Walking through lush tropical gardens, building sandcastles on a white sand beach, splashing in a refreshing waterfall...  Sound like Hawaii?  Actually, all this is at Horseshoe Bay Resort in the heart of the Texas Hill Country.  Our family recently fell in love with Horseshoe Bay Resort, and we highly recommend this vacation destination to families looking for summer fun in Texas.

Horseshoe Bay is a place of beauty, and the sound of water engulfs the resort.  It would be a wonderful place to sit and relax.  Our family loves activity, though, so our schedule was packed during our stay.  I think we could stay at the resort for a week and not experience everything offered there.  My favorite activity was the kids' tennis clinic.  What made this class unique was that it was held on special Andy Roddick kid-sized tennis courts.  What made this class great was that the pro was wonderful with children and made their introduction to tennis extremely fun.  Another unique family activity was golfing on the Whitewater putting course, a miniature course with real Bermuda grass, sand traps, and the beauty of water all around.

 

 

 

 

 

 

After working up a sweat in tennis and golf, it was time to cool off in the water.  From banana boat rides, to wading on the beach, to swimming in one of four sparkling pools, our family found plenty of ways to enjoy the water at Horseshoe Bay.  Cap Rock pool, a breathtaking, cascading pool featuring a 30-foot waterfall, was our favorite place to take a dip, and we consider it well worth a visit even though it is a short drive from the hotel.

During the summer, each day is loaded with additional activities for families.  A glance at the resort's Summer Activity Guide will make you recall fun memories of summer camp.  We enjoyed decorating water bottles and making flip-flops, slurping free snow cones by the pool, and boogying during glow-in-the-dark line dancing.  The resort also offers optional child care so parents can enjoy a round of golf, tennis match, or lounging by the pool on their own.  Our vacation at Horseshoe Bay did indeed feel like the fun of summer camp experienced within the luxury of a five-star resort.

 

Staying at the beautiful Marriott Hotel located within the resort was a treat in itself.  The rooms were beautiful, the staff at the resort were some of the friendliest people we've met on our travels, and the food at Lantana (the hotel restaurant) was delicious.  Snuggled under my soft down comforter after a day of fun in the sun, I tried to decide whether the resort feels more like Hawaii or summer camp.  Then I drifted off to sleep and woke up simply happy to be in Texas at a resort like no other.

 

 

 

 

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