In 2021, the focus is on wellness. In Texas, there’s a spa for that.

The last two years have been, to put it mildly, challenging. Showing your team some appreciation for a job well done with a little spa pampering will allow them to relax and regroup together. Whether you’re looking to make a day, weekend or week of it, Texas has a spa retreat to suit your needs. 

Make a Week of It

San Antonio’s Loma de Vida Spa & Wellness is set within a peaceful sanctuary surrounded by the natural beauty of Hill Country. The full-service, 25,000-square-foot spa features everything from traditional offerings like massages and facials to experiences that are indigenous to the area. In addition, spaces, such as the Sky Loft treatment suites and an infinity edge pool, encourage mindfulness, reflection and face-to-face connections. The spa is part of La Cantera Resort & Spa, which offers 496 rooms, an adults-only floor with valet and concierge, the secluded Villas with 34 guest rooms and suites, and 12 on-site dining options. Additional amenities include two golf courses, five heated pools, and 115,000 square feet of event space for awards programs, VIP gatherings and more. 

Make an Afternoon of It

With delicious-sounding treatments, such as Chocolate Bourbon Pecan Pie Foot Ritual, Pumpkin Spice Mousse Massage and Cider Sangria Facial, you know you’re in for a treat at Vivian’s Boutique Spa in Dallas. The day spa goes the extra mile to make you feel special: from the custom-designed and craftsman-built pedicure chairs to the granite-topped manicure table, no detail is overlooked. You can even get a Green Tea & CBD Hydrating Hemp Facial, which promises to make you look “lit from within.” No wonder it’s been named one of Dallas’ best day spas by D magazine

Make a Weekend of It

Transformative healing is on the menu at The Spa at The Post Oak Hotel in Houston. The 20,000-square-foot spa’s services are inspired by the diverse heritage of Houston and the anti-aging rituals of ancient cultures. In keeping with its mission, the spa only works with vendors that source environmentally friendly ingredients and responsibly manufacture their products. The Spa at The Post Oak is located in the 250-room Post Oak Hotel, which has the unique distinction of being the only Forbes Travel Guide Five-Star hotel and spa in the state. The hotel’s meeting and event space includes the 16,000-square-foot Grand Ballroom, which can accommodate nearly 1,700 guests for a reception. More intimate spaces are available as well. 

Make an Escape of It

A serene hideaway set on 125 acres on Medina Mountain in Texas Hill Country, Escondida is located 14 miles from the Guadalupe River in Kerrville. The story behind the retreat is just as compelling as the beauty that surrounds it. One version is that it was built by a couple who fell in love after being raised in separate Mexican villages. Another is that it was an actual hideaway for a Chicagoan in the witness protection program after providing incriminating evidence against crime boss Sam Gioncanna. Whatever its history, your team will be treated to an ultra-private escape from the everyday. Your guests can enjoy a massage or facial (including the opulent Pevonia Caviar Facial) in the spa, relax in the pool or hot tub, and explore the wildlife and wildness of the surrounding rolling hills. Escondida offers 11 rooms, including the Owner’s Retreat, a private wing of the original hacienda that features a full kitchen, private patio, and living/dining area. Escondida does not serve alcohol, but guests may bring their own to enjoy.

Sheraton Dallas has welcomed Pierre Daval as the hotel’s new executive chef. Daval has more than 25 years of culinary experience, including 20 years with Marriott International. Originally from France, Daval started his culinary career in the United States at the Marriott Tan-Tar-A Resort in Missouri in 2000. His most recent role was at the Lincolnshire Marriott Resort in Illinois as the executive chef and food and beverage director where he personally managed an apiary and a two-acre farm. He also previously worked at the Chicago Marriott O’Hare and the Chicago Marriott Downtown.


Wyndham Hotels & Resorts has broken ground on its new extended-stay brand in Plano. The all new-construction brand, operating under the working title "Project ECHO," has 72 hotels in the development pipeline as of the end of the second quarter. The purpose-built, 124-room Project ECHO prototype is just over 50,000 square feet, with individual rooms averaging 300 square feet. 


The historic Austin hotel, The Driskill, has appointed Nori Meisner to its staff as historic tour guide and special events concierge. In her new role, Meisner will bring to life the stories of the hotel, which was built by cattle baron Colonel Jesse Driskill in 1886. Among the many memories she’ll share with guests on the history tour is the first date between former President Lyndon B. Johnson and his wife, Lady Bird. The two met over breakfast on that fateful day.