The Top 10 Resorts in Texas
This year's World's Best Awards survey was open for voting January 11 through May 10, 2021, as destinations around the world were lifting COVID-19 restrictions. Survey rules have always allowed readers to reflect on their travel experiences over a three-year period. We hope that this year's honorees will inspire your own travels as you get back out into the world.
Texas offers so much — from impressive art collections of contemporary art in Houston and Fort Worth to astonishingly empty expanses in Big Bend National Park to world-famous music festivals in Austin and historic sites like the Alamo. More Americans turned to travel destinations in their own backyards over the past year, and the best resorts in Texas have put T+L readers in the thick of everything there is to explore in the Lone Star State.
Every year for our World's Best Awards survey, T+L asks readers to weigh in on travel experiences around the globe — to share their opinions on the top hotels, resorts, cities, islands, cruise ships, spas, airlines, and more. Hotels were rated on their facilities, location, service, food, and overall value. Properties were classified as city or resort based on their locations and amenities.
This year's best resorts in Texas exemplify the wealth of diversions at visitors' disposal. T+L readers hold No. 4, the Houstonian Hotel, Club & Spa, in high regard, praising its food, grounds, and service. Several touted the spa in particular, with one person calling it "magnificent." The Woodlands Resort (No. 3) draws a different tourism crowd, offering a "great family vacation with plenty of outdoor opportunities."
But this year's No. 1 winner — Commodore Perry Estate, Auberge Resorts Collection — had perhaps the broadest appeal. Read on to discover why T+L readers loved it and which other properties joined it on the inaugural list of the ten best resort hotels in Texas.
1. Commodore Perry Estate, Auberge Resorts Collection, Austin
A top-to-bottom renovation by renowned designer Ken Fulk brought a whimsical spirit to a residential estate, where the staff excels in creating a warm, welcoming atmosphere. "The staff at this property went above and beyond to provide amazing service and were attentive to detail. Their kindness was genuine," said one reader, who added that "the property itself has a great location and is in immaculate condition." Another remarked, "Unique property all around — incredible design and customized touches by the staff."
More information: aubergeresorts.com
2. Four Seasons Resort & Club Dallas at Las Colinas, Irving
More information: fourseasons.com
3. The Woodlands Resort, the Woodlands
More information: woodlandsresort.com
4. The Houstonian Hotel, Club & Spa, Houston
More information: houstonian.com
5. La Cantera Resort & Spa, San Antonio
More information: lacanteraresort.com
6. Gage Hotel, Marathon
More information: gagehotel.com
7. JW Marriott San Antonio Hill Country Resort & Spa, San Antonio
More information: marriott.com
8. Hyatt Regency Lost Pines Resort & Spa, Cedar Creek
More information: hyatt.com
9. Horseshoe Bay Resort, Horseshoe Bay
More information: hsbresort.com
10. Hyatt Regency Hill Country Resort & Spa, San Antonio
More information: hyatt.com
See all of our readers' favorite hotels, cities, airlines, cruise lines, and more in the World's Best Awards for 2021.