Oftentimes, people jump on a plane and head to a posh resort for R&R, beaches, spa treatments, divine cuisine, and vacation fun. But why head to some far-flung locale for a vacation when you can have all of the above without leaving Texas? Here, we’ve compiled some of the best resorts in the state for fun and relaxation during that valuable vacation time.
From the Hill Country to the Gulf Shore Beaches, Texas is the perfect place to live that Instagram-worthy resort life.
Set on 400 acres 15 minutes from Dallas and Fort Worth—and about 20 minutes from the Dallas Cowboys and Texas Rangers stadiums for sports fans—the Four Seasons Resort and Club Dallas at Los Colinas is great for golfers, families, and fitness enthusiasts looking for a quiet escape away from the hustle of the city. The resort boasts three pools, an award-winning golf program with two 18-hole courses filled with native plants and wildlife, and an outstanding sports and recreation club with tennis facilities, personal trainers, a variety of sports courts and group fitness classes like anti-gravity aerial yoga with the only anti-gravity-certified instructor in the Southwest. Wellness also comes into play here with services like acupuncture and cupping, and the Well & Being Spa offers body treatments, facials, massages, salon services, and amenities like a steam room, sauna, cold-plunge pool, and whirlpool. For dining, check out Law restaurant for a daily, never-ending (read: unforgettable) breakfast buffet and delicious Texan fare, or enjoy a cocktail at Outlaw Taproom and hang out on the patio overlooking Agave Pool and Bar.
Health and wellness take center stage at Lake Austin Spa Resort. Anchored on the shores of Lake Austin, the all-inclusive, 40-room resort offers unlimited indoor and outdoor fitness activities. Guests can view the activities schedule daily and choose what suits them—whether it’s a heart-pumping cardio class, a tranquil yoga session, or a fun kayak ride on the lake. Activities include hydro-biking, stand-up paddle boarding, waterskiing, wakeboarding, hiking and nature walks, Pilates, spin classes, hula-hoop fitness classes, relaxing boat cruises, and plenty more. Three pools on the property and a training room overlooking the shores of Lake Austin provide even more activity, and when it comes to cuisine, the resort offers nutritional dishes using local and organic ingredients from the resort gardens. For a day of wellness, head to the 25,000-square-foot, world-class spa that offers more than 100 treatments.
Beauty and luxury collide at La Cantera Resort & Spa, situated on 550 acres at the edge of Texas Hill Country. The resort has 496 rooms, and 34 private villas were unveiled last summer. For a bit of time away from the kids, check out SEVEN, the adults-only floor that comes with daily access to the 25,000-square-foot spa, which offers hair and body treatments, facials, massages, and signature treatments that are available in the Sky Lofts situated above the golf course. Taste your way through nine restaurants and bars, each with Texas flair. At Signature, Texas and Southern France flavors combine at the hands of James Beard-nominated chef Andrew Weissman, while SweetFire Kitchen offers private and al fresco dining. Topaz and Vista Grille serve healthy dishes and dynamite poolside cocktails, and other numerous dining and shopping options are minutes away from the resort.
For a taste of rugged West Texas, head to Lajitas Golf Resort and Spa, with 27,000 acres of land along the Rio Grande River. All 101 rooms have Old West décor, and some condos and villas come with fireplaces for chilly desert nights. Golfing is a major draw, as the 18-hole course is set against a beautiful backdrop of the Chisos Mountains and rugged landscape. Guests can unwind at one of the pools or with a massage at Agave Spa, and thrill-seekers enjoy numerous outdoor activities like zip lining, horseback riding, mountain biking, clay shooting, Jeep rides through the desert, birding, and more. Bonus points for Big Bend National Park being about 25 minutes away, where visitors can explore the park’s 800,000-plus acres and take guided river expeditions along the Rio Grande. Long days of exploring are rewarded by stargazing in one of the darkest sky regions of the world. Check and see if the resort is offering its seasonal dinners under the stars, where meals are cooked over an open flame, and visitors can enjoy dinner, live music, and great conversation under a twinkling night sky.
Nestled on 27 acres in the heart of Houston, the Houstonian Hotel, Club & Spa is a great place to escape suffocating city vibes without even leaving the city. The resort’s Mediterranean-style spa, Trellis, is a nice way to spend the day as the facility has 17,000 square feet and 20 treatment rooms, including 11 rooms for body treatments, eight facial rooms, and one couples room. The spa also has an indoor float pool, rain shower, Jacuzzi, steam room, a lounge, and a tranquil room for spending time in before and after treatments. For those wanting to break a sweat, the Houstonian has its own jogging path, which winds through the property, and multiple pools and tennis courts. Dining options include fresh coastal seafood at the Manor House and outdoor, poolside eats at Arbor Grill.
Overlooking the Gulf of Mexico, the San Luis Resort Spa & Conference Center is a beachgoer’s dream, with 32 acres and 250 guest rooms all with private balconies and outdoor seating. Guests who choose Club Ten stays enjoy the adults-only 10th floor and VIP amenities like complimentary valet parking, breakfast service each morning, VIP priority seating at resort restaurants, and sweet treats throughout the day on the 10th-floor lobby. The resort offers 10 restaurants and a full-service spa, and a popular way to spend the day is renting a cabana with lounge chairs, a mini-fridge, flat-screen TVs, and tableside service with fresh fruit, water, and a bottle of champagne.