The Westin Los Cabos Mexico ~ Family Friendly? Review From Mom’s Perspective
I recently took a press trip to Los Cabos, Mexico with Starwood Properties to review The Westin and The Sheraton. Both are fantastic properties but they are each very different from one another. While I stayed open-minded, I definitely had a favourite. When reviewing hotels or resorts for families, especially from a mom’s perspective, there is a lot to take into consideration with the most important factor always in mind – both parents and kids have to be happy!
Upon arrival, the architecture is absolutely stunning! The view of the ocean from my room was spectacular and not even one branch from a palm tree blocked my view. With the spectacular view looking 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 I was in the bathroom I could still see my ocean view.
Family Note: 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 did feel that the pool area was rather small and that they didn’t 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.
Throughout the property there are many little pools and ponds that were very decorative. I was confused as to whether they 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, so some signage would have been helpful. I will also note that the property is a little tough to navigate. It needs a few more signs and arrows pointing you in the right direction.
The Westin Los Cabos Spa has 7 treatment rooms, Swiss and Vichy showers, along with sauna, steam room, tennis courts, and a fitness centre. I was a little disappointed in the spa area, it felt a little like a doctor’s office instead of a relaxing atmosphere.
A spa in general needs a lounge or special relaxation area to help make it feel more tranquil and get you in the spa mood and this one did not have that feature.
The Westin Los Cabos has a variety of restaurants and bars on the property. Arrecifies is a beautiful restaurant overlooking the Sea of Cortez and has a very upscale flair. It is also connected to On the Rocks Bar, which offer 25 different flavored Martini’s! They also have themed buffet style place for casual dining at La Cascada and some nights they even project old movies onto the wall.
The Kids Club
Geared to children ages 4 -12 yrs old, the Kids Club is a nice, clean and safe area for kids to do crafts, watch TV and play games. They have smaller slides and climbing toys for toddlers but the equipment seems too young for 4+ year olds. I felt as though the Kids Club fell a little flat and needed more for the kids to do and think my children might have been bored after about an hour. However, I will note that they have a great little miniature golf course which my kids would have loved!
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.
*Thank you to the Westin Los Cabos & Starwood Resorts for inviting and hosting Child Mode during this press trip. All thoughts expressed in the above review are mine and mine alone.*
Authored by Andrea Fellman, a mom who hasn’t lost her style to motherhood. Andrea is the editor of SavvySassyMoms.com, contributor to BabyCenter Momformation, and Los Angeles corespondent for iVillage.com. She is a family travel enthusiast, addicted to social media, influential blogger and one of Babble.com’s Top 50 Twitter Moms. Catch her if you can @savvysassymoms