Le Blanc Cancun fine dining

Le Blanc Cancun Spa Resort is not a typical beach hotel and it’s not a typical all-inclusive, so check this one out with an open mind. You can stay there and dine at some of the best restaurants in the region.

Among many luxury travelers who can afford the best of the best every time, the phrase “all-inclusive” is spoken with a wrinkling of the nose or a looking down of that nose. The whole idea, in their mind, is associated with mass-market vacationers stuffing their face and falling down drunk, whooping like a loud American watching a football game.

Bella Restaurant at Le Blanc Cancun all-inclusive resort and spa in Mexico. There are plenty of places like that in the #1 beach vacation spot in North America. They might even be the majority. But Le Blanc hovers on a whole other plane. It appeals to those who want to pay one bill and be done with it, but still eat gourmet food and drink cocktails made from the quality of liquor they would order in a nice cocktail lounge. It also appeals to those with a strong sense of style, people who want to be surrounded by beauty and well-thought-out aesthetics.

It all starts with your arrival in your room, after the sit-down check-in and the escorting from your floor’s concierge. When you get inside, in your lovely room with a view you’ll find a chilled bottle of bubbly and an inventive welcome snack like those chocolates you see at the top of this post.

Then when it’s time to go out for dinner, you’ll find places like that next photo here, which is the gorgeous Italian restaurant appropriately named Bella. I ordered a few things that weren’t all that photogenic, but here’s my dessert: a deconstructed creme brulee.

dessert at Bella Restaurant Le Blanc Cancun

On my second night there I had dinner at their French fine dining restaurant Lumiere. I moved through a few nice courses with seafood to take advantage of being at the ocean, all as pretty to look at as they were to eat. I seemed to get better dessert photos though, so here’s their carrot cake. It was surprisingly light and quite a burst of flavors.

carrot cake at Lumiere restaurant Cancun

Most people assume that an all-inclusive resort in Mexico means uninspired buffet food, but that’s not the case at Le Blanc Cancun. Those two restaurants mentioned earlier, a terrace one, and an upscale Asian fusion one are all a la carte. You’ll probably get a memorable meal every time.

Then when it is time for the buffet, which is worth checking out at breakfast if nothing else, you can grab what you want quickly but it’s still very high quality. If you get up late and want to have lunch there instead. No problem. And once again, dessert will be worth it…

dessert at Le Blanc Spa Resort Cancun

To see more details about the resort, and some photos that are pools and the beach instead of food, go visit our completely updated Le Blanc Spa Resort review on the regular site.

I didn’t do a new video this time because the main renovation changes were in the restaurants and the lobby, where the curtained-off sections you’ll see briefly in the video below are now gone. The room is opened up and more tropical. The rooms also got a freshening up as well, plus there are more outlets now. The one negative change: the unfortunate decision to put Bud Light in the fridge of a luxury hotel.

Take a tour of the resort and you’ll see this one hits all the right notes.

That video gives a taste of what the rooms are like, with the sizes starting at 429 square feet and going up (way up in the seven top-floor suites). The layout and furniture are well-designed and these sleeping quarters come packed with amenities. The four full bottles of name-brand liquor are a start, then it stays on a high note after that.

A sunken sitting area has stylish furniture and there is a small standing balcony for taking in the view—and every room here has an ocean view. Marble baths have a wide array of Bvlgari toiletries, fluffy towels, robes, that whirlpool tub, and both a rain shower and hand-held shower. The technology includes complimentary Wi-Fi, Apple TV, and Netflix, with a good array of charging plugs. Pillow menus and aromatherapy join nightly turndown service. Electronic safes are big enough for a laptop and espresso makers are ready for a morning jolt. Room service runs 24 hours and is part of the all-inclusive plan.

There are only a few all-inclusive hotels that have earned a 5-diamond rating from AAA on the Mexican Caribbean and tLe Blanc Cancun is one of them. In many respects this tops them all. If you want to be in the heart of Cancun but be on a much higher level than what you can see in both directions down the beach, settle in here for a great vacation with no extra charges unless you visit the spa.

See more photos and our detailed review of Le Blanc Spa Resort in Cancun, Mexico.

They also have a second one on the other side of the country. See more on Le Blanc Los Cabos here.