Not too long ago, Las Vegas was referenced to have the crane as their state bird due to the vast amount of hotel construction. That honor has now been passed to Los Cabos, Mexico on the Baja California Peninsula. With this construction boom comes new life in the form of Westin Los Cabos Resort Villas & Spa. Located near the tip of the 1,000 mile long peninsula known as Land’s End, the Westin Los Cabos’ stunning architecture models itself after El Arco in the Sea of Cortez.
The 147 studio, one and two bedroom villas offer ocean views and a luxury hotel experience, while providing the comforts of home. I stayed in a two bedroom villa during the grand re-opening of the Westin Hotel. I loved sleeping in a signature Heavenly bed because, to me, vacation is all about relaxing and de-stressing my mind and body. In the morning I’d open my sliding glass door and step out to the balcony and simply enjoy the Sea of Cortez views.
The villas are larger than your standard hotel room and unlike a luxury all-inclusive Mexico resort experience, the villas come with a fully functioning kitchen, including a two-burner cooktop, microwave oven, refrigerator, dishwasher, dishes & utensils. If you are traveling with children or want to keep your Mexican vacation affordable, having the option to dine in is a real plus. In addition to the kitchen and dining area, the villas also include a washer and dryer.
Swimming pools – to infinity and beyond
If vacation time means walks on the beach or lounging at the pool, you’ll feel right at home at Westin Los Cabos Resort. The large activity pool opens up to the beach and sweeping Sea of Cortez views. Everyday offers poolside activities from aqua aerobics to family water volleyball. One level up, the adult-only Margarita Pool has a swim-up bar and offers pool side dining – but lets be honest, you may order food from most anywhere on site. The La Casada Pool, yet another level up, offers shade and shallow water for bambinos (that’s the Spanish word for young children.) There’s also a Kids Club on property with hourly and day rates. Did I mention that Spanish lessons are also offered through Westin family activities?
Westin dining selections
When you thoroughly exhaust yourself from laying out by the pool, zumba lessons, a game of adult beach volleyball or beach walk, you may dine at one of six options. Coralline offers beachfront dining with an emphasis on Mexican street food; think fish tacos, ceviche, salads and burgers, while Baja Bar & Grill is the sports bar offering light bites and cocktails in front of a big screen TV. Cocina Casera is the place for buffet breakfasts or a la carte dining in the morning and then converts to Mediterranean fare for dinner. El Ciruelo Restaurant is the place for sunset views and upscale Mexican cuisine. Margaritas is the name of the swim-up bar where you may find your favorite adult libation and snacks. There’s also Mercadito, Westin’s answer to the mini market and the place to pick up essentials for grilling at the outdoor barbecues.
Family-friendly grilling areas
Some families like to return, year after year, to the same vacation destination. The Westin purposefully added an outdoor barbecue area for grilling and creating a sense of community. But if you aren’t into barbecuing, there’s always room service. Westin has an eat well menu for kids, and while we’re on the topic of eating healthy, some items on the adult and children’s menu are highlighted with a SuperFoodRX designation. It’s true, you don’t have to gain weight on vacation; there’s even healthy smoothie options.
If you’re into refreshing your mind and body, make a spa appointment at Spa Otomi – I tried the Do Xampa hot stone massage and I also took advantage of the Westin workout gear lending program. If you’ve stayed at any Westin properties, you are probably familiar with the fitness studio. There’s stretching classes at the gym or runners can borrow shoes and hit a local running trail – or take a run on the beach.
The resort is located about 25 minutes from Los Cabos International Airport and a shuttle service is available to and from the resort. Rates for a studio villa start at $199, while my 2-bedroom villa started at $321, not including tax. Make your reservation directly on the hotel website, or use a booking site like Priceline.
Review and photos by Nancy D. Brown. Her stay was hosted by Westin Los Cabos Resort Villas & Spa, but as always her thoughts and opinions are her own.