Texas Outside Favorite Texas Resorts

The following is a list of some of the Best Texas Resorts that Texas Outside has visited and enjoyed. These Texas Resorts are selected as our favorite resorts for their location (lots of things to see or do nearby), amenities (activities and other good stuff onsite for you to enjoy), or just because they are different, unique, or cool and fun to visit. Our rating system (1 to 5 stars) considers price and value, accommodations, and activities onsite and nearby.

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San Antonio Area Favorite Resorts

San Antonio, Texas



18th hole on the Palmer Course

If you are looking for a fun golf vacation, consider the two championship courses at La Cantera Resort & Spa. Situated on some of the prettiest rolling hills in San Antonio, La Cantera Resort & Spa offers 36 holes set amidst majestic views, dramatic elevation changes, lush rolling fairways, and excellent service. The Resort Course at La Cantera, a PGA Tour stop for 15 years, was designed by famed golf course architect Jay Morrish and PGA Tour professional Tom Weiskopf, and The Palmer Course at La Cantera was designed by legendary golfer Arnold Palmer. To learn more, read our review of the Palmer Course and the Resort Course.

Plus La Cantera Resort & Spa has tennis courts, fantastic pools, a spa to work out the kinks, a variety of room choices, and lots of excellent dining choices including Signature, Inspired by  Chef Andrew Weissman. And you are just minutes from lots of fun things to see and do including downtown San Antonio, Fiesta Texas, Sea World, excellent upscale shopping, and some fun nightlife. All of this could be some of the reasons that La Cantera is a Texas Outside Favorite. Here is a link to our review of La Cantera Resort & Spa.


San Antonio , Texas



Rambling River at Hyatt Regency Hill Country

The Hyatt Regency Hill Country Resort & Spa is the perfect place for a family vacation, a golf outing, a romantic getaway, or just a fun weekend. The rooms are nicely appointed but nothing special - what separates the Hyatt from other resorts are a wide variety of activities and lots of kids activities (a very cool 950 foot rambling river, playground, free bikes to ride, kids games, sandy beach, scheduled activities, and more) and nearby Sea World and Fiesta Texas. Some of what we enjoy about the Hyatt include; 27 holes of some of some of the best golf in Texas -read reviews of Hyatt Regency Creeks Course, Lakes Course, and Oaks Courses; short nature trail; fun and lively bar; very good dining choices and fantastic poolside nachos; two of the best resort pools; table tennis as well as tennis courts; volleyball; free bike usage; excellent service and attention to detail; and one of the best Spas in Texas - can't get much better than all that! And you're only 20 minutes or so away from downtown San Antonio, more excellent golf courses, and some fun and lively bars and restaurants. Read our review of the Hyatt Regency Hill Country to learn more.

Central Texas & Texas Hill Country Favorite Resorts


Lake Travis/Austin, Texas


One of the pools at Lakeway Resort & Spa

Lakeway Resort & Spa is the ideal location for a family getaway, wedding, reunion, retreat, or romantic getaway. Located steps away from Texas Sailing, Lakeway Marina, and several golf courses, the friendly and courteous staff will make you feel right at home.

Lakeway Resort & Spa is the only resort located on the shores of Lake Travis. The guest accommodations include 168 guest rooms and suites along with 2 and 3 bedroom condominiums with full kitchen, living room and private entrance.

The resort boasts three-swimming pools including a special kids pool with waterslide, full-service spa and fitness center and lakeside dining. Lakeway also offers an array of kid's activities at the Kids Zone.

Read our Review of Lakeway Resort & Spa to learn more about why this is one of our favorite resorts.


As of April 2018, Tapatio Springs Resort is closed for repairs and renovations until sometime in 2019. The golf course is open for play.

Boerne, TX


Tapatio Springs Resort Golf Course hole

Picture this - rolling hills up to 1900 feet and dotted with beautiful homes; sparkling ponds plus water falls and water fountains; 18 holes of excellent golf; nice weather year round; peace and quiet; lots of wildlife; and more. No you're not in Hawaii, you're at Tapatio Springs Hill Country Resort one of the best resorts in Texas.

Plus you'll get to enjoy good food and lodging; excellent service and very reasonable rates; a wonderful Spa; miles of biking and hiking trails; two pools; and lots to see and do near by Boerne, San Antonio, or Kerrville. Here is a link to our review of Tapatio Springs Hill Country Resort.

North Texas Favorite Resorts

Grayford, Texas


Rated The Cliffs Resort hole number 8 overlooking Possum Kingdom Lake

The Cliffs Resort & Spa sits on a bluff 200 feet above and overlooking the clear blue water and rolling hills of Possum Kingdom Lake - you won't find any resort in Texas offering such scenic beauty. In addition to spectacular sunrises and sunsets over the lake, The Cliffs is home to one of the most scenic, unique, and challenging golf courses in Texas - this is a must play course! What a great combo - outstanding golf and water activities on one of the best lakes in Texas.

