With a beloved golf course, three pools, and a spa spread over 360 acres, The Westin Mission Hills lives up to the name “resort.” The property, which seems to stretch forever, is a series of perky peach stucco buildings with terracotta tile roofs. The club is separated into areas: the golf resort and spa, and timeshare villas. The hotel is both dog- and kid-friendly, with distinct amenities for each.
YOU SHOULD KNOW Like most resorts, The Westin Mission Hills charges a daily resort fee. This one includes far more than many others we’ve seen, including two welcome drinks per stay, miniature golf, and two shuttles—one to a nearby golf course and another to a casino—in addition to the more usual items like WiFi, bicycle rental, and parking.
The 512 guest rooms, including 40 luxury suites, all boast private patios or balconies. The decor is typical for an international property and a resort, with mellow beiges, natural light, and modern furniture choices. Upgraded rooms may have hot tubs on outdoor patios.
Standard but spacious, with nice vanities and fixtures and Westin’s own Heavenly® Bath brand toiletries. Luxury suites offer whirlpool tubs and aim for a more “spa-like” encounter.
Looking like an oasis in the middle of the desert, the exterior, framed by date palm trees, with a domed minaret and a stair-stepped fountain leading to a sand-colored portico, gives off serious Persian vibes. The interior, however, with aqua blues and lime green furniture, is pure California.
Do it for the kids: The Las Brisas pool has a 75-foot water slide, two hot tubs, an activity area, cabanas, and the very important poolside bar. Guests can order salads, sandwiches, or burgers from the cafe. Two other pools are “quiet” spaces, with a hot tub, bar, and cabanas.
The spa can ease aches, acne, or stress with massages, facials, aromatherapy, hydrotherapy and other treatments. Beyond the 14 treatment rooms, the spa hosts a steam room, an outdoor therapy pool, and a relaxation lounge.
Guests won’t have a hard time getting in a good workout at the fitness center. The gym has resistance bands and tubes, stability balls and pilates equipment, plus standard cardio equipment and free weights. Westin also offers a lending program for guests who need to borrow athletic apparel or shoes.
With multiple restaurants and a cafe, guests will find the right cuisine for their mood, tastes, and dining companions. Season’s Grill offers California cuisine and a view of the Paradise Pool. Pinzimini provides Tuscan treats like pasta, pizza, and panini, while Dilbert’s Diner is casual and kid-oriented. Find Starbucks coffee, as well as grab-and-go snacks and light meals at The Mission Hills Market Cafe, open an impressive 6 a.m. to 11 p.m.
Pinzimini offers a swell happy hour from 3 to 5 p.m. every day, offering half off beer, wine, and well drinks. Fireside Lounge, only open Friday and Saturday nights, is the perfect spot for a cocktail, wine, or to snack on tapas.
Self parking and valet are both fee-based options for day or overnight guests; for guests staying on the property, self parking is included in the daily resort fee. Resort guests can rent bikes. The property has an impressive amount of jogging and walking trails. A car is required for off-site amenities or hikes.
One of the best burgers you’ve ever had might be in unassuming strip mall spot Tony's Burgers (8-minute drive). The falafel at Evzin Mediterranean Cuisine (14-minute drive) is scrumptious. For dinner and a movie, enjoy the Italian fare at Trilussa (10-minute drive) and then a movie at the theater next door.
A sort of barcade awaits at Dringk Eatery + Bar (10-minute drive), in the area’s popular upscale shopping center, The River. Meanwhile, Bernie’s Lounge and Supper Club (10-minute drive) is a blast from the past kind of spot.
WHY WE LIKE IT
This ultra family-friendly resort provides leisure for the whole family. With all the amenities, there’s really no reason to leave the resort other than to check out the cool nearby cultural attractions and hiking.