Hill Country Hyatt - I love you. Several friends had recommended the Hill Country Hyatt to me, one in particular gushing about it saying that she wants to just move in here and stay forever. Their rave reviews brought us here, but I have to say this place has exceeded even my high expectations. If I lived within driving distance, I am quite certain I would never vacation anywhere else ever again. Of course, since we have decided we aren't setting foot on a plane with a toddler again, perhaps we can just live here for the next couple of years. Do you think they have a cheaper rate if you rent a room by the month?
I'm not even sure where to begin to describe the perfection that is the Hill Country Hyatt. They have somehow manged to walk a fine line creating a perfect balance between luxury for adults and non-stop fun for kids of all ages. Every detail strikes this balance: the attentive bell hops and valet parking attendants for adults and the housekeeping staff who carefully arrange stuffed animals on the bed for kids, the shallow baby pool and raucous activity pool along with the quiet, secluded adults-only pool, the fun, shaded lazy river complete with a float-up bar, the big sandy playground and the hammock hidden away in a grove of trees, s'mores at the fire pit every evening with animated movies on the lawn for little ones or luxury spa treatments for their parents. They seem to have thought of everything. It is all wrapped up in such a pretty package too. The beautiful limestone buildings are surrounded by perfectly manicured Texas native trees and flowers with winding paths and bridges running through it all. It seems as though every time we go on a walk, we discover a new hidden treasure - a tire swing in a grove of trees, or hummingbirds happily zooming around a hummingbird feeder.
We started the day with the buffet breakfast - every breakfast item imaginable, all perfectly prepared and presented, complete with custom omelets from the omelet chef and a pancake/waffle bar. It was a great way to start the day after the atrocities of yesterday.
Then, we spent the entire morning playing in the sand, floating half-comatose along the lazy river, and just relaxing. If we were parched, no need to get out of the inner tube, we just floated up to the bar and got a bottle of water. Heaven, I tell ya! The girls decided to forgo the face painting on the schedule to spend more time in the water but then chose to get their hair braided just before lunch. We ate lunch poolside... it doesn't get much easier than that. After a nap, more swimming, and dinner, we roasted marshmallows and made s'mores at the firepit and lounged in a hammock. The photos from the big camera will have to wait until I get back home, but here are a few snapshots from this morning.
I recently finished the book "The Five People You Meet in Heaven", by Mitch Albom. In it, he theorizes that heaven is different for each person. An individual's heaven is the time and place in his life when he was happiest. I think my heaven will be the Hill Country Hyatt.