By Alison Bailin Batz
A tropical paradise just two hours away? And in the winter? Yes!
Cabo San Lucas, nicknamed the “Aquarium of the World,” is not only a quick two-hour flight from the Valley, but one of the top-ranked places to visit in the world in the winter.
One can expect weather in the 70s and 80s, not to mention sandy white beaches, crystal-blue water and lavish resorts.
Cabo San Lucas – often shortened to Cabo in the United States – it is part of the Baja region known as Los Cabos, which also includes San Jose del Cabo. Like Arizona, Cabo experiences sunshine nearly every day.
And this year, beyond even the sun and beach, there is another reason to visit: Le Blanc Resort Spa Los Cabos.
Only open since the spring, it marks the second Le Blanc Resort – a AAA Five Diamond-awarded brand – in the country. Le Blanc Resort Spa Cancun is Cancun’s top-rated all-inclusive resort and among the top all-inclusive hotels in the world, according to TripAdvisor. And much like its sister property, the adults-only Cabo property has spared no detail – or expense – in its accommodations, dining, spa and available tours and activities.
Worried about where to go and what to do once you get off the plane? Fear not, Le Blanc has you covered. The hotel’s booking team works with all guests in advance of their trip to book complimentary private transportation both to and from the airport to ensure safe and speedy travel to the resort.
Each 374 rooms on property are suites, ranging from 760 to 1,400 square feet, and every one has an ocean view – many with patios and private terraces – as well as HD TVs equipped with Apple TV and Netflix. The suites have oversized bathrooms and soaking tubs with intoxicatingly lovely hand-cut soaps from local Mexican artisans. The other in-room amenities are similarly extravagant with everything from CHI blow dryers and flatirons to BVLGARI bath products.
Food and Drink
Le Blanc is an all-inclusive resort, and while this can sometimes mean access to a 24-hour buffet and watered-down cocktails (or worse, lukewarm wine in a plastic glass), at Le Blanc it means unlimited access to more than unique 10 bars and restaurants on property – plus 24-hour in-room dining and top-shelf beer, wine and cocktails. Of particular note on the dining side are Lumiere, serving a 10-course tasting menu; Mezze, serving bold, spicy Lebanese fare; Blanc Asia, serving the best in Japanese, Thai, and Chinese cuisine; and Blanc Ocean, serving fresh seafood and Baja cuisine.
For those serious about pairing great food with equally great drinks, Le Blanc only offers wines that have earned 80 points or more from Wine Spectator and boasts a seemingly endless list of top-shelf spirits including Jack Daniel’s, Johnnie Walker (Red and Black Labels), Grey Goose, Stolichnaya, Bombay Sapphire, Tanqueray and Don Julio.
Beyond simply luxuriating at the infinity pool, which overlooks the ocean and has cabanas, beach loungers and a service staff nearly unmatched in attentiveness, getting out and exploring Cabo is turn-key for guests, as the resort takes care of all logistics. They offer several signature experiences: luxury sunset sails via catamaran; speedboat adventures; snorkeling tours; cultural tours of the more historic areas in the region; shopping tours; and even dolphin encounters and swimming adventures (all available for an additional cost). There are also area experts on-site and available to help design, suggest and plan custom experiences for guests as well.