I’m back from a week of bliss in Mexico, spent sitting by the pool, eating unlimited tacos and sipping spicy Paloma cocktails. My husband and I celebrate our 10-year wedding anniversary this month and were lucky enough to get away for a few days to celebrate (thanks to my Mom for babysitting!). We’re not typically big resort vacationers, but since we were making this a kids-free trip, we decided our focus was going to be on relaxing. Our wishlist for this trip was an all-inclusive and adults-only resort with an easy, direct-flight from Boston (we flew into Cancun) and great food. Unico 2087 in Riviera Maya checked off everything on our list! After an hour-ish long ride from the airport, we checked in and were so excited to explore the property, pools and room. The resort got two-thumbs-up from me on aesthetics – many of the common spaces and restaurants had a Serena and Lily-goes-to-Mexico vibe. We stayed in one of the swim-up pool rooms, with a small deck space that had hammocks, a large outdoor couch, and lounge chairs directly in a swimming pool that was accessible only from those guest rooms. Having this private pool area was so nice at the end of each day since it was a bit more shady than the main pool areas, a good spot to wind down and cool down before dinner each night. The Unico 2087 property had several pools, we tested out all the ones we had access too, and spent most of our time at the main pool because …. swim up bar. I can’t imagine being anywhere else! There were some resort activities outside around the pool (like an artisan that hand-painted sun hats each guest received at check-in) but it didn’t have that cheesy-resort-vibe that makes you feel like you’re at summer camp (I was relieved that it was fairly chill, laid-back vibe!). The service was also awesome and we never waited more than a few minutes for a drink or poolside snacks, even with the resort being pretty full during our stay. We planned one excursion through the hotel, a trip to see Mayan ruins near Tulum. When we checked in though, the tour was cancelled due to maintenance at the ruins site. The concierge helped us find some other activities and we rerouted our day with a catamaran trip to Isla Mujeres. My husband got to do some snorkeling, we swam off the boat, and explored the tiny Isla Mujeres island’s shops and beaches and bars. The food and drinks were great at Unico – all-inclusive resorts can sometimes skimp on quality in favor of quantity, and that wasn’t the case at all at this hotel. We tried all four restaurants on the property – each a slightly different concept – and enjoyed lots of craft cocktails at the various bars. Our favorite meal was at Mura House, which had a sushi menu and Japanese inspired dishes (hoisin braised pork ribs were omg yum). The dinner at Cueva Siete was another favorite, with lots of Mexican inspired dishes from the Yucatan region (still thinking about the birria taco dish we ate there!). We also went to 20.87 Restaurant for breakfast each day, and the breakfast buffet was so delicious and full of a variety of locally inspired dishes! We were eagerly filling our plates up with empanadas and huevos rancheros and chilaquiles for breakfast. Don’t miss the poolside fish tacos either, I ordered those on repeat!
It was a perfect, relaxing getaway to celebrate our anniversary, and we’re already plotting a way to go back to Unico 2087 with friends!