Several staff members at Le Blanc Spa Resort Cancun referred to the property as my "home" during my recent stay. While I can only dream of having such pampering at my permanent residence -- chilaquiles via 24/7 room service would be nice, for instance -- it certainly was easy to make myself at home at the adults-only, all-inclusive resort.
I'm sure that's at least partly because last year, I enjoyed a stay at the Le Blanc in Los Cabos, and thus the Cancun property's decor felt immediately familiar, as did the in-room amenities within my Royale Honeymoon oceanfront room: Bulgari toiletries; a CHI hair dryer and flat iron (not much use on my follicly challenged noggin but an impressive feature, I'm told); the minibar stocked daily with beer, water and soft drinks; a liquor dispenser with Johnnie Walker Black, Bacardi, Absolut and Centenario reposado tequila; and in-room hot tub (which Royale Honeymoon rooms position near the balcony for optimal views).
The Cancun property's $30 million renovation, completed late last year, seems to have reinforced the family resemblance: While the 373-room Los Cabos property was built from the ground up to be a Le Blanc, the 260-room Cancun property operated as the Sierra and the Sierra Radisson before Palace Resorts took over and rebranded it as Le Blanc in 2005. Still, Le Blanc Cancun's makeover wasn't simply about playing catch-up to its younger sibling.
"While Le Blanc Spa Resort Los Cabos is the new luxury kid on the block in Los Cabos, our renovations at the Cancun property stemmed more from the fact that it was time for a refresher," Kathy Halpern, vice president of global marketing for Palace Resorts, told Travel Weekly last spring. "For us as a brand, it's important to keep our property up to date with the latest offerings, amenities and unique details travelers are looking for."
Its spa, where I enjoyed a 50-minute massage, certainly proved to be state of the art, with its hydrotherapy area, hot/cold plunge pools, herbal steam room and 19 treatment suites.
The resort's renovation also included a revamp of its dining options, with fine dining venue Lumiere being the sole restaurant the Cancun property has in common with Le Blanc Los Cabos. For breakfast and lunch, all-day venue Blanc operates as a buffet before switching to an a la carte Mexican menu for dinner. I was pleasantly surprised by the menu at dinner restaurant Yama, which, save for a dish or two, sticks quite faithfully to Japanese cuisine, a welcome contrast to most resorts' Asian-fusion offerings.
The spa at Le Blanc Spa Resort Cancun, which features 19 treatment suites.
Wedding party perks
Le Blanc Spa Resort Cancun features more than 8,115 square feet of meetings space, including a 2,254-square-foot terrace with sunset views, ideal for a wedding reception.
Palace Resorts offers a number of perks for wedding bookings. For each 10 rooms booked, guests can receive one complimentary room and one room category upgrade. For every night of a wedding party's stay, guests will receive a $20 credit per room good toward purchases from the Flower Design Studio and Delight Cake Studio. For more information, see https://weddings.palaceresorts.com/en/group-benefits.
Rates at the Le Blanc Cancun start at $486 per person, per night, based on double occupancy.