Filed Under: The body of a tent, the soul of The Four Seasons.
Overview: Single structure, safari-style luxury retreat amid the treetops, made from a safari tent imported from Africa, modified for Central Texas, and fronting 300 feet of beautiful Lone Man Creek
Appreciate: How proprietor Lynn Gallimore has created a peaceful hideaway destination unlike any you'll encounter anywhere--unless, perhaps, you visit Africa. That's where Lynn was inspired to import to Texas an actual Kenyan tent, sell everything she owned, and put her resources toward merging the more civilized luxuries of the indoors with the rougher elements of outdoor living. Consider the contrasts: You can rest on the king-size bed with goose down pillows inside, or on the balcony hammock outside; bathe in the century-old clawfoot tub in, or enjoy a heated shower (or, jacuzzi tub) out; and stay cool via air conditioning while admiring the creek from up high, or by swimming in the creek, itself, below. At Sinya on Lone Man Creek, contrast means harmony, not conflict
Know: You can provision for the whole weekend at Sinya and never leave, thanks to the suite's kitchenette, fully appointed with a fridge (think peaches, not watermelons), freezer, microwave, and induction cooktop. For breakfast, there's a toaster oven and coffee maker, or you can order a delightful breakfast for two and enjoy it out on the balcony while you browse the headlines on your iPad, thanks to high speed Wi-Fi. Better yet, leave the iPad at home, and browse some birds, instead
Special Comments: Sinya on Lone Man Creek is comprised of just one well-appointed, highly coveted suite, so there's not much to go around. This adds to its overall appeal as an exclusive, special place, but it means you should book well in advance of your travel, to ensure availability for your dates of stay
Cost: $245+ per week night, $275+ weekends; two night minimum, which is fine, you'll want to move in and stay forever anyway
See it: Here.