With its wonderfully warm weather and endless array of outdoor activities, Texas is one of the best vacation destinations in America. It's a true paradise for golfers, beach fans, and anyone interested in simply relaxing. Fortunately, there's no shortage of excellent accommodation; options range from luxurious waterfront resorts on the Gulf Coast to rustic dude ranch resorts nestled in the heart of Texas Hill Country.
1. Lakeway Resort and Spa
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Perched overlooking Lake Travis, the Lakeway Resort and Spa is a scenic resort with amenities for the whole family to enjoy. Adults can relax in the luxurious resort spa or in the chic lobby bar, and younger members of the family will love the resort's special children's programming and the children's pool area, which features a waterslide. The neutral-toned rooms come with flat screen TVs and mini fridges; some also offer full kitchens, furnished balconies, and floor-to-ceiling windows. Wi-Fi and parking are included in the resort fee, as is access to the resort's fitness center, which is open 24 hours a day.
101 Lakeway Dr, Lakeway, TX 78734, Phone: 512-261-6600
2. Hyatt Regency Lost Pines Resort and Spa
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Found on the banks of the Colorado River, the Hyatt Regency Lost Pines Resort and Spa is a 405-acre resort complex with plenty of wonderful amenities for guests to take advantage of. The tranquil nature-inspired rooms and suites feature beautiful views of the surrounding landscape, and they offer mini fridges, flat screen TVs, and complimentary Wi-Fi. The on-site spa offers customizable treatments and peaceful relaxation rooms, and there is an on-site water park with a lazy river and a waterslide. Guests can also enjoy almost every sort of outdoor recreational activity imaginable, including horseback riding, hiking, archery, bird watching, and water sports on the river.
575 Hyatt Lost Pines Rd, Cedar Creek, TX 78612, Phone: 512-308-1234
3. La Cantera Resort & Spa
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Conveniently located right across the street from the Shops at La Cantera mall, La Cantera Resort & Spa is a beautiful resort with a luxurious spa and an on-site golf course. The resort is open to guests of all ages, but there are several adult-only areas, including a beautiful infinity pool and an entire floor of the hotel. All the rooms come with mini bars and flat screen TVs, and upgraded rooms also include breakfast. A complimentary shuttle service is offered between the hotel and several of the area's best attractions, and valet parking is available for a fee.
16641 La Cantera Pkwy, San Antonio, TX 78256, Phone: 210-558-6500
4. Hyatt Regency Hill Country Resort and Spa
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Offering a 27-hole championship golf course and an upscale spa, the Hyatt Regency Hill Country Resort and Spa is set on a beautiful 300-acre former ranch property only two miles away from SeaWorld San Antonio. The spacious rooms come with iPod docks, coffee makers, and flat screen TVs, and some also offer private balconies or patios. Upgraded rooms and suites include access to an exclusive lounge with a complimentary breakfast, and suites come with separate sitting areas or parlors. Resort amenities include seven restaurants and bars, a four-acre waterpark with a lazy river, a tennis court, and a state-of-the-art fitness center.
9800 Hyatt Resort Dr, San Antonio, TX 78251, Phone: 210-647-1234
5. Hotel ZaZa
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Situated in the trendy Uptown district of Dallas, Hotel ZaZa is a stylish hotel with a full-service spa. The Mediterranean-inspired rooms and suites are decorated with luxurious fabrics and unique pieces of artwork, and they offer amenities like flat screen TVs with cable, sitting areas with comfortable sofas, work desks, and mini fridges. Communal hotel amenities include a pool, a fitness center, and an on-site restaurant. The hotel also offers separate bungalow-style accommodation in a nearby annex; guests who choose to stay here are welcome to use all hotel amenities, and a car service is provided between the bungalows and the main hotel.
2332 Leonard St, Dallas, TX 75201, Phone: 214-468-8399
6. Four Seasons Resort and Club Dallas at Las Colinas
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Created with golf enthusiasts in mind, the Four Seasons Resort and Club Dallas at Las Colinas is a five-star resort with an incredible 18-hole championship golf course for guests to enjoy. The resort's accommodation options include rooms, suites, and entire villas; all units come with elegant marble bathrooms and private balconies, and the suites and villas come with additional features like kitchenettes, fireplaces, and breathtaking golf course views. There are also plenty of other amenities for guests to enjoy when not on the golf course or in their rooms; highlight include a full-service spa, a fitness center, and an upscale restaurant serving contemporary American cuisine.
