Great in-room technology, including Apple TVs with Netflix
The expansive and luxurious Le Blanc Spa, with a free hydrotherapy area
Impressive buffet, plus Asian, Italian, Mexican, and French a la cartes
Butler service for packing and restaurant reservations
Decadent extras such as in-room aromatherapy, special bath preparations, and pillow menu
Pool attendants to provide iced bottled water and cool towels
Music performances in the lobby bar in the evenings, plus lounge bar with DJ
Evening shows (not every night), such as Michael Jackson show and popular fire show
Free Wi-Fi throughout and 24-hour room service
At certain times of year, guests can help release baby sea turtles into the sea
Some rooms have resort or lagoon, rather than ocean, views
Most rooms have Juliet-style balconies with no room to sit
Limited vegetation and gardens
Spa treatments are steep (but resort credit can be applied)
Extra fee applies to use the resort credits
Some people reserve prime loungers early
Waves can be rough and seaweed can wash up (but tractors sweep beach every morning)
Dress code in some of the restaurants (pro for some)
Occasional time-share sales pitches or vendors at the beach
The luxurious, 260-room Le Blanc Spa is the best (and priciest) adult-only all-inclusive in town. It stands out for its gorgeous white-sand beach in the heart of the Hotel Zone, decadent spa (guests get free access to the hydrotherapy area), stunning pools (two with swim-up bars), and especially its pampering service, from the butlers who will unpack your clothes to the pool attendants who will provide cool towels for your eyes. It has a hip, gorgeous aesthetic throughout the entire pristine white property, and the modern, bright rooms have two-person whirlpool tubs; most have either ocean or lagoon views. The chic restaurants have great food and don't require reservations (aside from the stunningly designed Lumiere). The fitness offering also impresses, and there are multiple daily classes, including aqua spinning and Pilates. Those seeking a luxury adult-only experience for less money might want to consider Hyatt Zilara, where every room has at least a partial view of the ocean.
The best adult-only luxury all-inclusive in Cancun, with service (and prices) to match
Le Blanc Spa pampers its guests from the moment they arrive, and it is this level of attention that separates it from its competitors. This is the type of place where you can expect to be greeted with cold towels and coconut milk and have a butler unpack your clothes. At the pool, an attendant will provide bottled water in an ice bucket, and provide cucumbers and chilled towels for your eyes. There are also free afternoon treats around the pool such as popsicles or ceviche. The resort even has its own app, which guests can use to make spa or golf reservations, ask their butler to prepare a specific bath (such as one with cucumber and mint), select their in-room aromatherapy choice, or order their favorite pillows.
The gorgeous design lives up to the level of service. The building and most of the interiors are a chic, minimalistic, white, and there are curved lines accenting the ceiling and the marble tile floor; the freeform pools continue these lines. There’s not a lot of vegetation, so don’t expect lush gardens. Palm trees do dot the grounds, and sculptural metal palm trees adorn the reflecting pool out front. Paths meander around between the various edges of the pools and the eateries with exterior access, eventually leading down to the flat, wide, sandy beach of the Hotel Zone of Cancun, stretching out for kilometers north and south of the resort.
The resort's vibe is relaxing and quiet. It's the type of place where couples listen to low-key music in the lobby bar in the evenings (such as violin or piano performances) -- not the type of place for hard boozing at the swim-up bar (though there are two). However, nightlife-oriented couples can head to the third-floor lounge for bands and disco in the evenings, or walk 15 minutes north to the clubs, such as Coco Bongo.
All of this luxury, naturally, comes with a price. Though the all-inclusive offering is generous (even access to the spa's hydrotherapy pools, sauna, and steam room is included), there are some extra fees to be expected here. Those who want to up the romantic factor even more by reserving a beach cabana (these can go quickly), a private dinner on the beach, or a couples massage can expect to pay a lot for the privilege. Spa treatments, golfing, and excursions are all extremely expensive -- though many packages include resort credits that help guests offset the costs. (Some may feel that the prices are inflated because of these resort credits.) Just note that (as of 2016) there is a 16 percent tax to use the resort credits, so they're not completely free.
Still, for many, this is a once-in-a-lifetime experience and will be well worth it. Those who can't quite justify the cost, though, can find plenty of luxurious adult-only alternatives, such as the Hyatt Zilara and Live Aqua Cancun (though neither can compete with the level of service, and staff to guest ratio, here). Those with children may want to consider Nizuc Resort and Spa (which still has adult-only areas) or the Hyatt Ziva.
