We wanted to go out of town for my wife's birthday weekend in May 2012. Because we had really enjoyed our October 2011 trip to Escondida [http://bit.ly/KazHOt], we decided a repeat visit was in order.
When we arrived at Escondida on Friday afternoon, Jo welcomed us warmly and made us feel right at home. There was a wine sharing social the first evening, and we got to meet and talk with all of the other guests. It was a full house: 23 people! That should give you an idea of what a small, intimate experience this place provides. After the wine social, we sat down to one of Dawn's excellent meals. This set the pace for a pleasant, relaxing weekend.
Here's the most important thing you need to understand about going to Escondida: There is practically nothing to do there. But that's not a bad thing. There's no cellphone reception, no wi-fi, nothing to distract you from the serious business of relaxing. You can sit by the pool, soak in the hot tub, walk the ruggedly beautiful grounds, relax inside the hacienda and generally chill out. There's also an excellent spa with a wide range of services (we highly recommend the couple's massage).
If you crave excitement, you could always take a day trip to Medina or Kerrville. But we never left Escondida during either of our two visits. And you know what? We had a great time!
You'll probably read references in some of the other reviews to family-style meals at Escondida. There isn't really any choice of meal, and everybody eats the same thing. Whether you like this or not is up to you. We think it encourages a sense of togetherness and a chance to socialize that most hotels and restaurants can't offer. If you have specific dietary requirements, accommodation can be made if you let them know in advance. But Escondida is in the middle of nowhere--that's a major part of its charm--so don't be surprised if the staff can't conjure up something special on the spur of the moment.
Because of Escondida's relative isolation from civilization, you'll need to plan ahead for lunch and refreshments. Breakfast and dinner are provided on the weekend, but lunch is not. Beer and wine are available at dinner, but you'll need to bring your own if you want anything during other times. Many of the other guests went into town for lunch, but we brought some snacks for lunch as well as our own wine.
I said this in my previous review of Escondida, but it bears repeating: Your experience at Escondida will depend largely on you. If you are looking to unwind, relax and go with the flow, this is the place for you. But if you are looking to party and get loud, you probably won't enjoy it.
Incidentally, we could tell that a lot of work had been done to improve the facilities in the seven months since our last visit. The bridge between the hacienda and spa/pool area has been repaired, and the pool has been beautifully refinished. A lot of attention has been given to the landscaping on the entire property. We also noticed small changes like new window treatments and new towels. It was clear to us Bob Phillips and associates have been putting a lot of time, money and attention into enhancing this lovely little resort.
Escondida is a real Texas treasure. We will definitely be going back!
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- Escondida Hotel Medina
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