Escape to Paradise at San Antonio's Exceptional Resort and Spas

San Antonio often gets overlooked, but the saying is true - everything's bigger in Texas - and that includes resorts! San Antonio's resorts offer expansive views, unparalleled luxury, southern hospitality and delicious cuisine, often made from ingredients sourced from local farmers and ranchers, so it's as fresh and flavorful as it can possibly be. There's a reason why Texans are so proud of their state, and it's because all you ever need or want can be found here.

The Eilan Hotel Resort & Spa is one of the newest resorts in town and is the perfect resort to make you feel like you left the country, not just your city. This Italian-inspired resort has the most magnificent pools with sexy cabanas for couples who want to enjoy a little privacy. Their on-site restaurant has become a popular destination for locals and travelers. They even offer spa discounts if you dine in the restaurant. 

As beautiful as the Eilan is, the JW Marriott Hill Country Resort and Spa may have the most incredible spa in the San Antonio area, including day-spa options for locals, a spa cafe and a lazy river you can float the day away on, as well as a top-notch golf course. 

If you'd rather stay close to all the action and attractions, some downtown resorts are just waiting to spoil you rotten! The Wyndham La Cascada and Hotel Contessa are both great choices for the comprehensive SA experience! 

The Emily Morgan San Antonio - a DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel
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The Emily Morgan styles itself The Official Hotel of the Alamo and it's easy to see why. Its architectural design stands out next door to the Alamo. Enjoy luxury accommodations, Aveda skin care and all the amenities. A former medical building, it's reputed to be haunted and ghost hunters from near and far visit in hopes of spooky apparitions. However, most guests simply enjoy the Emily Morgan for its convenience to all things San Antonio. Within walking distance to countless restaurants, the River Walk, the Alamo, La Villita and more, you cannot go wrong choosing this hotel for its excellent location.

Hilton San Antonio Hill Country Hotel & Spa
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Walk into the Hilton San Antonio Hill Country Hotel & Spa and the essential elements that make up a true Texas experience are evident. This San Antonio resort offers a luxurious modern Texas ranch lifestyle. Soaring beamed ceilings, warm rich woods, a massive flagstone fireplace, cozy sofas, a 30-foot curved bar and wide bi-fold doors allowing in the fresh Hill Country air, all provide guests with the right ambiance to kick off their boots and stay awhile. This Hilton provides a number of unique guest services including three pools, the Hill Country Spa, its signature restaurant Sun Spot and all-day dining in the Hill Country Bar, which serves traditional American and Texas cuisine. Located in the rolling hills dotted with centuries-old live oaks and indigenous plants, this hotel in San Antonio, TX is just twenty minutes from the airport, world-famous river walk and historic Alamo.

Menger Hotel
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The Menger is probably the most charming hotel to be found in San Antonio, and also possesses a long and impressive history. Located next to the Alamo, they have played host to such prestigious guests as Theodore Roosevelt, who is said to now make ghostly appearances on occasion. In fact, for ghost hunters, this is the place to go. The on-site bar has been recognized as one of the hot spots apparitions like to visit, which is no surprise, since this beautiful, hard-wood covered hang-out is an ideal place for a nightcap. Along with the anticipated modern updates to the Menger, you'll enjoy original the neoclassical Victorian lobby, fine antiques and artwork, a stunning courtyard garden, historic photographs, and a century-old guest registry.

Wyndham La Cascada
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Considered an 'urban' resort, the Wyndham La Cascada is actually located along the banks of San Antonio's beautiful River Walk. The reason this resort is considered 'urban' is that it is not located on hundreds of sprawling acres and attached to a golf course. Nor does it offer a huge water park. It is, however, uniquely located on one of the most popular tourist destinations in the United States. The Wyndham provides the traditional amenities you would expect in a resort but does not feature a spa on site. The attraction of the Wyndham is that it is central to many popular destinations and attractions like The Alamo, Rivercenter Mall and all the shops and restaurants along the River Walk. Guests can choose between one and two bedroom suites that also include a fully supplied kitchen for extended stay use.

