We had such a fabulous time at the Westin Resort & Spa in Cancun, Mexico. The view of ocean and palm trees even before we entered the lobby beaconed us to explore the property.
We love to see palm trees and iguanas on the hotel’s property. It’s even more enjoyable when you find out the hotel takes an active role in the iguana’s health and welfare. I will explain that a bit later.
The lobby is beautiful and spacious, ready to greet all its guests. One of the features I was thrilled by, is the addition of outlets and USB jacks in all the couches in the lobby. Since my family is so connected (read about it here) all of our electronic devices needed charging upon arrival. What a nice little touch in the lobby to offer people while they are traveling.
Let’s talk pools, first. There are 5 on the property plus a FlowRider for anyone who is game. We liked all the pools but I’d say our favorite is the main pool with its swim-up bar. The girls love being able to ask for a pina colada (virgin, of course) or strawberry smoothy and just give our room number. Such freedom. Sitting at the bar enjoying the ocean view and talking about what we will order for lunch suited us just fine.
Each of the 5 pools has a bit of a different feel. There is the “L shaped” pool over by our room which was always quiet and relaxing. There is the Lagoon pool which is shallower for the younger kids and had a great view of the lagoon. The main pool is large and accommodated all the games the kids played as well as the adults. The other 2 pools are quieter although right in the middle of the action. Then there is the spa whirlpool which is so relaxing especially with a view of the ocean.
The only time I tried surfing was when I was 16 years old and in Hawaii. When trying the FlowRider, first you use a boogie board then if you are good enough -haha – you can try the surfboard. We tried the demonstration session but didn’t go for the full 1-hour lesson. We were all able to kneel and let go of the board. I have to admit I was pretty impressed with both the girls for being able to do it. Ainsley enjoyed it more than Evelyn but they had fun during their turn. Clint and I tried the following day. Clint was able to get up and was working on throwing the board out in front of him, rolling over 360 deg. then grab the board again. Honestly, I was happy I knelt up on the board and let go.
The Beach at Westin Resort & Spa
The beach at the Westin Resort & Spa was lovely. The resort has plenty of lounge chairs and umbrellas for guests to enjoy. There is also a full-size volleyball net and course set up for all who wish to enjoy. It’s funny to watch 9 and 11 yr olds trying to get the ball over a full-size net. The resort also has a fulltime lifeguard on duty for the guest’s safety. Although the beach is lovely the surf was rough during our stay. Clint, however, still went in and enjoyed it for a little while. We did see many people enjoying a walk along the beach as well.
Sports and WORKOUT Fitness Studio
The Westin Resort & Spa has 2 full-size astroturf tennis courts for guests to enjoy. The WORKOUT Fitness studio has everything one would need for a full workout or just a light bit of exercise during your vacation. The staff I met were very helpful with anything I was interested in using.
The spa was right next door to the fitness studio and has many treatments for guests to enjoy during their stay. One of the features I think guests enjoy is a massage outside. There were massage tables set up under thatched huts for an enjoyable massage.
Outdoor Grilling Stations
Westin Resort and Spa also offers Club Membership which is similar to a timeshare. For those guests, they have an outdoor grilling station and lounge area overlooking the lagoon pool.
The resort has a very nice sandy beach with lounge chairs and thatched huts overlooking the lagoon. However, you can not go swimming in the lagoon but the area is lovely and spacious and quiet.
Westin Resort Family Kids Club and Playground
The kids club has many different activities for the children to enjoy from theatre to arts and crafts to an outdoor play area.
Westin Resort Family Activites
The Westin Resort & Spa has a very lively and fun group of young people that are the activity gurus. They run all the family activities from yoga to volleyball to Aguagym to Spanish lessons. Ainsley and Clint took part in the bingo contest one day and Ainsley won a gold and silver necklace from the gift shop on the premises. It has the letter A in Inca writing on a pendant. It’s a lovely necklace. All these activities had prizes you can win which is only a bonus.
One of the activities was feeding the iguanas. The staff member had a full plate of cantaloupe, guava, and honeydew melon. She also had wood skewers for the kids to put the fruit on to feed to the iguanas. The kids learned to be quiet and calm and then the iguanas would take the food off the skewer to eat. There are 22 iguanas at the resort and the staff take note of all of them. They told us the female iguanas do not have the spikes up their backs but he male iguanas do.
Ainsley is what I call an animal whisperer. Even the staff member called her an animal princess at the end. She took her time and made sure the piece of fruit was small enough for the different iguanas. There was one iguana shedding his skin and was quite timid. We learned that this is when the iguana is vulnerable so it makes sense for them to be timid at that time.
They were also in charge of what they call the “Westin Experience”. Each afternoon at 3:00 pm around the main pool they had a fun adult activity to participate in. These ranged from making mojito Cubanos to a tequila tasting. I participated in the guacamole contest and although I didn’t win I had a fun time with the other guests and staff.
The Restaurants & Palmer Market
The Westin Resort & Spa has 4 restaurants as well as a market on-site. The Westin Beach Club restaurant is open for a continental breakfast with a bar food lunch menu. The Sabor Casual Kitchen is only open for breakfast with a full buffet and a made to order omelet station. The Arena Sports Bar with its many TV’s all tuned to various sports games offers a bar food menu for both lunch and dinner. Finally, if you would like to dine beachside for dinner go to the Sea & Stone Restaurant with its elegant menu and service. We had our first night’s dinner here and really enjoyed our meal.
The Plamer Market and Starbucks have a variety of items for the guests to enjoy. They have water shoes and sand toys but also cookies and cold drinks. I don’t think a guest needs to leave the resort if they didn’t want to with all there is to choose from.
Check-in was done in a snap and the bellman loaded our luggage into the golf cart and whisked us away to the ‘quieter’ club side of the resort. Although I have to say the resort isn’t noisy at all. Plus all the rooms are away from the lobby so they are nice and quiet and relaxing.
Our room was much larger than I could have expected, with a vaulted ceiling no less. The balcony overlooking the part of the lagoon and ocean beyond was special. We got to watch several people trying their hand at water skiing on the lagoon. The balcony had 2 chairs and a table for us to relax and enjoy ourselves. Especially in the mornings just listening to the birds chirping was lovely.
Our room included a large desk area that I certainly took advantage of. We also had a dresser, TV, coffee station, small refrigerator, closet and bathroom. In our closet, we had an ironing board and iron along with a safe and shelves.
The bath has ‘Heavenly’ towels. I can attest to them being heavenly, large and soft. The girls were thrilled for a soaking tub that was separate from the shower. Both girls enjoyed more than one bath during our stay. We also had an ample supply of bath accessories. One thing we were thrilled with is every day we were given 2 1-liter bottles of water. This is a very nice touch.
We had a great time at the Westin Resort & Spa. The staff were helpful and kind and oh so friendly. Evelyn had pancakes several mornings for breakfast which they made specially just for her. It really seems that the people who worked here enjoyed their jobs which in turn shows to the guests.