I was met at the new Cancun International Airport by Manuel, Susanne and Liliana of the EPIC Group. In the transfer on the way to UNICO 20º 87º Hotel we had Tequila, Nacho chips, refried beans and guacamole, a great way to welcome to Mexico. The EPIC Group team were with me for the whole four days, this is our 21st year representing the EPIC Group. MM and Company stated in 1996 and the EPIC Group together with C Florida Hospitality and Dekon DMC Turkey joined MM and Company in 1997 and have been with MM and Company since.
It’s been five years since I landed in Cancun airport, five years is a long time in a destination, so much has changed it’s hard to know where to start.
I stayed in Riviera May which is about an hour and fifteen minutes from the brand new Cancun airport. If you come out of the airport and turn left, you go to downtown Cancun city centre. If you come out of the new airport and turn right, you go towards Playa del Carmen, Tullum and the Riviera Maya.
I had the extreme pleasure of staying at the all inclusive UNICO 20º 87º Hotel Riviera Maya, it’s been open a year and it’s everything and more you want a five star hotel should be. I have never stayed in an all inclusive before and it was an interesting experience, one that I would definitely repeat. Even the well stocked mini bar as included, I didn’t use the mini bar at all, didn’t have to the hotel bar was far more exciting.
On this trip I didn’t go to downtown Cancun, I did go to Playa del Carmen and Tullum. Both destinations have grown and developed into destinations in their own right.
Playa del Carmen even has a Coco Bongo cabaret show and club, it’s exactly the same as the one in downtown Cancun except it was a twenty minute drive from the hotel and not two hours twenty minutes away from the hotel. Apart from doing all the good things on the water and beach, I got to experience an underground cave system called Rio Secreto. An amazing experience and this secret cave also has fabulous event space. The other exciting thing I did was to climb an ancient Mayan temple in the ruin city of Coba. Climbing up the temple was strenuous but doable, coming down was much harder work but clearly succeeded in both. At the entrance to Coba city you get to pick up a push bike and I cycled not a long way but far enough to get to the ancient ruins.
Whilst I enjoyed Playa del Carmen, Tullum and the Riviera Maya, my preference is for the original part which is downtown Cancun.
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