Hotel Crescent Court in Dallas, Texas is a heavenly haven, with large in-room soaking tubs, and a spa with hot and cold plunge whirlpools; you can't put a price on relaxation of this calibre | Courtesy of Hotel Crescent Court / Expedia
Welcome to the Big D: the city in the Lone Star State that delivers a mix of everything. From the cowboys at the Stockyards to the Cowboys on the football gridiron, your weekend will be a thrill, involving wide open spaces and some pretty exciting indoor places. Make sure your Texas-sized itinerary includes a few hours in the hot tub at some of the best hotels in Dallas.
Four Seasons Resort and Club Dallas at Las Colinas
Everything is bigger in Texas, including the larger-than-life luxury treatment at the Four Seasons. Two challenging golf courses – one a TPC (Tournament Player’s Club) and the other an exclusive, push-you-to-increase-your-long-drive course – offer professional guidance and a pro shop. Mammoth steaks and even stronger drinks at the Law restaurant invite you to indulge. Complimentary use of a Mercedes-Benz puts you in the driver’s seat to control your vacation. And you thought you were just going to soak in the spa’s hot tub all weekend…
Surround yourself with the incredible cafes and shops of the Arts District at Fairmont Dallas. Grab a latte or cold brew from the lobby Starbucks and then step out for a tour of the Dallas Museum of Art, the Dallas World Aquarium, and the Nasher Sculpture Center. Back home, the hotel’s Pyramid restaurant will refuel you with mezze bowls and seared ahi tuna on the rooftop while your suite’s warm soaking tub awaits to recharge you for another unforgettable evening in Dallas.
Are you mixing business with pleasure during your stay in Dallas? Allow Crescent Court to spoil you with the best of both worlds. Dine on world-renowned Japanese tasting menus at Nobu or casual fare including wagyu beef sliders at Beau Nash. Make the most of the homely-but-better furnishings in your suite. And warm up – or chill out – in the wellness center with its hot and cold plunge pools, Jacuzzi, and cryotherapy sessions.
How do you convince your kids that a trip to Dallas will be more fun than they imagine? You tell them about the JadeWaters Resort Pool at Hilton Anatole. Two huge waterslides, a lazy river, and a splash area for kids will keep them hollering with delight the whole time they’re here. Meanwhile, you can sneak off to the Verandah Club and Spa to lie back and bask in a little well-deserved pampering in the steam room, sauna, and whirlpool hot tubs.
Upgrade your trip with a room at the luxury uptown ZaZa hotel. In the five-star suites, serious money has been chucked at the custom bedding with Italian linens, the master bathroom with whirlpool tub, and the show-off stainless steel kitchens. You could cook and entertain in your suite’s dining room, but we say get the chefs to whip up a crispy buttermilk-dipped chicken breast or a prime filet at the Dragonfly Kitchen. Add a Tex-Irish coffee or Xpresso martini for an after-dinner pick-me-up before you retire for the night – maybe to the Rock Star suite (which once hosted the prince of darkness, Ozzy Osbourne himself).
Get away from the shenanigans of downtown Dallas to switch off and snooze in the hot tub at Omni Dallas Hotel at Park West. Just northwest of the city, Omni is a fine purveyor of Texas-sized cocktails to sip after hours of lazing by the pool – or in the sauna. If wellness is your top priority, you’re in expert hands: the in-room Get Fit Kit has everything you need, including a mat, dumbbells, resistance bands, and a kettlebell.
Relaxation is synonymous with the Ritz-Carlton. Don’t believe us? Step into the spa here and submit to new heights of indulgence with an eight-hand massage. If you don’t feel like rolling that far out of bed, idle for an hour in the oversized whirlpool tub (with massaging jets) in your large bathroom. A Bose sound system is integrated throughout the suite, so stick on some classical or ambient sounds and let your mind drift away among the bubbles.
A trip to Dallas isn’t the real deal unless you factor in a visit to Fort Worth. What’s more, a trip to Cowtown reaches another level with a night or two at Hilton’s Embassy Suites. There’s a public indoor swimming pool, but you’ll be all by yourself in the whirlpool tub of your spacious suite. Soaking is one of the best ways to relax after you’ve been all over town (there’s a free downtown trolley that stops right outside the hotel). Be sure to ask room service to send up dinner so you’re refueled and ready for another day exploring the big D.