Overlooking 550 acres of The Texas Hill Country, La Cantera Resort is one of the most sought after San Antonio resorts. With a AAA Four Diamond rating, La Cantera offers sophistication and relaxation. From their 25,000 sq. ft destination spa to six pools ranging from an adult lap pool to a zero-entry children’s pool including slides, guests can immerse themselves in the best that Hill Country has to offer. Check out these five reasons to add La Cantera Resort & Spa to your bucket list.
5 Reasons to Add La Cantera Resort & Spa to Your Bucket List
Rooms, Suites, and Villas
La Cantera has a total of 496 rooms, suites, and private villas. From entry-level Deluxe King and Queen Rooms to Luxury and Presidential Suites, all rooms and suites in the resort’s main building were renovated in 2015.
Additionally, there is an entire floor dedicated to adults-only accommodations. Good for couples and business travelers, these 46 adults-only rooms feature their own check-in and lounge area with cookies, chips, coffee, games, a manned bar, and panoramic views. Seventh-floor rooms have Aromatherapy Associate bath products, plus Alexa and glass walk-in rainfall showers.
The Villas section is located in a wooded area below the rest of the property. Each room comes with an assigned golf cart for getting to the spa and main building easily. All Villas have king beds, bedside lamps with extra outlets, Bluetooth speakers, a huge LG flat-screen TV, furnished terraces, deep soaking tubs, and glass-walled walk-in rainfall showers. Other Villas perks include ceiling fans as well as air-conditioning, service doorbells, and free valet parking.
We enjoyed a Pool View Junior Suite during our stay. It featured a king-sized bedroom along with a queen-size sleeper sofa in a generously sized living area. It offered the perfect amount of space to allow the baby to sleep quietly at night while we enjoyed the living area and the sunset views. Our suite included: Wi-FI, a flat screen TV, Bluetooth charger and docking station, a mini-fridge, rain showerhead, double sinks, and plush robes.
Loma de Vida Spa
Loma de Vida’s 25,000 square-foot facility is a secluded sanctuary offering signature experiences that include massages, body treatments, facials, and a hair and nail salon.
Loma de Vida’s 15 treatment rooms include two private structures, called Sky Lofts, set away from the main spa building. These two-person units feature private decks with Hill Country views and either an outdoor wooden cowboy tub or an outdoor shower.
Additionally, there is an outdoor terrace with an infinity pool and hot tub, and an indoor/outdoor area with a Himalayan pink salt sauna, experience showers, and a heated vitality pool alongside a contemporary fireplace. A relaxation lounge and waiting area features over-sized easy chairs with ottomans and soft wool blankets. Floor-to-ceiling glass doors open to a big deck with rocking chairs, cushioned seating, and sweeping views.
The spa’s fitness center is equipped with both indoor and outdoor equipment, and there is a small yoga studio for stretching and classes.
My 60-minute Loma de Vida Swedish Massage left me feeling relaxed and rejuvenated after nine months of pregnancy and two months of carrying a newborn. Admittedly, I talked way more than I normally would have but social-distancing has left me starved for adult conversation.
La Cantera Resort offers distinct experiences at different pools throughout the resort. The spa contains about a third of La Cantera’s pools and hot tubs. The remaining pools are located throughout the resort. The main pool stretches along the west wing of the building, and has a huge pool deck with tons of loungers and umbrellas. At its far end, a pool bar separates the main pool from a smaller, more secluded pool. Down a little hill and separated by green space is the kids’ pool with two waterslides and more cabanas. La Cantera’s adults-only pool is located slightly farther down the hill. It also has an infinity edge and fantastic views, especially during sunset. Both the main pool and adults pool have their own hot tubs. Yet another heated pool and hot tub are located in the Villas section where they have exclusive use by Villas guests.
We spent most of our time at the kids’ pool because I’m a big kid and loved the waterslides. The shallow section of the pool also allowed me to sit and play with Max while getting him use to the water and the poolside umbrellas gave use great shade from the sun. We also took turns visiting the adults-only pool because the views and peacefulness were too amazing to miss.
Sixteen poolside cabana rentals are available across three of the resort’s five pools. Each cabana comfortably fits eight guests and offers a VIP poolside experience. Cabanas feature TV’s, a safe, and a full-stocked refrigerator. Adults-Only Cabanas also offer Bluetooth sound systems.
We utilized a cabana at the kids’ pool during one of the days of our stay. It was the perfect place to spend the afternoon with fun cocktails and food from Vista Grille. It was ideal for allowing Max to sleep comfortably in the shade while we enjoyed the breeze and sunshine.
SweetFire Kitchen sources ingredients from more than a dozen local farms for its menu of regionally inspired burgers, salads, and entrees. The casual dining venue offers indoor seating with spectacular views of the Texas Hill Country, al fresco dining overlooking Plaza San Saba, and a full service bar.
There are other remarkable dining options on-site but the 8 oz filet at SweetFire Kitchen was one of the best filets I had in my life. Cooked to perfection and coupled with an apple bourbon glaze, I’d drive all the way to San Antonio just for dinner at SweetFire Kitchen.