As a traveler who loves to explore unique destinations and accommodations, I was delighted to come across The Retreat on the Hill near Marble Falls, Texas. This beautiful retreat center is nestled in the hill country and offers a variety of lodging options, from cozy cabins to spacious treehouses. But what caught my attention was the chance to stay in a traditional Native American teepee or a treehouse. I decided to take the plunge and book a stay in one of the teepees, and I can happily say that it was one a solid decision.
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If you’re looking for a truly unique and unforgettable experience, I highly recommend checking out The Retreat on the Hill and booking one of their one-of-a-kind lodging options.
Tipi I is the ultimate comfort zone with a queen bed, air conditioning (perfect for those hot summer nights), mini-fridge, microwave, coffee maker, and even an Alexa for all your music needs. The interior was decorated with colorful textiles and rugs, giving it a warm and inviting feel.
Tipi II is the bathroom suite of your dreams. Picture yourself soaking in a jetted bath with bubbles and night lights. It’s like taking a spa day right in the middle of nature! I absolutely loved it.
Now, let’s talk about the teepee itself. It’s cozy and charming, with enough room to easily move around the bed and mini-fridge. The teepee was slightly more spacious than I anticipated. To get in and out of both you do have to bend down.
So, if you’re looking for a one-of-a-kind adventure and a chance to unwind in style, these teepees are calling your name.
One of my favorite aspects of staying in the teepee was waking up to the sound of nature and feeling the cool breeze through the opening at the top of the teepee. It was a peaceful and rejuvenating experience that I will never forget. Learn more and check current rates.
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The Bird’s Nest
The Bird’s Nest takes glamping to a whole new level! Prepare yourself for a unique and unforgettable experience.
Once you arrive, you’ll embark on a short, journey down some uneven stone steps. I do not recommend staying in this unit if you have mobility issues. When you reach The Nest, get ready to be blown away. Perched on a spacious 400-square-foot deck, you’ll have the most incredible view of Horseshoe Bay. The Nest is designed with an open concept, so it’s not completely waterproof. But hey, that just means you’ll feel more connected to nature!
They have a special area called “The Egg” where you can take shelter if it rains. Curtains can be drawn to keep the air conditioner or heater working, but keep in mind, The Nest is still a tent with thin walls. So, it can get warm on a hot summer day (evenings are usually cool), and it can get chilly in the winter. They will provide an electric blanket for cold nights!
The Bird’s Nest offers you not one, not two, but FOUR amazing places to rest and relax. Up to four adults can stay here.
First up, the main deck with a sectional that can be transformed into a cozy queen-size bed. Next, the “The Hangout” – a hanging bed with a queen-size mattress down underneath the main floor.
If you’re in the mood for a little siesta, head on up to the Hammock Lounge, situated above the main deck. A perfect spot for some relaxation and maybe even a mid-afternoon nap.
And finally, the pièce de résistance – “The Sky Tent” at the very top of The Bird’s Nest. It’s a suspended tent where you can literally sleep under the stars if you want.
When nature calls, don’t worry. The Bird’s Nest has a private restroom and shower located just a short walk up the hill. It’s only about 25 steps away, so you won’t have to go too far.
You’ll also be provided with a double sleeping bag, a set of sheets, a blanket, and two pillows.
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Bayview Cliff House
Imagine this: you’re chilling in a cozy little cabin, perched a whopping ten stories above Horseshoe Bay. And get this – it’s got cathedral ceilings that stretch 15 feet high! Two of the walls are see-through, giving you a breathtaking view of the cliffs. Talk about a room with a view!
But that’s not all. This fancy-schmancy cabin also comes with a tub made of glass. Yep, you read that right. So while you’re soaking in some bubbles, you can take in the stunning scenery all around you. And don’t worry about being uncomfortable – they’ve got an adjustable, reclining, and even massaging bed for you to sink into.
Feeling a bit fancy for some stargazing? No problemo. They’ve even got a petite little balcony where you can sit and count the stars.
Oh, and did I mention the mini fridge, microwave, and coffee maker? Yep, all your snacking and caffeine needs will be met. You won’t have to worry about a grumbly tummy in the middle of the night. They’ve got a private bath too, with a shower. Learn more and check current rates.
Curves the Container Suite
Have you ever stayed in a luxury shipping container suite? Curves is like no other accommodation you’ve experienced before. It’s perched 101 feet above Horseshoe Bay in the world’s first Glampominium!
But hold on, Curves has a thrilling backstory. This bad boy has traveled the world in its previous life before settling down to become a luxurious suite. Talk about a well-traveled container!
Inside Curves is a queen bed, a cozy sitting area, internet TV (say goodbye to boring nights), a mini-fridge (perfect for keeping your snacks cool), a microwave (hello, midnight popcorn cravings), a coffee maker (because caffeine is life), and even a toaster (for those fancy breakfasts aka pop tarts).
And here’s the cherry on top – Curves also boasts a private bedroom balcony with jaw-dropping views of the Hill Country.
The Star Dome Suite
The Stardome is their most popular accommodation so you are going to need to make reservations well in advance! 101 feet above Horseshoe Bay, chilling at the top of Glampominimum in the Stardome Suite offering mind-blowing views of the sunset and night sky. It’s like camping, but without roughing it.
The Stardome Suite has a huge private deck equipped with a fire pit and not one, but two lounge chairs in the perfect sunset-catching spot. Need to freshen up? No problem. There is a private restroom with both indoor and outdoor showers.
But wait, there’s more! Want a little extra-star-studded luxury? How about a private outdoor bathtub for some star-bathing action? Yeah, we thought you’d like that.
Oh, and did we mention that the Stardome Suite comes with all the essentials? You’ve got a king-sized bed for ultimate comfort, a mini-fridge to stash your snacks and drinks, a microwave for late-night munchies, and a coffee maker to get your caffeine fix. And the best part? The view. Prepare to be wowed by the 5-billion star landscape.
So, if you’re in the mood for a romantic and unforgettable experience, the Stardome Suite is where it’s at. Learn more and check current rates.
There’s a fire pit nearby for cozy evenings under the stars and free Wi-fi.
The staff at Retreat on the Hill was incredibly welcoming and accommodating, and they provided a variety of resources and tips on things to do and see in the surrounding area. I felt right at home during my stay and didn’t want to leave when it was time to check out.
Apart from the unique accommodations, Retreat on the Hill is also located in a beautiful area of Texas, with hiking trails, wineries, and natural swimming areas all within driving distance. Marble Falls is basically right there, where you can explore charming shops and restaurants.
In Marble Falls we recommend eating at Bear King Brewing, Blue Bonnet Cafe, and House of Cheese.
Nearby wineries I enjoyed the most were 5 Soul Wine, Hamilton Pools Winery, and Spicewood Vineyards in that order.
My stay at Retreat on the Hill was such a memorable travel experience. Everything was thoughtfully designed and impeccably maintained. If you’re looking for a unique and unforgettable travel experience, I highly recommend booking a stay at Retreat on the Hill. Whether you choose a teepee, a treehouse, or something else, you’re sure to have a one-of-a-kind experience that you’ll cherish for years to come.
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