When we debuted the #TravelFly Solo Weekend for 2016, we thought we could introduce a new concept of “social” solo travel and we would be joined by a few readers for a quiet, low-key weekend in the U.S. Virgin Islands. Boy where we wrong! Over 40 travel mavens joined us this past June along with our amazing hosts Renae Bluitt, Kela Walker and Africa Miranda for an unforgettable five day experience, which ended in everyone asking “so what’s up with 2017?”
The answer is here. We are going south. Way down south. As in south of the border. Get ready to experience the tropics in grand style when the #TravelFly Solo Weekend 2017 descends on the luxe beach haven Xetna, Mexico—nestled among Riviera Maya’s coast and jungle on the Yucatan Peninsula. And it all goes down for five days and four nights, June 8th to 12th, 2017!
What Is The #TravelFly Solo Weekend?
The #TravelFly Solo Weekend is a female-focused, self-care inspired travel experience that is dedicated to whatever you wish your getaway to be—designed to be taken solo or with a friend as there is NO group itinerary or “group think behavior,” your itinerary is 100% created by YOU! For solo-travel newbies, the #TravelFly Solo Weekend blends the thrill of a luxe solo adventure with the comfort of familiar faces in the area and the opportunity to meet new, like-minded friends for dinners, nightlife and more. For our more experienced solo travel mavens, and besties this is the weekend to indulge, relax and cross whatever that “thing” in the back of you mind is off your bucket list, from cooking classes to hiking and enjoy a little socialization if you choose, all at your own pace and on your own time. Essentially, it’s the “non-group trip” for the woman who hates the typical “group trip.”
We chose our tropical destination for it’s blend of natural beauty, ancient culture and modern luxe. Whether you want to relax on the beach or embark on a guided hike through the Yucatan jungle to Mayan ruins or indulge in some retail therapy at one of the many local artisan markets—this weekend is yours to create. Why wait for the crew? This is your experience to have!
Parlour was created by and for Black women who are living their best lives through travel, so for the #TravelFly Solo Weekend 2017, we chose only the best hotel and travel partners to create a weekend full of intimate, meaningful connections, curated experiences, and plenty of luxe—beginning with our host. With that, we’re so happy to have lifestyle and beauty maven Ty Alexander aka Gorgeous In Grey as our official trip ambassador! A longtime favorite of Parlour, Ty will be experiencing the magic of Mexico right alongside you as well as hosting a few other special events that are detailed below.
The 2017 EXPERIENCE
Dates: June 8 – 12th, 2017
Where: Quintana Roo State, Riviera Maya, Mexico*
Our Hotel: The UNICO Riviera Maya
This is the all-inclusive experience you’ve always wanted, but never experienced—until now.
UNICO Riviera Maya is all about the authentic luxe experience, and that’s the reason why we chose it as our destination hotel. Situated 15 minutes from Playa del Carmen and 30 minutes from Tulum, UNICO features culturally inspired activities such as cooking classes taught by renowned local chefs and lectures held by experts in the area encourage immersion in the local culture. The wellness center features a state-of-the-art fitness facility with specialty classes, a visiting instructor program and personal training sessions, in addition to a spa with 18 luxe cabanas, hydrotherapy facilities with a plunge pool and Hammam, as well as steam and sauna room. All guest rooms have ocean-views with plunge pool and double hydro spa tub options, a crafted mini-bar with all the essentials to make your own cocktail. The property also features three expansive pools each offering a unique experience, five globally-infused gourmet restaurants and six bars and lounges, including a cigar lounge and two swim-up bars.
Off property, UNICO is about fully immersing guests through exclusively developed private excursions, such as exploring the region’s lesser known alcoves with local hosts to intimate guided outings through local artists’ studios. Everything, from the aroma of your room to the fresh, farm to-table-dining and cocktail in your glass is crafted to your liking. The future of luxury all-inclusive is here, and we will be among the first to experience it shortly after UNICO Riviera Maya opens it’s doors to the public.
