Our family traveled to Texas at the beginning of the month and spent a long weekend at La Toretta Lake Resort and Spa near Houston, TX. We were looking for something north of Houston and this worked perfectly. If you are looking for somewhere close to downtown, there are many family friendly options in Houston and this was a bit of a drive to the attractions. For an escape or for people looking for something north of Houston this is a great location. The resort is situated on Lake Conroe, has a full golf course, spa, and water park.
There are also a variety of on-site dining options. We were not overly impressed with some of the options, but they do offer variety. The Mokka Cafe offered decent morning and snack options. The CoCo Cove Grill had your typical pool side food and drinks. We had dinner one night at Restaurant 157 and had mixed feelings. It was family friendly and offered a variety of food, but it was difficult to find anything for our son with a Dairy Allergy to eat, aside from the delicious salad bar the options tasted a lot like wedding food, and the price was pretty high for us. The second night we ordered room service and were pleasantly surprised to find better quality food, generous portion sizes, and better prices.
One of the reasons we picked La Toretta was because of the suite rooms. There is a doorway separating the living room from the bedroom which allowed us to put the kids to sleep and then stay up a little ourselves. We always end up kicking ourselves when we get a non-suite room and spend the evening sitting on the floor of the bathroom or lying in the dark at 7:30pm. In general, the rooms were spacious and clean.
The Aqua Park was our favorite part of the resort. There are separate splash sections for little kids, medium sized kids, and older kids. Our four year olds loved the medium sized slides, floating on the lazy river and swimming in the big pool (pictured below). We spent one whole day at the resort splashing and lazing about at the Aqua Park.
Please note: we visited in June. All of the pools, except for the large Mediterranean Pool close for the winter and open in March. Check the website for details.
A few things to note:
*Life jackets were not provided like that are at some bigger water parks. Our kids wore their Puddle Jumpers, except for on the water slides when floatation devices were not allowed.
*Swim towels are provided.
*There is some shade, but when it gets more crowded it can be hard to find shade.
*The smallest pool area is perfect for babies and toddlers who are crawling, walking, etc. It is shallow, gentle, and fenced off from the rest of the park.
Overall, we had a good stay. I personally favor all-inclusive places where you don't have to worry about how much every plate of food is costing, however the room was spacious, the staff was helpful, and the water park was a blast. We would definitely go back and recommend it for others in the area.
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