Hawaii. Jamaica. Mexico. San Antonio? It might not be the first place you think of when you think destination wedding, but with Covid putting a damper on gatherings and getaways, San Antonio brides are looking for luxurious locations that offer a destination feel without the travel. Hyatt Regency Hill Country Resort and Spa offers just that with a variety of venues and vistas tucked away in a lush, Hill Country setting that’s only 20 minutes from downtown San Antonio, yet feels worlds away.
Destination Happily Ever After
At The Hyatt Hill Country Resort & Spa
Written by: Bonny Osterhage
20 Minutes from Downtown, yet worlds away...
“We are seeing a lot of local couples cancelling their destination weddings because they don’t want to get on a plane,” says Jenny Santiago, Wedding and Event Sales Manager. “We have the amenities and accommodations to give them a dream destination experience right in their hometown.”
Spread across 300 acres, this former family-owned ranch still maintains that “homey” Texas feel with wood-burning fireplaces, natural limestone and reclaimed timber accents, but with a level of sophistication found at the most luxurious resorts. Elegant ballrooms with iron chandeliers, charming pavilions with strands of twinkling lights, and outdoor spaces with breathtaking views offer brides and grooms an assortment of romantic options for everything from the rehearsal dinner to the ceremony, reception, and even a post-wedding brunch the next day, all with plenty of room for guests to feel safe and comfortable.
“We have so much event space that we can easily put smaller weddings in larger venues and allow people to spread out,” assures Santiago. “And if the weather doesn’t cooperate with your outdoor plans, we always have a backup space, which eliminates the stress that can accompany planning an outdoor event.”
And when it comes to creating the perfect menu for your event, the resort’s dedicated catering staff and creative culinary team can design a meal to match your setting and style. The choices and menus are limited only by imagination. One couple requested chocolate chip pancakes as a late-night reception snack because that’s what they ate on their first date.
“The food is such an important part of the overall experience,” says Santiago, adding that another couple had the chefs recreate a beloved family hot cocoa recipe to warm the guest’s hearts. “You can share a lot about who you are as a couple by the food you serve on your wedding day.”
Throughout the wedding weekend, guests can relax and unwind with a round of golf on the 27-hole championship course, pamper themselves at the Wildflower Spa located in a rustic, renovated barn, or simply relax in one of the well-appointed guest rooms. A winding, 950-foot Ramblin’ River® as well as three crystal blue pools are perfect for floating or simply cooling off, and for those adventure seekers, the FlowRider® wave simulator offers fun for all ages. At night, the fire pits at Henry’s Hollow provide the perfect place for gathering and roasting s’mores under a starry Texas sky.
“We have taken every measure to create a “getaway” experience, especially now when travel is discouraged,” says Santiago. “We want our couples to have everything they need, all in one place, so they can keep the focus where it should be—on their love.”
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