Your adults-only, all-inclusive UNICO experience includes:
- An in-room minibar stocked based on your preference
- Custom scented personal care amenities
- An outdoor double hydro spa tub
- Your choice of five restaurants, including Cueva Siete by Celebrity Top Chef Christian Bravo, to dine in daily for all meals
- Complimentary high-speed Wi-Fi
- Terrace with a lounge area
- Free calls to the Continental US & Canada
- 24 hr room service
- Six bars with a devoted mixology program including a lounge with live entertainment
- Three pools with cabanas
- Poolside and beachside service including snacks and beverages
- All land & water sports
- High-end artisanal boutiques for on-site shopping
- Fitness Center with visiting instructor program
- Daily and nightly events
In addition the above, your TravelFly Solo Weekend experience at UNICO Riviera Maya includes a Local Host, your personal butler that can facilitate your every need while on the property, including:
- Your personal insider’s guide into the local scene. From restaurant reservations to hard-to-get into bars & lounges, your local host provides VIP access to the surrounding areas
- Check in & check out
- Assistance with reservations
- Beach chair reservations
- Tour, golf, spa & restaurant reservations
- Special dinners
- Luggage packing and unpacking
- Shoe cleaning, ironing and steaming services
- Laundry service
- Cleaning requests
- Spa tub preparation
- Late check out requests
- Bag pull
- And yes, there’s more. Your stay also includes access to: Unlimited golf / Spa treatments / Beauty treatments / Barbershop treatments / Select tours and adventures**
We’ve designed the #TravelFly Solo weekend to include a few exclusive goodies just for confirmed Parlour travelers:
- A special, discounted rate at UNICO Riviera Maya with airport transfers included*
- A welcome cocktail party, hosted by Ty Alexander on Friday, June 9th
- A curated Parlour guide to the Riviera Maya area for you to design your weekend
- An exclusive #TravelFly Travel Beauty Bag full of premium products & more
- An intimate “fireside chat” with Ty Alexander as she reads from and discusses her debut book Things I Wish I Knew, travel and it’s role in self-care
- A bohemian-chic, three-course farewell dinner in the jungle at Gitano on Sunday, June 11th***
- + Much more! We’re updating monthly!
The Guide aka What Are We Doing When We Get There?
After booking all #TravelFly Solo Weekend guests will receive an exclusive digital guide, curated just for our weekend. From special events, to daily activities to special discounts just for our travel mavens, the #TravelFly Solo Weekend guide will be your key to planning and self-navigating Riviera Maya, self-care ideas and recommendations, cool classes and immersions, taxis and transportation, charitable activities, cultural events, nightlife, restaurants and more. This is all in addition to the activities and excursions that are included in your UNICO rate, to be arranged by your personal host butler.
With our written guide you can wake up at UNICO for a private yoga session, spend the morning exploring the Mayan ruins of Tulum, the afternoon zip lining through the jungle and then finish with a beachside dinner back at UNICO—it’s whatever your heart desires. This is your weekend to design, with no group itineraries to hold you back or mandate your schedule! The guide will be delivered via email to all confirmed guests no later than March 1, 2017. An updated version of the guide will then be sent up to two weeks before the trip pending new discounts, cultural events and more.
In all, this is that modern, lush, exotic, regenerating and very luxe long weekend getaway that you’ve always wanted, and now it’s here!
The Business + How To Book
One (1) All-Inclusive Alcoba Ocean View Room for 5 days/4 nights is $1710 pp for a Single Room and $1017 pp for a Double Room. This rate includes airport transfers, all UNICO food and drinks + hotel arranged tours and activities.
The full cost of the trip will vary depending on your occupancy preference and departure flight location. There is no “standard rate” that is inclusive of flights.
To help you budget, here are some example costs based on the following:
– Dates: 6/8- 6/12, 2017 || 5 Days, 4 nights
– One RT Economy Flight
– One Alcoba Ocean View Room
– Roundtrip Airport Transfers, which are included in the room rate!
