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10 Luxurious Valentine’s Day Getaways Across Texas

Romantic City Escapes in Austin, Dallas, Houston, and San Antonio

BY // 01.25.24

Roses are lovely, candy is fine, but if there’s one absolutely foolproof Valentine’s Day gift, it’s a romantic getaway. In honor of the love-themed holiday, we’re highlighting some of the best hotel stays (complete with incentivizing offers) across Texas — because the only thing better than a thoughtful retreat is a short and sweet journey to get there.

*Updated in January 2024

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A romantic Hotel Emma suite in San Antonio’s historic Pearl District. (courtesy)

Hotel Emma | San Antonio, Texas

With its lush, lived-in aesthetic, it’s hard to believe this Pearl District hotel has only been around since 2015. Of course, it helps that Hotel Emma is housed in a historic 19th-century brewhouse and features a design by renowned New York interiors firm Roman & Williams.

For the Love of Valentine’s Day: The see-and-be-seen hotel’s elevated farm-to-table restaurant Supper is offering a four-course tasting menu for the holiday. Bonus points for booking an Emma’s Love Notes Package for two at the hotel (available through February) or catching a show at the Pearl District’s historic Stable Hall (Portugal. The Man and Black Pumas are taking the stage this month).

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The Joule hotel in downtown Dallas (courtesy)

The Joule | Dallas, Texas

The slick spot often feels like the pulsing heart of Main Street. It’s a luxurious retreat for travelers looking for a unique getaway, a gathering spot for local artists, and (thanks to spots like Midnight Rambler) a perfect pit stop during an adventurous night in downtown Dallas. The hotel’s subterranean spa may just be the best in the city.

For the Love of Valentine’s Day: Take advantage of The Joule’s “Make It a Date” package this Valentine’s Day weekend. The one-night stay includes complimentary valet, a custom sweet from the hotel’s in-house pastry team, and a $50 food and beverage credit.

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The lobby of Austin Proper, designed by Kelly Wearstler, sets the tone for the luxurious, wellness-minded boutique hotel.
The lobby of Austin Proper, designed by Kelly Wearstler, sets the tone for the luxurious, wellness-minded boutique hotel.

The Proper | Austin, Texas

Kelly Wearstler’s high-design world in the heart of downtown Austin masterfully blends mindfulness and luxury. The first Proper Hotel to open outside of California landed in the state Capital in early 2020, offering notable dining, luxe Aesop products, a holistic spa, on-demand Peloton bikes, and a dreamy rooftop pool deck.

For the Love of Valentine’s Day: Wearstler’s inspired interiors are restorative on their own, but for a proper spa day (pun intended), the Austin hotel is offering the “Love Is All You Need” package (from February 8 to 18), which includes a two-night stay, a $150 Verbena Spa credit, and daily valet parking. Prix fixe menus are available at The Peacock restaurant and the poolside La Piscina on Wednesday, February 14.

 

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The Post Oak Hotel in Houston’s Uptown neighborhood. (Photo Courtesy of Fertitta Entertainment)

The Post Oak Hotel | Houston, Texas

Houston’s Post Oak, a Forbes Five-Star Hotel, lives up to the glamorous hype. The upscale Uptown destination has the best of best of everything — think 500-count Egyptian cotton bed linens, all-white marble bathrooms, and custom-beaded crystal fixtures. Funded by billionaire Tilman Fertitta, Post Oak brought game-changing luxury to the city when it opened in 2018.

For the Love of Valentine’s Day: In true Post Oak style, the hotel is offering a $1 million “As You Wish” package that includes: a two-night stay in the penthouse, a glamorous diamond jewelry
ensemble from Harry Winston with a 6.6 total carat weight, spa treatments, and access to the Rolls-Royce Spectre (the world’s first ultra-luxury electric super coupé) from Rolls-Royce Motor Cars
Houston. You’ll also catch the sunset via a 20-minute helicopter tour before a six-course dinner curated by Post Oak executive chef Jean Luc Royere.

For package details, call (346) 227-5100.

 

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The Commodore Perry Estate makes a stunning first impression. (Photo by Auberge Resorts Collection)

Commodore Perry Estate, Auberge Resorts Collection | Austin, Texas 

Originally built in 1928 as a country home for “Commodore” Edgar and Lutie Perry, the 10,800-square-foot Italianate manse was revitalized — with the help of notable designer Ken Fulk — and reopened in 2020 as the first Texas property by Auberge Resorts Collection, known for ultra-luxury inns. It’s quickly become a hot spot for travelers and locals alike thanks to the estate’s private membership program.

