Athena and I have become swimming pool connoisseurs. We know what works for families and what doesn’t. The Westin Playa Bonita Panama boasts four breathtaking beachfront pools overlooking the Pacific Ocean and a private white sand beach. Here are five awesome reasons why Westin Playa Bonita is a pool lovers paradise:
1. Depth Matters
Unless I want to spend hours playing on the pool stairs, there needs to be a shallow end for children to play. Athena can’t swim yet and a shallow, toddler waist-deep section lets her feel comfortable and I can relax.
At the Westin Playa Bonita, the shallow section seems endless and it’s clearly marked to show children the “no-go” zones.
2. Location, location, location
I love when the family-friendly pool is located close to the hotel. Who wants to trek across a resort with a wet child that just got out of the pool or a child that needs to go to the potty? No one!
This is the pool view from my room at Westin Playa Bonita. Obviously, if you can see it this clearly from the room, the location is working for us.
3. Let’s Keep it Clean
The pool could be designated for toddlers and actually in my hotel room, but if it’s dirty I’m not swimming in it.
The pool was so spotless it looked new. Not even a leaf floated on the glass-like water and the bright blue bottom looked like someone scrubbed ever inch with a toothbrush. I was more than impressed; I was in awe.
4. I Don’t Really Like Kids
While it’s difficult for me to understand, some hotel guests would rather not swim with children splashing, yelling, and having fun. Ok; have it your way.
With four beachfront pool options, every guest can enjoy their dream pool. I chose the middle road and went for the pool with some families and a few adults as well. I love the sound of a child laughing and you can be certain to find that when they are playing in a pool.
5. Bathing in Chlorine Really Isn’t for Me
Swimming is much more enjoyable without the worry of the potential health risks from bathing in chlorine. In a world full of pesticides and cancer-causing agents, we don’t need to add to the worries by swimming in chlorine.
All of the pools at Westin Playa Bonita are freshwater. I didn’t feel grimy when I got out and even though I went under water several times, my eyes weren’t burning.
When I saw the photos of Westin Playa Bonita, the first thing I noticed was the pools. A good swimming pool can make or break a family vacation. Many of my favorite family vacation memories take place in the pool. It’s rare for me to return to a destination or or a resort because there is just too much out there to explore and see but I can’t wait to come back to Westin Playa Bonita with my family. The pools are Carter family approved.
What would you say makes a great pool?
***This trip is sponsored by Westin Playa Bonita but all thoughts, ideas, and options are my own.***