My husband and I celebrated our first anniversary at the Westin, October 1-9, 2004. "Off-season" meant we got a good price on the room, the beach and pool were mostly empty, restaurants and excursions were easy to get into -- we loved it! We were on the 11th Floor, with a king-bed ocean-view room, so we saw the cruise ships coming in and out every day from our balcony. The air-conditioning was very necessary for sleeping - hot & humid. Otherwise, during the day, laying by the gorgeous pools or under slatted pagodas in the sand looking out at the bay, gave easy access to water for frequent cool-down dips. Pool bars had good cocktails and decent 'snack' food for lunch (chicken fingers, burgers, salads, pizza) -- kinda expensive but also convenient. The lobby bar had happy hour every day from 6-11pm -- 2x1 drinks. We ate at El Palmar for breakfast because it was included in our package -- not anything we would have paid for otherwise. We did have 2 breakfasts at Mr Cream Pancake House along the marina boardwalk -- just like IHOP at home! We also had a great sushi dinner at Szuba in the marina -- certainly comparable to our favorite sushi places here in San Francisco. Mostly, we rode the bus downtown for dinner (4 pesos/person versus 45 or 50 pesos for a cab) -- it adds up over a week! Downtown, I'd recommend The River Cafe and Cilantro's for dinner -- felt like 'nice' dinners without a big pricetag. Strolling the malecon after dinner was nice way to get a sense of the local life and enjoy the sculpture and vibe of the town. The timeshare guys are EVERYWHERE -- the Mayan Palace was the worst in our opinion. Just non-stop. Practice saying 'no gracias' and develop a thick skin! We did attend the Club Regina timeshare gig at the Westin on our 2nd day -- didn't buy but got some nice perks such as $50 to apply at check-out, 20% off at the spa, 10% off on all food & beverage. The spa was not great -- the massage itself was nice but it didn't have a luxury spa feel -- it was just a few treatment rooms near the workout room. No 'lounge' area, and no niceties like flipflops/sandals, body products, etc. I had to figure out the locker room system by myself and get my own robe, and with no lounge you couldn't linger anywhere to enjoy it afterwards. Other than laying around the beach and pool, we did some excursions: we snorkeled at Las Marietas, and also swam with dolphins (both were booked through Vallarta Adventures) -- lots of fun. The water taxi to Yelapa Beach was kinda disappointing -- it's not nearly as pristine and untouched as the guide books tell you. The waterfall was cool. We hope to return next year, and might try staying somewhere else just to experience a different area. No complaints about the Westin, more a reflection of its location. The marina area was nice, but not all that convenient.
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