(remember, these are example costs based on flights we found at press time)
From Washington, DC: $1387 double room, per person // $2080 single room
From New York City: $1264 double room, per person // $1957 single room
From Atlanta: $1392 double room, per person // $2085 single room
From Chicago: $1373 double room, per person // $2066 single room
From Los Angeles: $1395 double room, per person // $2088 single room
The above example costs are NOT guaranteed and can change at any time due to available flights, fluctuating prices, personal travel preferences, and more. Price will also change if an upgraded room or suite is selected. Does not include travel insurance, or any activities outside of the welcome reception and tours/activities included with your all-inclusive rate.
You will need to submit a $100 deposit in order to secure your hotel reservation, if you choose to book your flight and hotel with our travel team, a custom deposit amount will be sent to you.
All balances are to be paid no later than March 31, 2017. If you need more time, a $50 service charge will be applied to any payments made after that date.
To book and submit your deposit, you need to follow TWO easy steps.
1) Register with the form below:
2) After submitting the above form, an email with a customized link will be sent to you directly to confirm your hotel booking, select your flights and more based on your preferences. A representative from the Travel By Design and/or Parlour team will also reach out to you to respond to any requests or questions you may have made in the registration form. Links and answer to questions are generally sent within 2 business days!
Do I have to come alone?
Absolutely not! We’ve designed this experience for the woman who wants to come alone, but you don’t have to. No matter what, the point of the trip is for self-discovery, navigation and adventure! Remember, if you’d like to book and share a room with a friend, fill out the pre-booking form and submit it at the same time so we can create your booking together!
What if I book alone, but want to split my hotel room with someone else?
You can do that, based on the availability of booked rooms by other solo ladies who are also open to that option. Please select that option on the pre-booking form and the Travel By Design team will take note of that and work with you directly!
Can I book my hotel on my own?
In order to be considered a confirmed traveler and receive our discounts and offers from UNICO and participate in our events, you must book through the link above.
Can I book my flight on my own?
Absolutely! Travel By Design will take care of your hotel reservation and make a note of your arrival and departure time for your airport transfer.
Can I upgrade my room?
Yes! There are swim-up rooms and suites to choose from! Please specify the upgrade you are interested in and the Travel By Design team will give you updated pricing.
What if I need to arrive later, leave earlier, etc?
We have arranged it so you can tailor this weekend to your liking, including when you arrive and when you leave. Our hotel discount may change for shorter or longer stays, specify that when Travel By Design contacts you for a consult or via your booking link.
What will we be doing when we get there?
We are creating an exclusive guide for all of our #TravelFly Solo guests that will allow you to self-create your daily itinerary. Outside of our cocktail hour and goodbye dinner***, the experience is completely based on what you desire! Trip updates, the #TravelFly Solo Digital Guide and discounts will be sent to confirmed travelers directly via email from Parlour.
Health Alert: If you are pregnant or planning on getting pregnant during the time of the trip, it is important to note that Mexico is still a Level 2 region for the Zika Virus. Parlour cannot and will not assume responsibility for any infection should you decide to join us. For other vaccinations and precautions, please see the CDC information on Mexico and travel.
*Note, that you will need a passport to enter Mexico. Mexico’s visa policy allows visa-free entry for citizens of the following countries: Andorra, Argentina, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Canada, Chile, Costa Rica, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hong Kong, Hungary, Ireland, Iceland, Israel, Italy, Japan, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxemburg, Malta, Monaco, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Poland, Portugal, San Marino, Singapore, Slovakia, Slovenia, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, United Kingdom, Uruguay, USA, and Venezuela. Citizens from other countries require a visa, which can be obtained through the Mexican Embassy in/nearest their country of origin or residence.
**Available to all guests paying only a 20% service fee.
*** For interested travelers only, cost is extra. An invitation with details to be released to confirmed travelers.
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