Lake Austin Spa Resort is the destination of the rich, famous and those who want to heal their minds and souls with world-class spa treatments. Join Lance Avery Morgan as we take a stroll through a peerless experience you’ll have when you visit. (Photography courtesy of Lake Austin Spa Resort)
You’d have to be living under a rock if you didn’t realize that one of the world’s premiere resorts is in our own region’s backyard, yet It seems like a world away. Picture 19 lakefront acres in the Hill Country that not only offers the luxury of a world-class spa, yet presents the experience as if you were visiting a longtime friend’s vacation lake house again.
Sometimes it’s hard to imagine that a booming metropolis hovers nearby, But it is indeed serene here. Just driving through the Austin stone gates signifies the pace has slowed down. Way down. Lake Austin Spa Resort seems to sooth the spirit in a casually upscale atmosphere that is surrounded by the quieted grounds, nature and wildlife trails at the edge of the cool, blue body of water that streams by the resort’s namesake, Lake Austin. There is truly something for everyone.
Not one to rest on its laurels, and there are many, including the highest ratings by Conde Nast Traveler (#6 wellness retreat in the world) and Travel & Leisure (#8 destination in the world), the resort adds to its repertoire so that repeat visitors feel both the familiarity and inventiveness the resort has to offer. The LakeHouse Spa at Lake Austin Spa Resort offers over s many spa and salon treatments and a variety of treatment location options. Want a massage for two in a secluded location? Done. Need a facial with European-style products? That’s easy. In fact, in offers more than the standard features that create a sense of retreat here.
During a multi-million dollar renovation combining high technology and high comfort, the spa focused much more about knowing the wants of its discerning clientele. The management and staff listen and welcome feedback to make the experience even better. Want a massage, but not like the ho-hum kind you might have had at lesser environments? That’s easy since LakeHouse Spa offers more than 100 massage, body and skincare treatments and therapies. Something for every temperament and preference.
Thirty treatment areas are available, including outdoor garden cabanas, screened verandas and private tandem suites. Healing and indigenous treatments, many using the herbs grown in the organic Healing Gardens, are based on ancient principles of aromatherapy, Ayurveda, hydrotherapy, Moortherapy and Thalassotherapy. I tried the Deep Healing massage and for about 90 minutes and the post-treatment feeling transcended time and space like only a world-class massage can evoke.
The water water-themed activities such as stand up paddle boarding, Aqua Zumba, sculling, kayaking, boat cruises and Hydro-biking as well as motivating discussions given by Olympic champions and water sports experts who will excite and inspire beginner and experienced water enthusiasts to quench their desire for an array of water adventures. It’s the first program of its kind, combining more than 25 water themed activities into a four-day program. In fact, if you want to get to the spa without driving, A new luxury watercraft creates the ultimate arrival experience through the Texas Hill Country from downtown Austin or the 360 Bridge (or private residence!) to the shores of the spa. Available to both day and overnight guests, the boat captain greets guests at a specified location for a beautiful and scenic arrival experience on the water.
Hungry? Lake Austin Spa Resort has abundant organic Healing Gardens, from which herbs are picked daily to be used both in the kitchen and in select spa treatments. More than 1,000 species of plants, herbs, vegetables, spices and wildflowers fill the abundant organic gardens. Lake Austin Spa Resort was among the first to create gardens specifically for growing herbs used in spa treatments. You’ll get full yet you will likely not gain much weight here. The chef-run kitchen with a culinary pedigree and serves three delicious healthy meals daily. Dining is available in the resort Dining Room and in the Aster Café at the LakeHouse Spa. The spa approaches blending French influences with local inspirations to cook up healthy creations at the resort. Healthy cooking classes are scheduled throughout the week for those daring to try something new in an interactive way.
Away from home, yet still want to release all those great feeling endorphins with the perfect work-out? Step right up. Offerings include canoeing, Hydro-biking™, kayaking, sculling, hiking, yoga, Pilates, Tai Chi, Spinning®, meditation and dance. Aquatic aerobics and swimming classes take place in one of three of the resort’s pools, which are never crowded. The fitness training center overlooks Lake Austin and features state-of-the-art cardiovascular, circuit and free weight training equipment. Private sessions with certified fitness professionals are available, too, to gain some expert advice. Afterward, the ladies can saunter into the Iris Salon that offers a selection of luxe hair, make-up and nail services.
While a world class spa, there’s something for everyone and Lake Austin Spa Resort offers a variety of three-night or longer packages for groups and individuals. Vacation packages include accommodations in one of 40 lakeside guest rooms, three gourmet meals daily, unlimited indoor and outdoor fitness activities and discovery classes, gratuities and a selection of spa treatments based on packages selected and length of stay. If you book your visit now, you’ll de dazzled at the adventures that await you nestled in the hills beyond Austin, yet feels so far away.
For a day package that runs about $650 and also makes the perfect gift, the resort’s new luxe water taxi leaves from downtown Austin and creates a memorable arrival experience on Lake Austin for day guests wishing to soak in all the spa has to offer. Pickup is also available at Loop 360 Bridge Boat Ramp near Westlake or from private residences along Lake Austin that have water access. Gourmet lunch, a floating meditation class, a selection of spa treatments, gratuities and a private car service back to downtown at the end of the day ensures a five-star spa experience that includes:
- Water Taxi transportation to the LakeHouse Spa
- Glass of Prosecco upon arrival
- Driftaway Floating Mindful Meditation Class in the Pool Barn
- One 50-minute signature body treatment
- One 50-minute signature facial
- Healthy, gourmet lunch in the Aster Café
- Private car transfers from the spa to downtown
Lake Austin Spa Resort is at 1705 S. Quinlan Park Road, Austin. Reservations at 512-372-7380. or, visit LakeAustin.com