Postcards: Family Fun, Reinvented
Chill at these resorts in San Antonio
We’re noticing the popularity of full-service vacation destinations here in Texas—resorts that offer golf, spas, waterparks complete with slides and pools, restaurants and cocktail lounges, babysitting services, live music and movies, sports bars, and gyms. In some ways, these resorts resemble cruise ships, with diverse activities for all ages and inclinations. And we wonder: Is this trend linked to lingering budget concerns, heightened awareness of local spending, or a fresh focus on strengthening bonds with friends and family? Or have we simply discovered that when it comes to making memories with any group, it’s salubrious to mix together-time with well-chosen solitude breaks in the name of fitness or mental clarity? As you plan summer’s last getaway before school starts, consider these three family resorts in north San Antonio.
Set on 300 oak-canopied acres of a former working cattle ranch, the Hyatt Regency Hill Country Resort and Spa offers a 27-hole golf course, a four-acre waterpark complete with three swimming pools and a “rambling river” ride, hike-and-bike trails, a full-service spa, a camp for kids, and several bars and restaurants. For more details and information about vacation packages and special offers, call 210/647-1234; www.hillcountry.hyatt.com.
One of the city’s most popular golfing destinations, the Westin La Cantera Resort has two 18-hole championship courses, as well as a full-service spa and fitness center, a series of swimming pools for adults and children, a kids’ club, and several lounges and restaurants with expansive views of the surrounding hills. For more information about the resort and special offers, call 210/558-6500; www.westinlacantera.com.
San Antonio’s newest resort, the JW Marriott San Antonio Hill Country Resort & Spa opened in 2010 on 600 acres of rolling terrain off Loop 1604. Amenities include seven bars and restaurants; two 18-hole championship golf courses; a spa and fitness center; hike-and-bike trails; and a six-acre water park with multiple pools, water slides, and river rides. Call 210/276-2500; www.jwsantonio.com.
From the August 2011 issue.