Texas tends to do everything just a little bit bigger than other states, and its resorts are no exception. Many of its top resorts are sprawled over thousands of acres of land, promising guests endless opportunities for fun and relaxation. Even the smaller ones are big on amenities, offering numerous dining options, sumptuous spas, sports courts, pools, and more besides. If you're looking to enjoy some R&R in the Lone Star State, check out our pick of the 20 best Texas resorts.
20. Lake Austin Spa Resort, Austin
Recommended as one of the best resorts in Texas by ravereviews.org, Lake Austin Spa Resort is ideal for those with a passion for health and fitness. Located in a scenic position on the shores of Lake Austin, the all-inclusive resort offers a staggering range of fitness activities to enjoy, including cardio classes, yoga, and kayaking. There are also three pools to make use of, along with a very well-equipped training room. After a workout, head for the onsite spa to indulge in a deeply pampering massage or treatment. Food-wise, expect fresh, healthy, and very tasty cuisine prepared using the organic ingredients grown in the resort's gardens.
19. The Westin Stonebriar Hotel & Golf Club, Frisco
The Westin Stonebriar Hotel & Golf Club might only be 24 miles north of Dallas, but you'd never know it from its wonderfully peaceful setting. With 18 Tom Fazio-designed fairways on its doorstep, it's ideal for guests looking to practice their golf swing. If you've no interest in golfing, indulge yourself with a dip in the pool or an in-room spa treatment instead. The accommodation is heavenly, with tasteful decor and cloud-like Heavenly Beds. For food, enjoy some classic American fare at The Legacy Grill or some lighter bites poolside.
18. Omni Barton Creek Resort & Spa, Austin
Set just 10 miles from downtown Austin, the Omni Barton Creek Resort & Spa is ideal for guests looking for a relaxing retreat within easy reach of big-city attractions. Key features include four golf courses, two pool areas with a poolside bar, and a deeply relaxing onsite spa. Little ones are treated to a host of kid-friendly amenities, including organized events and a mini-golf course. You'll find nothing to complain about with the resort's excellent range of dining options, but if you're in the mood for something different, you'll find a bunch of superb eateries on your doorstep in nearby Austin.
17. The San Luis Resort Spa and Conference Center, Galveston
As theculturetrip.com says, with its picture-perfect location overlooking the Gulf of Mexico, the San Luis Resort Spa & Conference Center is a beachgoer’s dream. Spread over 32 acres, it offers guests a ton of amenities and activities to enjoy, including a choice of 10 dining options and a full-service spa. If you're traveling child-free, choose the Club Ten package to enjoy access to the delights of the adults-only 10th floor, which includes complimentary valet parking, breakfast service, VIP priority seating at the resort's restaurants, and as many sweet treats in the lobby as you can eat. For a taste of the good life, splash out on a private cabana to enjoy lounge chairs, flat-screen TVs, and tableside service with fruit, bottled water, and a bottle of champagne.
16. Wildcatter Ranch & Resort, Graham
Spread over 1500 acres, the Wildcatter Ranch & Resort offers a superb selection of activities (expect horseback riding, clay shooting, Jeep tours, wagon rides, and guided hiking tours over its 25 miles of trails), a fabulous range of amenities (including an infinity pool, a spa, and an on-site restaurant) and some of the most comfortable beds in Graham. If you want on-tap entertainment and top-notch southern hospitality, it's ideal.
15. Miraval Austin, Austin
Set in the heart of Texas Hill Country, Miraval Austin is ideal for couples, solo travelers, and anyone else in need of some rest and relaxation. Set against a backdrop of beautiful scenery, the resort offers wonderfully comfortable accommodation complete with king-sized beds, meditation pillows, Tibetan singing bowls, and an excellent selection of conveniences like flat-screen TVs and mini-fridges. The site spa is ideal for guests looking for a little extra pampering, or you could choose to spend your day sipping cocktails at one of the infinity pools instead. For more adventurous souls, there's a range of onsite activities to try out, including yoga and a challenge course.
