Scheduled to open March 1 after a $15 million refurbishment, Élan
Resort & Spa Cancun sits on the footprint of the former Club
Las Velas which sustained only minor structural damage from
Hurricane Wilma. All the spacious rooms have been redecorated in a
colonial style using natural textures and fabrics.
The luxurious all-inclusive Élan Resort & Spa Cancun has 95
rooms and 51 one-, two- and three-bedroom villas, six restaurants,
three bars, two private beach areas, two swimming pools, two tennis
courts, a fitness center, steam rooms, saunas and Temazcal, an
authentic Mayan sauna. 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.
Set on its own peninsula overlooking Nichupté Lagoon, Élan Resort
& Spa Cancun was envisioned by Mexican architect Tomás Auñon as
a private enclave in traditional Mexican colonial style. Set amid
lush tropical gardens and flowing tiled fountains, the new resort
is reminiscent of a 17th-century Mexican village cobblestone paths
direct guests to flower-filled plazas that lead to two-story
Guests enter Élan Resort & Spa through monumental wrought iron
gates and take the cobblestone Paseo Santo Tomas past a colorful
ceramic tile wall of cascading water to a massive stone fountain.
At the reception area, they are welcomed with champagne or fresh
juice and later escorted to their accommodations.
With the variety of restaurants and dining options at Élan Resort
& Spa Cancun, guests can start the day off with made-to-order
omelets at the open-air La Palapa overlooking Nichupte Lagoon or
opt for a quick espresso and croissant in the plaza of Tao. Lunch
might be fresh grilled huachinango (local snapper) at Embarcadero
or pizza at the Trattoria. In the evening, guests can choose
between northern Italian fare at Mare Nostro restaurant, Asian
specialties at Tao or authentic Mexican fare at Cielito Lindo.
Guests can see nature up close and personal by exploring the
42-square-mile Nichupte lagoon. A haven for migratory birds, this
huge lagoon offers a quiet respite for kayaking, sailing and
Fully air conditioned, the 95 spacious rooms all with private
balcony or patio have kin-g or queen-size beds with 400-thread
count Egyptian cotton sheets, cable television, direct dial phone,
Wi-Fi Internet access and mini refrigerator.
Entertainment in the evenings might include a Mexican
anthropologist lecturing on Mayan customs, a Tarot card reading or
a game of tennis courts are lit for night play.
Through April 7, the rate for a tower room $300-$350 per night. A
one-bedroom villa unit ranges from $450-$500 per night, and two- to
three-bedroom villa units range from $700-$1150. From April 8-Dec.
20, rates for rooms and villas are $250-$1,000 per night.