This is because the best and most recent addition to the Hilton Anatole is its JadeWaters water park, boasting two water slides, a swim up bar, splash pools and other fun water features for kids, deeper spots for adults to relax and a badass 630-ft. long lazy river for everyone. Cabanas and daybeds for rent can kick your stay up a notch and make you feel like a celeb for a day. Well, that along with the plethora of friendly and helpful staff who are there to take extremely good care of you. There’s also a spa at the hotel, if you’re into that sort of thing. And if you’re not, why are you reading my Travel PlayBook anyway?
When friends and followers ask, I describe JadeWaters as just as resort-like as any all-inclusive resort in Mexico, but with far better drinks and better quality food. You’re not going to find fresh watermelon chunks, or even a skinny margarita option, and certainly not a wagyu hot dog, at an all-inclusive. I say, take the cost of that flight you didn’t spend and get a cabana and a few pitchers of margs! Win! Oh, and you won’t hear the same three songs played over and over, with some DJ trying to get everyone to do the Hokey Pokey or something all day either. You’ll realize real quick you’re not at Sandals.
I mean, from the moment you walk past these wooden panels, you’ll feel a bit more Zen. With kiddos or without (we arrived with twin foodbabies in tow), you can relax because there are lifeguards on staff, plenty of towels, beach loungers, tubes for the lazy river and not too much activity. The Hilton folks put some thought into the design of the $20 million dollar park, and it feels peaceful from nearly every angle. You might just forget you’re mere minutes from home.
The ultimate Dallas Staycation
We came. We played. We stayed.
I recommend a staycation at the Hilton Anatole wholeheartedly, because having done the whole 4-day-mini-all-inclusive-vacay thing in Mexico, it’s fun to get away, but if it can be this fun to stay and play right here at home? Save the airfare and add it to the “play” pile!
Keep in mind that at least for now, JadeWaters is only open to hotel guests. However, confirmed guests can purchase additional wristbands (up to 6 total) for additional entry to JadeWaters. These wristbands start at $25 per person.
Foodbitch is an expert eater and published food writer who lives in Dallas, Texas with her exceptionally well-fed twin daughters, husband and their dogs. She’ll tell you what to eat and you’ll like it.