Visitors to the Hyatt Regency Hill Country Resort and Spa can rock in a porch chair before heading inside the spa for a day of luxurious pampering.
Hill Country Haven
The Hyatt Regency Hill Country Resort and Spa in San Antonio might as well claim its own zip code. With an 18-hole championship golf course, a 950-foot Ramblin' River for tubing, multiple swimming pools (one in the shape of Texas), trails for hiking, a manmade beach, a relaxing spa, plus divine dining, this oasis masters the all-inclusive moniker. Throw in the staff's warm Southern hospitality, and what else could a vacationer want?
Sure, with 500 guestrooms (rates range $140 to $360), this place deserves the label of "large hotel" rather than "small inn." Yet wildflowers and lush hills surround it--creating a private refuge. With 200 acres of rolling land, you'll never feel like just another tourist in the latest popular lodging, even though the resort sits mere minutes from SeaWorld and Six Flags Fiesta Texas.
What you will sense are the comforts of home. Decorated with washed pine furnishings and a quilt coverlet on the bed, each guestroom combines country coziness with sophisticated style. When hunger arrives, choose from endless buffets at the Springhouse Café, or enjoy sandwiches at poolside Papa Ed's. And plan at least one meal at wilderness-themed Antlers Lodge, where the Southwest flavors the cuisine.
Windflower--The Hill Country Spa is the newest addition to this 10-year-old getaway. Covered in old barn siding gathered from all across the state, the building looks like a weathered and well-worn 1880s barn from a Texas ranch house. Inside, the Yellow Rose facial, Peach Pecan body scrub, The Last Armadillo body mask, and Texas Tea wrap add a little Lone Star to indulgence. And you'll fall head over cowboy boots for the handmade quilts in every treatment room.
Wherever you roam on this spacious resort, the essence of the Hill Country unfolds--and you'll never want to leave.
Jennifer L. Mckenzie
Hyatt Regency Hill Country Resort and Spa: 9800 Hyatt Resort Drive, San Antonio, TX 78251; (210) 647-1234, 1-800-554-9288, or www.hillcountry.hyatt.com.