Lake Austin Spa Resort

1705 S Quinlan Park Rd, Austin, TX 78732, USA

In the heart of Texas Hill Country, on a serene section of the Colorado River, the famously luxurious Lake Austin Spa Resort might be just half an hour from Austin’s city center, but it feels miles away from anywhere, an oasis surrounded by ruggedly beautiful wilderness. And that’s intentional: the destination spa caters to every need and whim, offering a daily calendar of outdoor activities and educational talks and classes and serving healthy and locally-sourced cuisine. Spa treatments are not included in the rate—which, it’s worth noting, starts at a three-night minimum stay—but use of the spa’s three pools and other pampering facilities are, and it’d be a shame not to sample at least one of its more than 100 natural treatments.

But the best part about the resort is that, once you’re there, no one cares what you do. Take advantage of the packed schedule and spa offerings, or just claim a poolside lounger, take a walk along the lake, or read a book in the fragrant organic garden. Relaxation means something different to everyone, after all.

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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.

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