With what limited time we have for vacationing, when we do run off, we want our romantic voyages to exceed our wildest imaginations. We want the best of the best, with everything as soothing and simple as can be. Le Blanc Spa Resort Los Cabos in San Jose del Cabo, Mexico, has been awarded AAA’s five-diamond status. That’s the pinnacle of luxury destinations.
This property is located right on the beach, but has four pools — including an infinity pool — along with swim-up bars, a massive and sumptuous spa with hydrotherapy and special couples treatments. Speaking of water, their drinking water is purified — so you don’t need to worry about “bottled water only,” saving both your sanity and the environment.
Leave your extra stuff at home! With Bulgari toiletries, Chi hair appliances, top-shelf liquors, bathrobes, slippers and umbrellas, you can lighten your load (and not pay ridiculous airport fees) in luxurious style. Taxes and tips are also included. But should you need some cash, there’s an ATM and currency exchange on site. There are also rooms available for the physically challenged, as well as a 24-hour doctor on call.
For many of us, the best part about traveling is the wonderful and exotic food that you don’t have to cook. As part of the included indulgence, 24-hour room service allows you to stay ensconced in your room. When you want to head out, there are a dozen restaurant options, serving almost anything you could be craving. Whether you want to explore the local traditional fare, freshly caught seafood, a cornucopia of buffet choices, classic steakhouse cuisine or even a simply perfect pizza, it’s all yours for the asking.
Vacation time is the perfect splurge time, and Le Blanc makes it worth your while: The award-wining pastry chef Antonio Bachour curates all of their menus, cakes, desserts and pastries. He was named one of the 10 best pastry chefs in America, so you know that your caloric-intake sacrifice will be worth it. You can atone the next day at one of Le Blanc’s juice bars if you feel guilty — but I suggest that you leave that baggage at home as well.
There is a gym on-site with state-of-the-art equipment as well as classes that include yoga, spinning (even a water spinning class, which we tried and loved) and more that rotate daily. Check the schedule when you arrive; your workout routine doesn’t have to suffer if you don’t want it to.
The spa is amazing, and if you can tear yourself away from the pools and beach, you will want to book a treatment or 20. The spa area is enormous, at more than 29,000 square feet. You’ll find a hydrotherapy area, hot and cold plunge pools, tons of lounge chairs, a sauna, herbal steam room, an ice room (with little individual palettes of chilled aloe lotions in ice baths you can massage all over yourself for further cooling), a relaxation lounge and 25 treatment rooms to indulge in any spa treatment you desire, including some really lovely couples options.
The relaxation areas have some fun and unique lounge options, with teardrop hammock swings big enough for two, various bedlike chaises, and cold tiled seats shaped to your body that are great for the temperature rooms. Bring your bathing suit and prepare to spend some time relaxing on your spa day — you won’t want to leave quickly.
After you are done being pampered, head back to your room and perhaps order in. Your room comes with full butler service, and it’s amazing to have someone there to assist you when you require it. At one point, I wanted to put some bath salts into my tub, but was out. I called to request some, and the butler brought about four different scents and options to choose from, as well as extra towels and conditioner (I have very long hair and he thought I might run out). What a guy!
If you want a day out to experience a bit of Mexico, see your butler or guest services, as there are numerous excursions available. We spent the day in Todos Santos — the “magic town,” where we visited the iconic Hotel California, toured local restaurants and shops along streets with beautiful historic architecture, and had the good luck to wander upon a festival happening.
We also went whale- and dolphin-watching with Cabo Dolphins (cabosanlucasdolphins.com), where we were able to see quite a few species of ocean life. We highly recommend this, and the views as we sailed were amazing — bring a waterproof camera.
Le Blanc Spa Resort Los Cabos: 1-888-702-0913 or leblancsparesorts.com/los-cabos.