4150 N MacArthur Blvd, Irving, TX 75038, Phone: 972-717-0700
7. Lajitas Golf Resort and Spa
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Tucked away in the desert on a 27,000-acre property, the Lajitas Golf Resort and Spa offers an excellent 18-hole golf course as well as plenty of opportunities for other outdoor recreational activities such as horseback riding, hiking, ziplining across a canyon, and even hunting for fossils. There is also a wide range of accommodation options to choose from; visitors looking for simple comfort can stay in one of the Old West-themed hotel rooms, while anyone who wants more space can book a cottage with an inviting private garden or a villa with a full kitchen.
100 Main St, Lajitas, TX 79852, Phone: 432-424-5000
8. Lake Austin Spa Resort
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Sprawling along the shores of Lake Austin, the Lake Austin Spa Resort is an intimate all-inclusive resort with only forty guest rooms. All rooms have views of either the lake or of the resort's beautiful gardens, and they offer amenities like private porches, flat screen TVs, outdoor hot tubs, and fireplaces. All meals, snacks, and non-alcoholic beverages are included in the room rate, and guests are welcome to join activities such as group hikes, yoga classes, guided meditations, and craft making. Resort amenities include steam rooms, saunas, indoor and outdoor pools, hot tubs, and relaxation areas.
1705 S Quinlan Park Rd, Austin, TX 78732, Phone: 512-372-7300
9. Eilan Hotel & Spa
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Set on the outskirts of Texas Hill Country less than a mile away from Six Flags Fiesta Texas, the Eilan Hotel & Spa offers refined Tuscan-inspired accommodation and beautiful views of the surrounding hills. Most of the rooms feature floor-to-ceiling windows, and they come with amenities like complimentary Wi-Fi, large flat screen TVs, and mini fridges. One and two bedroom suites are available as well; some have bunk beds that are perfect for families with children. There are also plenty of resort-style amenities, including a chic spa, a swimming pool with private cabanas, tennis courts, and a farm-to-table restaurant.
18603 La Cantera Terrace, San Antonio, TX 78256, Phone: 480-719-7961
10. Mokara Hotel & Spa
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With its excellent location on the San Antonio River Walk, the Mokara Hotel & Spa is ideal for anyone who wants to enjoy a relaxing vacation in the heart of the city. The hotel offers a wide range of luxurious amenities for guests to enjoy, including a rooftop pool, a full-service spa, and a fine dining restaurant with an oyster bar that specializes in seafood. All of the rooms feature high ceilings, flat screen TVs, marble accents, and spa-style bathrooms with complimentary high-end toiletries; some also have separate living areas or private balconies with views of the river.
212 W Crockett St, San Antonio, TX 78205, Phone: 210-396-5800
11. The Stella Hotel
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Modern and comfortable, the Stella Hotel in Bryan, Texas, is located next to the Traditions Club golf course and a short drive from Easterwood Airport, the George Bush Presidential Library and Museum, and Texas A&M University. The rooms are bright and homey and have private bathrooms, free Wi-Fi, desks, flat-screen TVs, and minibars. Suites also have living areas and some have balconies with city or university views. Guests enjoy the use of free bikes, paddleboards, two outdoor swimming pools, a modern restaurant with rustic touches, a café, a cocktail bar, a fitness center, a business center, and a hot tub.
4100 Lake Atlas Dr, Bryan, TX 77807, Phone: 888-8STELLA (878-3552)
12. Omni Corpus Christi Hotel
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Named for its close proximity to Corpus Christi Bay, the Omni Corpus Christi Hotel offers luxurious rooms and beautiful views of the water. The rooms feature private balconies, flat screen TVs, and coffee makers; guests who want more space can book one of the suites, which come with additional features like kitchenettes, dining areas, and living rooms. The hotel is an excellent place to base yourself if you're interested in enjoying the many watersports that the bay has to offer, but if you'd prefer to relax on the hotel property, you're free to dine at the rooftop restaurant or use the heated outdoor pool.
