Living anywhere in the Northeastern region, I’m sure you’ve given up on spring actually showing up. But enough is enough – if the sunshine won’t come to us then we must go to it. Adults need spring break too. What better time to jet off to somewhere where the drinks are flowing and the sand is stuck in places you’d rather not say. In dire need of authentic vitamin D, I jetted to Cancun for my first all-inclusive boutique hotel experience.
I spent my vacation at the Óleo Cancún Playa, a boutique all-inclusive hotel. I’ve grown fond of boutique hotels because of their attention to detail and prompt service. It could be my introverted nature that loves the tranquility of smaller hotels, but ____
Plus, finding a boutique hotel in Cancun is rare.
Located in the Cancun Hotel Zone, Óleo Cancún Playa is roughly 20 minutes away from Cancun International Airport. The newly renovated hotel features brand new accommodations with a bohemian chic aesthetic.
The Junior Suite Sunset rooms are minimalistic and spacious with king-sized beds, a sofa, a full bathroom with standing shower, a flat screen tv, and a small dining table. Having this space all to myself really made me feel like a queen. And the bathroom is stocked with MALIN+GOETZ products which I may or may not have taken all back home with me. Óleo also offers oceanfront suites. Room service is available from 7am-11pm with a limited menu. There is a room tour in the video above.
The boutique all-inclusive hotel features three restaurants – Azul, Hakka, and Almar – as well as a pool bar and lobby bar. Azul is a buffet restaurant open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, with a rotating menu. Hakka is a more formal Japanese restaurant with a four-course menu. Almar is a Mediterranean restaurant that is also more upscale. Both require reservations. Azul was amazing for breakfast. The buffet featured everything from fresh omelets to chilaquiles. For dinner, you can stumble upon Taco Night or Teriyaki night and of course unlimited wine with a full dessert bar. Unfortunately, I did not get to experience eating at Almar, but Hakka was amazing. The restaurant is chic and the presentation is immaculate. The courses were the perfect portion and of course you can choose between wine or sake. The poolside food was also tasty. I opted for the nachos twice and the guacamole the next day. Paired with any frozen drink, you can’t go wrong.
Óleo Cancun Playa is all about relaxation so hide yo’ kids because this resort is not particularly kiddie friendly. The options for “play” are limited so why not relax and take in the ocean views. The Spa is an additional charge for services such as massages and facials, but for just $15 USD you can use the spa facilities. The steam and sauna rooms, heated Jacuzzi, and cold water pools are available for use all day at this price. I highly recommend to spend the extra bucks for this experience. The views are amazing and being in an even more secluded area from the main pools makes you feel a world away. And the views from the spa are unmatched.
- Book the hotel through Travelocity. You will save hundreds of dollars versus booking directly with the hotel. I booked my hotel and airport transfers through Travelocity using eBates to really save.
- There is no nightly entertainment on the resort, but there is a bus stop directly in front of the hotel that takes you to downtown Cancun if you want to explore.
- There is also an on-site tour agent that you can book excursions for 50% off.
- There is no drink menu at any of the restaurants or pool bar but they have a full stock for you to get any drink you want.
- Tipping is not required, but of course it is welcomed.
Overall, I would recommend Óleo Cancun Playa as the all-inclusive option for those who want a peaceful getaway – solo travelers, couples, or even a quick girl’s trip. I would’ve loved to have 24-hour room service with adult beverage options and just one more option for breakfast, but I would definitely stay again. Do you have any plans for “spring break”? Let me know below!