Staycation, Playcation at The Woodlands Resort

April 28, 2015

We stayed as guests of The Woodlands Resort and received complimentary lodging, food, beverage, and activities while on the premises. As always, all opinions here are my own. But, I’ll mostly let the pictures speak for themselves!

In the little bubble where we live, we sometimes forget just how unique our little city is amongst all of the towns around us in the greater Houston area. The Woodlands is a beautiful place to live. It reminds me of growing up in the Piedmont of South Carolina. Trees all around you, friendly people, and loads of delicious food. One thing we certainly did not have in South Carolina (or at least when I lived here) was a resort.

When we moved to The Woodlands, I occasionally had to run errands to the resort for work. It was a quaint little place that definitely fit into the nature theme of The Woodlands. Recently The Woodlands Resort underwent a $75 million+ renovation and you guys, you can absolutely tell. Everything from the brand new guest rooms to the gorgeous lobby and amazing pool and lazy river is just dripping with luxurious elegance. I have to admit that even the new lobby took my breath away when we checked in!

 

 

We walked into our room for the weekend and I couldn’t believe how gorgeous and modern everything was! It definitely wasn’t what I was expecting it all. Definitely one of the nicest hotel rooms that I’ve ever stayed in.

Friday night began with drinks and delicious food in the “Living Room,” a common area between the three guest buildings. The room is gorgeous to begin with, but pair it with amazing food? It was an amazing night.

 

 

(Nick said this steak was life changing, y’all. I’ve been dreaming about the sweet potato with jalapeño pesto ever since…)

 

 

 

After a delicious breakfast buffet on Saturday morning, we took a walking tour of the property. (Any place that doesn’t make you choose between french toast and biscuits and gravy is my kind of place!) I had no idea that the resort was so huge! The conference rooms were huge and numerous. Any conference that’s lucky enough to be at The Woodlands Resort is extremely lucky.

 

The resort even has it’s own bakery. That’s right: all bread items, desserts or pastries are made ON SITE.  You can absolutely tell, as everything we ate was so, so fresh and delicious. You can see here that wedding cakes for the numerous weddings held there are also made on site! Each night we had custom made gourmet chocolates in our room. They were so pretty that I didn’t want to eat them. (But I did. And they were delicious.)
But, we have to talk about my favorite part of the resort for a second: the pool area. You guys, they have a lazy river, TWO pools, water slides and a jacuzzi. We weren’t able to enjoy this area until Sunday, but we absolutely loved it. They even have servers that will bring you drinks while you lounge! You absolutely need to try to Pina Colada. It’s perfect on a hot summer day.
On summer nights, the resort hosts “Dive In Movies.” Unfortunately they did not have them while we were staying, but I would love to see this! It’s perfect for families to enjoy while they relax by the pool.

 

 

After our tour, we commenced for lunch at Robard’s. This steakhouse is open to the public, so even if you aren’t staying at the resort, you can enjoy the amazing food. And I mean it, y’all. This food is amazing. The decor is even better. Not only are you looking at the 18th hole of the golf course, but the entire restaurant is decorated with Howard Hughes movie posters. The enormous wine cooler is stunning. It’s pretty rare for something to be beautiful and functional. I think my favorite part of Robard’s aside from the food was the plaid used to decorate the booths. It was a gorgeous element that added to an even more gorgeous location.

 

 

In all honesty, the steak lunch we had at Robard’s was probably one of the best meals I’ve ever had. I’m not sure how we were even able to walk after that meal. Still, we were able to grab a few shots of the guest buildings between lunch and our cooking class.
The new guest buildings are not only beautiful on the inside, but the colors/brick used on the outfit perfectly complements the feel of nature that The Woodlands prides itself on.

 

 

As if we hadn’t eaten enough, we had the pleasure of attending a cooking class with Chef John Bazile, the executive chef at the resort. He’s been there for decades and has such a passion for the resort and the food he makes. And if I can brag a little, he complimented me on my dough making skills for the flat-bread! The sea bass? Don’t even get me started. It was the best fish I’ve ever had.
If you ever have the opportunity to meet Chef, I implore you to take the opportunity to do so. He’s wonderful to talk to and you can tell that he loves what he does. It’s definitely contagious.

 

 

 

Somehow these are the only photos I snapped at the luau on Saturday night. This is the only part of the older part of the resort that has not yet been renovated, but will in the coming years. I wish I had gotten the hulu dancers and Hawaiian band! I felt like I was in Hawaii. It was so much fun.
I’m already looking for my next excuse to stay at The Woodlands Resort. With it being only five minutes from my house, it’s difficult to do so, so if any of you ever visit me, I insist that you stay here! You absolutely won’t regret it.
Have you ever stayed at The Woodlands Resort? Where is your favorite place to go on a staycation?