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Where to Stay with Kids in Palm Springs – The Westin Mission Hills Resort & Spa

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You might be surprised by the number of activities for kids in Palm Springs. I know I was. There’s the Living Desert zoo and botanical garden with its maze of miniature trains, Knott’s Soak City Water Park with its abundance of waterslides and a gigantic wave pool, and the Aerial Tramway’s spinning ascent to Mount San Jacinto State Park. But I am convinced fabulous hotel pools are the real reason families flock to this oasis in the California desert. It seems every hotel in Palm Springs has got a spectacular hotel pool (or two or three). How to choose where to stay? Well, here are some reasons to pick the Westin Mission Hills Resort & Spa for your next family vacation in the Palm Springs area.

Where to Stay with Kids in Palm Springs - The Westin Mission Hills

Las Brisas Pool with its 60-foot waterslide at Westin Mission Hills Resort & Spa

Hotel Pools and Other Fun

The Westin Mission Hills Resort & Spa in Rancho Mirage boasts three pools, four hot tubs, and two waterslides. Want a better look? Check out this video of the Las Brisas Pool at Westin Mission Hills. (Sorry for the small size…one of these days I’ll remember the correct way to hold my iPhone when shooting video!)

Westin Mission Hills near Palm Springs - poolside nap

A poolside siesta at one of Westin Mission Hills’ three pools

A poolside ping pong table and life-sized checkers board add to the fun. Poolside lunch service is available with casual options like chicken fingers and hot dogs for kids and more grown-up fare like fish tacos for parents. Throw a pina colada or strawberry daiquiri in the mix and this Travel Mama is in vacation heaven!

Westin Mission Hills ping pong by the pool

A poolside ping pong table and a giant checkers board are fun for all ages

Spa, Gym and Golf

Vacations aren’t just for the kids so be sure to book a spa treatment at the 14,00-square-foot Spa at Mission Hills during your stay. I opted for the Chardonnay Valley Massage, with soothing vino-scented body lotion. There was no drinking involved but my treatment plus a soak in the outdoor Jacuzzi in the spa garden left me feeling pleasantly buzzed.

Palm Springs golf course at Westin Mission Hills

A view of one of the resort’s championship PGA golf courses

To ease any guilt caused by vacation-induced over-eating, you can do as I did, and burn off some calories at the adjoining 24-hour gym with its gorgeous view of the golf course.

I’m not a golfer but my husband is. Throughout our stay he was drooling over the two championship PGA courses; the centerpiece of this huge resort. No, unfortunately he did not have time to hit the fairways while we were there. I’m still hearing about that one…!

Hotel kids camp at Westin Mission Hills

It was hard to pull my kids away from the Westin Kids Discovery Room’s games, crafts and friendly counselors

Kids’ Club

My children (ages 4 and 7) ADORED the Westin Kids Discovery Room. In fact, when my husband and I attempted to retrieve our offspring after dinner out at the oh-so-delicious Tommy Bahamas restaurant and bar in nearby Palm Desert, my 4-year-old started crying because he didn’t want to leave. Available to children ages 4 to 12, activities like arts and crafts, scavenger hunts, cookie decorating and Wii tournaments are sure to please your kids, too. Plan ahead and make a reservation since the club may not be open if no other children have signed up.

Chairman Agave Suite at the Westin Mission Hills in Rancho Mirage

The Agave Chairman Suite is worthy of a splurge

Gigantic Suites and Connecting Rooms

We stayed in one of the resort’s two Chairman Suites, which was GIGANTIC. I can’t think of a nicer hotel room I have ever stayed in. Think hardwood floors, a fireplace, marble bathrooms with fluffy robes, a vanity for Mama, and a sweeping view of the golf course. The massive living room plus dining area provided a leisurely and decadent spot to relax while watching family movies post-swimming. A kitchen area with coffee maker and small refrigerator made storing breakfast goodies and snacks easy.

The suite consisted of two bedrooms, one with two queen-sized beds for the kids and a master bedroom with a king-sized bed and…get this…a private outdoor hot tub on the patio! Don’t believe me? Check out this short video (with a little mood music) of our sweet hot tub.

Westin Mission Hills private hot tub on balcony

Our very own private hot tub on our balcony

Think the Chairman Suite is way out of your budget? Think again! The gal at the front desk said that during the resort’s low season (summer), you can sometimes nab that grandiose suite for just $350 per night, or if you’re very lucky even $250 per night. If traveling with grandparents or another family with whom you could split the cost, that’s downright affordable. For the best rates, book your room online and then call to ask for an upgrade.

There are also eight Presidential Suites with the same layout but slightly less square footage, which typically go for $100 less per night. Even if you don’t want to book a suite, 90 percent of the rooms at the Westin Mission Hills Resort & Spa are connecting, making this hotel a great option for families who want to have some extra space for sleep, play and privacy.

What appeals to you most about Palm Springs, its attractions or its hotel pools? Let us know in the comments below!

A Note from The Travel Mama: Thank you to the Westin Mission Hills Resort & Spa for hosting a portion of our stay at your resort.

All photos by Colleen Lanin.

About Colleen Lanin, The Travel Mama

Colleen Lanin is the founder/editor-in-chief of As the author of her book, "The Travel Mamas' Guide," she teaches parents not only how to survive a trip with children, but also how to love exploring the world with their offspring. Her stories have appeared online and in print for such outlets as the "Today" show,, Parenting Magazine, Orlando Sentinel, Chicago Tribune, Expedia, San Diego Family Magazine, and more. Colleen gives tips on television, radio, and as a public speaker. She has a master’s degree in business administration with a background in marketing. She lives in Arizona with her husband and two kids.

  1. Keryn @ walking on travels says

    Love it! Especially the 6 seconds of mood music and video. Looks like a fabulous place to stay if we ever head down that way, which I really hope we do. California needs to get on our radar ASAP!

    • Colleen Lanin, The Travel Mama says

      Keryn – Oh, I hope you do make it to California soon! And you MUST come down to San Diego if you do. I’d love to see you IRL!

  2. My kids would go crazy for the pools. I go crazy for massive suites with living/dining areas!

  3. Wow- that hot tub is amazing. I really could go for my own private balcony hot tub…. ahhh…..

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