Spend some quality time at these tucked-away Texas Hill Country gems. Craving adventure, fresh-air and relaxation? Here’s where to stay and what to do:
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HORSESHOE BAY RESORT
This 7,000-acre, AAA Four Diamond-rated property is all about wide-open family fun. Get your fill of family scavenger hunts, waterfront concerts, dive-in movies, relaxing treatments at the Bayside Spa, complimentary s'mores and a full-service marina with pontoons, stand up 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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OMNI BARTON CREEK RESORT & 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.
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LAKE AUSTIN SPA RESORT
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, kayak on glassy waters, and linger over a five-course dinner. This stunning setting is where stress comes to die.
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Named one of the Top 100 Best Hotels in the World by Condé Nast Traveler, feed your adventurous side and learn something new at this pristine hideaway in northwest Austin. Choose from inclusive guided adventures like horseback riding, yoga classes and sunrise hikes 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.
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LAKEWAY RESORT AND SPA
Amazing amenities take the cake at Lakeway, along the banks of the Colorado River. 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.
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HYATT REGENCY LOST PINES RESORT & SPA
This resort has it all: Nine restaurants and lounges, a family friendly water park for the kids and a full-service spa for the folks, horseback riding, an arcade, championship golf and much more. Not in the Hill Country, but 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.