900 N Shoreline Blvd, Corpus Christi, TX 78401, Phone: 361-887-1600
13. Pearl South Padre
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Sitting on the southernmost tip of South Padre Island, Pearl South Padre offers more than 250 rooms and suites with free Wi-Fi and breathtaking views of the ocean. A sandy beach is only a minute away from the resort on foot, but guests who would prefer to relax in a pool are welcome to enjoy the resort's large outdoor pool, which features a swim-up bar. In addition to bright, airy rooms furnished with all the hotel-style amenities you'd expect, the resort offers spacious suites and condos with private balconies, views of the water, and kitchens or kitchenettes.
310 Padre Blvd, South Padre Island, TX 78597, Phone: 956-761-6551
14. Peninsula Island Resort & Spa
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Boasting a wonderful location right next to a white sandy beach, the Peninsula Island Resort & Spa offers a selection of studio rooms and one- to three-bedroom suites with either partial or full views of the ocean. In-room amenities include complimentary Wi-Fi and flat screen TVs with cable, and guests are also encouraged to make use of the wonderful resort amenities, which include a private beach, an infinity pool with a swim-up bar and a sundeck, an oceanfront restaurant, and a fitness center. Complimentary on-site parking is available, and a concierge service is offered 24/7.
340 Padre Blvd, South Padre Island, TX 78597, Phone: 956-761-2514
15. Rancho Viejo Resort & Country Club
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Located on a 1,400-acre property with a winding water canal, Rancho Viejo Resort & Country Club is an outstanding resort with two golf courses, a pro shop, a putting green, and a golf academy for guests interested in improving their game. Golf is the resort's primary attraction, but there are plenty of other activities to keep guests entertained as well, including a large lagoon-shaped pool with a waterfall and a hot tub, outdoor tennis courts, and a state-of-the-art fitness center. When it comes to accommodation, guests can choose between hotel-style rooms and colonial villas, all of which are furnished in a comfortable South Texan style.
1 Rancho Viejo Dr, Rancho Viejo, TX 78575, Phone: 956-350-4000
16. Sage Hill Inn & Spa
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Consistently rated as one of the top boutique hotels in the Austin area, the Sage Hill Inn & Spa can be found on a lovely 88-acre property in the heart of Texas Hill Country. The property offers sixteen elegant accommodation units ranging from cozy two-bedroom cottages to luxurious suites with whirlpool tubs and private balconies; all are equipped with complimentary Wi-Fi and satellite TV, and most offer wonderful views of the surrounding countryside. Breakfast and dinner are included in the room rates, and other amenities of the property include walking trails, an outdoor pool, a 14-person hot tub, and an on-site spa.
4444 FM150, Kyle, TX 78640, Phone: 512-268-1617
17. San Antonio Hill Country Resort & Spa
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The San Antonio Hill Country Resort & Spa is only twenty minutes outside of San Antonio's downtown core, but it's set on a beautiful forested property that feels worlds away from the hustle and bustle of the city. The luxurious rooms all have marble bathrooms, private balconies, and flat screen TVs; Wi-Fi is available for an additional fee. The resort also offers an incredible range of amenities and activities for guests to enjoy, including a 9-acre water park with a lazy river, an upscale spa, two separate golf courses, an elegant steakhouse, and a bar with high-definition video walls.
23808 Resort Pkwy, San Antonio, TX 78261, Phone: 210-276-2500
18. Tapatio Springs
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Featuring one of the best golf courses in Texas, Tapatio Springs is a family-friendly resort tucked away on a 220-acre property in Texas Hill Country. The 18-hole golf course is open to both resort guests and to the public, and the property offers an elegant clubhouse with a pro shop and a members-only fitness center. There are also two pools on the property: a family-friendly pool with a waterslide and a peaceful adults-only pool with private cabanas available for rent. Last but not least, the resort features more than 100 rooms and suites, all of which come with complimentary Wi-Fi and private balconies or patios.
