13500 FM2769, Austin, TX 78726, USA
Miraval AustinWhat we love: Wellness in a Hill Country setting—with horses!
-Scenic location just outside Austin
-No-pressure approach to wellness
-Tons of included activities
There’s been some type of spiritual or wellness retreat on this site outside of Austin since 2003, beginning with the famed The Crossings up to the vibrant Travasaa Austin. In late-2018, the property changed hands again, becoming an outpost of the legendary Miraval well-being brand—it’s second full destination spa resort after its iconic Tucson flagship. (Another location in the Berkshires is in the works, too.) Like the mothership, Miraval Austin offers a wide array of health, wellness, and mindful activities, from unique fitness classes (including Cardio Drumming and pumped-up line dancing), water sports in nearby Lake Travis, and runs through an on-site challenge course to wellness counseling, creative workshops, and hiking on surrounding trails. The signature equine program encourages healing and mindfulness through equestrian experiences, while the sustainable living program will teach you about beekeeping and organic gardening. Of course, there are endless spa treatments to choose from, too—from Ayurvedic therapies to pampering rituals—and plenty of flavorful and healthy food to fuel your days. (Workshops in cooking and nutrition are also offered.) After it all, collapse into a signature, Italian sheet-topped Miraval bed in one of the 117 contemporary rooms or hillside suites, each done-up in soothing tones and stocked with coffee makers, DryBar hairdryers, Tibetan singing bowls, meditation pillows, and 65-inch TVs.