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The Westin Mission Hills Golf & Spa Resort

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Review By: Tonya Edwards

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Beautiful does not do it justice as to the weather here from October thru April. At the very moment I stepped out of my car, feeling the welcome breeze I knew this weekend was going to be special.

With its lush green manicured lawn upon entering the luxurious Westin Mission Hills Golf Resort & Spa you begin to get a sense of relaxation immediately. With its decorative lobby for the season and the Iguana display was the perfect reflection of the dessert community and with the brief check-in I was ready to see what else this property had to offer.

As my high expectation of this 4 Star, Starwood property, I was not disappointed once I opened the door to my spacious room and seeing my lovely view of the professional 18 hole golf course as I walked over to my private patio balcony.[/vc_column_text][vc_single_image image=”1641″ img_size=”full” alignment=”center”][/vc_column_inner][/vc_row_inner][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_row_inner][vc_column_inner width=”1/2″][vc_single_image image=”1642″ img_size=”full” alignment=”center”][/vc_column_inner][vc_column_inner width=”1/2″][vc_single_image image=”1643″ img_size=”full” alignment=”center”][/vc_column_inner][/vc_row_inner][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]

After getting all settled in, I decided to walk the grounds to go back to the main lobby and meet with the property Marketing Manager Laura Little, as I started on the paved path an employee in a golf cart stopped to ask if I needed a ride.  After he pointed out where the lobby was, I decided to continue walking as I wanted to have more time to view the immaculate golf course and observe nature.

With over 500 rooms and two golf courses one designed by Gary Player. There are a number of banquet rooms to host anything from a business meeting to a wedding which was taking place on this weekend. The resort is kid and pet-friendly as there are three swimming pools, a spa, gym and 7 tennis courts with a full tennis shop as I got to chat with the Director of Tennis Kevin Connolly. 

As we continued the tour, I couldn’t help but noticed that everything was in a nice walking distance and that the grounds had numerous animal life from Ducks, Geese, and even Swans as they enjoyed the various water-falls and man-made lakes on the golf course while moving around freely. A Turtle and Rabbit habitat and a couple of Koi fish ponds will keep the kids amused.

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For kids of all ages, video games, air hockey, a pool table or even the business center you have it all in the Oasis Den.

A favorite pass-time for me while on vacation is eating so, after a few hours after the tour with Laura, I felt it was time to dine at Pinzimini’s the featured restaurant here and as I walked in I was greeted by the special of the day sign “Surf & Turf,“ which was perfect, a Flat Iron steak and Shrimp. I decided to substitute the Rib Eye instead. I selected the Fried Calamari for a appetizer and ordered Cocktail Sauce on the side. The main entrée came with Mashed Potato’s, String Beans and Carrots.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_row_inner][vc_column_inner width=”1/2″][vc_single_image image=”1649″ img_size=”full” alignment=”center”][/vc_column_inner][vc_column_inner width=”1/2″][vc_single_image image=”1647″ img_size=”full” alignment=”center”][/vc_column_inner][/vc_row_inner][vc_column_text]

After a relaxing Saturday of watching golfers from my balcony and college football, life couldn’t get any better. Or could it? As lunch time approached on Sunday, it was time to break away from the morning NFL games and try Seasons Grill which is located at the sister property at the Westin Mission Hills Villa so with only a brief walk I was greeted by a couple of fowl feather friends as they seem to know what I was in for as they hovered around for a chance to dine as well. 

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With our friendly server Artie letting us know that the chef Victor Romero was preparing something special I waited with anticipation while sipping on tropical drinks and enjoying the view of the pool from the patio.

A beautiful dish Gamba Shrimp (Garlic) a very delicious treat for the eyes and taste buds.  I will most definitely order this on my return visit.

Lunch was served as the Sesame Seared Salmon with Spinach was light and seasoned perfectly, while the Hawaiian Burger was a delight as the Pineapple made it a sweet refreshing delight.

 

As I wondered again can the day get any better and it just did, while I began the walk back there was a unique rainbow over the golf course and while marveling over its unique shape an employee stopped and asked if I needed a ride, so I took Mitch up on his offer. These last few hours made for an memorable Sunday before the drive back to Los  Angeles. Thanks to Laura, Kevin, Artie, Victor, Mitch and all the other friendly staff that I came across to make this one of the best weekends in the dessert, I give it 5 Stars.

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Smooth Jazz Magazine thanks the Westin Mission Hills Golf & Spa Resort for its great hospitality.

 

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