The Best Resorts in Galveston, Texas

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Writer22 January 2021

Galveston, a gem in Texas, houses excellent resorts that draw tourists all year round. It’s during the summertime, though, that this island coastline comes to life. If you want to stay close to the beach on a resort filled with entertainment and attractions, Culture Trip have selected from the very best options for your trip to this beach paradise in the Gulf of Mexico.

The San Luis Resort, Spa & Conference Center

4.3/5 (1045 Reviews)
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Whether you’re vacationing or on a flying visit, the San Luis Resort offers total luxury and dedication to your experience at this glorious beachfront spot. Award-winning restaurants and a deeply gratifying spa experience are just some of the amenities on hand. The Cove, a chic swimming pool area with a serious cocktail menu and private cabanas, could not leave you feeling more at ease and the rooms are filled with the best amenities.

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Hilton Galveston Island Resort

Chain Hotel, Hotel
4/5 (1070 Reviews)
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Right on the beachfront, this resort with a view has the high-end facilities demanded from a luxury resort. Spend the day at the hotel’s swim-up bar with a waterfall in the outdoor pool area, before getting dressed up for the great on-site restaurants and taking a short walk to Galveston’s finest entertainment, which are all easily on hand. The poolside cabanas are the perfect spot any time you want to feel truly far from home.

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Holiday Inn Resort: Galveston – On The Beach

Resort, Chain Hotel, Hotel
3.8/5 (962 Reviews)
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Right in the center of the island, this large Holiday Inn Resort offers plenty of rooms facing the beach, with the ocean a gentle soundtrack to your stay. The immaculately maintained heated pool and hot-tub area is the main focal point of the hotel, an ideal place to eat, drink, play and, most importantly, for you to utterly decompress. The poolside service matches that displayed by all the staff throughout the resort.

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DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Galveston Beach

Chain Hotel, Hotel
4.1/5 (944 Reviews)
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The DoubleTree is at the quieter end of the beach, but that doesn’t mean you’re not within walking distance of all the entertainment the island has to offer. Free bicycles are provided, so you can cruise along the Seawall, and the hotel even provides a shuttle bus with friendly drivers on hand to make recommendations. Once back at the hotel, the fire-pit area is a great place to lounge away into the night.

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The Galvestonian

Resort, Apartment
4.7/5 (267 Reviews)
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There is an overwhelming amount of activities to choose from at this family-friendly resort. Days can be spent idly around the pool and hot tub or along miles of the well-groomed beach. The Galvestonian is far enough from the pleasure pier to avoid the bustle, and sits literally on the sand, for those who want to hear the ocean lapping as they drift to sleep.

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  • Moody Gardens Hotel, Spa and Convention Center

    Chain Hotel, Hotel
    4.4/5 (1695 Reviews)
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    Moody Gardens Hotel focuses on delivering large-scale entertainment for all the family; a resort-meets-theme-park with plenty of excellent attractions. Families looking for a fun-filled trip have daily access to the Aquarium Pyramids, Lazy River swimming and 3D and 4D theaters. It makes for a unique stay with golf and fantastic spa facilities, as well. The seafood and steak restaurant on-site is of the highest order.

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    Four Seasons on the Gulf

    Hotel, Resort
    4.2/5 (113 Reviews)
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    This beachfront resort is made up of large and brightly colored villas, only steps from the ocean, each one with a balcony and deck from which to admire the splendid views. With picture-postcard presentation, this resort makes a great alternative to a hotel, allowing you to kick back under the sun and enjoy some of the most incredible coastline in Texas, far from the madding crowd.

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    Pointe West Resort

    4.7/5 (85 Reviews)
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    Pointe West is where the active come to relax. There is a glorious infinity pool, a jogging path and modern fitness center with views across right out to sea. After your workout, sooth your aching muscles in the hot tub under palm trees and enjoy the sunset, or even go fishing from the pier. Staying in one of the cottages by the sea adds a whole new level of comfort and privacy.

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