When it’s time to unplug and unwind, these six Texas Hill Country resorts are zen-masters. Craving adventure, fresh-air and relaxation? Here’s where to go and what to do.
HORSESHOE BAY RESORT
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This 7,000-acre, AAA Four Diamond-rated property is all about wide-open family fun. Get your fill of family scavenger hunts, dive-in movies, spa treatments and a full-service marina with pontoons, paddleboards, kayaks and WaveRunners.
Exhale on the shores of Lake LBJ surrounded by blue water and sky, book a dining yacht excursion, play on the 18-hole Bermuda grass putting course or hit the links on one of America’s Best Golf Resorts (Golf Magazine).
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Feed your adventurous side and learn something new at this pristine hideaway, named one of the Top 100 Best Hotels in the World by Condé Nast Traveler. Choose from daily yoga, water aerobics and hikes or sign up for one of Travaasa’s inclusive guided adventures or culinary classes ranging from Juicing 2.0 to Wine Tasting.
Healing spa treatments call on the revitalizing power of plants and essential oils, and 11 treatment rooms, a hot tub, dry sauna and saline infinity pool mean you can make an entire day of it. At the end of each fabulous day, dine on locally sourced organic cuisine overlooking Lake Travis.
LAKE AUSTIN SPA RESORT
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Likened to a best friend’s lake house, this Texas Hill Country resort rests along the shores of Lake Austin and has received impressive nods of approval from Travel + Leisure, Condé Nast Traveler, InStyle, Luxury SpaFinder, Spa Magazine, The Zagat Survey and more.
Wrap yourself in a plush robe, head to the world-class LakeHouse Spa for a warmed River Rock Massage, join a class on the lakeside yoga dock, paddleboard on glassy waters, and linger over a five-course dinner. This is where stress comes to die.
HYATT REGENCY LOST PINES RESORT & SPA
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This resort has it all: Nine restaurants and lounges, Crooked River Water Park, a full-service spa, horseback riding, an arcade, championship golf and much more. Adjacent to McKinney Roughs Nature Park, the resort offers river kayaking excursions, sunset raft trips, birding, fly fishing and hiking. Learn archery or go stargazing. Catch live music and spend time around the evening campfire. You’ll see why Hyatt Regency Lost Pines made Travel + Leisure’s 2014 World’s Best Awards “Top Family Hotels” list.
Got kiddos? Camp Hyatt provides hours of fun, with learning activities like scavenger hunts, biking, rock art, storytelling and catching fire flies.
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Amazing amenities take the cake at Lakeway. Dip in and out of three sparkling swimming pools, enjoy the fitness center, espresso and wine bar, waterfront restaurant, a Kid Zone and easy access to championship golf courses and tennis courts.
Lake life unfolds in the form of water sports at the marina, breathtaking views of Lake Travis and a tranquil lakeside spa where you can soak up nature on a private outdoor terrace, enjoy a couples massage room with steam shower, or delight in a three-hour personalized Royal Treatment.
Courtesy of Omni Barton Creek Resort and Spa.
Sink into spacious and luxurious accommodations with lavish beds and charming Southern décor. Golfers, novice to pro, will love the four spectacular onsite championship golf courses and kids have their own resort pool complete with waitstaff to bring kid-friendly snacks.
Order a frosty signature peach margarita and sprawl out in the hot tub and be sure to spend some time at the full-service Three Springs Spa where seasonally inspired therapies span golf ball massages to strawberry rhubarb pie facials.