Some of y’all might be wondering what I do for work that allows me to travel so much. Well when I’m not writing blog posts, traveling, or stuffing my face, I manage the marketing department for my company. With a broad title comes an even more broad job description – and one of my favorite aspects of my job is event planning.
Every year we hold a national meeting that allows our corporate office to connect with our employees in the field. We go over the previous year results, strategize for next year, and of course spend some time rewarding ourselves for a job well done. And it’s my job to plan all of it and make sure everything runs as smoothly as possible.
This year our location was The Westin La Paloma Resort & Spa in beautiful Tucson, Arizona.
As an event planner, I’m partial to the Westin brand hotels and resorts. I believe they just do a really incredible job when assisting with all the planning details, which in turn, makes my job so much easier!
We couldn’t have picked a more perfect time to visit than late March. The days were dry and warm (high’s in the 70’s) and the nights were cool (lows in the 50’s).
I arrived on a Monday and hardly spent any time waiting to check in. I love going to hotels and resorts that have grand lobby’s – I think it just make such a lasting first impression and the Westin at La Paloma definitely didn’t disappoint.
All the rooms and facilities of this resort were top notch. I’m a fan of private balconies (who wants to look over and see their neighbor? Not me!) so these were right up my alley and offered spectacular views of the mountains. Depending on where you are in the resort, you’ve got either a breathtaking sunrise or sunset on your horizon.
After checking in and answer some emails in my room, I headed down to the Elizabeth Arden Red Door Spa for a massage. Elizabeth Arden Red Door Spa’s are famous around the world so I was so excited to be able to experience it first hand.
As soon as you walk up, you’re greeted with those cheery red doors. It’s like they’re saying to you, “Come in and relax.”
I opted for a 90 minute deep tissue massage to really try and work out some of the tension I’ve been carrying around in my back and shoulders lately. My masseuse was wonderful – she didn’t beat the crap out my muscles that didn’t need it but really went to town when she found knots to work out.
It was safe to say afterwards I was a puddle of mush.
I followed up my massage on Monday with dinner at one of the on-site restaurants, Contigo Latin Kitchen. A group of us enjoyed delicious tacos while the margaritas were flowing.
Now for actual work, the meeting spaces are large and have ample space for elbow room. Our general session room had large windows that let in a ton of natural light and a walk out patio where we enjoyed lunch every day.
All of our dinners offered breath taking views. We opted for two dinners outside and one inside, which worked perfectly since it was a little chilly on the last night!
One of my favorite things besides the incredible views were all the congregating spaces all around the resort. During the day you could hang out in the lobby, outside in a little seating area, or by one of the five pools they have. And if you’re a fish like me, there’s Sabino’s, the swim up bar.
For after dinner drinks, this couch set ups with a water feature and fire pit was our favorite go-to spot each night. Who wouldn’t want to have a few drinks around that?
Overall, the resort is amazing. Every single staff member I encountered was great, not just the meeting planners. If you ever find yourself in the Tucson area, definitely look into stopping by!
Do you have a favorite spot in Tucson or Arizona? Let me know below!