Opulent Southern Retreat with Championship Golf Courses
Forest-lined fairways unfurl across 2,800 acres of rugged, rolling land in Texas Hill Country. A pair of PGA TOUR 18-hole golf courses shares the sprawling landscape, which borders the JW Marriott San Antonio. In addition to exclusive access to all 36 holes at TPC San Antonio, guests at this hacienda-style resort enjoy sumptuous guest rooms and a host of luxurious on-site amenities that have helped earn it a spot among Travel + Leisure's 2011 500: World's Best Hotels.
The home of the Valero Texas Open and AT&T Championship, TPC San Antonio's two courses are the brainchild of Pete Dye and Greg Norman, whose reverence for the scenic Texas Hill Country manifests in fairways that climb above native oaks and cedars to reveal dramatic vistas. The adjoining Marriott's private juliet balconies offer views of the same landscapes from the guest rooms, which provide a prime vantage point from which to take in panoramic views of the surrounding scenery. Hideaways boast signature Marriott Revive beds as well as tooled leather furniture, carved wood fixtures, and touches of western décor. A combined bedroom-living room stands stage right of a bathroom adorned with granite accents and a separate shower and tub. After rounds of golf, the resort's seven dining options refuel visitors with sustainable and organic fare. At Lantana Spa, the "seven knots ritual" precedes each service: guests release their worries into a red ribbon by tying it into knots and questioning its various life choices. Afterward, trained therapists knead away any residual tension with services including massages, facials, and manicures.
Texas Hill Country: Rugged Natural Beauty a Short Drive from San Antonio
The arid climate of Texas's Hill Country makes it ideal for growing grapes, and dozens of boutique wineries have duly sprung up in the vicinity around the resort. Many of the vineyards conduct informal guided tours and tastings of their signature varietals. The Texan earth yields treasures of a different sort at Natural Bridge Caverns, where underground rivers have carved gorgeous limestone chambers and detailed ice sculptures of the Alamo. About 30 miles from the Marriott's secluded enclave, San Antonio's cultural heartbeat pulses along its revivified River Walk—roughly 5 miles of pedestrian-only public riverfront peppered with bars, shops, and eateries.