Spa Profile: Lake Austin Spa Resort, Austin, Texas

Lake Austin Spa Resort is distinguished by its dedication to inspiring health and wellness by its waters.

Situated in the picturesque Austin, Texas, hill country and adjacent to the Balconies Canyonlands nature preserve, Lake Austin Spa Resort is a rustically elegant destination with 40 luxuriously designed guestrooms overlooking the scenic landscape. With private porches and waterfront views, all rooms are mere steps away from the 25,000-square-foot LakeHouse Spa, which offers more than 100 diverse services and treatments that combine traditional and modern techniques.

The tranquil LakeHouse Spa is located in a different building from the resort, and most guests wear bathrobes and slippers to stroll up the gentle curved slope, passing a small stream, waterfall and flower gardens to reach the main entrance. They’re welcomed at the front desk and directed to the spacious separate men’s and women’s locker rooms that include saunas, steam rooms and whirlpools. Created from limestone, the facility showcases warm accents of terra cotta and cedar, and is adorned with international artwork and textiles personally collected during the property owners’ travels. The spa features 20 state-of- the-art indoor treatment rooms, as well as an outdoor bamboo room with private shower and hot tub.

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The resort integrates wellness throughout everything, with a focus on sustainability. For example, it boasts expansive organic herb and vegetable gardens that supply the spa’s Aster Café, as well as the resort’s main dining room. The light-filled second floor relaxation lounge, also known as the Blue Room, is a sophisticated and stylish sanctuary.

Guests are invited to unwind while awaiting treatments, and can enjoy flavored teas and healthy snacks as they take in the stunning lake vistas right outside the soaring windows.

In 2017, 20 new treatments were introduced to commemorate the resort’s 20th anniversary. Popular among these offerings: the Lavender Dreams Body Wrap (80 min./$225), which combines minerals and lavender for an invigorating full body exfoliation, followed by an upper body massage with lavender oil and warm healing stones; the Neroli Blossom Sensory Massage (50 min./$175; 80 min./$230), which incorporates tension release and breathing techniques with the refreshing essence of neroli; and Floating Meditation (50 min./$155), a relaxation session in which guests float on a mat while listening to a guided meditation. In addition, the on- site Iris Salon provides hair, nail and makeup services.