HOUSTON – Amid the stresses of daily life, it’s easy to lose some of the magic in a relationship. A weekend getaway is a great way to reconnect.
For a quick, stress-free bae-cation, consider staying close to home. There are plenty of romantic retreats to escape to here in Houston, whether you have your hearts set on an Instagram-perfect love-a-thon overflowing with champagne and rose petals or you simply want to embrace downtime and decompress.
Here are some high-end hotels that offer sweet digs and indulgent experiences perfect for any kind of Houston couple.
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🧘♀️ For the wellness devotees
Enjoy a relaxing retreat where you can recharge.
Stay: Near the Galleria and at the edge of Memorial Park is The Houstonian, an upscale hotel best known as George Bush’s official “residence” during his days as President. It has 280 rooms in a wooded setting with a superb spa and fitness center.
Do: For the couples who work out together, The Houstonian offers in a resort atmosphere, tennis and racquetball courts, three swimming pools, outdoor and indoor running tracks, cycle and yoga studios, an exercise room, and 180 weekly group exercise classes. Also at The Houstonian is the largest luxury spa in the state of Texas where you can enjoy bespoke spa services, an onsite restaurant, soaking pools and more. Reserve an exclusive wine room experience and you can dine with your sweetheart surrounded by thousands of wine bottles. Noteworthy nearby attractions include the Houston Arboretum and Nature Center, the Memorial Park Golf Course, the Houston Polo Club, and the Edith Moore Nature Sanctuary.
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🖼️ For the art monsters
Absorb the masterpieces in Houston’s Museum District and stay at a landmark hotel brimming with art.
Stay: Located in Montrose is an elegant boutique hotel, the 32-suite La Colombe d’Or. The original 1923 mansion has five luxuriously appointed suites; each blends art, old-world sophistication and modern sensibilities. Rooms in the garden bungalows and nearby tower are no less opulent. The hotel displays over 400 pieces of original artwork and has a notable restaurant and bar, sculpture garden and amenities deck.
Do: Explore the array of world-class institutions clustered in the city’s oak-lined Museum District; The Contemporary Arts Museum is devoted to experimentation; The Museum of Fine Arts has broad European and American collections; and the Houston Museum of Natural Science boasts a live butterfly exhibit, a gem and mineral collection, dinosaur skeletons and an IMAX theater. Repositories of art in Montrose include the iconic Rothko Chapel, a serene temple that houses 14 of Mark Rothko’s huge blue-and-black paintings, and the Menil Collection, popular for its Byzantine, African, Surrealist and contemporary art. Three miles northwest at Bayou Bend, view a distinctive collection of American antiques and decorative arts.
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🚁 For the high-flying high rollers
Stay at a lavish hotel and take a private sunset helicopter tour of the city.
Stay: The posh Post Oak Hotel near the Galleria is the only Forbes Five-Star-rated hotel in the state. Set on 10 oak-studded acres, the 38-story tower boasts 250 ultra-luxe guestrooms and suites, a two-story Rolls-Royce showroom, seven restaurants and bars and a 20,000-square-foot spa.
Do: Commemorate your staycation with champagne and a private sunset tour of the Houston skyline. Then lounge by the pool, book a spa retreat for two or attend a private wine or whiskey tasting.
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