Authentic Mexican Colonial Enclave Debuts in Cancun

Jamie Wetherbe At the official inauguration of the new Elan Resort & Spa in Cancun more than 500 government officials, guests and VIPs were welcomed in to the elegant enclave designed in traditional Mexican colonial style by architect-owner Tomas Aunon. Lying on its own peninsula overlooking the Nich

By: Jamie Wetherbe

At the official inauguration of the new Elan Resort & Spa in Cancun more than 500 government officials, guests and VIPs were welcomed in to the elegant enclave designed in traditional Mexican colonial style by architect-owner Tomas Aunon. Lying on its own peninsula overlooking the Nichupte Lagoon and set amid lush tropical gardens and flowing tiled fountains, the stylish all-inclusive resort is reminiscent of a 17th-century Mexican village.

Among the noted guests who strolled down the resort’s cobblestone paths and filled the flower-bedecked plazas were: Feliz Gonzalez, the governor of the state of Quintana Roo; Francisco Alor Quezada, the mayor of Cancun; Gabriela Rodriguez Galvez, Mexico’s secretary of tourism, and Jesus Almaguer Salazar, the president of the Cancun Hotel Association.

The luxury resort has 95 rooms and 51 one-, two- and three-bedroom villa suites, six restaurants, three bars, two private beach areas, two swimming pools, two tennis courts, a fitness center, steam rooms, saunas, a temazcal and a cyber cafe. The Elements Spa showcases its signature Mayan and Ayurvedic treatments. Unlimited classes in yoga, Pilates and Tai Chi are offered and sail boats, canoes, windsurfers and water bikes are provided for use in the lagoon. Entertainment in the evenings might include a Mexican anthropologist lecturing on Mayan customs or ballet folklorico and mariachi music.

“Our aim is to provide an authentic Mexican experience here at Elan,” said Aunon. “Our tranquil refuge away from the bustle of high-rise Cancun will appeal to sophisticated travelers. And we already have 70 percent occupancy for Easter week, so word is getting out.”

When guests stay at the Elan, all expenses are covered: all meals and alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages, roundtrip airport transfers, nightly entertainment, use of recreational facilities, water-sports equipment, the fitness center and the sauna and steam rooms, tennis courts and equipment, exercise classes and a half-hour massage, as well as all hotel taxes and service charges.

Through April 7, the rate for a tower room with garden view is $300 per night and for the tower room with water view, $350. A one-bedroom villa unit on the garden side is $450 and on the water side, is $500 per night. Two- to three-bedroom villa units range from $700-$1,150. From April 8-Dec. 20, rates for rooms and villas are $250-$1,000 per night. Children 14 and over are welcomed as adults in appropriate suites when sharing with adults.

www.elanresort.com

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