Mokara Hotel & Spa San Antonio
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There isn't quite the right word than can fully express the opulence, luxury and elegance of this amazing hotel and spa located, you guessed it, right next to San Antonio's famous riverwalk, just three blocks from the Alamo. This wonderful sanctuary for weary travelers offers guests the finest in everything you can imagine. They're small compared to most hotels on the riverwalk, but this allows them to offer guests unusually attentive treatment and care. Guests can enjoy the full-service spa meant for relaxation and rejuvenation, the rooftop pool that offers excellent views of the city, a café, bar and restaurant, as well as a hairdressing salon, a currency exchange facility and so much more. Get ready to luxuriate in heaven on earth at Mokara.

Hotel Contessa - Luxury Suites on the Riverwalk
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Hotel Contessa isn't only one of the most beautiful and luxurious hotels in San Antonio, but it's just a few blocks down the street from the Convention Center. Upon entering the Contessa, you might think you're in some other metropolitan city, perhaps even out of the country. This stylish and contemporary 4-star hotel sports a 24-hour business center and offers small meeting rooms, technology support staff, and audio-visual equipment for those who need it. After an exhausting day at the convention center, be sure to also take advantage of their full-service spa, which offers body treatments, massage/treatment rooms, facials, and beauty services. They also feature an upscale, romantic restaurant known as Las Ramblas, known for their unique and extraordinary tapas menu. This is the best place to stay in San Antonio, whether you're here for work, fun or something in between!

La Cantera Resort & Spa
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The La Cantera Hill Country Resort is listed in The 2011 World's Best Hotels by Travel & Leisure 500. Stay in casitas (little houses), traditional rooms or book a luxury suite. The resort is recognized for its remarkable golf courses. The Palmer Course will help hone your skills and test your abilities. Created by Arnold Palmer, it's a golfer's dream come true. Six Flags Fiesta Texas and The Shops of La Cantera (referred to as La Cantera Mall by locals) are just two minutes away. Sea World San Antonio takes less than half an hour to reach. A short drive into the Texas Hill Country brings guests to boutiques, wineries and antique stores.



The Hyatt Regency Hill Country Resort and Spa has a very Texan feel to it. Upscale meets Ranch Style. The staff is professional and remembers your name. Whether it is the valet bringing your car or the concierge, guests feel important here. The property resides in a picturesque setting which is enhanced by the beautiful Windflower Hill Country Spa. It is hard to remember you are in the city. Surrounded by a plush golf course and a four acre water playground for all ages, it is sure to be one of your favorite hotels. All resort rooms feature first class amenities. Approximately 10 minutes from Sea World and 20 minutes from the downtown area.



JW Marriott Hill Country Resort and Spa is the kind of resort that you dream about. Romantic for couples, engaging for adults of all ages and a really big plus: kid friendly! Adults and children will want to spend time floating and splashing through the resort's incredible water experience. River Bluff is kept at 82 degrees year round and there are slides and a nearly 1200 foot river to float in. The resort is beautifully designed and a popular wedding destination. The resort boasts seven different dining venues and each of them offer fresh, creative selections. There is an emphasis on fresh sustainable ingredients. Lantana Spa is on site and offers a variety of services including facials, body treatments, and customized massage. As for accommodations? Guests are offered the utmost in comfort and amenities. All guest rooms are designed with vibrant colors designed to bring to mind the sunset.

Eilan Hotel Resort & Spa
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For the best of the best, unwind at the stunning Eilan Hotel & Spa, in surroundings inspired by Tuscany, overlooking the beautiful Texas Hill Country. They have an award winning resort pool with private poolside cabanas, perfect for families to play and couples to relax. If you prefer some pampering, their world-class spa offers 10 private treatment rooms including two VIP couples rooms with private balconies. Step into an atmosphere that is filled with vibrancy and fun. The Eilan Hotel & Spa is alive with energy, vitality and activity. Eilan is all about beauty and elegance, from fine dining in their Sustenio restaurant to strolling amount the fountains outside. You feel like you're overseas, not just in San Antonio.


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