For the Love of Valentine’s Day: The property is known for curating picture-perfect moments (caviar picnic, anyone?), so you can trust the destination to execute a perfect V-Day. This year’s Romantic Escape for Two lets couples experience the estate as members of its private club do, with daily breakfast for two, a Friends & Lovers Rustic Italian Dinner, and a special gift from San Sabah.

 

Joel Mozersky’s directive from Virgin for the <em>Funny Library Coffee Shop</em> was to be whimsical and surreal, and the Menagerie of Extinct Animals wallcovering from Moooi (available locally at ID Collection) fit the bill perfectly. Seating alcoves are built into the library shelving for an intimate feel. “The niches are always the first seats filled, because the people watching from them is great,” he says.
The surreal Funny Library Coffee Shop in Virgin Hotels Dallas.

Virgin Hotels | Dallas

From the Funny Library Coffee Shop to the rooftop Pool Club and the guest rooms dubbed The Chambers, each space in the lushly appointed Virgin Hotels Dallas packs plenty of wit and sophistication. The Design District destination features collaborative designs from two top Texas firms: Dallas-based Swoon, the Studio, and Joel Mozersky Design of Austin.

For the Love of Valentine’s Day: Virgin Hotels’ “From Dallas With Love” features exclusive rates, guaranteed 2 pm late checkout, a handcrafted dessert, and a complimentary bottle of bubbly.

The Houstonian Hotel won top honors in Texas in another Travel + Leisure rankings.
The Houstonian Hotel won top honors in Texas in another Travel + Leisure rankings.

The Houstonian Hotel | Houston, Texas

Set upon 27 lush acres in a bucolic setting that feels far removed from the madding crowds, the tony Houstonian Resort was named he number one resort hotel in Texas by Travel & Leisure in both 2022 and 2023. (Its recent multi-million dollar makeover clearly payed off.)

For the Love of Valentine’s Day: The see-or-be-seen spot is offering a “Valentine’s Day to Remember” package with discounted room rates from February 9 to 15. Guests can expect welcome bubbly, complimentary parking, and access to the Houstonian Club and its three temperature controlled pools. Best of all: no resort fees.

 

The Omni Barton Creek | Austin, Texa

Though the four perfectly manicured golf courses garner the most attention, the Omni Barton Creek’s tiered pools, Mokara Spa, and the excellent Blind Salamander restaurant make the Omni Barton Creek a truly all-encompassing luxury retreat.

For the Love of Valentine’s Day: The “Under the Stars” spa package offers a day of soothing indulgence for partners, complete with a private hot tub, a eucalyptus steam, and a massage in the Mokara Spa’s couple’s sanctuary. For something more hands on, the Omni is hosting an “Art of Mixology – Couple’s Edition” class.

 

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The components of Lava Thomas’ “Resistance Reverb: Movements 1,” 2018, floating above a lobby seating area in the Hall Arts Hotel, are reminiscent of the tambourines held by activists during the pivotal women’s marches of 2017. (Photo by Robert Tsai)

Hall Arts Hotel | Dallas, Texas

The towering Hall Arts Hotel, with its sleek glass facade and commanding views of the Dallas skyline, is the only hotel in the country’s largest contiguous arts district. Naturally, the hotel has its own expansive collection to display — one that doesn’t shy away from the provocative.

For the Love of Valentine’s Day: A luxurious “Art of Love” offer runs through February, but the Dallas hotel knows that Galentine’s deserves its own getaway experience. Hall Arts’ Valentine’s Day-adjacent package includes a bottle of Hall Wine sauvignon blanc, complimentary sweet treats by executive chef Anthony Hsia, and two sets of face masks and lip butters by Texas-based Milk + Honey.

 

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The luxe swimming retreat at Hotel ZaZa’s Houston location in the Museum District. (courtesy)

Hotel ZaZa | Houston, Austin, and Dallas

Known for its sophisticated — yet sexy — vibes and detailed concepts suites, the Texas boutique hotel chain is dedicated to showing guests a good time.

For the Love of Valentine’s Day: The Valentine’s 2024 package is available at all four Texas properties and includes a $100 room service credit, a bottle of Ruinart champagne, and caviar upon arrival.

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