This stunning multi centre 14 night adventure begins in Austin Texas with a two night stay at the Kimpton Van Zandt Hotel, a modern, chic and trendy Austin hotspot with a fantastic location on Rainey Street that’s close to lots of the cities trendiest restaurants and just a short stroll away from Ladybird Lake. It’s the perfect base for your Austin Adventures.
Music and live performances are a big part of what makes Austin so special, the city is home to over 250 live music venues, and with tons of outdoor festivals and live performances across the city you’re sure to find something to enjoy – from classic country to rootsy American blues and dance happy honky tonk shows – Austin has it covered. Make sure you visit South Congress Avenue known as the “SoCo District” it’s popular with locals and tourists alike and is filled with quirky boutiques, lively bars and restaurants, galleries and of course live music.
Lady Bird Lake and Ziker Park are both popular downtown destinations, there’s kayaking, paddle boarding, jogging and cycling trails and a host of other recreational activities to hand, an ideal family destination. Take a dip in in one of Austin’s crown jewels at Barton Springs Pool, a stunning 1000 foot spring fed limestone pool – it’s the coolest pool in town and a must visit Austin attraction.
Other popular Austin attractions include the State Capitol Building and the Bullock Texas State History Museum where you’ll be given a fascinating insight into the life and work of Lyndon B Johnson, America’s 36th President including a replica of the iconic Oval Office at the LBJ Presidential Library.
In between your Austin escapades retreat to peace and comfort of your tastefully decorated guestroom complete with high speed Wi-Fi, flat screen TV, Bluetooth speakers, in room safe, minibar, and separate bathrooms with plush robes, and complimentary Altier Bloem toiletries.
The hotel also features a 24 hour fitness centre and a trendy rooftop pool with its own bar and fireplace – a fab spot for some poolside R & R.
Breakfast lunch and dinner are served at Geraldine’s – it’s one of the trendiest restaurants in town where Texas style classics and cool happy hour beers go hand in hand with the funky live music shows.
A great venue in a great setting and the perfect start to this part of our trip to Texas.
It’s time to unleash your inner cowboy with a three night stay at the wonderful Wildcatter Resort Ranch set in the stunning North Texas Hill Country close to both Dallas and Fort Worth. Get ready to reconnect with the Old West and hit the cowboy trail on a horseback ride, learn how to shoot a bow and throw a tomahawk or get your hiking boots on and head for the hills for an early morning hike – it’s all here at the Wildcatter Resort Ranch.
Other outdoor recreational activities include historical SUV tours, clay pigeon shooting and wagon rides and there’s also a refreshing infinity style pool with a hot tub with plenty of tables, loungers and umbrellas dotted around the poolside patio – a great spot for some Texas sunbathing.
Evening meals and Sunday lunches are served in the Wildcatter Steakhouse with menus featuring hand cut Mesquite steaks, savoury seafood and lots more local favourites all backed up by an extensive wine list – great food in an amazing Texas setting.
After all that Texas Hill Country excitement and entertainment enjoy a great nights rest in the comfort of your traditionally themed upscale cabin suite or hotel room where home on the range comforts include free Wi-Fi, microwave, minifridges and coffee making facilities.
Next stop Dallas and a two night stay in the elegant Fairmont Hotel conveniently set in the downtown Dallas Arts District and within walking distance of bustling shops, lively restaurants and exciting nightlife of the Historic West End District.
Elegant and well-appointed guest rooms and suites, modern amenities including a Junior Olympic sized pool, and a traditional Texas welcome from the hotel staff all combine to make the Fairmont Hotel the ideal base for your Dallas stopover.
Dealey Plaza, the site of John F Kennedy’s assassination on 22 November 1962 is less than a mile from the hotel providing a poignant window into the past events of that tragic day. See the site where the infamous shooting occurred; stand on the famous Grassy Knoll and visit the Sixth Floor Museum to discover much more about the lifetime, legacy and death of the 35th President of the United States of America. Self-guided audio tours are included in the admission fee and the exhibits, historic films, artefacts and exhibitions of the shooting and its subsequent events provide a fascinating insight into this infamous period of Dallas’s history.
For a great view out over the Dallas skyline head on up to the top of Reunion Tower, one of the city’s best known landmarks, its 561 feet tall and offers panoramic 360 degree views of the city from its revolving tower.
