Listen up, Linda (Does everyone remember this adorable boy from Ellen??)
I’ve got something awesome to tell you.
If you follow us on Facebook or perhaps know me in real life, you’ve probably heard me babble on about UNICO, the newest resort offering in Mexico.
Is your head nodding yes?
I’ve basically been a broken record about UNICO since it was announced two years ago. Last summer, I was even lucky enough to visit Cancun as the construction was finalized.
Let me tell you right now: UNICO (or UNICO 20͒° 87° as she’s formally known) Is the next big thing. Without any hype or pretense, this is going to be a game changer in the All Inclusive resort industry.
Similar to what Sandals did with luxury, UNICO is reinventing the entire concept of what it means to be “all inclusive”. This adults only property is going to be the top of every travel magazine’s list in 2017 and 2018. In fact, it’s already starting to appear in some “best new destinations” lists.
Remember how Netflix changed the video rental industry?
How UBER changed the transportation industry?
UNICO is in a similar vein, and I’m not even kidding.
Here’s a bit more about what makes UNICO so special.
*Obligatory asterix to tell you that some spa and excursion options do have a 20% service fee.
However, once you see what the options are, I think you’ll agree that a 20% gratuity is a great value.
Another thing I love about UNICO: As a property, they stress local, artisan, handmade and authentic.
Food is locally grown, drinks are prepared with local brands, even the decor is hand crafted by local people (and you can shop it!)
This is a property that I am simply dying to book for you. Ever since it opened in March, they have been offering amazing grand opening rates that will end at the end of 2017.
The rates for 2017 are frankly absurd.
For example, right now you can save $1,000 PER PERSON on a stay for two.
You know you’re always asking me “Where can I get a great deal?”
THIS is that deal. And it won’t last forever.
Our sales team at UNICO has already warned us that rates are likely to DOUBLE in 2018.
Want in on this amazing piece of luxury?
NOW is the time.
Message me and let’s get started… we also have some exclusive bonuses that you can only get from Alpaca Your Bags Travel! !
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As a travel agent, one of the most common questions I get is “Where are YOU going this year?”
What is that saying about the shoe makers children? Sometimes I am so caught up in planning all of YOUR travel that I forget to make time for my own vacations!
My husband will snort-laugh at that statement because the word “vacation” is a little foreign to me… it’s hard to ever really shut down and relax when you have clients on the go. It’s also hard to be married to a travel agent… no matter where we are, I am peppering concierges with questions, ducking into open hotel rooms for impromptu “inspections,” and constantly saying things like “this resort would be good for families with teenagers.” LOL.
Nonetheless, everyone needs time to relax and recharge. I have a few trips planned this year; a little bit of work and a little bit of leisure mixed in. Here’s a rundown of my own personal travel for 2017 (at least what is planned for today!)
Western Caribbean (Cozumel, Belize, Honduras)
Next month, Alpaca Your Bags Travel is hosting a Whiteman Air Force Base group cruise onboard the Carnival Freedom. I’ve actually never personally cruised Carnival before so I am excited to check it out! We have several fun excursions planned including a waverunner tour of Cozumel, cave tubing in Belize and hanging with the sloths & monkeys at Daniel Johnson’s Sloth & Monkey Hangout in Roatan, Honduras. I CANNOT WAIT TO HOLD A BABY SLOTH!
Puerto Vallarta, Mexico
This trip is a prize! Last year, I attended a travel agent conference in Playa del Carmen. While we were there, we participated in the first annual travel agents Amazing Race. Imagine 50 travel agents racing down Avenida 5 (Fifth Avenue) in Playa del Carmen, doing crazy things like eating brain tacos and selling coconuts on the beach. Guess who won? THIS GIRL! My team of four won a 3 night stay at any Hard Rock Resort & Hotel property. We are planning to use ours at the intimate, friendly Hard Rock Hotel Vallarta. I love Puerto Vallarta because the scenery is so unique. The combination of beach and mountains reminds me of my time in Rio de Janeiro.
Punta Cana, Dominican Republic
It’s no secret that I love the DR; my husband and I actually got married there on beautiful Bavaro Beach. This year, I’ll be attending the Romance Travel Forum, an elite travel agent event for travel agencies who specialize in honeymoons, destination weddings and the like. While at RTF, I’ll be visiting several properties to report back for you: the Paradisus Palma Real, Secrets Cap Cana, Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Punta Cana, Sanctuary Cap Cana and more.
As of today, this is my only true “vacation” of 2017. Did you know that Bermuda is only 600 miles due west of North Carolina? It’s a great place to visit and (as of today) one of the only tropical Zika-free destinations close to the US. We can’t wait to check out the pink sand beaches. Horseshoe Bay, historic St. George and (hopefully) get our preliminary PADI scuba certification. More to come on this trip!
While not as glamorous as the destinations above, I had to throw this one in. I love Chicago, having lived in nearby Milwaukee for almost 7 years. In August, Christopher, Jen and I will be meeting in Chicago for the first annual Alpaca Your Bags Travel annual meeting.
Did this list inspire any travel plans for 2017? Where do you hope to visit this year?
Let us know in the comments!
Hi, I'm Ashley
Ashley (@ashleysmorris) is a freelance writer, virtual assistant and owner of Alpaca Your Bags Travel.
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