“We travel not to escape life, but for life not to escape us.” ~Unknown
After Allen and I dropped the boys off at camp and Hollins went to Allen’s parents’ house, we headed to Mexico. And more specifically to Unico in the Rivera Maya for some time for just the two of and to check out the resort for work. I have sent clients there but I had not had the opportunity to visit myself. It was amazing and let’s just say that I’m already planning our next trip there! Some people hear “all-inclusive” and roll their eyes because they know what all-inclusive was like 5, 10 or 15 years ago. It sure has changed. It’s not just buffet food and watered-down pina coladas anymore. It’s exceptional food, craft cocktails and one-of-a-kind service.
It all starts when you arrive with the refreshing cucumber drink and your selection of in-room scents for your stay.
Here’s a little bit about Unico Riviera Maya:
~5 star adult-only, all-inclusive resort
~In-room minibar stocked according to your preferences
~Custom scent amenities
~4 unique restaurants + Pizza/ Taco Stand + Coffee Bar/Cafe + Room Service + Poolside Food Service
~Craft cocktails at multiple bars + restaurants
~Fitness Centers with an array of classes from yoga to spinning and more
~Included Spa treatments (only have to pay 20% service fee!)
~Your own local host to help with reservations, appointments and activities
~Various land + water sports
Plus SO MUCH MORE!
We had an amazing time eating, drinking and relaxing. Here are some pictures and pro tips for you if you are interested in heading to Unico for an adults-only getaway. It’s great for honeymoons, anniversaries, birthdays, girls’ weekends, bachelor/ bachelorette parties or any reason you have to celebrate you!
Get ready for dinner early and have a craft cocktail or two in the bar before. You could also play pool or checkers. I loved the Sinner which was Chile-infused Vodka, Strawberries, Agave, Basil, Mint and Lemon. It was spicy, sweet and delicious.
Get up early and head to the pool. Sit in some of the lounge chairs that are on their own little “island” in the pool. They have umbrellas and stairs directly into the pool.
Get a least one, if not multiple spa appointments for while you are there. They are included and you only have to pay the 20% service fee. Get there early, wear your bathing suit and have them walk you through the hydrotherapy. It was a really cool experience.
1st- They have you lay down on a towel down in the sauna and put a cold washcloth on your forehead and chilled cucumbers on your eyes.
2nd- Then you head to the hydroshower. There is cold and hot water shooting out in different areas but it feels really good.
3rd- Third, you go relax in the aromatherapy steam room for about 5 minutes.
4th- Next, to close your pores, you go to the ice room and pour the crushed ice all over your body.
5th- Last you get to sit in the whirlpool/ hot tub.
When you are done put on your robe on and they will spin-dry your bathing during your treatment and have it waiting of you when you are done.
I had one of the best massages that I have EVER had. I can’t stand a rough, super hard massage. I got the relaxing and it felt amazing- not too light not too hard. I wished I had gotten one at the beginning and the end of the trip.
When you go to the Mura House, Japanese restaurant, sit at the sushi bar and ask Carlos to make you something yummy. He’ll ask what you like and what your favorite kinds of fish are and he’ll create something yummy for you. While you are there sip on a Samurai. I was not a sake fan until I had it in this cocktail.
Order room service and enjoy the wine they put in your room.
Go snorkeling either to some of the reefs or caves or both. You can see colorful fish, sea turtles and stingrays. The caves are beautiful and different from the snorkeling I’ve done before. When you are at the resort go to the “Vacation Makers” and they can arrange it all for you.
Check out Inez Cafe. It’s a great little coffee shop with lattes, smoothies, pastries and sandwiches. Grab some coffee and a delicious almond croissant at some point while you are there. And absolutely go there before you head to the airport to leave. They’ll make you a sandwich or panini and put it in a to-go container. You eat it on the way to the airport or on your flight home and it’s WAY better than airport food!
Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org for free (I promise you pay the same if you try to book it yourself!) vacation planning here or anywhere else your heart desires!
Stay tuned for my “What I wore in Mexico” post coming soon…