My husband was away for work so I decided to take my two-year-old daughter, Mazzy and my mother. I’m not going to lie— the flight and the time difference were both tough on a toddler.
But once we arrived in scenic Tucson and Mazzy saw her first cactus, the exhaustion of the plane ride faded away.
“THESE! THESE! THESE!” she shouted as she pointed to a bunch of large cacti greeting us right outside the airport. “Don’t touch them!” I shouted back. (I’m such a mom.)
The excitement continued when we arrived at the Westin La Paloma and saw our accomodations.
For one thing, Mazzy couldn’t wait to get into one of the SIX POOLS (family pool, kiddie pool, adult pool, Olympic-sized lap pool, waterfall jacuzzi and waterslide pool).
But first, we had to unload our bags, which meant taking a golf cart to our room.
This was an exciting first for Mazzy too. From that point on, she requested golf carts to go everywhere (the property is large and quite spread out) and would yell “WHEEEEEEEEEEEE!!!!!” the whole ride.
The Westin provided us with an incredibly large suite (I’m not kidding when I say it was larger than my entire Manhattan apartment), complete with a living room, dining area, full kitchen, two bathrooms, balcony and a separate bedroom. Totally ideal for traveling with a child since it’s much easier if you can put them to bed and then have somewhere else to hang out and watch TV.
Next, we went to the pool. Mazzy had a blast jumping in the water and trying to escape me at all times— the girl thinks she can swim. And I, who usually try to stay dry, was more than happy to take the plunge in 100 degree heat.
One of the big moments of the pool experience was Mazzy’s first trip to the swim-up bar. The ability to order apple juice while sitting on a stool submerged in water was just too much amazingness for my toddler’s brain to comprehend.
Over the next few weeks, I’ll be talking about my experience at the Azul restaurant, the Westin Kid’s Club, the Elizabeth Arden Red Door Spa and of course, sleeping in the famously comfortable Heavenly Bed.
But for now, I’ll give you a sneak peak of our eventful three day stay at the Westin La Paloma.