Hill Country Family Escape

Hyatt Regency Hill Country Resort gives 
new meaning to the term “all-inclusive.”

If a mom could divide herself among the different roles she plays, she’d be able to staff a hotel: maid, chef, concierge, car service, manager and much, much more go into fulfilling the necessities of everyday motherhood. Another role, trip planner, gets added to this list throughout the year, as Spring Break and summer vacation demand getaways that can appeal to all members of the family.

Those who live in Texas get the benefit of the state’s size and variety for vacation choices. Fort Worth moms can save themselves the hassle of air travel or, God forbid, passports, and choose from a massive selection of destinations. San Antonio combines ease of travel and attractions that include famed historical sites, world-class cuisine and stellar theme parks. Add to this list an exemplary destination resort — Hyatt Regency Hill Country Resort and Spa — and you’ve got the makings of an unforgettable trip.

Located about four hours from Fort Worth and 20 minutes from the San Antonio River Walk, Hyatt Regency Hill Country Resort recently benefited from a $34 million renovation. The resort presents an understated and rustic elegance reminiscent of a ranch house, with amenities that distinguish it as Texas’s premier destination hotel. From golf and tennis, to a luxurious spa and newly expanded water park, Hyatt Regency ensures that all members of the family can decompress.

The history of the resort should resonate with travelers who want an authentic Texas experience. Situated across the 2,777 acres of the former Rogers-Wiseman ranch, Hyatt Regency Hill Country Resort maintains fidelity to its roots through a broad array of historic memorabilia and tributes to the ranching family. The resort’s landscaping emphasizes native flora, with an abundance of flourishes that include Turk’s cap, Mexican bush sage, agave, live oak, twisted leaf yucca and much, much more.

In addition to the natural bounty, lovers of the outdoors will find plenty more to keep them occupied. A walking and jogging path combine with a full-on nature trail to give guests reasons to enjoy the fresh air. The resort has bikes available for those who want to explore on two wheels, while a play area has been modeled on the surrounding landscape for smaller outdoorsmen.

Moms who want to keep the kiddos entertained can rely on Hyatt Regency for the heavy lifting. With 300 acres open for exploration, the resort allows children to roam, and also has scheduled activities for supervised fun. Outdoor movies screen on the resort’s lawn, and kids (and adults) can take advantage of a nightly s’more roast. For kids aged 3 to 12, the resort has Camp Hyatt, a dedicated children’s program, with arts and crafts, exploration activities, games, birdwatching, and sandcastle construction on a manmade beach.

Of course, many kids will gravitate to one of the resort’s star attractions: a recently expanded 5-acre water park. The park contains three separate swimming pools, waterfalls, a beach, the Rambling River tubing ride, and a FlowRider machine that generates waves across 40,000 gallons of water. The wave machine area, which is a feature found in only three hotels across the U.S., allows for “flowboarding,” a semblance of surfing that will bring a smile to anyone’s face.

While the kids are off flowboarding, hiking, or enjoying a movie, mom and dad will find plenty to keep themselves busy. The resort boasts the only 27-hole championship-level golf course in San Antonio, with new bunkers, careful landscaping and expansive views of the Hill Country. The resort’s spa, Windflower, has been identified as a top 100 resort spa by Conde Nast Traveler. Situated within a live oak grove, the rejuvenative spa offers 50 to 80 minute treatments, a private pool, and rustic, soothing surroundings that incorporate rough-hewn timber, wood beams and native stone.

Dinner options abound to ensure that guests never have to leave the resort. Antlers offers upscale cuisine in a casually elegant environment, with prime cuts, fish and game dishes served with seasonal vegetables. For an even more unbuttoned experience, guests can kick back and enjoy a meal at Cactus Oak Tavern inside the resort’s golf club, or indulge in poolside dining at Papa Ed’s Bar and Grill.

If all of this sounds like your family’s perfect escape, reserve one of the 500 guest rooms or 58 suites for your next vacation. San Antonio’s sheer bounty of attractions may tempt you to leave the resort — or maybe you’ll save the sightseeing for next year.