Thursday, December 27, 2012

Christmas at the Marriott Horseshoe Bay Resort - Traveling with My Granbury Family - #marriott

This Christmas, our family decided to visit the Horseshoe Bay Resort in Horseshoe Bay, Tx. My husband and I had been to the resort a couple of times for New Year's and Christmas, but this time we decided to invite my parents, my in-laws, and our newest edition... Baby Girl!

The drive is 2 and 1/2 hours from Granbury and we arrived around 3pm. Our rooms were ready and we had a swift check-in. When we checked in, I was greeted with a whistle from the parrot in the lobby (Joseph) and a sweet glance from the Betta fish on the front desk (one was placed at each station). Pure bliss! As platinum guests, we received an upgrade and we were placed in the James Bowie Suite! Thank God for James Bowie, because the suite was amazing! We had a wonderful view of the pool from our balcony and a wonderful seating area.

Alex (at the front desk) was amazing and we visit many Marriott hotels and resorts throughout the year and she has one of the best attitudes and focus on customer service that I have seen this year!

We booked the Relaxation Package which included: a) SPA treatment and b) Breakfast Buffet each day.

Christmas at the Marriott Horseshoe Bay Resort...

Each day was just like Christmas...right before Christmas Day! The resort was decorated impeccably and the music throughout the lobby set the mood for the holiday! The first day, we were handed a schedule and it was filled with amazing activities each hour!

Dining at the Resort...

The food was outstanding! The daily selection ranged from biscuits and gravy to smoked salmon and a selection of delectable fruit.

On Christmas Eve, we were reluctant to pay $34 per person for the meal, but this selection was definitely worth the price! Wonderful entree selection: salmon, quail, prime rib, and my favorite... truffle mashed potatoes.
The dessert selection was fabulous as well!

By the way, the dining staff was amazing! Especially, William, Matthew and the staff from Shreveport and New Orleans! I can definitely see them doing great things at the resort!

Christmas at Horseshoe Bay Marriott...

On the first day, we walked around the numerous trails at the resort, one of which featured a flamingo, parrots, a puffin, waterfalls, and amazing scenery! Then, we visited the activities center and it was decorated VERY well (including little elves and a tricycle hanging from the ceiling). Something magical happened and Santa appeared! Our family has been on a search for St. Nick since Thanksgiving! We wanted to take an inaugural picture with Baby Girl and Santa and we finally had a chance.

Our Christmas was complete when at the Christmas Eve dinner, we were asked how many children were in our party. We told them one and they delivered a beautiful red stocking filled with crayons and others neat gifts for baby girl to our door! When we arrived back from dinner, the stocking was on the door and I was overjoyed! It made our Christmas complete!

Traveling with a Baby at Horseshoe Bay Resort...

The resort definitely caters to guests with children! Most rooms feature a refrigerator, which is great for snacks and milk! Within a few hours, a pack and play was delivered (with a comforter) to our room. The pack and play was essential for new parents, because our little one is almost walking independently and she loves exploring!

In addition, to the usual hotel visit, this visit featured a reading of "''Twas the Night Before Christmas" with Mrs. Claus, milk and cookies for Santa, pictures with Santa, complimentary apple cider and hot chocolate, caroling, and meeting new friends from other families.

Spa Services at the Horseshoe Bay Resort..

This has been a long, but amazing year for me (as a new mom) and I needed a break, so I booked a pedicure and massage. The spa services were absolutely amazing and the pedicure was wonderful! Deborah did my pedicure and she was extremely professional and focused on customer service. Amazing woman! She also teaches a few of the yoga and Pilates classes at the resort - I definitely have to take one of these next time!

We plan to come back next Christmas and I might come back during Spring Break week! Another review!

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