For the ultimate Texan workcation getaway, this writer headed to Hyatt Regency Hill Country Resort and Spa in San Antonio. She left her husband and five kids working and learning at home while she enjoyed new “office” views from cozy spots all over the sprawling family-friendly resort.
The writer was hosted for this stay.
Work from Hyatt—Don’t Mind if I Do
I’m sitting on the huge wraparound porch of my Hyatt Regency Hill Country suite. The temperature is perfect, even in December. The last of the fall leaves are rustling gently below, occasionally letting go and drifting to the ground. Birds are chirping. I have to remind myself that they are actual birds and not part of my white noise soundtrack.
For nine months, I have been working full-time from my home office, also known as my bedroom. Evenings have been spent working on my MBA, at a desk in my closet (just to mix things up). My husband and five children have also been earning and learning from home. Our days and nights have blended together in their sameness and somehow nearly a year has passed.
When I read about the Work from Hyatt package, I immediately wanted to try it. Alone. I have taken family vacations at Hyatt Regency Hill Country Resort and Spa in San Antonio and other central Texas resorts for years, but have never visited by myself. This seemed like the perfect opportunity to get a change of scenery, a little alone time, and a visit to my favorite spa in Texas. Oh! And to do some work. That’s right. Work, too.
Social Distancing—It’s a Thing Y’all
Hyatt Regency Hill Country Resort and Spa is 20 minutes from downtown San Antonio, near SeaWorld, but it feels like it’s deep in the heart of Texas. Located on the Rogers-Wiseman ranch, a working cattle ranch that operated for more than a century, the resort has a rustic Texas appeal with plenty of wide-open spaces to roam.
My stay, the week before Christmas, was very quiet. I rarely encountered other guests while strolling around the picturesque property. On occasion, I would see a family on bikes—taking advantage of the resort’s free rentals—or golf carts in the distance, but I had no problem keeping my distance from others.
On the work front, I enjoyed having ample room to spread out in my Hill Country Suite. I worked from the bed, couch, dining room table, and porch. But I also ventured out to work from more rustic locations, like a rocking chair on a porch and a hammock at the spa. I tried to work outside as much as possible because I love the smell of wood-burning fires, which burn daily in fire pits around the resort.
Windflower—The Hill Country Spa
Once I discovered the glorious Windflower Spa, there was no turning back. I can’t visit Hyatt Regency Hill Country Resort and Spa without booking a treatment (or two) and spending the day.
Housed in a traditional Central Texas farmhouse, the Windflower is like an inviting country home, with a private heated pool and jacuzzi in the backyard. Any treatment—from a pedicure to a Hill Country stone massage—gains you access to the spa for the day. The sauna and steam room are currently closed due to the pandemic, but be sure to bring a bathing suit for the lovely hot tub inside.
On this visit, I took my laptop along and worked poolside in between treatments. A lovely server stopped by to check on me at regular intervals, keeping me supplied with complimentary snacks and beverages.
Among the spa’s offerings are mimosas in three flavors: orange, cranberry, and grapefruit. In the name of research, I ordered two and grapefruit was the winner. But really, can you go wrong with any flavor mimosa?
TravelingMom Tip: It is possible that too many free mimosas may impact the quality of your work. No judgment, just saying.
Take a Break and Enjoy the Amenities
When you finish up work at Hyatt Regency Hill Country, it’s time to play. From golf to pools to evening s’mores, the resort has got you covered.
If golf is your thing, check out the 27-hole golf course set among some of the area’s most beautiful scenery. Spanning more than 200 acres, the golf course takes you across rolling meadows and lush hillsides to wooded ravines and tranquil lakes and ponds. Hop in your golf cart and go!
For family fun, the five-acre water park and cabanas are open year-round. The 950-foot Ramblin’ River—a lazy river pool modeled after the nearby Guadalupe River—is chilly in the winter months, but there is also a lagoon-style waterfall hot tub onsite to warm you back up. Then, you can try the two-story waterslide. Only the FlowRider is closed for the season.
Even if you opt out of swimming, the area is a gorgeous place to walk around. Wander nearby to enjoy rocking chairs by fire pits, a sand volleyball court, a playground, tennis courts, and nature trails. There’s also an indoor fitness center and outdoor yoga if you want to squeeze in a workout.
Time to Eat—What’s Open?
Hyatt Regency Hill Country has several scrumptious options for meals, although the restaurants are operating a bit differently these days. Gone is the breakfast buffet, of course, but you can still swing by the General Store for breakfast à la carte, or head to Springhouse Cafe for San Antonio favorites like breakfast tacos.
For lunch, Springhouse Cafe has southern classics like Cowboy Ruben and Live Oak Smoked Pulled Pork Bun. You can’t stay in Texas without having barbecue for at least one meal!
At night, I recommend swinging by Charlie’s Long Bar for a Classic Burger and fries. You can eat outside on the balcony or take your food to go if you’d rather not dine indoors. (Important note: You can also get your margarita to go.) Then, pick up free s’mores from the front desk in the lobby, because every evening at the resort should end with melty marshmallows.
Workcation Perks at Hyatt Regency Hill Country
So, is a Covid-era workcation for you? If you’re able to do your job and/or schoolwork from anywhere and would love that “anywhere” to be a 300-acre Texas ranch where someone else does all the cooking, then I say yes. Pack up your laptops and hit the road!
Starting at $219 plus tax per night for a minimum five-night stay, the Work from Hyatt package at Hyatt Regency Hill Country Resort and Spa includes a guestroom or suite accommodations with separate, private workspace options, $50 daily food and beverage credit, waived resort fees, free self-parking, free high-speed Wi-Fi internet access, and free self-laundry services with laundry soap included. Additional perks include 50 percent off golf at Hill Country Golf Club and 20 percent off services at Windflower Spa.
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