pool, hot tub, swim-up bar, and grill? If being naked isn’t your definition of utopia (and we totally understand if it’s not), maybe try a little pool volleyball at the 20.87 pool. Or how about a Mexican cuisine cooking class at Cueva Siete? No matter your “state of dress” preference for the afternoon, we’ve got something to “suit” just about everyone! After a sumptuous dinner at one of the fine dining restaurants, don’t miss the chance to dance poolside as we celebrate the night away!


HOW DO YOU SPELL U-T-O-P-I-A? You’ve made so many friends at this point… how will you spend the day together? Pool volleyball? A couples massage? Drinks at the swim-up bar? No matter your choice, you’ve entered UTOPIA and it’ll be hard to say goodbye… guaranteed. Our last V-Dance of the week takes place this afternoon and we can’t wait to see you there!


CHECK OUT Parting is such sweet sorrow. If you’re not extending your stay here in Riviera Maya, we wish you the safest of journeys home today. We know we’re going to miss you, but with any luck we’ll see you again on another vacaya soon!

Click here to book now.

VACAYA Announced Event-Specific Safety Protocols The Vacayans worked through each and every detail with our partners on the ground at UNICO. We've come up with a solid plan to mitigate risks and maximize enjoyment. Of course many things look different than they did pre-Covid, but we've approached each challenge with verve and ingenuity to ensure you have a fantastic time.


UNICO 20°87° is ready and excited to welcome us back. With over 30 years of hotel operations, the resort’s parent company has always administered internationally recognized regulations and standards of guest and employee sanitation. In doing so, UNICO has mastered one of the most important bedrock criterion in earning its 5-star status. And make no mistake about it… there is a distinct difference between 5-star protocols and those which don’t measure up.

UNICO 20°87° is taking extraordinary measures to make your experience at the resort feel as “normal” as humanly possible. There’s no better metaphor to describe all that’s going on than the proverbial duck: above the surface, UNICO is smiling and gliding along smoothly, but below the surface, they’re kicking like hell to get the job done. What makes the UNICO experience 5-stars is that you never ever see the kicking. It’s done effortlessly on the surface to maintain a sense of normalcy, while extraordinary measures are taking place behind-the-scenes.

As the resort returned to service in June, the guest experience was strengthened even further with strictly enforced precautionary hygiene protocols directed by local health organizations and government authorities, which were layered on top of their already 5-star standards. UNICO is closely monitoring government policy changes, Centers for Disease Control (CDC) guidelines, government mandates, and public health advancements. As science provides more and more actionable information, they will continue to fine tune their protocols and procedures. So please note that what we outline here is subject to change at any time. VACAYA Resort Director Danny will provide any updates on our first night together.

We’re happy to report UNICO has not experienced any guests or employees testing positive for Covid-19. Their protocols, combined with guests’ adherence to those protocols, have proven successful.

Click here to review the UNICO Riviera Maya's enhanced Health and Safety Protocols

And in no way contradicting those standards, we also believe in individuals’ personal liberties.

So to blend those two concepts, VACAYA will institute the following measures to enhance safety, minimize risks, and create an environment where we can all have a great time together. As a community, we have a shared responsibility to each other as we embark on this new path. We’re confident each of you will follow the protocols we outline here for the safety and well-being of your fellow travelers.


With the health and safety of guests and team members of paramount importance, The Vacayans (which are your dedicated team of paid VACAYA staffers) will follow the same protocols as UNICO employees to ensure a pristine and relaxing environment for our guests, including:

  • Pre-trip Covid-19 Test

  • Pre-trip isolation to avoid unnecessary contact

  • Rigorous temperature checks throughout the week

  • Face coverings when servicing guests

  • Personal hygiene regiment, including hand sanitization

  • Training on protocols, reporting, and guest support for anyone displaying symptoms