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Located steps away from the Chickasaw National Recreation Area, formerly the Platt National Park, I found the Chickasaw Retreat and Conference Center set on top of a bluff in the Arbuckle Mountains. It offers families a secluded area to discover the rolling landscape of South Central Oklahoma.
What I loved at the Chickasaw Retreat
- The secluded area allows families to reconnect with each other without roughing it.
- The hiking path located on the property features superb views of the lake.
- The Wellness Center offers health club style facilities.
What I wanted at the Chickasaw Retreat
- Families always want an outdoor poolscape.
- More breakfast options, like make-your-own waffles.
- Real glassware in the rooms along with real creamers for coffee.
The Chickasaw Retreat and Conference Center
With over 1,750 acres of secluded mountain top to explore, the Chickasaw Retreat and Conference Center offers the ideal spot for families to reconnect. The facilities are large but not the crowds. With just 43 rooms on the property, I found a table at the complimentary breakfast and a chaise by the pool.
If traveling with a group of extended family or friends, I found a Great Room on the second floor. With unparalleled views of the mountains from the floor-to-ceiling windows, this space offered seating groups and a central fireplace, gaming table and television. The opportune spot to congregate in the evening.
The Chickasaw Retreat features a guest laundry along with a business center, meeting and conference space.
My Room at Chickasaw Retreat
During my stay, I enjoyed a Junior Suite with my family. With a spacious room, I found plenty of space for a roll-away or pack-n-play. With neutral walls and modern art, my room exuded calm sophistication.
A large balcony with a pair of chairs allowed for morning coffee, thanks to an in-room Keurig maker with coffee and tea. I found an in-room safe, an alarm clock with a iPhone dock along with charging plugs on all the lamps. The large flat-screen TV sits on top a full-size credenza.
A separate kitchenette provides a small refrigerator, a full-size microwave and a separate sink. Lots of storage, but I didn’t find any dishes. I would have liked to see real glassware and mugs to accompany the deluxe ice bucket.
My Bathroom at the Chickasaw Retreat
The luxurious bathroom includes a soaking tub for rejuvenating. The stone vanity offers ample space along decorative lighting and upscale toiletries. I found a closet area in the bathroom area along with the ironing board.
My room included a separate water closet area with a separate glass-enclosed shower with decorative tile work. A family-friendly feature that allows for sink use with a kid in the shower.
Dining at the Chickasaw Retreat
A complimentary continental breakfast buffet is served daily from 7 a.m. to 10 a.m. daily, in the dining room, next to the registration area. During my stay, I found muffins, pastries and cereals along with coffee. Yogurt, hard-boiled eggs and biscuits and gravy were on the buffet along with orange and apple juice.
Activities at the Chickasaw Retreat
In a separate building, I found a wellness center that rivals any health club. Equipped with treadmills, stationary bikes and Cybex equipment.
After entering an immaculate, modern locker room, I found a separate shower stalls with curtains. Finish getting ready at a vanity lined with sinks and mirrors, outfitted with decorative lighting.
With a steam room and a dry sauna, relaxing comes easy at the Chickasaw Retreat and Conference Center. I also found the Sole’renity Spa, with services like manicures and pedicures, massages, facials, wraps and waxes.
The indoor pool is a standard rectangle but includes a spa. With the deepest section at 4-feet, kids rule the pool in the evening.
Family Fun in Sulphur Oklahoma
During our visit, we explored the Chickasaw National Recreation Area along with the revitalized downtown Sulphur. With its unique shopping and outdoor activities, like swimming, hiking and boating, my family explored non-stop for our entire weekend away.
Where’s the Chickasaw Retreat
Located in South Central Oklahoma 12 miles from Interstate 35 and 87 miles south from Oklahoma City. The address is 4205 Goddard Youth Camp, Sulphur, Oklahoma, the closest town.
Know before you go:
- Self-park is complimentary.
- The Pool and Gym are open till midnight.
- Complimentary Wi-Fi that doesn’t require a password, a great feature for tech-savy kids.
- Chickasaw Retreat and Conference Center is a pet-free and smoke-free facility.