At the Westin Resort & Spa, Los Cabos, travelers should count on staying in an ocean view room. Not because a garden view features unsightly overgrown landscaping and not because the hotel doles out complimentary upgrades to guests as generously as it hands out margaritas upon arrival. There is simply, and delightfully, no other option at this AAA Four Diamond award-winning resort. Carefully constructed so that all 243 guest rooms face the Sea of Cortez, the Westin Los Cabos provides every traveler the luxury of awakening to the sight of the glistening sun lighting up the sea like a million diamonds in addition to the pleasure of drifting to sleep to the sweet lullaby of the water rhythmically striking the rocks on the beach.
Designed by famed Mexican architect Javier Sordo Madaleno, the magnificent structure mimics the well-known Land’s End Arch in Cabo San Lucas, where the Sea of Cortez and Pacific Ocean rendezvous. Even the exterior paint colors have meaning. Rich fuchsia represents the passion of the Mexican culture, softer canary yellow stands for the color of the much-revered sun, and aquamarine mirrors the deep colors of the ocean. As if the hotel needs blue paint to remind guests the water is only steps away. Vacationers can marvel at the sparkling sea from just about every corner of the property—while relaxing in the open-air marble lobby, while floating in one of the three infinity pools, while lifting weights on the terrace of the fitness center, even while scrubbing down in the guest rooms’ signature Heavenly Showers. Even the four dining options around the resort offer guests the al fresco experience.
The most casual one, La Cascada, is located under the main center arch and serves three meals a day with a bountiful buffet-style spread of traditional red and green chilaquiles and Mexican hot chocolate, among other local favorites. Poolside is La Playa where guacamole is paired with hamburgers and mojitos in the middle of the afternoon and where waitstaff is so attentive that they offer individual chairs for personal belongings such as beach bags. El Ciruelo, a mountaintop restaurant, gives diners a taste of the heavens, offering sprawling panoramic views of the desert, the sea, and the ultra-exclusive El Dorado Golf Club and resort, home to A-listers such as George Clooney. The restaurant features an indoor dining room built into a jagged cliff where chefs prepare pan-seared sea bass and braised rack of lamb.
It also boasts a chic outdoor cocktail lounge flanked by fountains and plush furniture – perfect for soaking in the breathtaking sunset or counting the stars in the sky once night falls while sipping one of the restaurant’s signature champagne cocktails. For a similarly scenic experience with a slightly more sophisticated menu, AAA Four Diamond Award Winning Arrecifes offers live jazz music and a variety of International cuisine. Here, the filet mignon is perfectly cooked, the chocolate desserts are decadent, and the top-notch level of service makes for a luxurious dining experience. Case in point, when the cooler winds pick up, the doting staff members wrap diners in shawls just in case the selection of 25 martinis isn’t enough to keep them warm.
With top 40 tunes playing from the poolside speakers throughout the day and more than just tacos and enchiladas on the menu, the Westin provides a contemporary, somewhat Americanized experience of Mexico but with an atmosphere serene enough for plenty of siestas. Vacationers seeking more traditional hacienda-style architecture, mariachi music and colorful ceramic tile decor will be better served by the Sheraton Hacienda del Mar, another Starwood Resort, only 20 minutes away. One thing is certain about the Westin Los Cabos: guests requesting a room with view are going to get just that.