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TBG projects featured on Texas Family Resorts

Bill Odle

Travelling in Texas for Spring Break and looking for a family-friendly destination? Look no further! Texas Family Resorts has got you covered with their list of the Top 17 Family Resorts in Texas – five of which TBG is proud to have worked on.

JW Marriott San Antonio Hill Country Resort and Spa – San Antonio, Texas
One of JW Marriott’s most successful U.S. resorts, this expansive getaway on San Antonio’s northern outskirts has something for everyone — and a stunning landscape with rich Hill Country character is the unifying thread connecting it all. Along with a 1,000-room hotel, two championship golf courses, resort and spa, the JW Marriott has aquatic recreation on par with a water park and many varieties of comfortable outdoor leisure areas. Intricately designed water features cascade throughout the site, materializing as multilevel pools, spas and a lazy river within the amenity area. A fast-moving 650-foot-long river ride transports users into a 1,110-foot-long lazy river, which meanders through a stunning landscape of native trees and flowers. An interactive pool for kids offers water slides, play elements and a water fountain splash area.

Paradise Springs at Gaylord Texan Resort – Grapevine, Texas
Combining the excitement of an elaborate water park with the relaxation of an upscale resort, Paradise Springs elevated the Gaylord Texan Resort’s guest experience to a new level of sophistication. Developed to attract a wider range of guests, Paradise Springs provides fun for all ages and includes a multilevel pool deck with a 6,000-square-foot lagoon, multiple varieties of pools, a 600-foot lazy river and a water slide tower. There are also four types of cabanas, pedestrian bridges, a zip line, fire pit and tented event lawn to accommodate horseshoes, bocce ball, shuffleboard, washers and croquet. The project opened over Memorial Day weekend in 2011 and has greatly enhanced the resort experience.

Hyatt Regency Lost Pines Resort and Spa – Bastrop, Texas
An upscale resort destination with an integral ecological focus, Hyatt Lost Pines is a luxurious getaway that also connects guests to the site’s rich environmental character. Located adjacent to the 1,100-acre McKinney Roughs Nature Park, Hyatt Lost Pines feels like a seamless extension of McKinney Roughs, with natural features used as site amenities, native plants uniting the landscapes, and extensive trails connecting both. The site plan preserved existing heritage pecan trees and accented Colorado River views. The resort experience includes extensive aquatic amenities like a 1,000-foot-long, flowing lazy river, active and adult pools, a slide tower and spray fountain all thoughtfully integrated into the landscape. The use of on-site wastewater treatment for irrigating all landscape areas, including the golf course, minimizes potable water use.

Omni Barton Creek Resort & Spa – Austin, Texas
TBG was commissioned to provide landscape architecture services for a renovation and expansion of Omni Barton Creek Resort & Spa, 20 minutes west of downtown Austin in the Hill Country. The resort overhaul responds to longstanding needs to improve circulation to provide a seamless flow between critical resort destinations and program elements; The site planning provides for a more cohesive layout of program elements and better use of the site, including saving mature trees and accommodating ecological sensitivities, in addition to accommodating distinct needs for both members and guests. The design solutions embrace five guiding characteristics — connected, seamless, experiential, rejuvenating and Hill Country vernacular — and encompass a series of pools, water features, decks, seating, pergolas, fire pits and other resort amenities.

Hilton Anatole JadeWaters Resort Pool Complex – Dallas, Texas
Imagine a luxury resort pool experience winding through a premier collection of East Asian art at a landmark hotel — it’s real, and it’s JadeWaters. The Hilton Anatole boasts the country’s largest hotel art collection, and the addition of the JadeWaters resort pool complex extended that defining cultural character to the realm of aquatic recreation. In July 2017, TBG professionals conducted a post-occupancy evaluation to gauge the social, environmental and economic impacts of JadeWaters to the overall hotel and guest experience. Along with guest satisfaction surveys and food/beverage revenue impacts, the analysis included studies of surface temperatures at three times of day for various areas like wood bridges, artificial turf, pavers, concrete, decking, etc. The findings helped reveal JadeWaters’ impact on the development’s overall value.

To see the full list of resorts, visit Texas Family Resorts.