14. Hyatt Regency Lost Pines Resort and Spa, Lost Pines
Located in a prime position on the banks of the Colorado River, the Hyatt Regency Lost Pines Resort and Spa is ideal for nature lovers, boasting over 1700 acres of gorgeous countryside to explore. If that wasn't enough, it also runs adjacent to the beautiful McKinney Roughs Nature Park, offering guests endless opportunities for hiking, biking, and wildlife spotting. Other standout features include a fun-packed on-site water park with a waterslide, lazy river and splash pad, numerous dining options, an 18 hole golf course, and a full-service spa. For guests looking to try something a little different, the resort offers a host of activities to enjoy, including horseback riding, archery, kayaking, and guided hiking excursions.
13. Horseshoe Bay Resort, Horseshoe Bay
Picked as one of the best resorts in Texas by tripstodiscover.com, Horseshoe Bay Resort combines an idyllic location on the shores of Lake Lyndon B. Johnson in the Texas Hill Country with a fabulous array of amenities. Guests are free to enjoy the full-service spa, four golf courses, four pools, and numerous dining options, together with an excellent range of organized activities such as sunset cruises and day excursions to nearby Marble Falls.
12. The Houstonian Hotel, Club & Spa, Houston
Usnews.com has named The Houstonian Hotel, Club & Spa in Houston as one of the best resorts in Texas, and for very good reason. Billed as "a wooded oasis in the heart of Houston," the resort offers a plethora of amenities to enjoy, including numerous pools, tennis courts, jogging paths, and over 27 acres of forest to explore. For guests in need of some pampering, the Mediterranean-style spa, Trellis, offers a fabulous selection of treatments along with an indoor float pool, rain shower, jacuzzi, and steam room. If you're in the mood for something a little more active, there's a rock-climbing wall and a gymnasium with over 100 fitness classes to check out. The accommodation is incredibly swanky, with Keurig coffee makers, luxury toiletries, and occupancy sensors so you're not disturbed by housekeeping. For food, tuck into fresh seafood at the Manor House or enjoy some poolside fare at Arbor Grill.
11. The Woodlands Resort & Conference Center, The Woodlands
If you're looking for a resort that combines a huge array of onside amenities with luxurious accommodation, look no further than The Woodlands Resort & Conference Center. Although it's just 30 miles from downtown Houston, the resort has enough entertainment options and activities to enjoy, you'll find no reason to venture off-site. Guests are treated to several world-class golf courses, multiple sports courts, numerous pools, and a very sumptuous spa. If that wasn't enough to tempt you, it also boasts excellent fitness facilities, top-notch dining options, and a giant network of hiking trails on its doorstep. The 440 well-appointed guest rooms leave no room for disappointment, with luxurious bathrooms, spacious private balconies, and plenty of luxurious touches.
10. Lakeway Resort and Spa, Lakeway
If you're in the market for some all-out indulgence, don't miss the Lakeway Resort and Spa. Although it's set just 22 miles northwest of downtown Austin, guests rarely feel the need to leave the resort thanks to its exceptional range of onsite amenities. For golfers, there are four 18-hole championship golf courses to enjoy, including the Jack Nicklaus-designed Flintrock Falls. There's also the chance to treat yourself to a massage or treatment at the full-service spa, enjoy a boat ride from the Lakeway Marina, or take a dip in one of the pools. End your day with a tasty dinner at the on-site restaurant, Lake Travis Restaurant.
9. JW Marriott San Antonio Hill Country Resort & Spa, San Antonio
Texas does things on a different scale to most states, and the expansive JW Marriott San Antonio Hill Country Resort & Spa is no exception. Ideal for adventure-loving families, the resort is packed with first-rate features, including TPC San Antonio, featuring two 18-hole championship golf courses and home of the PGA Texas Valero Open, an adult’s only infinity pool, and an incredibly fun 9-acre waterpark with a lazy river, slides, and enough wet and wild attractions to keep the whole family happy. For food, take your pick of everything from Mexican cuisine to authentic Texas BBQ at one of the resort's seven dining options. The guest rooms are supremely comfortable, with plush bedding, private balconies, and marble bathrooms with deep soaking tubs.
8. The San Luis Resort, Galveston
Occupying 32 acres of beachfront overlooking the Gulf of Mexico, The San Luis Resort in Galveston is the ideal getaway for beach lovers. The accommodation is exquisite, with each well-appointed room coming with top-of-the-range Molton Brown toiletries, Keurig coffee makers, private balconies, and flat-screen TVs. The nine dining options are equally upscale, offering a great selection of steaks, seafood, Italian cuisine, and American comfort food. For the ultimate in relaxation, make your way to the Spa San Luis to enjoy your pick of Asian and European-style massages and spa treatments.
