Romantic restaurants, date spots and ambiance are not hard to find in a city as large and cosmopolitan as Houston, Texas. But in the middle of the city, it's hard to find a true resort getaway experience for you and your special someone. The Greater Houston area, however, has number of couple-friendly resorts where you can focus on romance in a relaxing, luxurious environment -- all within 30 minutes to an hour from downtown Houston.
The Houstonian Club, Resort and Spa
The Houstonian offers couples a romantic getaway just outside Houston's downtown area in a secluded 18-acre wooded property. The resort's room accommodations feature floor-to-ceiling windows, premium bedding, plush robes and spacious bathrooms with deep tubs. At Trellis, the Houstonian's 17,000-square-foot spa, take advantage of the couples hot springs shiatsu tub and the couples waterfall Swiss shower. Choose the resort's Spa Romance package, which includes deluxe room accommodations, breakfast in-room or at one of the restaurants, a 50-minute facial or massage, and access to the spa's relaxation and steam rooms. The two of you can also break a sweat together at the Houstonian's luxurious health club. Other amenities include two gourmet restaurants, a casual outdoor grill and a resort pool with a 32-foot water slide.
Woodlands Resort and Conference Center
Just 30 minutes north of downtown Houston, the Woodlands Resort and Conference Center is a sprawling, hidden retreat boasting two championship golf courses, tropical-themed resort pools with water slides, a relaxing spa and picturesque wooded surroundings. Couples can choose between plush, well-appointed rooms or suites -- including two-story loft suites. At the spa, the Duet's Delight package includes a couples Swedish massage, sugar facials, foot soaks, wine and chocolate in a private room. You can also opt for the resort's Enchanted Romance Package, which includes in-room breakfast daily; champagne and chocolate dipped strawberries nightly; turn-down service; and unlimited access to the sauna, steam room and whirlpool hot tubs. Other couple-friendly activities at the Woodlands includes leisure strolls or bike rides along the many wooded trails, picnicking by Lake Woodlands, and racing against each other down the resort's 30-foot double-helix water slides.
South Shore Harbor Resort and Conference Center
The South Shore Harbor Resort and Conference Center has a prime location on Clear Lake, roughly 35 minutes south of downtown Houston. The casual resort has some rooms overlooking the lake, including suites and two-level penthouse suites. It also features a tropical-themed winding resort pool with a swim-up bar, a lounge and bar area ideal for socializing, and a state-of-the-art fitness center and spa. The resort offers a Couple's Retreat package, which includes king room accommodations on the executive floor, a bottle of wine, chocolate-covered strawberries, in-room breakfast and dining credit. You can also take advantage of easy access to to Clear Lake. Take a dinner cruise around the lake with Majestic Ventures, or charter a private sailboat for a sunset sail around the lake.
La Torretta Lake Resort
The La Torretta Lake Resort is about an hour north of downtown Houston, nestled on pristine Lake Conroe. The expansive resort features sleek all-suite accommodations, as well as lakefront villas and golf-side cottages to choose from. Resort amenities include a championship golf course, a luxury spa and fitness center, and several upscale restaurants and bars. You and your love can opt for the spa's couples massage, performed in a private, candlelit room. La Torretta also offers a Romantic Rendezvous package that includes deluxe suite accommodations, complementary champagne and chocolate-covered strawberries, complementary breakfast at one of the hotel's restaurants or in-room breakfast, and free valet parking. Several wineries near the resort include the Bernhardt Winery, where you can sample local wine and stroll through the vineyard hand in hand.