1 . The Lighthouse Inn at Aransas Bay

Rockport, Texas

CALL DIRECT: +1 (855) 770 - 8078

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The Lighthouse Inn at Aransas Bay is the number 1 pick for it's wide array of activities that are onsite and easily accessible. An 18 hole country club is your backyard for example.

78 luxurious rooms are yours to choose from as you spend lazy afternoons relaxing on the gulf coast. Hit the fitness center to feel even better after a day on the beach. Then visit the onsite Palm Room Bar & Grill for a delicious variety of local cuisine. Seafood, steak, and much more are on the menu. You'll feel pampered and incredible in this stunning Texas coast resort. You'll make great memories in the luxury, in the sand, and in the surf!

Address

200 S Fulton Beach Rd‎ Rockport, TX 78382

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You can enjoy on-property fishing, as well as easy access to the Aransas National Wildlife Refuge. Plus there's always the 18-hole Bill Coore-designed Rockport Country Club.

Related Onsite Offerings

Visit the sumptuous Palm Room Bar & Grill for great bay views as well as for the wide ranging menu that includes seafood and steaks and other delicious choices.

2 . Kontiki Beach Resort Condos

Rockport, Texas

CALL DIRECT: +1 (800) 388 - 0649

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Kontiki Beach Resort Condos whisk you away to a Gulf of Mexico paradise! Calming waterfront views, spacious condos, and an ocean of activities offer something for everyone from beach bummers to avid explorers. Do as much or as little as you want at this Gulf of Mexico getaway!

Condo suites overlook the aquamarine waters, offering spacious one- to three-bedroom suites. Soak in the Gulf views from your private balcony, kick up your feet on your outdoor deck, take a dip in the sparkling pool, swing away on the tennis court, or shoot some hoops in the basketball area. The picnic area features grill stations, perfect for a family barbecue. Cast your lines at the fishing pier and reel in redfish and speckled trout. If you're ready for some Gulf adventures, head off on a fishing expedition with Deep Sea Headquarters or learn to ride the waves at a surf camp. Admire the sea life at the Texas State Aquarium or soak up some knowledge at the Texas Maritime Museum. Or, if you'd like to do nothing at all, stretch out on the beach and catch a tan, the Gulf waves whispering their eternal song. Your waterfront paradise awaits at Kontiki Beach Resort Condos!

Address

2290 N Fulton Beach Rd, Rockport, TX 78382

Highlights

The Rockport Health & Fitness Club features state-of-the-art exercise machines and experienced trainers to ensure an effective workout session.

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Bird-waters can catch a glimpse of many varied species without ever leaving the grounds!

3 . Columbia Lakes Resort Hotel

West Columbia, Texas

CALL DIRECT: +1 (979) 345 - 7888

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Hundreds of moss-covered oak trees line the entrance to our No. 3 pick, but we were so captivated by the winding streams and lush fairways that line the onsite golf course that we scarcely noticed these towering giants. Whether you come for the scenery or the championship play, you won’t be disappointed by Columbia Lakes Resort Hotel!

Measuring 6,967 yards and boasting par 72 play, the Columbia Lakes Country Club course was treated to a fabulous redesign by noted golf architect Tom Fazio. Lakes and streams blend beautifully with 18 holes of championship tees, fairways and greens for unparalleled play on your Texas golf vacation. And if your long drive isn’t up to your liking, head over to Columbia Lakes’ practice facility, where an hour or two on the driving range, target greens and practice tees will have your game in top form faster than you can say “fore!” The golf and the views are both spectacular, but there’s even more to love about Columbia Lakes Resort Hotel. And speaking of love, this Gulf Coast resort has just the right ambiance for romantic Texas weekends or special occasions. Luxurious Texas villas that overlook picturesque lagoons and blooming gardens, intimate dinners for two in the elegant Brazos Room and a little friendly competition on the tennis courts are sure to set your hearts racing!

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Columbia Lakes is home to 300-acre twin lakes stocked with trophy-sized bass, while the nearby Gulf of Mexico offers saltwater fishing on your Texas Gulf Coast vacation.

Getting there

Columbia Lakes Resort Hotel is easily accessible from Houston via U.S. 59 or Hwy. 288. All major airlines offer daily service into Houston Intercontinental Airport and Houston Hobby Airport. Van transportation to and from the resort is available upon request.

Related Onsite Offerings

Besides Gulf Coast golf, Columbia Lakes Resort Hotel also boasts eight onsite tennis courts, a fitness center and basketball and sand volleyball courts.

4 . Port Royal Ocean Resort & Conference Center

Port Aransas, Texas

CALL DIRECT: +1 (866) 940 - 1190

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Perched atop the sandy dunes of Mustang Island, our No. 4 pick is prepared to offer you a little something extra on your Gulf Coast Texas vacation. While you won’t find a castle, a queen or even a princess for miles, you will get a healthy dose of the royal treatment at Port Royal Ocean Resort!

