If you’re still pondering ways to make Mom feel special this Mother’s Day, consider sweeping her off her feet with a getaway she can enjoy with those who made her a mother. These five nearby resorts offer everything from decadent brunches and spa treatments to on-site water parks and family-friendly activities the whole crew can enjoy together. The best part? Cooking, laundry and dirty dishes don’t come with the stay.
Horseshoe Bay Resort
At Horseshoe Bay Resort, located an hour from Austin, families can log lakeside memories together while giving Mom the Mother’s Day gift she really wants: some well-deserved R&R. Over Mother’s Day weekend, check Mom into the full-service Bayside Spa for a rejuvenating spa package that includes a 50-minute massage, 50-minute facial, 50-minute manicure and 50-minute pedicure ($350). While Mom slips into spa bliss, kids can report to the Jungle Kids’ Club, complete with a two-story jungle gym and rock-climbing wall, to craft Mother’s Day surprises ranging from canvas potholders and tote bags to suncatcher wind chimes and magnet picture frames from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday ($15 per child). At this 7,000-acre lakeside golf resort, which recently completed a $70 million renovation, families can fill the day by golfing on championship courses, playing tennis or pickleball, fishing, kayaking, plunging into four pools or relaxing in a private cabana complete with a personal server and stocked mini fridge. In the evening, pack some snacks and drinks for the family and sail off for an hourlong marine sunset cruise on Lake LBJ ($30 adults/$10 children 12 and under). After the sun goes down, treat the kids to the gooey goodness of complimentary s’mores before watching "The Sound of Music" dive-in style at Paseo Pool. Top off the weekend with a Mother’s Day Sunday brunch at the Yacht Club featuring an array of mouth-watering dishes spanning seasonal salads, artisan cheese boards, an iced seafood display, brunch-style entrees, chef specialties, a carving station and tasty house-crafted confections for dessert ($68 for adults; $34 for children 5-12; free for 5 and under). More at hsbresort.com.
Omni Barton Creek Resort & Spa
Reopening this weekend after an extensive $150-million renovation and expansion, Omni Barton Creek Resort & Spa offers a luxurious in-town retreat poised to pamper moms with a brand-new 13,000-square-foot Mokara Spa featuring an adult-only rooftop pool and deck, four pools, four championship golf courses and seven signature restaurants. Give mothers and mothers-to-be the gift of ultimate relaxation by booking the all-inclusive Mokara Rose Ritual, featuring an uplifting and renewing rose massage, rose renewal body scrub, rose pedicure and lunch at the Spa Creek Café (4 hours for $405). Take advantage of the resort's grand reopening special by booking two consecutive nights now throughout the summer to receive a $100 resort credit. More at omnihotels.com/hotels/austin-barton-creek.
Hyatt Regency Lost Pines Resort & Spa
Sitting just far enough (23 miles) outside of Austin’s city bustle to make it feel like a wilderness escape but still close enough that getting there doesn’t require a pit stop, this rustic retreat offers an ideal Mother’s Day weekend getaway for the whole family. Make family memories splashing in the Crooked River Water Park, hiking through McKinney Roughs Nature Park, roasting nightly s’mores or embarking on a family-friendly adventure like kayaking, horseback riding or zip-lining. Check kids into Camp Hyatt while Mom unwinds at Spa Django with signature treatments like the Colorado River Rock Massage, Mommy Massage for expectant mothers, custom facials and body rituals, and a full menu of salon services. Before heading back to Austin, make a reservation for Mother’s Day Sunday brunch from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., featuring everything from breakfast favorites like cast-iron cinnamon rolls and made-to-order vanilla-battered French toast to fresh seafood, local cheeses and artisan-cured meats, a carving station with prime rib and blackened salmon, decadent desserts and complimentary Champagne ($64 adults; $28 children 6-12; free for children 5 and younger). More at hyatt.com/en-US/hotel/texas/hyatt-regency-lost-pines-resort-and-spa/auslp.
JW Marriott Hill Country Resort and Spa
Whisk Mom and the whole family away on a tranquil Hill Country getaway to the JW Marriott San Antonio Hill Country Resort & Spa, located 70 miles from Austin. Whether Mom stops in for a spa day or Sunday brunch or spends a fun-filled weekend vacationing at this Hill Country oasis boasting a 9-acre River Bluff waterpark, five restaurants, a 26,000-square-foot spa and two PGA-Certified TPC golf courses, rest assured she’ll leave more relaxed than when she arrived. At Lantana Spa, moms can enjoy a Mother’s Day treat all month long by booking the May special, which combines a 50-minute Swedish massage with scalp treatment, a 50-minute custom facial with the Nuface enhancement and a complimentary glass of bubbly ($250). Delight Mom with Mother’s Day brunch at 18 Oaks, the resort’s fine dining restaurant, with offerings spanning fresh seafood, carved prime rib, housemade pates, artisan cheeses, omelets and mimosas ($62 adults; $28 children), or opt for a more casual take on Mother’s Day brunch at Cibolo Moon ($55 adults; $24 kids). More at jwsanantonio.com.
Hyatt Regency Hill Country Resort and Spa
Mom can spoil herself at the spa or splash poolside with the kids over Mother’s Day weekend at the Hyatt Regency Hill Country Resort, a peaceful retreat 90 miles from Austin with everything from a 27-hole Arthur Hills-designed golf club to a 5-acre waterpark with a heated Texas-shaped pool. Surprise Mom with a gift card to Windflower Spa, where she can relax with treatments ranging from deep tissue massage therapy to a lemongrass mimosa scrub infused with mimosa plant, jasmine and ylang-ylang. Wake up to a Mother’s Day Brunch featuring a spread of breakfast items, salads, seafood, a carving station, sides, desserts as well as complimentary Champagne and mimosas for adults, a special buffet for kids and a rose for Mom ($74 for adults; $32 for children (6-12); free for 5 and under). Call 210-767-7999 for reservations. More at hyatt.com/en-US/hotel/texas/hyatt-regency-hill-country-resort-and-spa/sanhc.
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