The Complete Guide to Unico Riviera Maya Weddings

Are you dreaming of a destination wedding that will leave your guests in awe? Look no further than the breathtaking Unico Riviera Maya Hotel. This luxurious resort offers everything you need to create the wedding day of your dreams. From stunning venues to personalized wedding options, this resort will ensure that your special day is unforgettable.

When it comes to destination weddings in Mexico, Unico Riviera Maya stands out from the crowd. Nestled in the heart of the Riviera Maya, this adult-only tropical paradise provides the perfect backdrop for your wedding festivities. With pristine white sand beaches, crystal-clear turquoise waters, and lush greenery, you and your partner will say your vows in a truly magical setting.

Unico Riviera Maya offers a variety of wedding options to suit your unique style and preferences. So, if you are ready to embark on a once-in-a-lifetime wedding experience, then Unico Hotel may be the perfect fit for you. Let’s jump right in!

unico riviera maya beach wedding
Celebrate in a beautiful and sophisticated way at Unico!

Content of the Complete Guide to Unico Riviera Maya Weddings

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unico weddings resort beach sign
The coordinates to paradise!

Where is Unico Riviera Maya?

The Unico 20 87 is located in the Riviera Maya area, only 1 hour and 15 minutes south of Cancun airport and 10 minutes from the famous turtle sanctuary Akumal Bay. The famous Fifth Avenue in Playa del Carmen is just 35 minutes from the resort.

Located in a bay area, it only shares that bay with 2 other hotels, making the beach quiet and private.

Our Experience at Unico Riviera Maya

The resort is just beautiful! If you’re looking for a modern, luxurious resort that still feels relaxed, then Unico Resort is for you. The rooms are just impeccably decorated, the menus in the restaurants are all to-die-for and the attention to the details is surprising. 

Our wedding couples and their guests always share raving reviews and comments about their experience at Unico Resort! Also, we are right around the corner! Our offices are 25 minutes from the hotel and we know it inside out. If you need help with information, room rates, or checking wedding date availability, get in touch!

Hola Weddings team at Unico hotel Riviera Maya
The Hola Weddings team with Edith Munoz, weddings manager at the resort.

Resort Overview

  • Rooms: 448
  • Adult Only: Yes,18+
  • Pet-Friendly: No.
  • Room Service: 24-hour room service
  • Wi-Fi: Free
  • Restaurants: 5 restaurants
  • Bars: 5 bars
  • Cafe: Yes.
  • Nightclub: There is a Cuban- themed lounge with live music and dancing, but not a nightclub with a DJ per se.
  • Spa: YES. 26 cabins, hydrotherapy area, outdoor relaxation area.
  • Beauty Salon: Yes, it offers salon treatments.
  • Fitness Center: Yes, it opens daily.
  • Pools: 3 swimming pools.
  • Water Sports: There are sports in the main activity pool available including spinning. At the beach, you can choose kayaks or SUP.
  • Exchange Privileges: No.
bridge to the beach of an an-inclusive resort in the riviera maya
A beautiful entrance to the beach makes it even more private.

Pros and cons of Unico 20 87


  • All rooms are facing the interior part of the U shape, so most have ocean views
  • No dress code for a la carte restaurants. Love heading to the all-inclusive but hate the long pants, closed shoes rule? You need to be dressed here, but there is no formal dress code. Flip-flops and T-shirts are acceptable!
  • They have 3 pools. One with many activities (spinning, aerobics, etc.) another with quieter activities (SUP Yoga) and a quiet pool.
  • You get a couple of hats in your room as an amenity, and some artists can personalize it for you. How cool is that!?


  • Timeshare is a big thing for this hotel chain. Be wary of anyone inviting you to breakfast or a free tour.
  • Very few rooms have double beds. So group getaways with many friends and not so many couples can leave you drawing straws for bed versus rollaway.
  • There is a very limited number of swim-up suites. Make sure you book asap if you wish to stay at one of them!
Most rooms offer some sort of ocean view.

Learn all there is to know about destination weddings with our complete wedding guide!

