If you are dreaming of warm ocean waters, long walks on white sandy beaches, refreshing infinity pools, authentic cuisine, and luxurious accommodations, The Westin Resort & Spa, Cancun is waiting for you. The resort is fittingly located between the Caribbean Sea and a lagoon and has everything you can dream of for your next vacation in Mexico.
My son Noah and I caught an early flight that morning, and by early I mean we woke up at the insane hour of 3am to get to the airport. But on the plus side we were greeted with refreshing coconut drinks upon arrival in their grand lobby and had dropped off our bags, changed into swimsuits, were staring at the ocean, and enjoying a delicious buffet breakfast all before 11am.
We had been practicing our Spanish for months and couldn’t wait to start exploring the city, but first we needed to rest and recharge and the Westin Cancun located in one of the worlds most beautiful beach destinations was the perfect place to do that.
Cancun is located in the state of Quintana Roo on the stunning Yucatan Peninsula bordering the Caribbean Sea. The Westin Resort & Spa, Cancun is just a short drive from the airport so you can be lounging by the pool shortly after touch down in Mexico. The beachfront resort is located at the end of the popular hotel strip and about half an hour from bustling downtown Cancun. You are only a bus ride away from shopping, restaurants and attractions and everything is easily accessible. Noah and I walked to the bus stop right outside our hotel and they run quite frequently. Ensure you have small bills for the bus (USD $1) and ask for a map of the city at concierge. Don’t forget to bring water bottles because the hot Mexican sun is very strong.
There are gorgeous newly renovated villas that are perfect for families, couples and friends. The colourful artwork on the walls matches the modern furniture. Our room came equipped with matching comfy robes hanging in the bathroom, a large TV, free WIFI, private balcony, washer and dryer, dishwasher, complimentary bottles of water and a coffee maker. We adored our little kitchen and it was ideal since the resort is not all-inclusive and I wanted to make a few meals myself. The shelves were stocked with pots, pans, serving dishes, glasses and cleaning supplies so all we needed to do was get groceries. We shopped for vegan goodies at nearby Soriana Super, just a short bus ride away. Back in our cozy room I made us fresh salads, pasta, and we devoured ice cream right from the tub on our sixth floor balcony while listening to the waves crashing against the shore.
Since we were on vacation I didn’t want to cook every meal in our room, so
luckily the family friendly Westin resorts are known for having healthy food options including an entire menu dedicated to plant-based smoothies. Of course Noah and I tried them all at Sabor Casual Kitchen and our favourite was the Contoy with almond milk, kale, spinach, mango, banana and cinnamon.
Besides their morning breakfast buffet you can order a la carte items. Lucky for us not only did the Chef create veggie tacos with fresh guacamole but whipped us up delicious vegan pancakes upon request.
Also on site at Westin Cancun is the Arena Sports Bar and we sat outside on the patio practicing our Spanish with the friendly staff. Noah enjoyed a healthy veggie wrap and I had a Portobello mushroom burger with coconut cheese. On our grand finale night in Cancun we went to Sea & Stones Restaurant for fine dining right on the beach. They were very accommodating to our dietary preferences and we dined on tasty couscous salad, warm baked bread, and an impressive pizza topped so high with fresh veggies it looked like a salad.
It was Noah’s first time swimming in an infinity pool and it was love at first splash. It was super hot in Cancun when we were there and we spent a lot of time in the pools. With pristine views of the ocean in front of us we swam for hours in the refreshing water and lounged in the pool chairs soaking up the sun.
If you have always wanted to learn to surf but didn’t want to start in the ocean, check out their unique FlowRider. It’s a surf machine with continuous pumping waves coming at you while you attempt to balance and ride them without falling down. It’s the perfect activity for teens and a good way to get them to take a break from video games.
Daily on site programs at the resort include bingo, beach volleyball, aquaerobics, dance lessons and sports tournaments. If you want to work out, there is a fully equipped fitness studio on site with weights and machines to suit all levels of athletes.
The Heavenly Spa, as it’s appropriately called, will sooth your tired muscles with a luxurious full body massage. I arrived to my treatment early so I could begin my spa service with an invigorating eucalyptus steam. Since it’s a family friendly resort there are kids services at the spa should your offspring feel the need to get pampered.
Noah noticed the staff members at Westin Cancun wore nametags stating their passion, which is a really cool way to get to know them. It became our mission that every time we met someone new we would find out their passion and ask them about it.
All photos by Miriam Porter
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The writer was a guest of The Westin Resort & Spa Cancun, they did not review or approve this article.