Km. 18.4 Carretera Transpeninsular SJC-CSL, Baja Sur, Mexico
Opened in 2018, this sister property to a long-established Le Blanc on the other coast is a well-run, impressively designed adults-only resort that lives up to its luxury all-inclusive billing.
As the luxury resort scene in Los Cabos keeps getting more and more competitive, new resorts are needing to pick a side: families or couples, intimate or large, a la carte or all-inclusive? Le Blanc, part of the Mexican Palace Resorts chain, went with the latter, where there's actually less competition. This is a large and splashy resort that's unapologetically adults-only and once you pay the nightly rate, you're done paying for everything except for spa treatments or tours.
While some luxury travelers have traditionally scoffed at the all-inclusive concept, many have come around after staying at a Mexican property like Grand Velas, Secrets, or the other Le Blanc in Cancun. After experiencing the spectacular rooms and menu restaurants on par with any a la carte resort, the appeal of not having to sign for every drink and snack catches on fast.
You will get outfitted with a plastic wristband upon check-in at Le Blanc Spa Resort, but they ease the annoyance of this in two ways. First, they put a neck warmer on your, hand you a cool towel for your face, and bring a welcome drink as you're checking in. Then they tell you this wrist band is also your room key (just touch your wrist to the room lock). Last, a butler who stays in an office by the elevator on each floor escorts you to your room.
The hotel structure itself is a wide U shape around the four-pool complex, with nearly every room having a view of the sea. Naturally, the higher up you are, the better the view, but the first few floors are occupied by public areas in the mail building, so everyone there is elevated a few floors at least. The two sections beside the pool are low-rises though, so pick one of those if mobility is challenged or you just want to be able to walk right out to the pool and beach.
The four pools at Le Blanc Los Cabos are all attractive on their own and combine for a cohesive design that leads from the main building to the beach. Despite being a new build, when we visited there were massive palm trees drawing your eye toward the blue sea. Two of the pools have a swim-up bar, including the wide infinity pool at the end. From this one you can set your drink on the ledge and watch the powerful Los Cabos waves crash on the shore. Since the sea is too rough for swimming here—the case along most of the corridor between the two cities—the pool area is where you will probably spend most of your relaxation time. There are also two hot tubs in the complex that are big enough for a few couples. If you want to work off some of the calories, the fitness center is large and well-equipped. Pilates and yoga classes are scheduled regularly.
One advantage of a resort this large is that even over a week, you probably won't get tired of the food options. The main buffet restaurant is busiest at breakfast, while the options increase for lunch and then again for dinner. Each restaurant does what it does surprisingly well here, with some of the best pizza in the region at the pizza spot, the best Lebanese food I've had outside the Middle East at Mezze, and an Asian Fusion spot serves good enough sushi to make the visitors from Los Angeles and New York smile.
There are two dining options that are especially romantic for the honeymoon vacationers coming to Los Cabos and those celebrating an anniversary with a beach vacation. Blanc Ocean is right next to the beach, with a 180-degree view of the coastline and the sound of crashing waves accompanying impressive surf or turf meals with a side of high-end Mexican cuisine. A formal French restaurant in the main building has a dress code requires reservations. I was visiting on my own and didn't try this one, but a few foodie guests I spoke to who had dined there raved about it. Sol and Eclipse are daytime restaurants servings lunch and snacks, with bars open until 8 pm.
You won't have to go far to get a drink here. Roaming waiters will bring one to your lounge chair after they lay out towels for you, plus there are those two swim-up bars in different pools and another bar at Blanc Ocean if you have lunch there. In the evenings, there are three bars in the main building in addition to the one by the ocean with dinner. The Stage Sports Bar has a zillion TVs and a pool table, while the Fire Bar is an open-air one with dancing open fireplace features and live local musicians. There's also a lobby bar a few levels up and in the morning a coffee shop for a quick latte on the run.
The well-designed spa at Le Blanc will probably find space for you when you want: there are 25 treatment rooms, including nine for couples. Treatments at the spa complex are not included in the rate plan, but the hydrotherapy facilities are, with plunge pools, hot tub, herbal steam room, sauna, ice room, pressure showers, and a relaxation lounge. (Many package deals booked direct include a spa credit to use.)
Spacious marble-floored rooms with balconies have padded headboards, thick mattresses, fine linens, and a duvet. Most have a full-width ottoman at the end of the bed, a chair and footstool, plus a table with two chairs that can work as a desk if you need to get some work done. Lights shine through marble-topped end tables and each side of the bed has twisty adjustable reading lights. This being a new build, you won't be hurting for outlets, including regular and USB plugs by each end table. There's good storage space for clothing in drawers and a double closet, plus counters and shelves of wood and marble provide plenty of places to set down your things.
Amenities are generous at Le Blanc Spa Resort, with an aromatherapy unit, Lavazza coffee maker, complimentary minibar restocked daily, a complimentary liquor cabinet, a massive TV with HDMI input and Apple TV support, and a quality ceiling fan. You'll get showered with goodies too, including a bottle of wine, some tequila or sparkling wine, and desserts. There's turndown service each night and 24-hour room service is in the all-inclusive plan. The complimentary high-speed internet works well.
A shiny curtain separates the spacious bathroom from the bedroom and can be opened to allow a soaking with a view. There's a separate shower, two sinks, plush towels, and a range of Bvlgari toiletries. Robes and slippers come in all rooms and you get a complimentary quality beach bag.
If you want to spring for an upgrade, the top choices here are the 10 Royale Governor Suites and the six Presidential Suites. All of these have prime views and give you more space to spread out—some are larger than a typical two-bedroom city condo.
Some packages come with a resort credit that you can use for the salon, sessions with a pro photographer, private dinners, or local guided tours.
Meeting and wedding facilities are extensive, including a dedicated outdoor space with a panoramic view and a ballroom that can seat more than 600 for a banquet.
The all-inclusive rates here insure that your vacation will be stress-free: it even extends to free phone calls throughout the Americas and Europe, plus valet parking if you have a car. Unlike in Cancun, all-inclusive resorts are not all that common in Los Cabos and Le Blanc Spa Resort should clearly be a top consideration. It's newer than the Marquis Los Cabos and just as flashy and food-focused as Grand Velas Los Cabos.
Web Address: LeBlancResorts.com
Total Number of Rooms: 373
Published rates: $680 - $1,900 double per night all-inclusive with taxes
Review and photos by Timothy Scott.