Rooms and Sections

The hotel was constructed in a horseshoe shape, with all rooms facing the ocean. Depending on the location, vegetation, and floor you are on, the views may vary, although 80% of the rooms do have ocean views.

Hotel room balcony with ocean view and a large bathtub
That bathtub is my favorite spot in the whole resort!

You can choose Alcoba Suites at 624 square feet or the larger one-bedroom Estancia Suites at 1270 square feet. Amenities inside the rooms will all be the same, as will the room interior, what will change is the view and location based on the category booked.

The general feel of the rooms is rustic, but chic with a lot of luxurious amenities and added touches. All of the rooms feature a Local Host to provide an added level of personalized service.

unico hotel riviera maya room with ocean view
Simple but elegant, the rooms are just gorgeous!

How is the beach at Unico?

The beach is located in a bay that is shared with only a few other hotels. To the north, you have El Dorado Seaside, and to the south the Grand Palladium Complex. There is quite a bit of land between the properties, so when you are at the beach, it does feel private.

The sand is soft and white, and the beach is long and large. There are a few rocks in the water in certain areas, however, there are more than enough areas to walk in and swim.

unico hotel beach area with white loungers, umbrellas and a calm ocean
Just look at it. It’s perfect!

Food & Drinks

There are 5 restaurants and 5 bars. The pool and beach both have waiter service. The a la carte restaurants don’t require reservations, but you can make them if you wish.

Unico Hotel Riviera Maya Restaurant

Food is gourmet level and drinks are premium, with the bars having a focus on mixology. Our favorites are Mi Carisa which serves Italian, and Cueva Siete with a rotating menu in charge of celebrity chef Lula Martin del Campo, but every dining option has something unique

All restaurants have vegan and gluten-free options. Any food allergies or dietary restrictions will be respected and accommodated.

Sushi plate with sauce at the asian restaurant of unico hotel riviera maya
The food here is exquisite in taste, and in presentation!

Room service is also available 24 hours a day. Your in-room mini bar can be personalized as can your options for mixed drinks.

elegant lobby bar at a beach resort in the riviera maya
The elegant lobby bar will serve you premium drinks in a relaxed environment.

Activities, Sports, and Entertainment

There are daily activities available oriented to learn more about the surrounding culture centered around food and drinks. You can participate in Tequila and Mezcal tastings, an authentic Mexican cooking class, or a mixology lesson. 

guacamole cooking class at a beach resort in the riviera maya
I am always up for a great guac!

If you want to keep active during your vacation, you can participate in yoga, stand-up paddle, volleyball, and many other activities scheduled. For real adventures, you can book activities outside the resort to learn more about the local wonders on a tour to Isla Mujeres, swim in a cenote, visit the archeological site of Tulum, and much more!

stand up paddel yoga lesson at the pool of unico riviera maya hotel
Stay fit during your vacation at Unico.

Nightly entertainment includes live music and a lounge with a Cuban Band. No big shows or productions at this resort.

Exchange Privileges

No. This hotel does not have an exchange program with any other hotels but honestly, it has everything you may need for a great stay! You won’t miss anything from the outside.

Related: Unico 2087 Hotel is also one of our Top 5 Luxury All-Inclusive Honeymoon Resorts in Cancun.

What Makes Unico Different From Other All-Inclusive Resorts?

The resort credit

When you book at Unico, every stay includes what they call ‘limitless resort credit” that you can use towards certain tours, golf, spa services, and more. You do have to pay a 25% service fee on the value of the services you use, but it is a fabulous perk to have.

hard rock golf course in playacar

No Dress code

Many all-inclusive resorts require men to wear long pants at dinner, collared shirts, or closed shoes and ask that the ladies have clean sandals. At Unico, wear what you want. Shorts are cool, and flip-flops are fine, it is a much more relaxed vibe. That said, you do need a shirt and shoes, and don’t show up in your swimsuit but otherwise, enjoy your dinner in whatever you are comfortable dining in.

elegant and modern restaurant at an all-inclusive beach resort in cancun

Smoker friendly

Many hotels now have designated smoking areas on the property that require you to leave your room or even the common areas. Unico does have outdoor terrace areas for all restaurants where smoking is permitted. This is very rare for any resort in Mexico!

cafe area with artistic ceramic, dessert counter and coffee machines
Rumor has it this place offers THE BEST carrot cake. We kind of agree with that!

