Houston, Texas, may be best known as a thriving commerce hub that centers on a vibrant oil and gas industry. This Gulf Coast city, though, has much to offer to the romantically inclined as well, including a handful of luxury resorts in the greater metropolitan area. If you seek a charming couples getaway destination, you will find much to enjoy among Houston’s lively performing arts and music scene, expansive museum district, shopping and antiquing centers, outdoor sporting opportunities, and fine dining establishments.
The Houstonian Hotel, Club and Spa
Rambling over 18 lushly wooded acres in the midst of the city, The Houstonian Hotel, Club and Spa affords an elegant, ultra-exclusive resort experience for couples. All guest rooms feature handsomely detailed furnishings and décor, as well as stunning floor-to-ceiling windows, while luxury suites also boast hardwood floors, wood paneling, wet bars, remote-controlled fireplaces and French doors. Enjoy some one-on-one time while lounging pool-side at one of the resort’s three pools or picking up a game of tennis or golf. Then connect over a romantic dinner for two at the resort’s Olivette restaurant, which serves regional, Gulf Coast-inspired cuisine, such as seared salmon with sweet corn pudding.
The Woodlands Resort & Conference Center
Idyllically located just north of downtown Houston, The Woodlands Resort & Conference Center rests in the midst of more than 25,000 forested acres. The resort serves as a premier couples retreat, offering everything from an on-site luxury spa and outdoor Waterscape oasis, to high-end shopping and hiking and biking trails. Play a couple’s game of golf on the resort’s championship courses or recharge with a massage at the full-service spa. Book the resort’s “Enchanted Romance Package” and cozy up with an in-room breakfast for two, as well as complimentary champagne and chocolate-dipped strawberries.
The San Luis Resort, Spa & Conference Center
Overlooking the expansive blue waters of the Gulf of Mexico, The San Luis Resort, Spa & Conference Center tempts with everything from surfing and sunbathing to horseback riding along the beach. Elegantly appointed guest rooms have cushy beds and plush fabrics, while floor-to-ceiling windows provide stunning views of the Gulf. Snuggle up together on your own private balcony to watch the sunrise, and then enjoy a casual brunch for two at the on-site café before heading out for sightseeing. Choose the couple’s “Romance is in the Air” package, and revel in a moonlight drive along the Galveston seawall in the resort’s Bentley.
South Shore Harbor Resort & Conference Center
Situated on Galveston Bay, the South Shore Harbor Resort & Conference Center offers a casually elegant resort experience for couples. Guest rooms afford balcony views of Clear Lake and Galveston Bay, complimented by tasteful furnishings and muted coastal hues. Begin with a cozy breakfast at the Paradise Reef Restaurant, which uses fresh-catch seafood from the Gulf. Take the day to explore nearby attractions, such as the Kemah Boardwalk, the Galveston historic districts or the Space Center Houston. Then, recharge with a workout at the resort’s 130,000-foot fitness center or while sunbathing by the 185-foot tropical swimming pool. Wrap your day with a romantic chartered sunset dinner cruise.
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