THE WESTIN KIERLAND RESORT & SPA
Why We Love It By day, drift along the lazy river, head down a 110-foot water slide or catch a wave on a surfing machine; come sunset, hang at the fire pit, listen to Scottish bagpipes and other live music, and sip drinks from Waltz & Weiser Whiskey Bar and Cantina. On Fridays, water activities stay open until 10 p.m., and there’s a poolside DJ, s’mores and party games. There’s also a kids’ club for ages 4 to 12, offering activities such as scavenger hunts, movies, soccer, tennis and more, starting at $35 per child for a half day and $75 for a full day. For $120, drop off two kids ages 4 to 12 at a hotel pajama party to play games, watch movies and eat dinner, while you and your partner use a $100 dining credit (with a minimum spend of $120) at Deseo, for Latin fare, or Nellie Cashman’s Monday Club Café, specializing in prime beef and cocktails.
The Deal The Big Chill package starts at $149 per night for a room for a family of four with a private balcony or terrace. You get a $50 daily dining credit to use at any of the resort’s seven dining options, or two free sessions to learn how to flowboard or bodyboard.