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Hyatt Regency Hill Country Resort and Spa
If you're looking for a fun place to have a family vacation, a golf outing with some buds, or a corporate or social function, then you need to call the Hyatt Regency Hill Country Resort & Spa. This family friendly resort offers the best of everything that you expect from a quality resort - excellent Texas hospitality and service second to none, good accommodations, a variety of dining choices, championship golf on 27 of the best holes in Texas, plenty of activities for kids and adults, and a top notch spa to work out the weekday stress and weekend kinks.
The Hyatt Hill Country is focused on being very family friendly. Your kids are not going to be bored at the Hyatt as they enjoy: the sandy beach, tubing the lazy river, riding around on the free bikes, the swimming pool, playground, movies on the lawn, fun planned activities, free s'mores each evening, or Camp Hyatt for kids 3 to 12. The Director of Golf, Susie Womack, encourages kids to play her courses and has junior clinics as well as player development programs for all ages. If for some strange reason they get bored, or if you're staying for more than a weekend, the Hyatt is only 3 minutes from Sea World which has Shamu, thrilling rides, water park, shows, and more.
The Hyatt Hill Country was recently named as one of the best hotels in the US for families and was recognized as having one of the best pools according to Trip Advisor's Travelers' Choice 2008. For the fifteenth consecutive year, Hyatt Hill Country received the 2008 AAA Four Diamond Award.
Amenities & Activities
What makes the Hyatt Hill Country enjoyable is the wide variety of outdoor activities and fun things to do. Some of the activities include:
If you want to incorporate golf into your vacation or stay at the Hyatt, you're in heaven and the kids or spouse aren't going to miss your four hour absence with the fun things for them to do while you're golfing. The Hyatt offers three different Arthur Hill designed nine hole courses, each with their own unique character and challenges. All three nines are in excellent condition and very well maintained and landscaped. You can find a course and set of tee boxes that will challenge any skill level or a nine that is forgiving, relaxing, and fun to play.
Each of the courses leverages the terrain that it meanders through, for example, the Oaks Course is heavily treed with majestic oaks, the Lakes Course has 3 lakes that add beauty and challenge, and the Creeks Course is named after the creek bed that runs alongside and across a lot of the fairways. To learn more about the courses, read our review of each - here is a link to the reviews of the Oaks Course, Lakes Course, and the Creeks Course. Our favorite was the Lakes Course - very scenic, lots of variety, some fun yet very challenging holes, and nine holes that fair but demand good club selection and course management.
Service at the golf course is impeccable. For example, the cart boys greeted us at our car and wiped down the clubs and dropped them off at our car at the end of the round, everyone had a big smile and how can I help you look, they all seemed to know and use our name, and they are clearly very proud of their courses. The Hyatt is focused on service and making sure your round is enjoyable and memorable and they want this to be very family, women, and kid friendly. As such, you'll find clinics, junior lessons, golf camps, and player development programs for all ages.
The Pro Shop is very well stocked with everything that you'll need. And adjoining the Pro Shop is a fine dining restaurant (Antlers Lodge) and an excellent 19th hole, Cactus Oak Tavern, with good food, great drinks, TVs, and a pool table - an excellent place to spend some time settling your bet, reminiscing about your round, and planning when you can come back for more.
As good as the golf is, the Windflower Spa is it's equal. As you walk to the Spa down the stone walkway landscaped with a variety of colorful plants, you get the sense that you are in for something special - and you won't be disappointed. The 21 treatment rooms are in two barns from Texas ranches that have been redone into an amazing and beautiful center housing the Spa. In addition to the treatment rooms, there is an outside patio with lounge chairs and a fabulous pool and hot tub for relaxing before or after your treatment. Windflower is the perfect place to get rid of the work stress, massage the sore muscles from all the activities during your stay at the Hyatt, or just rejuvenate the body.
