Elan Opens in Cancun

Jamie Wetherbe 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 text

By: Jamie Wetherbe

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 villas.

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 windsurfing.

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.

www.elanresort.com

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