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Everything’s bigger in Texas, they say – and that includes the hotels. Dallas digs may not all be grande dames, but they’re sure big and bombastic, with enough swagger to make up for their often modern roots. Maybe it’s the wealth or the summer heat that lends itself to lounging. Whatever the reason, Dallas hotels do a fine line in doubling as wellness retreats. Here are some of the best places to laze poolside, kick off a new fitness routine or lie back and think of Texas.
This place delivers pampering with pedigree – Cooper has been in the business of exercise, diet and nutrition for half a century. Contemporary client favorites include the 80-minute deep-tissue massage and the Swedish massage (same duration). It even offers a pregnancy and postpartum massage. Also, sign up for a visit with a dermatologist, who is on hand for laser treatments and skin-cancer screenings, among other services.
Big, brash and bold – the W is Dallas in a nutshell. Whether you go for a Mega, Fabulous or Spectacular room, you’re in line for loudly patterned carpets, faux-snakeskin headboards, tiaras on cushions, clashing drapes and feature wallpapers – and that’s just upstairs. In public areas, chandeliers dangle above you while the sexy mood lighting envelops you, and – because everything’s bigger in Texas – the ceilings seem to rise a mile above you. As with all Ws, the hotel’s crowning glory is the 16th-floor WET pool deck – which, in this case, has an infinity pool overlooking the Dallas skyline and Downtown, just on the other side of the freeway.
What will draw you to the Four Seasons? So much. There are self-contained villas overlooking the 18-hole, par-70 golf course – complete with native plants and wildlife – should a regular (upper-crust) room not suffice. Then there’s the 25,000sqft (2,323sqm) pool – one of three – along with the real-sand beach in the kids’ area. The spa is a triumph, with massages focusing on adrenal fatigue and stress relief alongside the usual line-up. Expect, too, a regular seasonal menu, with the likes of gingerbread mani-pedis, and candy cane and champagne moisturizing treatments.