Here in Port Aransas, TX, being treated like royalty is less about servants feeding you grapes by the handful and more about having exclusive access to some of the Gulf Coast’s most pristine beaches and luxurious condo suites. And speaking of accommodations, palm leaves, swordfish and seashells may sound like something you’d snag on a Port Aransas beach, but they’re also island-inspired highlights featured in your Gulf Coast luxury condo’s décor! With nearly 25 acres of beachfront fun and relaxation to choose from, we don’t blame you if you can’t decide where to start at Port Royal Ocean Resort. You could head to the Royal Blue Lagoon Pool, hang ten on the Double Surfin’ Slide and chow down at the poolside Cabana Bar and Grill. Or, you could wait until sunset and mosey on over to Port Royal’s private beach boardwalk for spectacular views of the Gulf of Mexico.

Highlights

With 210 luxury Gulf Coast condominium suites and more than 7,000 sq. ft. of meeting and banquet space, Port Royal Ocean Resort & Conference Center can meet most any need on your Port Aransas vacation.

Getting there

From Houston, take I-59 South to Victoria. Take TX 91 SPUR toward Refugio/Corpus Christi. TX-91 becomes U.S. 77S. Turn left onto TX 239. Turn right onto TX 35. Continue to follow TX 35. In Aransas Pass, turn left on Hwy. 361 to Ferry Landing into Port Aransas. Turn right at the first light, Cut-off Road. Travel to the first light, Hwy 361. Travel approximately 10 miles to Port Royal Ocean Resort on the left.

Related Onsite Offerings

Two lighted tennis courts, outdoor shuffleboard, water and sand volleyball courts, horseshoes, fishing, golf and daily sailing adventures are nearby.

5 . Sunset Harbor Resort

Willis, Texas

CALL DIRECT: +1 (936) 890 - 1226

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The Gulf Coast Texas resort in our No. 5 spot has been called many things, including a cruise ship on land. While this dubious compliment conjured up images of cramped cabins, shipwrecks and seasickness, we’re happy to report that a hot Texas climate and warm Gulf Coast waters prevail at Sunset Harbor Resort!

No, you won’t find any lifejackets or lifeboats at this Gulf Coast resort. But don’t mistake this oversight for a safety hazard; it’s just that no one would be crazy enough to escape these spectacular conditions! For starters, a sought-after location on Lake Conroe’s shores, complete with 22,000 acres of Texas waters to boat, fish and otherwise explore. With a marina and boat launch, wave runner rentals and an outdoor Jacuzzi all on site, it’s never been as easy to sit back and enjoy your Texas lake vacation as it is at Sunset Harbor Resort! So what exactly will you find on your Gulf Coast vacation? Set along a premier stretch of Lake Conroe waterfront, Sunset Harbor Resort’s vacation condos boast convenient access to the resort’s lakeside snack shack and Tiki bar among their many luxuries. And an onsite activity coordinator aims to please as she plans your Gulf Coast vacation the Sunset Harbor way!

Related activities

Grab a fishing pole and cast a line – Lake Conroe is well known for its catfish-filled waters. Bass, crappie and hybrids also swim beneath its surface.

Fun facts

Nearly 5,000 acres of Lake Conroe’s waters are included in the Sam Houston National Forest.

Related Onsite Offerings

Indoor/outdoor basketball courts, a video arcade and lakeside snack bar add all-ages appeal to your Texas family vacation at Sunset Harbor Resort.

6 . The San Luis Resort, Spa & Conference Center

, Texas

CALL DIRECT: +1 (800) 392 - 5937

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We know Texans are famous for doing things with bigger-than-average flair, but even we were blown away by our No. 6 resort’s grandiose proportions. We’ve seen our fair share of teased hair and 10-gallon hats, but we’d never witnessed elegance and class on such a grand scale as when we first laid eyes on The San Luis Resort.

It would be too simple to describe our No. 6 spot as a Gulf Coast resort when, for all intents and purposes, this Texas retreat is actually a complete hotel, spa and conference center on spectacular Galveston Island. It’s all the opulence of a Southern plantation manor, with polished marble floors, upholstered walls and gold-fringed furnishings. And it’s all the playful after-hours fun that this Texas town is famous for, from the waterfalls, grotto and Gulf of Mexico views of the tropical pool to the haute-cuisine and red-hot scene of the H2o lounge. Looking for a gorgeous Gulf Coast landscape to pair with your Texas wedding color palette? The San Luis Resort’s lush, manicured grounds serve as a striking supplement to emerald and ecru selections, while wood paneling and crystal chandeliers in the grand ballroom set the stage for more formal crimson hues. The bride won’t be the only one wearing white; even the resort’s wedding gazebo has been painted an eye-catching eggshell shade!

Highlights

Honored with the AAA Four Diamond Award® since 2000, The San Luis Resort features a fully accredited IACC conference facility along with the finest in hospitality, dining, entertainment and activities.

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Sip a fruity drink at The San Luis Resort’s refreshing H2o ultra lounge or perched atop a submerged stool at the resort’s swim-up pool bar.

Related Onsite Offerings

The Spa San Luis offers some of Galveston Island’s most luxurious spa services and amenities, including a complete fitness center, boutique and full-service salon all on site.

