Looking for a perfect getaway weekend close to home, my husband and I were delighted to find this jewel tucked in the Hill Country in such proximity to the Oasis. He contacted her by phone and reserved the Serengeti suite.
The evening that we arrived, the owner, Eva, welcomed us into La Villa Vista as family. We were upgraded to the larger, luxurious Tuscany (we had previously reserved the lovely Serengeti). I was thrilled at our good luck because I had originally had my eye on the Tuscany with its enclosed sunroom, balcony access, and huge jacuzzi bathtub with lake view. As an artist, I was overjoyed to see that no detail was spared on interior design. Every wall was lavishly painted, many with frescoes and murals. She walked us through the villa, showing us all the spacious community areas (her paintings grace the walls of many of the rooms), around the pool and hot tub, loaded us up with beach towels for the pool, asked what we would like to have for breakfast in the morning, and wished us a wonderful evening.
We enjoyed our first evening with a long soak in the hot tub on a 40 degree night, and were well-heated for our short walk back to our suite where we sat on the balcony swing and talked for hours, admiring the lake at night.
We were awakened peacefully after a snug night's sleep in our luxurious bed by the dawn over the lake. The views are breathtaking. We weren't going to waste a minute of enjoying this beautiful suite with sleeping! Up we hopped and into the nice hot shower before breakfast. The other residents arrived shortly thereafter and there Eva was, busy little bird, making sure everyone had what they wanted for breakfast. The breakfast spread was mouth-watering: fruit plate, quiche, pastries, palmier, cheeses, sausages, eggs, potatoes, coffee and tea. After she had satisfied herself that all her guests were content and well fed, we finally got to have a long conversation with her, her lovely husband, Ken, and charming son, Sean. They work hard to make your every happiness attended.
Our blissful day included a lazy few hours at the villa, a brisk walk to admire the architecture of the neighborhood and a very short stroll up the hill to have drinks and a mid-day snack at the Oasis. It is truly a stone's throw to the Oasis complex. We sauntered back to the villa later, took another soak in the hot tub, lazed around the pool, eventually getting ready for the evening, walking back up the hill and having an extended happy hour and sunset dinner with fantastic seafood and steak meal at Soleil, the elegant restaurant next door to the Oasis. Walking back to the villa at night was romantic, too, admiring all the dramatic lighting of the amazing houses. We slipped into the villa and enjoyed all the romantic accoutrement that our suite offered us.
Again, we were up at dawn, ready to seize the day with a cup of coffee and Eva working hard to make our every breakfast wish materialize. I got to enjoy a nice conversation with her sister who was in town for the week. Getting homesick for my own sweet family, we said our goodbyes but I know that I will be seeing La Villa Vista and Eva again very soon. We are overjoyed that this jewel is so close to home and every bit of being transported to an exotic locale as the decor suggests.
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- Also Known As:
- La Villa Vista Hotel Austin