La Cantera Resort & Spa Weekend Adventure

Are you looking for a fun weekend where you can: find lots of fun things to see and do, enjoy unequalled service and attention to detail, get a massage or facial, stuff yourself on some excellent food, shop till you drop, ride a roller coaster with the kids, sip a margarita and relax by the a stunning infinity pool overlooking the golf course and the rolling hills, or play 36 of the best golf holes in Texas? If so then you need to call the in San Antonio and book a weekend stay.

La Cantera ResortWestin La Cantera Resort and SpaLa Cantera Pool Area

We round up the family at least once a year and head down to San Antonio for a stay at La Cantera Resort & Spa for a weekend or longer - and we always hate to leave and can't wait to get back again the next year. La Cantera Resort & Spa is a fantastic resort that is about 15 minutes north west of downtown San Antonio and you can't miss it if you're anywhere in the area - it's that majestic white building complex sitting on the bluff overlooking the scenic hills and surrounding area.

La Cantera Resort & Spa

The living room/parlor in a suite at La CanteraOne of the reasons we like La Cantera Resort & Spa is that they offer a variety of options for lodging and unequalled service and some great resort amenities. From the time you're greeted until the time you leave, you'll enjoy first class service and attention to detail. For lodging, you have several choices: standard guest rooms with majestic views, Casitas, or suites. We splurge and always get one of the suites which includes a 1000 square feet of living space with dining table, entertainment center, sleeper sofa, full size bath, refrigerator and wet bar, and comfy upscale appointments and leather furniture - plus a 270 degree panoramic and majestic view of the resort and pool, surrounding hillside, and golf course. Our suite also includes an oversized master bedroom and huge bath with a tiled walk-in shower and a separate jacuzzi tub plus a standard adjoining guest room with two double beds and bathroom. Be aware, that booking the suite will spoil you for subsequent stays in standard hotel rooms which now will seem cramped and boring!

One of the infinity pools at La Cantera ResortSome of the other reasons we enjoy La Cantera Resort & Spa include:

  • two stunning infinity pools with bars, cabanas, lounge chairs and unbelievable views
  • state of the art exercise room, jogging trails, and a good hiking trail to help wear off some of the calories we always gain from the good food
  • a beautiful courtyard with water features, fire pits, and comfy seating
  • plenty of planned activities to keep the kids entertained
  • a spa with all the services that you would expect - the massage is perfect after 36 holes of golf

La Cantera Resort & Spa Dining

Buffet at La CanteraIf you're going to enjoy all the amenities, then you need the fuel to keep you going and La Cantera has excellent choices to help you keep the calorie count high. For poolside dining, both infinity pools have bars (excellent margaritas) and menus with several choices. SweetFire serves breakfast, lunch and dinner. And Primero Cantina has some unique and delicious dishes and outside seating overlooking the pools and surrounding hills. I sampled a lot of everything that the Resort had to offer. And I love their restaurant motto: "Nourish the Body and the Soul Will Follow." To start the day we enjoyed a unique and very good version of Eggs Benedict (10 hour slow cooked smoked pulled pork, poached eggs, and BBQ Hollandaise) and the breakfast buffet loaded with everything from custom made omelets and waffles to eggs, bacon, sausage, hash browns, muffins, fruit, biscuits and gravy, and lots more.

And we tried Primero Cantina and SweetFire and enjoyed our meals both. For example, one meal was the "must have" fried deviled eggs, the Junk Basket filled with shrimp, oysters, and vegetables; and grilled Wagyu Skirt Steak, Lobster Mac & Cheese (outstanding), and house made Fennel Sausage which also came with a Strawberry Shortcake (condensed milk sorbet, strawberry gelee, and shortcake crumble)! I barely fit in the elevator on the way to our room!