Pioneer Plaza is the city’s largest public park in the city paying homage to the original “Dallas Cowboys” where you’ll find amazing life sized sculptures of cowboys in the saddle horseback roping, longhorn cattle and trail drivers – the perfect place for some stunning selfie photographs!
Kids who grew up watching Jurassic Park (and adults too) will be enthralled by the permanent exhibits, state of the art video and computer animations, educational games and interactive kiosks at the Perot Museum of Nature and Science.
Guided tours are a great way to explore the city without getting lost. Segway tours and hop on hop off trolley routes stop at lots of the city’s most popular attractions while organised tours to places of special interest such as the Dallas Cowboy’s Stadium and the famous Ewing Ranch at Southfork are also easy to access – visit the ranch and maybe you’ll find out who really shot JR!
Richly decorated guest rooms and suites come with a host of modern conveniences and sweeping views of the Dallas – after a luxurious night in your plush bedding wake up to in room amenities that includes a fully stocked refreshment centre and Keurig coffee machine, flat screen TV, iHome docking station, in room safe, air conditioning, iron and ironing boards and private bathrooms with plush robes, hairdryers and luxurious toiletries.
The hotel also features a rooftop swimming pool, a 24 hour fitness centre, a full service Starbucks® and the Pyramid Restaurant and Bar, a four star farm to table dining adventure serving up a great choice of wholesome Texas favourites using locally sourced ingredients whenever possible.
Free Wi-Fi in Starbucks and the Pyramid Restaurant are a handy way to keep in touch with friends back home and of course for making sure your social media pages are up to date – post a few holiday snaps to let everyone share in all your Dallas adventures.
It’s time to say goodbye yawl to Texas as we make our way the sun and sugar white sands of the Caribbean for seven sensational nights at the wonderful, all-inclusive, adults only Hyatt Zilara, Cap Cana, Dominican Republic.
The Hyatt Zilara Cap Cana is currently the newest all-inclusive resort in the ecologically friendly community of Cap Cana located close to a modern marina, a Jack Nicklaus designed championship golf course, eco parks, deep sea fishing, and family friendly adventure excursions. A true tropical paradise and a fitting finale to this wonderful twin centre getaway.
The sugar white sand of the nearby beach provides the perfect setting for a fun filled day by the sea where you’ll enjoy lots of complimentary non-motorised watersports including kayaking, and snorkelling. Of course, it is perfectly okay to let the beachside butlers look after you as you kick back and relax on your comfortable lounger cooling off now and then in the welcoming waters of the Caribbean!
Stay cool and refreshed with a dip in one of the resort’s refreshing infinity pools or enjoy a lively game of pool volleyball or an aqua gym session with fellow guests before settling back on your lounger as the friendly swim up bar staff quench your thirst with your favourite cocktail. For something even more chilled out treat yourself to a hot oil massage, relaxing facial, or soothing body rub at the resort’s tranquil two story Zen Spa.*
Workout routines are easily maintained at the state of the art fitness centre where organised classes are a great way to have some fun with your fellow guests and get loosened off for the day. There’s lots of instructor led programs on offer including Zumba, spinning and yoga by the beach.
Welcoming and spacious your well-appointed Hyatt Zilara suite offers breath-taking comfort and features a host of modern amenities including air-conditioning, flat screen TV, in room safe, coffee maker, fully stocked mini bar holding soft drinks and snacks, and furnished patios or private balconies. Separate bathrooms have luxurious bath products, hairdryer, and comfortable bathrobes and slippers. In room free Wi-Fi is great for surfing the net, keeping up to date with emails and updating social media postings – great fun to show off and let the folks back home see much Cap Cana fun you’re having.
Caribbean inspired buffet style breakfast, dinner and lunches are served at the Zilara Buffet restaurant where there’s always a great selection of traditional favourites and local specialities on offer. For something a little more romantic it’s nice to spend an evening at the resort’s Tahitian restaurant where tropically inspired dishes and elegant décor combine to provide an evening to remember. Other dining choices include an Indian restaurant, the Preferred Beachside restaurant, and the Pool Grill serving snacks, burgers and other tasty treats for lunch.
The fun doesn’t end when the sun goes down either as the resorts staff lead off on a fantastic range of live entertainment every evening and after the show it’s nice to finish the evening off with a night cap at one of the resort’s bar lounges.
Hyatt Zilara Cana is a great choice for a romantic, all-inclusive, adult’s only getaway at one of the Dominican Republic’s newest resorts – the perfect end to a wonderful holiday!