Dallas has its first water park resort hotel thanks to opening of JadeWaters at The Hilton Anatole Dallas last summer. The 3-acre water park experience comprising of a lazy river, two water slides, kids water features, luxury cabanas and a swim-up bar at the adult pool are available for hotel guests only. While you can visit JadeWaters any day of the week from Memorial Day to Labor Day, the organized kids programming runs from Friday to Sunday. Here’s the IttyBittyFoodies low-down on our fun-packed weekend at The Hilton Anatole Dallas.
*Disclosure: The Hilton Anatole Dallas hosted our stay to facilitate this review. All opinions and thoughts are our own.
Our pro-tip is to recommend arriving in bathing suits in case your room isn’t ready at check in. That way, you can take the kids out to experience JadeWaters instead of waiting around in the lobby. Guest receive a wristband for entry to JadeWaters and complimentary resort amenities. This includes organized pool party games, Dragon Tales puppet show, gold coin plunge, lawn games, sandcastle dig and movies under the stars.
Purchase a Fun Pass (valued at $64) for just $29 pp which gets you entry to Damsels, Dragons and Donuts (the breakfast show at Geppetto’s Marionette Theater), Little Mermaid Marionette show, Pirate Adventure, GLOW, Backlight Show, Family Bingo and Kids Kraft Workshop. You can also purchase any of the above a la carte. We added in extra activities like the Kids Cooking Experience ($15), Duck Race ($3 includes a duck for you to keep) and S’mores Party ($8) during movie night. At any time you need help, there’s a Kids Concierge available just near the entrance of JadeWaters.
Also good to note that the stay includes self parking for one vehicle, access to the Verandah Club (fitness club) and classes, 2 Starbucks drip coffees, wifi, 15% off V-Spa services and kids 12 years and under eat free (one per adult entree) at CounterOffer and Media Grill + Bar Restaurants.
There’s a breakfast buffet at Terrace Cafe in Atrium 1 but the kids wanted room service! Blueberry pancakes, steak and eggs, smoked salmon, fresh fruit and pastries all satisfied our crew. After our hearty breakfast, 9 year old Lollo decided to try his hand at the Kids Culinary Experience where he made cake balls. My oldest headed straight for the water basketball where he made fast friends and my little one,enjoyed floating down the lazy river with Daddy.
We dined poolside on chicken wings, ceviche, shrimp rolls and mahi-mahi tacos before kids ran off to join the Kids Pool Party. This gave my husband a little time to relax with cocktails by the pool while the kids were being supervised.
The super cute Duck Race had us following our yellow ducks down the lazy river to see who would win the race. For those needing a break from the heat, there are puppet shows at Geppetto’s Marionette Theater held throughout the day. Mine didn’t want to budge from JadeWaters till dinner time when we dined at the Media Grill + Bar in air-conditioned comfort.
You don’t realize just how massive The Hilton Anatole Dallas is until you walk around the 1606 room hotel. Take a 1 mile art walk or an Art Scavenger hunt with the kids to peruse the over 1000 pieces of curated art work in the two atriums, tower and sculpture park. It’s a different pace from all the go-go-go action at JadeWaters. Directions can be found at Anatole Art.
After dinner, the Kid’s Concierge holds a S’more Party and then movie night under the stars at the Anatole Park.
TIP: Before going to bed, take the elevator up to SER Spirits and Steak on the 27th floor to take in a view of downtown Dallas.
SUNDAY CHECK OUT
We slept in on Sunday and enjoyed room service again. If you’re on a time crunch, CounterOffer has pre-prepared meals, coffee and pastries to go. If you’re looking for another lazy pool day, The Hilton Anatole allows guests to stay at JadeWaters after checking out at noon.
TIP: JadeWaters gets very busy on weekends. If you have little ones who need constant supervision and cannot participate in organized pool games or stay up late enough for the Movies under the stars, we’d recommend staying from Sunday to Thursday. It’s a less crowded experience at JadeWaters.
Thank you to The Hilton Anatole Dallas for hosting our staycation. The IttyBittyFoodies loved JadeWaters Resort Pool Complex this summer!
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