Sitting at the very end of the Hotel Zone on a quiet strip of land (shared with just two other resorts) separating the Caribbean from Nichupté Lagoon, the Westin offers water views from almost every room. This is as much seclusion as you'll find in the Hotel Zone, and the kids' club and variety of activities make it a great place for families. A thorough but subtle renovation, completed in 2014, gave everything from the marble floors to guestroom furniture to the swimming pools a refresh. The spacious rooms are still bright and airy, but sand-colored floor tiles, wooden furniture, and the addition of some artwork give them a warmer (if more neutral) feel. Rooms offer views of either the ocean or the lagoon and have luxurious touches such as flat-screen TVs, iPod docks, and a spa with a choice of indoor or outdoor treatments and a temascal for traditional Maya steam baths. Among the restaurants, all of which have ocean views, Sea and Stones is unique for providing hot volcanic stones for cooking your own meat, chicken, fish, or seafood under a beach palapa. If you're in Cancun to party, you'll likely want to look elsewhere—it's a good 15-minute drive from the Hotel Zone's action—but the waters here are the best in the Zone for snorkeling and one of the few spots viable for diving.
- Christine Delsol