Le Blanc Spa Resort is in the heart of the Hotel Zone, about a 15-minute walk (or five-minute taxi ride) south of the convention center and nightclubs, such as Coco Bongo's. It's a 15-minute walk north of the Flamingo Mall, which has money exchange, car rentals, an Outback Steakhouse, and a number of shops. To the south of that (a half-hour walk from the resort, or five-minute taxi ride) is La Isla Shopping Village, with souvenirs, a McDonald's, Starbucks, and an aquarium where you can swim with dolphins. For local restaurants, guests will have to head to downtown Cancun, which is about 25 minutes away by bus or taxi; buses can be found on the main avenue in front of the resort. The airport is 30 to 45 minutes away by car.
Though guests may choose to stay on-site for their entire vacation, the hotel also can help arrange a number of excursions, such as to Chichen Itza.
Modern, stylish rooms with two-person whirlpool tubs, pillow menus, and personalized aromatherapy -- but no real balconies
Rooms are contemporary and streamlined, with cream marble flooring, white walls and bedding, and chic silver fabric accents. There are dramatic floor-to-ceiling wooden headboards to warm up the feel a bit. Fresh fruit and flowers are nice touches, as is the bottle of red wine upon arrival. There are also fully stocked minibars, liquor dispensers (with premium brands such as Bacardi, Absolut, and Johnnie Walker Black Label whisky), and LavAzza coffeemakers; turndown service includes homemade petit fours. On the technology front, there are iPod docking stations, TVs with DVD players and Apple TVs (featuring iTunes and Netflix), digital safes with space for a laptop, and free Wi-Fi in all of the rooms. The aromatherapy and pillow menus are luxurious extras.
Bathrooms are a highlight, with marble countertops and flooring, Bulgari toiletries, TVs built into the mirrors, bathrobes and slippers, garment steamers, and Chi hairdryers and flat irons. The marble showers feature double showerheads and glass doors, and the two-person whirlpool tubs are either in the bathroom or out in the main room against the balcony. The bath can be prepared with customized bath salts and rose petals by the butler.
The 429-square-foot Royal Deluxe is the entry-level category, and has a king-size or two double beds (the latter of which can fit four adults). Every other room type has a king-size bed and can fit two adults. In the Royal Deluxe category, resort, lagoon, and partial ocean views are available, while Royal Junior Suites are ocean-view, and Royal Honeymoon Suites are oceanfront. Around two-thirds of the room offer at least a partial ocean view. One of the only downsides of the rooms is that the Juliet-style balconies are little more than railings, with hardly room to stand, let alone sit.
Beautiful white-sand beach, three pools, a great gym, and a luxury spa
The beach is a wide-open stretch of white sand with meticulously aligned loungers and beach beds. (The beds must be reserved for a fee.) Waves here can be a little rough (typical for the area), and seaweed sometimes washes up, but the resort rakes the beach every morning with tractors. Though the beach is huge and half-empty, it is federal land and so isn't technically private. Guests will see locals wandering by from time to time as well as vendors occasionally coming up to try and sell things.
There are three pools at Le Blanc: the main beachfront infinity pool (complete with swim-up bar and nearby hot tub), a smaller infinity pool above on the third floor (it's quiet, with spectacular views), and the lagoon-side pool, which has a swim-up bar and is where the activities take place (such as aqua spinning, water aerobics, and water polo). The spa is near this pool, as is a small gazebo where yoga classes take place. Cushioned loungers and daybeds surround the pools, and there's poolside food and drink service from attentive servers. Attendants will help set guests up with towels, chairs, umbrellas, and bottled water in ice buckets when they first arrive.
There’s a fully equipped modern gym, along with outdoor equipment by the pool in front of the spa, and there are tons of daily fitness classes. Le Blanc Spa is a massive luxury spa with 19 treatment rooms, including three suites with hydro tubs, the signature Le Blanc D’Or Suite, a Vichy Suite, and 10 multifunctional suites. There are also hydrotherapy facilities and a relaxation lounge, and facilities (not treatments) are included.
Excellent all-inclusive cuisine and 24-hour room service
Le Blanc Spa Resort has excellent cuisine, especially for an all-inclusive resort. In addition, 24-hour room service is available for no additional fee. Blanc International is the main restaurant, offering buffet food for breakfast and lunch; at night it transforms into an a la carte with steakhouse and Mexican options. BlancTerrace on the third floor offers international a la carte options for breakfast, brick-oven pizzas for lunch, and light fare for dinner. There are also Italian and Asian options for a la carte dinners. Lumiere is the most formal fine-dining option on the property, with a focus on French fusion a la carte fare, and the option of seven-course tasting menus with wine pairing. Lumiere is the only restaurant that requires advance reservations, which your butler can help you arrange.
There are also a handful of bars, including a lobby bar (where live evening music is performed), two swim-up bars, the third-floor BlancStage (with bands or DJs at night), a beach bar, and a snack bar.
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