Take a break from exploring the Alamo, River Walk and Texas Hill Country to have a soothing massage or beauty treatment at one of these top spa hotels in San Antonio.
San Antonio is one of America’s oldest cities, home to Spanish colonial buildings and the ultimate symbol of Texas independence: the Alamo. Come to soak up the history and stroll along the vibrant River Walk, then relax in one of the best spa hotels in San Antonio. These top picks feature infinity pools and steam rooms, massages and beauty treatments infused with Texan ingredients.
With its heated rooftop pool and AAA Four-Diamond restaurant, it’s no wonder Mokara also has one of San Antonio’s best spas. It is an in-demand destination with 18 treatment rooms and tranquil sanctuary lounges. There are a range of therapies to choose from, including the Mokara Signature Massage with a blend of aromatherapy oils and hot stones, and the River Walk Foot Fix that soothes tired feet. Book a spa room for your own jet bath and a balcony overlooking the River Walk.
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Spoil yourself with Texas Hill Country views from the infinity pool and hot tub at the Loma de Vida Spa, located at one of the highest points in San Antonio. The huge destination spa infuses indigenous ingredients into its treatments, including the Absolute Texas ritual where you’ll be scrubbed, wrapped and massaged using local beeswax, honey and lavender. The hotel is themed around a Texas ranch with wooden beams and stone fireplaces, offering pool villas, two golf courses, plus multiple pools and eateries.
This award-winning country resort, set over 600 acres (243ha), has a staggering range of facilities including golf courses, seven restaurants and a water park. Its Lantana Spa is just as impressive and you can spend all day relaxing in its saunas, basking in the heated outdoor pool and enjoying a range of massages and beauty treatments. When you check in you’ll be given a red ribbon tied with seven knots, a Latin American Curanderos tradition that signifies letting go of your worries.
Take a pamper break at this Spanish Colonial-style hotel right on San Antonio’s River Walk. Hotel Valencia carries out treatments in the privacy of your room or suite, whether you fancy some reflexology, a full-body aromatherapy massage or a facial. Afterwards, you can soak in your white Italian-marble bathroom, settle into a fluffy robe and watch the River Walk bustle from your balcony. Don’t miss prime-cut steaks and Argentinian cuisine at the hotel’s restaurant, Dorrego’s.
You’ll feel the stresses of daily life melt away from the minute you arrive at this ranch-style resort’s Windflower Spa, surrounded by meadows in Hill Country. You can choose from a menu of treatments that are delivered using Texas herbs and flowers. Afterwards, you’ll be invited to take a dip in the heated outdoor pool and detox in the eucalyptus steam room. Finish off your spa session on a back-porch rocking chair to savor those Hill Country views.
This Tuscan-inspired hotel, in Hill Country just north of the city, has a wellness theme with private cabanas set around the pool, two tennis courts and a fitness centre. Book a 50-minute spa treatment and you’ll get full-day access to Elian’s spa, which has steam rooms, rainfall showers and relaxation rooms. Book a special VIP treatment room with a fireplace for the ultimate pamper session.
Embassy Suites, just 15 minutes north of the Alamo and downtown, boasts the only salt-cave spa in San Antonio. Indulge in tailored facials and full-body exfoliations, stone massages and the signature Salt Cave Halotherapy Inhalation Session, where you’ll breathe in the benefits of a mineral-filled microclimate. Continue de-stressing by the hotel’s outdoor pool, which is surrounded by cabanas and fire pits.
For a spa experience accompanied by skyline views, stay at the Hotel Contessa, which has a rooftop-level spa. Treatments range from facials to body scrubs and volcanic stone massages, all of which are delivered with top-quality botanical products. Be sure to stop in at the adjacent fitness center and pool, which is climate controlled for year-round bathing. The Contessa is an all-suite hotel that offers loft-inspired living spaces overlooking the River Walk.