Retreat, Relax and Rebound: More Retreats
These other Texas resorts offer a vast variety of experiences to please families, couples, and those who just want to get away.
Barton Creek Resort and Spa: Golf courses designed by Tom Fazio, Ben Crenshaw, and Arnold Palmer make golf a key draw. Tennis, fitness center, excellent spa, kids camp, dining overlooking the hills. 8212 Barton Club Dr., Austin, 866/572-7369.
Travaasa Austin: Hilltop retreat focuses on health with fitness and well-being workshops. Food classes, yoga, meditation areas, horse-whispering experience, mechanical bull, pool, spa, dining. 13500 FM 2769, Austin, 855/868-7282.
Lakeway Resort and Spa: On Lake Travis, with adjacent marina (boat rentals, fishing trips), three pools, spa, fitness center, Josey’s restaurant, nearby tennis and golfing, shopping in Lakeway. 101 Lakeway Dr., Austin, 800/525-3929.
Great Wolf Lodge: Huge indoor-outdoor water parks, bunk-bed rooms and “magic” interactive features (treasure chest opens when you wave a wand) make this a winner with kids. Arcade, ice cream, storytimes, several restaurants, fitness center, and spa. 100 Great Wolf Dr., Grapevine, 800/693-9653.
Gaylord Texan Resort: Big enough to mix families with conferences; numerous pools, both indoor and outdoor; spa; fitness center; several dining and bar options; kids’ activities such as face-painting. 1501 Gaylord Trail, Grapevine, 817/778-1000.
Hyatt Hill Country Resort & Spa: Full array of family fun near SeaWorld and Six Flags Fiesta Texas, lazy river, spa (kids’ spa in summer), fitness center, golf, tennis, kids’ camp, several dining and bar options. 9800 Hyatt Resort Dr., San Antonio, 210/647-1234.
Cibolo Creek Ranch: Loved by the Dixie Chicks and other stars for its luxurious privacy in West Texas’ Chinati Mountains. Gourmet restaurant, horseback riding, fishing, pool, fitness center, spa, star-gazing. US 67 south of Marfa, 866/496-9460.
Lajitas Golf Resort and Spa: Luxury amid the Chisos Mountains and Chihuahuan Desert. Pool, spa, golf, hunting, biking trails, skeet shooting, restaurant, bakery, stunning sunrises and sunsets. FM 170 between Big Bend national and state parks, 877/525-4827.
Four Seasons Dallas in Las Colinas: Its Four Seasons TPC course hosts the annual Byron Nelson pro tournament (and the Cowboys’ Tony Romo plays here); social types love its pool and bar. Sev-eral pools, spa, fitness center, racquetball, tennis, squash, fine dining. 4150 N. MacArthur Blvd., Irving, 972/717-0700.
San Luis Resort, Spa and Conference Center: Large pool with cabanas near the beach is the focal point of fun for both adults and kids. Spa, restaurants, and bars. 5222 Seawall Blvd., Galveston, 800/445-0090.
Hotel Galvez: Historic grand dame of Galveston is a
favorite for weddings and special occasions. Pool, spa, fitness center, fine
dining. 2024 Seawall Blvd., 877/999-3223.
From the May 2012 issue.