Matt Johnson

Retreat on the Hill: Discover Serenity and Tranquility in This Idyllic Getaway

Author: Matt JohnsonPhotos/Graphics: Mike HawthornePublished: Jul 11, 2023Updated: Dec 13, 2023

Situated just outside of Marble Falls, the Retreat on the Hill is a hidden gem that offers a serene getaway unlike any other.

Safari tents with all the comforts of home, complete with air conditioning and private decks overlooking the stunning lakes LBJ and Marble Falls. And if you’re in the mood for a more glamorous experience, the retreat also offers luxurious bell tents that are perfect for those looking to add a touch of elegance to their stay.

The retreat’s uniqueness extends beyond its accommodations. The stunning beauty of the surrounding nature, positioned atop the highest hill, offers panoramic views of rolling hills and sparkling lakes. This sight leaves one speechless, evoking a feeling of being on top of the world.

So, whether you’re looking for a relaxing solo retreat, a memorable family getaway, or a unique venue for a wedding or event, this retreat on the hill has you covered. In just a short drive from downtown Austin or San Antonio, you can escape to a world where time slows down and nature takes center stage.

Trust me, you’ll be pleasantly surprised at the space and serenity that awaits you here in the heart of Texas. So pack your bags and get ready to embark on an unforgettable adventure in the Texas Hill Country

How to get to the retreat on the hill.

When it comes to getting to the retreat on the hill in the Texas Hill Country, there’s a journey involved. But trust me, it’s worth every mile.

Take a scenic drive from downtown Austin by heading west on 71 and then north on 281. After approximately an hour, you’ll arrive in the charming town of Marble Falls, where the retreat is located. It’s conveniently close to San Antonio and Horseshoe Bay, allowing for an effortless weekend getaway or day trip.

As you climb the highest hill, you’ll be welcomed by breathtaking lake views. It’s a perfect spot to escape the bustling city and reconnect with the natural environment. Rest assured, although surrounded by nature, the retreat is anything but ordinary.

The safari and bell tents epitomize glamping, with air conditioning, private decks, and charging outlets. You’ll be pleasantly surprised by the spacious and comfortable accommodations, ensuring a memorable stay.

So, whether you’re planning a romantic retreat, a family vacation, the Retreat on the Hill is a hidden gem. It’s a retreat that offers relaxation, adventure, and tranquility. It’s time to pack your bags and embark on an unforgettable journey. You won’t want to miss out on this idyllic getaway in the heart of Texas.

Immerse yourself in serenity: exploring the tranquil atmosphere.

As we arrived at the Retreat on the Hill in the picturesque country. Immediately, I felt tranquility and serenity wash over me. Nestled in the charming town of Marble Falls, this hidden gem offered a peaceful escape from the everyday life.

Stepping out of our car, the first thing that caught my eye was the safari tents perched on the hill. They were overlooking the beautiful waters of Lake LBJ. I couldn’t help but imagine waking up to the breathtaking view every morning. The tents were surprisingly spacious, with air conditioning and private decks, providing the perfect blend of nature and comfort.

As we settled into our bell tent, I found myself immediately drawn to the peacefulness of the surroundings. It was as if time stood still. The only sounds being the gentle breeze rustling through the trees and birds singing melodic tunes. With no distractions or disruptions, this retreat truly allowed us to disconnect from the outside world and reconnect with ourselves.

Whether you desire tranquility or a delightful family retreat, this oasis provides a space to relax. Get ready to be pleasantly surprised by the serene peace that awaits in the heart of the Texas Hill Country.

So why wait? Pack your bags, escape the hustle of city life, and embark on an unforgettable adventure to this hidden retreat. Just an hour’s drive from Austin and San Antonio and moments away from Horseshoe Bay and the beautiful Lake LBJ, your journey to serenity begins here.

Indulge in relaxation and rejuvenation in the unique accommodations.

As soon as we arrived at the retreat on the hill in the Texas Hill Country, we were immediately impressed by the unique accommodations that awaited us. The safari tents, overlooking the picturesque Colorado River, were a sight to behold. It was like stepping into a luxurious oasis amidst nature’s beauty.

Each safari tent was thoughtfully designed and well-equipped. We were pleasantly surprised to find modern amenities. These included air conditioning and private decks, allowing us to stay comfortably cool while enjoying the breathtaking views. The bell tents, in particular, had a rustic charm that added to the overall ambiance of the retreat.

Inside our cozy tent, we found spacious, well-appointed rooms that exceeded our expectations. The attention to detail was evident, from the comfortable beds to the charging outlets conveniently located by the bedside. It truly felt like a home away from home.

The unique accommodations provided the perfect setting for relaxation and rejuvenation. Waking up to the sounds of nature and the gentle breeze rustling through the trees was incredibly soothing. We spent our days unwinding on the private decks. Just sipping on a cup of coffee as the sun rose over the hill. It was a truly serene experience, giving us a much-needed break from the hustle and bustle of everyday life.

While we only stayed in the Bird’s Nest while we were at the retreat, we did put together some details on a few of the glamping destinations you can enjoy—

The Birds Nest.

The Bird’s Nest at Retreat on the Hill is a top accommodation, offering primitive glamping at an elevated level. Situated on a 400-square-foot deck with breathtaking views of Horseshoe Bay, the Bird’s Nest provides four distinct sleeping areas: a convertible queen-size bed on the main deck, a suspended queen-size bed in “The Hangout,” a hammock lounge for relaxation, and “The Sky Tent” for sleeping under the night sky. Additionally, there is a partially enclosed area called “The Egg” that provides shelter during rainy weather. It is important to note that despite having an air conditioner and heater, this is still a tent experience. A private restroom and shower can be reached by a brief walk consisting of approximately 50 steps.

