Luxury Vacations in the Texas Hill Country
The wildflower-covered and oak-studded hills of central Texas have long been a favorite vacation destination of residents of the Lone Star State, but in the last couple of decades, they have started to attract out-of-state and international attention, as well. Due to the recent growth of world-class lodging and dining options, as well as the unique charm and natural beauty that the area offers, there are now several top-notch accommodations for those looking for a luxurious vacation with some classic Texas charm. Texas Hill Country is an idyllic destination for those seeking the tranquility of a rural landscape, while not sacrificing luxury amenities.
Sage Hill Inn Above Onion Creek
Sitting on 88 acres of forested land, the Sage Hill Inn Above Onion Creek is the kind of place that gives you a full immersion into the raw beauty of the area while offering luxury amenities at every level. Enjoy spectacular views of the Hill Country during the day and the star-filled sky at night from the huge outdoor deck, home to a 14-person hot tub, fire pit and swimming pool. Enjoy deep levels of relaxation at the Garden Spa, where each guest gets a private patio along with a treatment room to enjoy during their facial or body treatment. Indulge your taste buds with award-winning dishes sourced from a half dozen local, small farms at the Restaurant at Sage Hill, which serves breakfast daily and a three-course prix fixe dinner every night of the week. When it’s finally time to hit the sack, the 15 private rooms and four exclusive cottages come equipped with a fireplace, complimentary drinks and queen-sized beds decked out in fine linens and luxurious down comforters.
A historic Spanish hacienda located on Medina Mountain overlooking the swift waters of the Guadalupe River, Escondida is a full-service getaway for those who want to live life to the fullest. From hiking and bird watching on the resort’s private 125 acres of pristine wilderness to relaxing with a book in the hacienda’s extensive library, Escondida is an adults-only retreat that offers privacy and tranquility to its guests. An on-site spa offers reflexology massages, sea salt body scrubs, caviar facials and more, while the outside pool and hot tub allow guests to mingle while enjoying the pleasant weather and amazing views. Stay in one of the Hacienda’s elegant and unique guest rooms or opt for the Owner’s Retreat, where you can have a whole wing of the villa to yourself, along with the services of a private chef.
Horseshoe Bay Resort
This family-friendly luxury resort overlooking Lake LBJ, one of the Texas Hill Country’s most popular outdoor recreation attractions, has enough activities to keep everyone occupied for days. A sports lover’s paradise, the Horseshoe Bay Resort is home to three championship-level golf courses, an 18-hole putting course, and 16 tennis courts with both red clay and synthetic grass. The resort’s own marina rents wave runners and ski boats to guests for enjoying the crystal waters of the lake. It is also home to The Intrepid,an 80-passenger party boat that can be rented for private events. The Bayside Spa offers full service relaxation treatments like eucalyptus steams and Swedish massages while the on site fitness center is outfitted with the latest exercise equipment. When night falls, choose between the Hotel Tower, which offers amazing views of the lake and hill country or The Waters, where guests enjoy lakefront private apartments that come with luxury furnishings.