1 Resort Way, Boerne, TX 78006, Phone: 855-627-2243
19. Resorts in Texas: The San Luis Resort
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Offering easy beach access and beautiful views of the gulf coast, the San Luis Resort is an upscale establishment with a luxurious spa, a trendy on-site boutique, and five on-site dining options, including a steakhouse. Guests can also relax in the gorgeous resort pool, which features a swim-up bar and private cabanas that can be rented for a fee. The rooms all include complimentary Wi-Fi and private, furnished balconies; guests who opt for an upgraded room will also receive a free continental breakfast. Complimentary on-site parking is offered, and bicycles can be rented from the front desk.
5222 Seawall Blvd, Galveston, TX 77551, Phone: 800-392-5937
20. The Woodlands Resort
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Established in 1974, the Woodlands Resort is a large resort property located only half an hour away from the George Bush International Airport. The comfortable rooms offer plenty of space for guests to relax and unwind, and they all come with flat screen TVs, microwaves, and mini-fridges. Some also feature private balconies or patios. There are also plenty of wonderful resort-style amenities for guests to enjoy, including two championship golf courses, more than 20 tennis courts, an upscale steakhouse, five pools, a waterslide, 200 miles of walking and hiking trails, and a full-service spa offering massages and nature-inspired spa treatments.
2301 N Millbend Dr, The Woodlands, TX 77380, Phone: 281-367-1100
Nestled on a 125-acre property in the heart of the Medina Mountains, Escondida is a peaceful adults-only resort that caters to anyone looking for a rejuvenating retreat. Each of the resort's ten rooms comes with a gas fireplace, a flat screen TV, a balcony, and luxury bath amenities. Breakfast and dinner are included in the room rates, and some packages also include complimentary extras like picnic lunches, bottles of wine, chocolate, or fruit and cheese platters. Guests are also welcome to relax in the resort's full service spa, which offers everything from massages to facials and body treatments.
23670 TX-16, Medina, TX 78055, Phone: 830-589-3772
22. Wildcatter Ranch Resort and Spa
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Sitting on a 1,500-acre working ranch property overlooking the Brazos River, the Wildcatter Ranch Resort and Spa is a classic Western-style ranch resort. Guests have the opportunity to enjoy all sorts of exciting outdoor activities, including archery, clay shooting, fishing, guided Jeep or ATV tours, and horseback riding excursions. The cozy Western-style rooms come with stone fireplaces and private porches, and they come with modern amenities like complimentary Wi-Fi, mini fridges, and microwaves. Other hotel amenities include an outdoor infinity pool with a hot tub, an on-site spa, offering therapeutic massages, a casual steakhouse, and a Western-themed saloon.
6062 Hwy 16 South, Graham, TX 76450, Phone: 940-549-3500
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Despite being conveniently located less than twenty miles outside Austin, the Travaasa Austin is tucked away amidst beautiful forested hills that make for a wonderfully relaxing retreat. Most of the rooms offer excellent views of the surrounding scenery, and they come with amenities like complimentary Wi-Fi, flat screen TVs, coffee makers, and private balconies. The on-site restaurant serves American-style cuisine prepared with locally-sourced ingredients; other amenities include an infinity pool, a hot tub, a sauna, yoga classes, and a spa offering massages, facials, and other beauty treatments. The hotel can also help guests arrange activities like horseback riding, archery, and guided hikes.
13500 FM2769, Austin, TX 78726, Phone: 512-258-7243
Omni Barton Creek Resort & Spa
Occupying 4,000 acres of beautifully landscaped grounds, the Omni Barton Creek Resort & Spa is a golfer's dream destination. The resort boasts four fantastic golf courses, and resort guests will also have the opportunity to learn from experienced professionals at the Barton Creek Golf Academy. Non-golfers will find plenty of ways to stay entertained as well; other resort amenities include indoor and outdoor pools, a spa with a rooftop deck, and an excellent selection of dining options. All of the luxurious rooms are equipped with flat screen TVs, and a resort fee covers in-room Wi-Fi and use of the fitness center and steam room.
8212 Barton Club Dr, Austin, TX 78735, Phone: 512-329-4000