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A Visit to Westin Resort & Spa Cancun

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Bebé and I recently spent the weekend at Westin Resort & Spa Cancun. We love our weekend getaways, but I was extra excited this time because I had just gotten a new phone with a better camera.

Westin Resort & Spa Cancun is located at the very end of the Hotel Zone, close to the airport. It sits on a spectacular beach, the perfect, white sand, aqua blue Caribbean, Cancun beach.

beach Westin Cancun

Towel looks like a cape… Super Beach Bebé!

What makes the Westin Cancun different than many resorts we visit is that it is not exclusively all-inclusive, so it’s a good option for those who prefer a breakfast-only or European plan. This is an older resort, but it’s very clean and well-maintained.

After we checked-in we headed to our room, which was a Master Suite. I think it was larger than my condo! It had a huge living room and dining room, a half bath, a large bedroom with a hot tub in the bathroom, and a balcony that ran the length of the suite. #sweetdigs

Master Suite Westin Cancun

Our room had a coffee maker, a hair dryer, bath amenities, robes and slippers, a telephone, two TVs with satellite programming, an iron and ironing board, a clock radio with an iPod docking station and a safe.

We received a warm welcome, and it was obvious they had done their research. #wine #soccer


The view from the room was spectacular, day and night.

Cancun skyline



We had access to the Royal Beach Club, which has a restaurant/bar and a pool. We were there every evening from 5 – 7 pm for Happy Hour (Free cocktails and snacks!)

Royal Beach Club Westin Cancun

The second evening we were there, we met a family from New Jersey. Bebé had fun playing with the twins and it was so nice for me to have some fun adults to chat with.


We also had breakfast in the Royal Beach Club each morning. It isn’t a huge buffet, but they had all our favorites, including mimosas and Bebé’s favorite vacation treat, Fruit Loops.

Speaking of food, I was very impressed with the restaurants at the Westin Cancun Resort & Spa.

The second night we dined at Arrecifes, which serves Mexican gourmet cuisine. I had a creative appetizer of “tacos” (jicama, a white tuber, was used in place of tortillas) and a delicious risotto with huitlacoche (corn smut, yes I know it sounds gross, but it’s delicious).

Arrecifes Westin Cancun

The third night we ate at Sea & Stones, which is right on the beach. They serve steaks and pizzas cooked in a wood-burning oven. I ordered the chorizo pizza and it was absolutely scrumptious. Bebé asked me if I was going to eat it all and I told him that I would like to, but I didn’t think I could.

Sea & Stones Westin Cancun

There are a few other restaurants including El Palmar (buffet breakfast, a la carte dinner), Sunset Bar (lunch and snacks) and The Place (gourmet appetizers).

It is important to note that the restaurants in the Westin Cancun will cater to any special food needs, like vegetarian, gluten-free or vegan.

The resort has a lot of pools including two large pools in the center of the property (one overlooks the lagoon and the other overlooks the ocean and has a swim-up pool bar), three small pools and the pool at the Royal Beach club. The depths vary so there’s something for everyone.

pool Westin Cancun

The highlight of our visit (at least for me) was my visit to the Heavenly Spa. Heavenly indeed!! I had the Heavenly Massage (of course) which involved heated compresses and essential oil blends. I left the Heavenly Spa feeling more relaxed than I have probably ever felt, no exaggeration.

While I was at the spa, Bebé hung at the kids club. He made a tie-dye t-shirt which he loved and insisted on wearing to dinner the following two evenings under his dress shirts. The kids club is simple, but it has a full schedule of daily activities from 9am to 5pm. We went back to the kids club on Saturday with the family we had met and the kids got to demolish a piñata since it was Día de Niños (Children’s Day) and feed the wild iguanas that live on the property.

Westin Cancun kids club

There were two programs at the resort that I thought were really great… for 5 bucks, the resort will lend you New Balance workout gear, shoes and all, and you get to keep the socks. Love this. A great idea!!

The other… the resort is pet-friendly! They welcome pets weighing 40 pounds or less, and they even get their own special bed and dish. (Note: Pet owners must sign a liability waiver at check-in which covers cleaning fees, noise disturbance and other matters. Dogs must be leashed at all times, and are not permitted in the resort restaurants, bars, swimming pool and beach areas, spa, gym and tennis courts.)

They also offers outdoor tennis courts, a gym, a business center and free WiFi with an option to pay to upgrade to high-speed internet. The staff is warm and accommodating.

Westin Resort & Spa Cancun is a good option for those who are not into the activities and shows that all-inclusive resorts provide. We had a wonderful weekend!

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