The Stardome Suite.

Stardome at Retreat on the Hill

The Stardome Suite, is one of the most sought-after accommodations at Retreat on the Hill. Sitting 101 feet above Horseshoe Bay, this suite offers breathtaking sunset views and a celestial display like no other. It includes a large private deck with a fire pit, two lounge chairs, and an outdoor bathtub for star bathing. Inside, you’ll find a luxurious king bed, a mini-fridge, a microwave, and a coffee maker. But the real showstopper is the 5-billion-star view from your bed. This makes every night in the Stardome Suite a truly unforgettable experience.

The Sunset Cliff House.

Experience glamping at the Sunset Cliff House at Retreat on the Hill. Located above Horseshoe Bay, this accommodation features a 15-foot high cathedral ceiling and two transparent walls for a close connection with nature. Relax in the glass-sided tub or on the balcony for stargazing. Be sure to enjoy the comfort of a luxurious king bed that can be adjusted for a massage. The house also includes a private bath with a unique “Cliffside Shower.” It also includes a mini-fridge, microwave, and coffee maker for added convenience. This retreat promises an unforgettable experience.

Surround yourself with nature: discover the scenic beauty.

As we venture out to the Retreat on the Hill in the captivating Texas Hill Country, we are greeted by the breathtaking beauty of Marble Falls. Surrounded by nature’s wonders, this idyllic destination offers a unique opportunity to immerse ourselves in the scenic beauty of this enchanting region.

From the moment we arrive at the retreat, we can’t help but be captivated by the panoramic views. Perched on the tallest hilltop, this peaceful sanctuary overlooks the serene waters of Lake LBJ. It provides a picturesque backdrop that is nothing short of awe-inspiring. The private decks of the safari tents and bell tents offer a front-row seat to this natural spectacle, granting us the perfect vantage point to bask in the beauty of our surroundings.

As we explored the winding trails that weave through the property, we were greeted by abundant native flora and fauna. The vibrant colors of wildflowers dance in the breeze, while the chirping of birds creates a symphony that complements the tranquil ambiance. We took a moment to pause and breathe in the crisp, fresh air, finding solace and serenity in this unspoiled oasis.

There is plenty to explore at the Retreat on the Hill, and we were astounded by the sheer abundance of outdoor activities. From fishing to kayaking, stand-up paddle boarding to hiking, this special place offers something for everyone. Even if you’re just looking to relax and soak up the sun, you’ll find plenty of opportunities to do so in Marble Falls.

Plenty of activities and things to do in the area.

When it comes to activities and things to do in the area surrounding the retreat on the hill, you will be pleasantly surprised by the wide array of options available to you. Whether you’re seeking adventure or simply looking to unwind and relax, there’s something to suit everyone’s taste.

A hike up the tallest hilltop in the Texas Hill Country is a must for nature enthusiasts. The breathtaking views from the summit will leave you in awe as you overlook the sparkling waters of Lake LBJ and Horseshoe Bay. The crisp, fresh air and serene surroundings will make this experience one to remember.

Family fun and excitement.

If you’re in the mood for some family fun, a short drive will take you to downtown Austin or San Antonio, where you can explore local attractions and immerse yourself in the vibrant city life. From museums and art galleries to delicious dining options, there’s no shortage of entertainment to be found.

We loved taking in the nearby area and were surprised by all the exciting activities on offer. While we were in Austin for a day trip, we enjoyed the Museum of the Weird and a lovely bistro. The next day we headed down to San Antonio, which was a couple hours drive, and ate at a restaurant on the River Walk and took in the iconic Alamo.

But even if you don’t want to travel too far, you can find plenty of things to do in Marble Falls or at the retreat. The beautiful outdoor surroundings offer an array of activities ranging from fishing and kayaking on the lake to horseback riding and yoga classes. Take in the Marble Falls Walkway of Lights or rent a boat at the Lake LBJ Marina. There’s plenty to do.

Ultimately, the Retreat on the Hill in Marble Falls is the perfect destination for a restorative getaway.

Ready to book your own retreat?

Canvas Tents at the Retreat on the Hill in Marble Falls

Retreat on the Hill is the perfect escape for those seeking a serene and unforgettable getaway in the heart of the Texas Hill Country. Whether you’re looking for a relaxing retreat, a memorable wedding venue, this hidden gem has it all.

Located just a short drive from Marble Falls and hours away from both Austin and San Antonio, this retreat offers a secluded haven where you can truly disconnect from the hustle and bustle of everyday life. The unique accommodations, such as safari tents and bell tents, provide a cozy and comfortable space. You’ll enjoy modern amenities like air conditioning and private decks overlooking the picturesque lakes.

Imagine waking up to stunning sunrises. Breath in the fresh, crisp air. Feel a sense of peace wash over you as you take in the panoramic views. It’s a truly immersive experience that will leave you refreshed and energized.

And let’s not forget about the abundance of activities and attractions in the surrounding area. Whether it’s exploring the charming town of Marble Falls, taking a relaxing boat ride on the Colorado River, or teeing off at the world-class golf courses in nearby Horseshoe Bay, there’s something for everyone to enjoy.

So, if you’re ready to embark on a journey of rejuvenation and discovery, make your way to Retreat on the Hill. Their warm and welcoming staff will greet you the the moment you arrive. They’ll ensure that your stay is nothing short of extraordinary.


Matt Johnson

Senior Content Writer

Matt is an experienced camper and glamping enthusiast with a Master's degree in Wildlife Science from Texas A&M University. Authoring posts for GlamperGear, he shares his wealth of knowledge on picturesque campsites, luxurious accommodations, and the best gear for outdoor adventures. His passion for nature and knack for comfort in the wilderness make him an expert guide for your next camping endeavor.

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