7. Moody Gardens Hotel, Spa and Convention Center, Galveston
As ideal for families as for business travelers, the Moody Gardens Hotel, Spa and Convention Center in Galveston is an excellent choice for guests looking for friendly service, excellent amenities, and comfortable accommodation at a very reasonable price. Onsite amenities include a museum, a rainforest populated by exotic animals, an aquarium, and several excellent dining options. Kids are well catered to with a water park and a great range of activities that include everything from overnight camping adventures to scavenger hunts. Accommodation is spacious and clean, with all the conveniences and comfort you'll need for a relaxing stay.
6. Gaylord Texan Resort & Convention Center, Grapevine
Gaylord Texan Resort & Convention Center might not be within walking distance of any amenities, but there's so much to enjoy on the site itself, very few guests are likely to care. The expansive resort offers everything you could possibly need for an enjoyable stay, including a state-of-the-art fitness center, several golf courses, numerous retail outlets, a clutch of restaurants, a 25,000-square-foot spa, and a pool complex with a lazy river and waterslides. Guest rooms are extremely comfortable and come with internet access and cable TV.
5. La Cantera Resort and Spa, San Antonio
Set on 550 acres on one of the highest points in San Antonio, the La Cantera Resort and Spa combines an unparalleled location in the heart of Texas Hill Country with world-beating amenities. The accommodation consists of 496 rooms and 34 private villas, all of which come with plush bedding, private balconies, beautiful views, and the full caboodle of mod cons. If you can drag yourself away from the comfort of your room, you'll find five pools lined with private cabanas, a full-service spa, two world-class golf courses, and an excellent selection of restaurants.
4. Hyatt Regency Hill Country Resort and Spa, San Antonio
Despite being just 17 miles from downtown San Antonio, the Hyatt Regency Hill Country Resort and Spa feels a world away. Tucked away in 300 acres of the Rogers-Wiseman family ranch, its serene setting is ideal for those looking for an idyllic getaway. Accommodation is wonderfully comfortable, blending country charm with ultra-modern conveniences. The amenities are just as good, stretching to include several sparkling pools, a 22-foot water slide, a lazy river, a 27-hole Arthur Hills-designed golf course, and a clutch of top-notch dining options. If you're in need of some pampering, head for the on-site Wildflower – The Hill Country Spa for a luxurious massage or indulgent body treatment.
3. Hotel Galvez & Spa, A Wyndham Grand Hotel, Galveston
If you like the idea of staying somewhere with a bit of history, the Hotel Galvez & Spa, A Wyndham Grand Hotel should be right up your street. The historic hotel has been welcoming guests for over 120 years, but despite its age, it's kept up with the times admirably. Each beautifully decorated guest room comes with the whole caboodle of contemporary luxuries, including flat-screen TVs, complimentary WIFI, and iPod docking stations. Elsewhere on the site, you find a spa and heated pool, along with some first-rate southern Texas food at Galvez Bar & Grill.
2. La Colombe d’Or Hotel, Houston
According to thecrazytourist.com, La Colombe d’Or Hotel, a1920’s mansion house-turned-hotel-resort, is considered to be one of the very finest luxury hotels in the world. Guests can expect world-class dining at the exceptional onsite restaurant, CINQ, super cocktails at The Library Bar, supremely luxurious accommodation, and even the chance to enjoy a culture fix at the onside art gallery.
1. Four Seasons Resort and Club Dallas at Los Colinas, Irving
If you want to pitch yourself right between the big city attractions of Dallas and Fort Worth, you'll struggle to find a better-positioned resort than the Four Seasons Resort and Club Dallas at Los Colinas. You'll also have to go a long way to find one with a better set of amenities. Guests are welcome to enjoy a smorgasbord of facilities that include an 18 hole golf course, a super swanky on-site spa, several lounges, four pools, a tennis court, and a good handful of top-notch restaurants. The accommodation is equally impressive, with marble bathrooms, plush bedding, and every type of comfort and convenience you'll need for a relaxing stay. If all that wasn't enough, there's also a great range of activities and fitness classes to try out, including an anti-gravity aerial yoga class with the only anti-gravity-certified instructor in the Southwest.
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