7 . The Woodlands Waterway Marriott Hotel & Conference Center

The Woodlands, Texas

CALL DIRECT: +1 (281) 367 - 9797

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While our No. 7 pick is a beauty in its own right, what really caught our eye was the breathtaking community that surrounds it. Set along a sparkling waterway that runs through the entire city, The Woodlands Waterway Marriott Hotel is a stylish escape in the heart of The Woodlands, Texas.

The water taxis that cruise the waterway outside our No. 7 spot may bear little resemblance to Venice’s gondolas, but we can’t help thinking that they bring a bit of the same romantic ambiance to this Texas community. Then again, we could be thinking of the chilled champagne and chocolate-dipped strawberries that awaited our arrival to our Marriott hotel suite – just two features of the hotel’s Woodlands romantic escape package! Wake each morning to Ristorante Tuscany’s scrumptious Belgian waffles, piled high with strawberries and whipped cream, then pack the leftovers and head to Town Green Park for the best people watching around. But we promised you style and there’s plenty of it to be found in this modern Texas town. For the best bang for your buck, we recommend a short stroll to the Woodlands Mall. Those who can’t be bothered with budgets will love the 460 world-class shops, boutiques and specialty stores within walking distance of The Woodlands Waterway Marriott Hotel. And all it takes is a body scrub or manicure at the Spa at the Waterway to have you glowing from head to toe!

Highlights

More than 70,000 square feet of state-of-the-art meeting space connected to The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion.

Getting there

The Woodlands Waterway Marriott Hotel is 20 minutes North of George Bush Intercontinental Houston Airport. When exiting from the airport, take the Hardy Toll Road North. This will merge with I-45. Exit at Woodlands Parkway. At the second traffic light, Six Pines Drive, turn right. At the second traffic light, Lake Robbins Drive, turn right. The hotel is on your right.

Related Onsite Offerings

All of these Texas hotel rooms feature Marriott's signature Revive Bedding for a restful night’s sleep during your stay.

8 . Isla Grand Beach Resort

South Padre Island, Texas

CALL DIRECT: +1 (800) 292 - 7704

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We’ve found a spectacular island getaway that doesn’t require logging long hours on an overseas flight. Even better, it’s perfect for the whole family! For blue waters, white sands and beachfront fun on your Gulf Coast family vacation, pack your bags and make your way to Isla Grand Beach Resort!

Our No. 8 spot only feels worlds away – in reality, Isla Grand Beach Resort is located on the surf, sun and entertainment mecca more commonly known as South Padre Island! We hope you and the little ones don’t mind getting a little dirty; here, a majority of the most popular activities center on sandy beaches and warm coastal waters. If you’re like us, your sand art talents are limited to crudely sketching your name in the sand. Or at least they were, until you spent the day with a South Padre Island sandcastle master, who quickly transforms your boring sand tower into an impressive sandcastle complete with moats, turrets and even an alligator or two! Our hats are off to parents for all the work they do, but how come we never stopped to consider that maybe it was the kids who needed a break? Fortunately, Isla Grand Beach Resort is one step ahead with children’s activities that feature water games, arts and crafts and even a special night of entertainment exclusively for the little ones!

Highlights

The Isla Grand Beach Resort offers outstanding convention, meeting and banquet facilities for your Gulf Coast Texas business, wedding or group event.

Fun facts

Black Dragon Pirate Ship Cruises depart daily from Port Isabel and boast a swashbuckling good time for you and the kids with face painting, sword fighting, treasure hunts and water pistol duels!

Related Onsite Offerings

Isla Grand Beach Resort’s cabana rooms and two-bedroom condos have plenty of space for the whole crew on your Texas family vacation. These Gulf Coast condos even feature views of the Gulf of Mexico!

9 . Lonestar Inn & Suites

Victoria, Texas

CALL DIRECT: +1 (866) 588 - 2216

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Located in Victoria, the crossroads of Texas, Lonestar Inn & Suites serves as the premier base camp for Southwester sightseers. Visit the exciting attractions of cities like Houston and San Antonio before finding fun on the Gulf of Mexico. Afterward, unwind in their relaxing accommodations.

As your gateway to the Gulf of Mexico, you're just a short ways from the aquamarine waters. Deep-sea fishing, diving, and cruising highlight your aquatic adventures. If you prefer to stay dry, get up close and personal with the wildlife at the Texas Zoo, take in a show of the several local performing arts groups, visit a museum, or travel to any of the nearby cities for additional attractions. There's never a dull moment here. After an adventure-filled day, enjoy the inn's spacious setups and array of amenities. Whether you choose a standard suite or the relaxation of the Jacuzzi suite, the rooms are the perfect place to rest after a long day of fun. Make a splash in the outdoor swimming pool, stay in shape at the fitness center, or surf the web with Wi-Fi access. And, each morning begins with a hot breakfast starring biscuits and gravy, fresh fruits, and more!

Address

1907 US Hwy 59 North, Victoria, TX 77905

Extra Stops

Soak in some Texas history at Texas history at the historic La Bahia Mission in Goliad or stuff shopping bags at the Victoria Mall.

Related activities

Frequenters of the fairway can tee it up on the very beautiful and challenging Riverside Golf Course or Colony Creek Country Club.

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