Unico Weddings

beach wedding set up at unico hotel

Weddings packages at UNICO are a little different than what you will find at other hotels. They give you events based on the total number of nights booked by you and your guests. So the more you book, the more you get… LITERALLY!

Want to check wedding date availability? Do that here.

Free Wedding Ceremony

Yes, you read correctly. Unico offers a FREE wedding. You can also use this as a vow renewal ceremony.

unico weddings include a white wedding cake, white bridal bouquet and white boutonniere
Included items for free Unico Weddings.

The ceremony applies to symbolic ceremonies (legal has an extra cost) and is not attached to any number of rooms booked or any other strings.

The inclusions are:

  • 32 chocolate avant-garde chairs
  • One rose bouquet and one matching boutonniere OR two bouquets OR two boutonnières*
  • Non-denominational minister to perform symbolic or vow renewal ceremony**
  • Audio system for ceremony
  • 1-tier wedding cake for 32 guests
  • Sparkling wine toast for 32 guests after the ceremony
  • Event Consultant and Onsite Wedding Coordinator
  • Honeymoon Wishes wedding website and registry
  • UNICO 20°87° Honeymoon Experience

** Can be changed to two bouquets or two boutonnieres in the case of same-sex weddings.

Unico Weddings on the beach - free ceremony set up with brown avant garde chairs and arch.
Included chairs and set up for the free ceremony.

Unico Wedding Packages and Events

wedding gazebo with ocean view at an all-inclusive beach resort in mexico
One-of-a-Kind Experience PackageThe 20 ̊87 ̊ Experience Package
32 Guests32 guests
Key Inclusions:Key Inclusions:
* Wedding ceremony with judge or minister
* Personal flowers for the couple
* Basic decor package
* Soloist for the ceremony
*32 branded coconuts
* Sparkling wine and wedding cake
* Unpacking service for the couple
* Hairstyling and makeup for 1
* Private dining experience for the couple
package inclusions plus:

* Getting ready catering for 6 guests
* 1 Moët Chandon bottle
* 2 Branded bathrobes for the couple
* Welcome bag delivery for
15 rooms free of charge
* Upgrade for the wedd couple to a suite*
$8,100 USD
$48 USD – Extra guest (may vary)
$8,900 USD
$48 USD – Extra guest (may vary)

Remember: Depending on the number of room nights that you and the group book, you are entitled to free events which include cocktail hours, reception hours, and more!

Extra Costs to Consider

Although the wedding packages have a lot of inclusions, and you potentially get events for free, there are a few items you would need to budget, think about:

  • Photography and Videography
  • DJ & Dance floor
  • Lighting
  • Decor tweaks
  • Floral Tweaks
  • Outside Vendor Fees
  • Wedding Favors
RELATED: Top 5 destination wedding costs to consider.

Same-Sex Weddings

Yes, of course. The packages will be tweaked to include two bouquets or two boutonnieres and room amenities can also be accommodated.

unico riviera maya same sex wedding

Unico Wedding Promotions

Private Functions with Group Contract

  • 5 – 9 rooms or 15 – 29 room nights = One (1) cocktail reception for one (1) hour.
  • 10 –19 rooms or 30 – 59 room nights = One (1) private function for two (2) hours.
  • 20 – 29 rooms or 60 – 89 room nights = One (1) cocktail reception for one (1) hour and One (1) private function for three (3) hours.
  • 30 – 49 rooms or 90 – 149 room nights = Two (2) private functions for three (3) hours, must be held on different days.
  • 50 – 89 rooms or 150 – 269 room nights = Two (2) private functions for four (4) hours, must be held on different days.
  • 90+ rooms or 270+ room nights = Two (2) private functions for five (5) hours, must be held on different days.

