Hydration Rituals and Raw Oysters in San Antonio: Part I
Experiencing a Moroccanoil hydration ritual and my first raw oyster — just a few of the memories I brought home from a long weekend in San Antonio.
To celebrate the big 3-2, I decided to blend work with pleasure and make a trip to SAT. (I’m working on an article about the Texas town for a winter issue of Points North Magazine.) So, my sweet Mark and I headed off to the Hyatt Hill Country Resort and Spa, which is located about 30 minutes away from downtown SAT. (Disclaimer, folks, the majority of my visit to the resort was comped.)
For me, the Windflower Spa was the main draw for this resort. (I’d discovered it during a media trip to San Antonio last April when the group made a brief stop at the resort.) This resort is perfect for families looking for a vacation spot (it’s right next to Sea World and has a phenomenal on-property water park with a lazy river). Golfers would also love it, as it’s home to a beautiful golf course where I enjoyed a lesson.
The spa is located in a restored barn — think country chic — which is home to its own private outdoor pool, sauna and steam rooms, and plenty of spots both inside and out on the porch to snuggle up with a good book. And don’t miss the snacks, hot tea, and fruit infused waters — the pecan cookies are not to be missed!
During my visit, I experienced the 90-minute Moroccanoil ritual, the 50-minute Windflower pedi, and a 60-minute vitamin C facial. Out of the three, the ritual was probably the best “fit.” I mean, who doesn’t like a good body exfoliation and a hot stone rubdown, right? The pedi and facial were also fabulous. All of the technicians were professional and friendly. And the room for pedis and manis was amazing — I loved my private little pedi throne!
The barn environment was charming, but I did notice that it was easy to hear the conversation going on next door during my treatments. I have the feeling that this is just a fact of life in an old barn with thin walls.
I should also mention that there was a bit of confusion when I first arrived at the spa for my appointment — it wasn’t in the system. The original plan was for me to enjoy the Windflower Meadows package, which included four hours of treatments. But there was some miscommunication between the spa staff and the media relations person I was working with to set up my itinerary, and the reservation didn’t get into the system.
That sucked. But I have to say that the spa staff did its best to remedy the situation. I was scheduled in for the three treatments I mentioned above, since the Windflower Meadows package wasn’t currently available due to some work that was being done to the hydro tub, which is part of the experience. Everyone was very apologetic, and I ended up having a FWABulous time. (Just in case you’re curious about costs, the Moroccanoil ritual would have been $190, the pedi $75, and the facial about $140.)
With all that said, the spa was a definite “fit,” but if I return to SAT, I would probably check out a hotel that is closer to downtown and the popular River Walk area. Mark and I found ourselves wanting to go into town a few times — and the cab fare is not cheap (think $50 one way).
Now about those oysters… Stay tuned for next week’s blog to find out about Ostra at the Mokara Hotel & Spa.