The Windflower Spa offers a wide variety of services for men and women, some of which include:
Dining & Nightlife
With the resort's five restaurants, you can easily find something to fit your budget and taste buds - from burgers or nachos at the pool to fine gourmet dining in Antlers Lodge. After golf, make sure you stop in at the 19th hole Cactus Oak Tavern for a drink, sandwich or salad, a game of pool, or to catch the score on a golf tournament or football game.
The Springhouse Cafe is open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner and has an expansive breakfast buffet - the Eggs Benedict are excellent. Adjoining the Pro Shop is Antlers Lodge and the Cactus Oak Tavern. Antlers Lodge has an open kitchen within a spacious dinning room with elegant wood furnishings, an inviting fireplace, and its namesake chandelier created from 500 pairs of naturally shed antlers. Antlers Lodge serves a tantalizing menu filled with innovative twists on traditional Texas fare.
Cactus Oak Tavern offers a continental type breakfast and lunch menu with salads (the Asian salad was excellent), burgers, and sandwiches. Plus they have a full bar, pool table, and TVs. Papa Ed's Pool Bar and Grill serves fantastic nachos (we had to have a second order they were so good), burgers, sandwiches, snacks, and cold drinks at the pool.
Charlie's Long Bar is the perfect place to unwind and end an evening. Charlie's is a recreation of an authentic western saloon with a 56 foot carved wood and copper topped bar, TV's, jukebox, shuffleboard, pool, darts, and video games. Needless to say, we spent a few hours here sipping cold beer and trying to win a competitive game of pool and shuffleboard.
If for some reason you need to escape the Hyatt, within 5 minutes is the Stockyards for "dinin', drinkin', and dancin'." We enjoyed an ok meal here and really liked the adjoining bar and dance hall which had a pretty good county band. If you like live country music, then 15 minutes from the Hyatt is Floore's Country Store where you'll always find some top notch country musicians and might even catch Willie Nelson playing.
Corporate, Social, or Wedding Venue
The Hyatt Hill Country is renowned for its elegant indoor and outdoor meeting or wedding spaces, gourmet catering, Texas style hospitality and service, and group activities. With over 33,000 square feet of meeting space which can be tailored to fit any size group, the Hyatt is the perfect place for an elegant and memorable wedding, productive business function, or a fun social retreat.
The Hyatt can provide catering, planned activities, or team building exercises to fit your needs. The five meeting rooms and two elegant ballrooms plus the courtyard deck under the trees or the Luckenbach Pavilion overlooking the golf course are available for your functions.
When we stayed, there was a large wedding reception and dinner on the outdoor patio, the ceremony overlooking the golf course, and finally dancing to a lively band in one of the smaller ballrooms. Great place for a wedding.
Our Group's Feedback
Our stay at the Hyatt Hill Country included my two daughters, three grand kids, brother, son-in-law, and my lovely wife and to a tee, everyone in our party said that our time at the Hyatt was one of the best mini vacations ever! Here are just a few comments:
Nearby Things To Do
If you're looking for some fun nightlife, then put on the cowboy hat and boots, and mosey 5 minutes down the road to Stockyards Steakhouse. They have a great dance floor, couple bar areas, and live country music most nights of the week.
Pericos is about 15 minutes away and has pretty good mexican food, a fantastic outdoor patio, and an outstanding band that had everybody dancing and singing.
Floores Country Store is one of the original dance halls in Texas and every weekend has great live music.
Downtown San Antonio is about 25 minutes away and they have everything you need from sports venues to the Riverwalk. You can find a lot of fun things to see and do on Texas Outside's San Antonio Page.
If you have kids and they for some strange reason get tired with the lazy river, sandy beach, bikes, playground, kid's camp, lawn movies, and other planned Hyatt activities, then Sea World is a couple minutes away and Fiesta Texas is about 15 minutes down the road. Both Sea World and Fiesta Texas have great water parks, thrilling amusement rides, live entertainment, and much more. Plan to spend a full day here. On the weekends the lines can be long.