Last year I went to Mexico with Starwood Properties to review The Westin and The Sheraton. Both are fantastic properties but very different from one another. I definitely had a favorite. I was there to look at these properties from a Moms perspective. When reviewing hotels for families there is a lot to take into consideration, it’s a tall order to make the kids and the parents happy.
There is no doubt that the architecture of the The Westin, Los Cabos is stunning. You arrive a few floors up and can see straight to the ocean and the building looks as if it was partially built into the red rocks. When the sun is setting the buildings have a warm glow of reds, oranges and purples. The design of this hotel is also unique because every room has an ocean view.
The view of the ocean from my room was spectacular, not even branch from a palm tree blocked my view. I could also see straight down to the pools and white sandy beaches, I could not wait to put my feet in the sand. The heavenly bed was, well heavenly and I loved listening to the sound of the waves crashing all night long. I also liked that the bathroom had an opening with shutters so that even while in the bathroom or bathub I could still see the beautiful blue ocean.
The glass railing and wooden horizontal beam made me nervous and I have to say that if I brought my kids to stay here I would insist on a lower level room. My five year old monkey would have no problem climbing on the wooden railing thinking it was a place to sit.
The infinity pools over looking the ocean were gorgeous. I felt the pool area was rather small and they did not have much room for both relaxing adults and kids to be splashing around. As a Mom I am always very conscious of other people trying to relax and enjoy the pool, I never want my kids to ruin someone’s perfect day in paradise. Through out the property there are many little pools and ponds, which I wasn’t sure if some of them were mini kids pools or if they were there strictly for decoration. I would imagine my kids would be thinking the same thing and jump right in! The property is a little tough to navigate, it needs a few more signs and arrows pointing you in the right direction.
The Spa has 7 treatment rooms, swiss and vichy showers, along with sauna, steam room, tennis courts, and a fitness center. I was a little disappointed in the spa area, it felt a little like a doctor’s office instead of a relaxing atmosphere. The spa needs a lounge or special relaxation area to help make it feel more tranquil and get you in the spa mood.
They have a variety of restaurants and bars on the property. Arrecifies is a beautiful restaurant overlooking the Sea of Cortez and has an upscale flair. It is also connected to On the Rocks Bar, which has 25 different flavored Martini’s. They also have themed buffet style restaurant for casual dining at La Cascada. Where some nights they project old movies onto the wall for you to watch while having dinner.
The Kids Club
The kids club is for ages 4 -12 yrs old. It is a nice, clean and safe area for kids to do crafts, watch TV and play games. They had smaller slides and climbing toys for toddlers but this equipment was too young for kids ages 4 and up. The kids club here is really meant to only drop off the kids for a couple of hours. I think it may have needed a little more to keep older kids entertained or I fear they would be bored after about two hours. They do have a miniature golf course which of course any kid would love!
I would recommend this property to young couples, honeymooners and for a girlfriends getaway. This is a lovely hotel, the service was great and my room was spectacular but I am not sure this would be my first choice for a family vacation.
This was first published for ChildMode and I have made some editorial changes.
Disclosure: This was an all expense paid press trip. All my savvy thoughts and sassy opinions are my own.
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