Located 25 miles from the city’s center, this top-rated retreat faces Lake Austin, a convenient playground for water activities such as stand-up kayaking, paddle boarding, and birding from sunset cruises. Though known for its wellness focus, this is no deprivation spot; instead, guests are pampered with the best in food, service, and comforts, and can be as active or relaxed as they want to be. Granite gravel pathways lined with rosemary, lavender and Mountain Laurel lead plush-robed guests to the beloved spa, a collection of beautiful cedar and limestone structures. Of the 40 rooms, all of which have cozy wrap-around headboards and large bathrooms equipped with Kohler soaking tubs, snag a Premier Lakeview Room (Nos. 27-40) for waterfront vistas.