Deviled EggsJunk BasketSkirt Steak

Fun and challenging holes at La Cantera's Resort CourseGolf at La Cantera Resort & Spa

It's very tempting to just sit on our butts, sip margaritas, enjoy the food and pool, and generally just chill out. But, one of the reasons we stay at La Cantera Resort & Spa is to play two of the best golf courses in Texas - The Resort Course and The Palmer Course. Wow, what an unbelievable golf experience!

The Resort Course is at the top of the list of Texas Outside's Top Texas Resort Golf Courses. Some of the reasons we love this course include: excellent conditions, scenic beauty as it meanders up and down the San Antonio hill country, wide forgiving fairways, dramatic elevation changes, and a unique and challenging layout with a lots of variety and some very fun and challenging holes. Like La Cantera Resort & Spa's suites, the Resort Course will spoil you and make other courses seem like boring pasture courses. Read our review of the Resort Course to learn more.

Lots of ups and downs at the Resort Course at La CanteraLa Cantera Resort CourseElevated tee box with view of Fiesta Texas

Par 3 over water at the Palmer CourseAlso at the top of our list of favorite courses is La Cantera Resort & Spa's Palmer Course. Similar to the Resort course, the conditions are lush and plush, the layout is both fun and challenging with each hole different than the previous holes, and best of all, you can score well here if you manage the course and your club selection.

The back nine is an unbelievable golf experience and this has to be the best nine in Texas as it plays up and down and along the top of a ridge on one of the tallest hills around. You'll find majestic views and scenery, huge elevation changes, blind shots, waterfalls, elevated tee boxes, uphill and downhill greens, and plenty of hazards waiting to eat your golf balls. And the perfect end to a round of golf can't be any better than sitting on the patio of the Palmer clubhouse sipping a cold one overlooking two of the best holes (#9 and #18) in Texas. Check out our review of the Palmer Course.

One of the Palmer Golf Holes at La CanteraOne of the waterfalls on a beautiful hole a La Cantera's Palmer CourseThe finishing hole at La Cantera's Palmer Course

If you have time for more golf, San Antonio has plenty of excellent choices and a number of their other courses are also in our Top Twenty Best Texas Courses. You can use our San Antonio Golf Map to quickly locate a course, link to our review, and book a tee time.

Fun Things to Do In San Antonio

If you're not into golfing or have some spare time after your round, La Cantera is convenient to a number of other fun and exciting things to see and do:

  • Part of the Riverwalk in San Antoniothe kids, and us kids at heart, love the nearby attractions like Fiesta Texas (2 minutes away) or the infamous Sea World which is home to Shamu the Whale
  • within a couple minutes, shoppers will be in heaven at the Rim (great retailers from Bass Pro Shop to Old Navy, plus restaurants, nightlife, and theaters) or the Shops at La Cantera which has plenty of well known department stores, as well as, other local upscale shops plus several restaurants
  • downtown San Antonio is a must for the first time visitors and it offers several unique attractions including the Riverwalk, the Tower of Americas and HemisFair Park, the Alamo, several missions, Market Square, the Alamodome for sports fans, and lots more - we enjoy exploring downtown by bicycle
  • the La Cantera concierge can help you find some fun night life or nearby restaurants if you feel the need to get out of the resort - if you like good country music, head to one of the best Texas honky tonks, John T. Floores Country Store - who knows you may catch Willie Nelson or Pat Green playing
  • San Antonio also has several fun events during the year, so you may want to plan your trip during one of these events
  • you've also got several good museums, a great zoo, plays and art galleries, and much more to see and do if you have the time
  • spend some time at Sea World - the skits/shows are good, the rides are fun, and the animals are amazing - here is an article about our day at Sea World
  • here is a link to our San Antonio Map and Top Ten Things To Do in San Antonio

You and kids of all ages shouldn't get bored when you stay at La Cantera Resort & Spa - in fact, we find that we never have enough time to do all that we would like to and we hate leaving this fantastic resort and all that it and San Antonio have to offer. Which is why, we immediately start thinking about returning as soon as we can.

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