There are some terms and conditions, but if you have questions, please contact us and we can walk you through it!

Venues for Weddings at Unico

Wedding Gazebo

This ocean-view wedding gazebo is available for both free and custom wedding packages.

MAXIMUM CAPACITY: up to 90 seated guests // AVAILABLE FOR: Ceremony

Tips for the Wedding Gazebo Venue

  • The surface is hardwood, so heels are fine!
  • Walkway up to the venue is also a hard surface
  • You can seat 90 guests, but if you have a larger group, they do allow for standing room in the back

Beach Wedding Venue

beach wedding ceremony set up at a beach resort in the riviera maya

The beach area has soft white sands, and the ocean acts as a stunning backdrop with hues of turquoise.

MAXIMUM CAPACITY: up to 150 // AVAILABLE FOR: Ceremony, cocktail hour, and reception

Tips for the Beach

  • The curfew will depend on the season, so summer season cut-off is 9pm, however in the winter months, you can extend through until 10:30pm
  • The beach setup direction will depend on the size of the group
  • If you want an evening event, plan on renting extra lighting

La Costera Terrace

unico weddings terrace area

This wedding terrace is in the main courtyard area.

MAXIMUM CAPACITY: up to 120 guests // AVAILABLE FOR: Cocktail hour and Reception

Tips for the La Costera Venue

  • Consider renting extra lighting for this venue
  • Hard surface, so heels work!
  • Curfew 10:30 pm

Nayade Terrace

An even larger space is available if you have a wedding group of over 120!

MAXIMUM CAPACITY: up to 240 guests // AVAILABLE FOR: Cocktail hour and Reception

Tips for the Nayade Venue

  • Consider renting extra lighting for this venue
  • Hard surface, so heels work!
  • Curfew 10:30pm

El Patio Terrace

Looking to party a little later than 10:30pm? This patio has a 2am curfew!

MAXIMUM CAPACITY: up to 190 guests // AVAILABLE FOR: Cocktail hour and Reception

Tips for El Patio Venue

  • Consider renting extra lighting for this venue
  • Hard surface, so heels work!
  • Curfew 2am!


This is one of the backup locations for Unico Weddings.

MAXIMUM CAPACITY: up to 40 guests // AVAILABLE FOR: Ceremony, Cocktail hour, and Reception, used as a backup location.

Tips for the Foyer Wedding Venue

  • Air-conditioned!
  • Curfew 2 am


The ballroom can be chosen right away but is also one of the backup options for Unico Weddings.

MAXIMUM CAPACITY: up to 300 guests // AVAILABLE FOR: Cocktail hour and Reception

Tips for the Ballroom

  • Air-conditioned!
  • Curfew 2 am


If you are looking to tick boxes for upscale, adults-only, and luxury destination weddings, a wedding at the Unico Resort is right for you.

This hotel in the Riviera Maya offers many incredible perks you’ll find only here! Starting with the beautiful rooms, the Mexican cuisine, the spa treatments, and the beautiful wedding venue options. This resort features everything to make the wedding of your dreams come true! What are you waiting for? Start planning your day today, or you may miss your desired dates!

Have questions, doubts, or want to pick our brains? We are destination wedding experts and are always happy to help.

Not only can we negotiate great group rates and get you perks, but we know our stuff!

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2 responses to “The Complete Guide to Unico Riviera Maya Weddings”

  1. Hello,
    My name is Noor Ahmed, im emailing on behalf of my sister Kinza who is the bride. Im hoping to get in touch to start the process of my sisters ceremony. This is just the ceremony event that we were hoping to have a destination wedding for. I know covid has made things uncertain but hopefully we talk further about a covid plan and one without covid.

    We are requesting more info on the following:
    1. can we get packages that include the guest stay at the hotel
    2. Can we get packages that include the flights aswell? Maybe a whole rounded price of everything
    3. We request halal food, preferably some Pakistani dishes aswell. How will that work?
    4. Can we look at an all inclusive resort so that our guests meals are all taken care of.
    5. We do not require alcohol for our guest since we do not drink.

    Let me know,
    Noor Ahmed

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