If that isn't enough to get you to call and make a reservation, then how about a great spa to relieve the stress and kinks or to pamper the body; a variety of accommodations including hotel type rooms, Villas with a kitchenette, or two bedroom condos (try the Elite Rooms at the Inn with panoramic views of the lake from your balcony); a grill serving upscale cuisine; a marina with boat, kayak, and pedal boat rentals so you can explore and enjoy Possum Kingdom Lake; tennis courts; meeting rooms; exercise equipment; playscape for the kids; and two lighted tennis courts. As well as a variety of packages and very reasonable rates. Read our review of  


 Glenrose, Texas



Rough Creek Pool Area

Rough Creek Lodge & Resort is a first class resort a few miles south west of Glen Rose. If you are looking for a superb venue for a family getaway, wedding, corporate retreat, reunion, or just a relaxing and fun weekend for two, then you need to check out Rough Creek. The resort is known for world class dining, luxurious accommodations, superb service, and lots of fun activities.

Some of the activities and amenities include: horseback riding, hunting, fishing, swimming, zip line, climbing wall, tennis court, exercise room, ATVs, clay shooting and a brand new 1,000 yard rifle range! After enjoying all those activities you will really enjoy the spa and all the services it offers. After spending a few days at Rough Creek Lodge & Resort you will agree they are well deserving of the many accolades including: being selected by Trip Advisor as a 2012 Travelers Choice for being one of the Top 25 Small Resorts in the United States, the Zagat Survey as one of “America’s Top Restaurants” for eleven years running; winner of Conde Nast's "Most Outstanding Lodge in North America 2005”; and the only Texas resort named to Conde Nast Traveler's 2003 “Top 100 Resorts in the World”. Read Texas Outside's review of Rough Creek .



Lake Whitney



White Bluff New Course and Clubhouse

White Bluff Resort is about 90 miles south of Dallas and it is another one of the outstanding Double Diamond properties. Some of what makes White Bluff one of our favorite resorts includes:

  • two outstanding golf courses
  • 4 pools
  • hiking and biking trails
  • tennis and volleyball courts
  • a spa and fitness center
  • great restaurants

You can choose from a variety of lodging options from an Inn overlooking the lake to two bedroom fully equipped condos or rustic log cabins on the golf course. In addition, White Bluff Resort has 4 miles of shoreline on beautiful Lake Whitney which is excellent for swimming, fishing, and boarding. The Resort has a marina in a protected cove with a ship's store, gas, boat rentals, wet slips, and overnight guest slips. Read our review of White Bluff Resort to learn more.

South East Texas & Houston Area Favorite Resorts

The Woodlands, Texas


The Woodlands Resort

Nestled on 350 wooded acres, The Woodlands Resort is prefect for a corporate retreat, reunion, wedding, or just a fun getaway weekend. The 440 guest rooms feature all of the comforts of home with views of the property's lakes, dazzling pools and tree-lined fairways and every guest will enjoy the resort's signature Forest Oasis Waterscape with a lagoon-style pool, two-story waterslide tower, flowing waterfalls, pop fountains and underwater music and murals.

In addition to the Forest Oasis Waterscape, some of the abundance of resort amenities include three restaurants and a bar, two on-premise outstanding golf courses, 21 tennis courts, full-service spa, and miles of hiking and biking trails.

The Woodlands Resort is just minutes from upscale shopping, first class attractions, excellent dining, and several other fun things to see and do. To learn more, read our Review of The Woodlands Resort.


Lake Conroe, Texas



Golf hole at La Torretta Lake Resort & Spa

La Torretta has something for everyone: golfers will enjoy the 18 hole golf course as well as the warm up on the miniature golf course; boating and fishing enthusiasts can take advantage of everything that Lake Conroe has to offer and rent a boat or jet ski or hire a fishing guide at the marina; kids will enjoy the pools, lazy river, and aqua park and kids camps; and business execs can host a meeting in any of the 19 meeting rooms encompassing over 73,000 square feet.

And everyone will enjoy the:

  • wide choice of affordable lodging - golf or lakeside villas or upscale hotel suites
  • Spa & Fitness Center
  • tennis and racquetball courts
  • range of dinning options from a sushi bar to gourmet lakeside dining

To learn more, read our

West Texas Favorite Resorts

 Lajitas, Texas


One of the golf holes at Lajitas Resort & Spa

If you are looking for something unique, different, and off the beaten path with a championship desert golf course, a wide variety of luxury accommodations with cowboy chic decorations, excellent dining, a great spa, and tons of fun things to see and do, then you need to check out Lajitas Resort and Spa. You'll find four different types of unique lodging ranging from two bedroom well furnished suites to the Badlands Hotel rooms which are reminders of the old cowboy days and don iron beds and fabulous views of the mountains, golf course, and Rio Grande River.

You can dine on contemporary American Cuisine enhanced with indigenous ingredients such as prickly pear or cactus while you enjoy an unparalleled view and millions of stars. Plus there is a Spa with a variety of treatments to work out the stress and kinks. But best of all there are plenty of fun things to see and do in and round the resort like excellent desert golfing, ATV tours through the mountains and desert, horseback riding, beautiful scenic hikes in nearby Big Bend National Park, skeet and cowboy range shooting, dove and quail hunting, mountain biking, fun local bars and restaurants, and more. Read our review of this fantastic resort.


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