Prevue May-June 2017 - 40
Above (l-r): Paradisus Playa Del Carmen; Club Med Punta Cana
A Resort That Includes Spa
Treatments in the Room Rate
Turning the all-inclusive concept on its head is the
new, adults-only 448-room Unico 20º87º Hotel
Riviera Maya. Here, groups will find destination-rich
experiences such as mescal tastings, live acoustic
music performed by local talent and tapestries made
by local artisans in each guest room. Traditional
butler service has been replaced with anfitriones,
or local hosts that arrange hard-to-get reservations
and trips to the area's best-kept secret spots such
snorkeling on the Los Canones reef and house calls
to a local shaman.
Spa treatments are included in the room rate,
and Kevin Edmunds, the property's VP of meeting
and incentive sales, says culinary is also a major
"Each restaurant has its own individual kitchen and
a completely different design and dining experience,
which allows us to elevate the quality of the food and
service. Not to mention, our rotating-chef restaurant
by celebrity chef Christian Bravo sets a whole new
standard for all-inclusives."
"Themed coffee breaks are being
presented by our guest experience
team. Attendees can visit a
rainforest while sipping coffee or
munching on a pastry amid an
indoor tropical oasis."
that are unique to the area, according to John Iannini,
CIS, CTC, VP, Meetings & Events America for Melia Hotels
International. One such example is the new Don Julio
corner addition to the Paradisus Playa del Carmen in
Mexico, where attendees can sip 12- to 70-year-old tequila
while learning about the history of the tequila brand from
an on-site expert.
"Themed coffee breaks are also being presented by
our guest experience team. Attendees can visit a rainforest
while sipping coffee or munching on a pastry amid an
indoor tropical oasis created exclusively for your group,"
Iannini says. "Or groups can try our transportation theme
that incorporates a variety of vehicles from the last 30
years set on a man-made roadway with mileage signs to
destinations that attendees originate from."
Grupo Posadas is celebrating its 50th anniversary with plans to
double its resort offerings by 2020. Two new properties-Live
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