Located 20 miles from downtown Austin and about 30 miles from the airport, the 40 room Lake Austin Spa has developed a global profile with shelves of awards. Situated on 19 acres across from a nature preserve, the resort provides an all-inclusive immersive wellness experience.
Town & Country and Departures have named it on their lists of top wellness destinations for 2019 and the resort has consistently been ranked as a Top 10 Spa in the world by the readers of Travel + Leisure and Conde Nast Traveler for more than 10 years. In fact, the resort was named the #1 Hotel in Texas and the Midwest by Conde Nast in 2018 in their annual Readers Choice Awards. Texas owned by two best friends and fraternity brothers from college, relaxation is the name of the game at this lakeside escape.
However, the resort targets a relatively wide audience, including programs for those of you seeking body, mind and spirit expériences, eating right and exercising. The spa has over 100 different treatments to choose from, although some guests enjoy just lounging by the lake.
While guests are encouraged to disconnect from their daily routines, you won’t find anyone trying to take away your iPhone or pushing you to do anymore or less than you want out of your stay.
In fact, Lake Austin Spa is popular with groups, from girlfriend getaways to family réunions, milestone célébrations, leadership retreats, company incentives, and corporate meetings.
The furnishings have been sourced from around the world by co-owner Mike McAdams and his team. All guest rooms include Egyptian cotton sheets and down comforters, Kohler steeping/soaking tubs, writing desks, custom-designed furniture, signature lavender spa amenities, cotton spa robes, high definition digital LCD TV with DVD, complimentary high-speed Internet access and Wi-Fi, remote-controlled ceiling fan and in-room safe and refrigerator.
Lady Bird Presidential Suite (1 in type)
The 701 sq. ft. Lady Bird Suite honors Lady Bird Johnson and includes a sitting room, fireplace, private wildflower garden, and hot tub.
There is the possibility to add a connecting room to the Lady Bird Johnson suite.
Luxury Hot Tub Cottage (4)
The Luxury Hot Tub Cottages range from 436 sq. ft. to 467 sq. ft and have just been renovated. Two have double Queen beds while the others have Kings.
Luxury Lakeview Room (14)
The 378 sq. ft. rooms come with two full beds except for two with King beds.
The restaurants feature “conscientious cuisine” by Executive Chef Stéphane Beaucamp who recently debuted his new food philosophy at the James Beard House in New York City. New menus feature proteins and cheeses from local farms, superfoods such as quinoa and hemp seed and mood foods such as goji berries that boost spirits, enhance circulation and slow the aging process.
By definition, the word “conscientious” means doing what is right, and each ingredient used in the dishes have been selected in regards to the environment and ultimately to good health. Pulling ingredients from the resort’s onsite organic gardens such as bok choy, spinach, tomatoes, kale, arugula and many more – the chef and gardener work side by side discussing what will grow well each season and how to incorporate the bounties into the cuisine.
The lakefront dining room is open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner and sits alongside scenic Lake Austin, and overlooks the Balcones Canyonlands Nature Preserve.
The Aster Café at the LakeHouse Spa offers lunch appropriate café items built upon the same sensibilities. Both locations have an impressive wine list. There are also local beers, a few cocktails and mocktails.
Health and Wellness
Inspired by the findings of author Dr. Wallace J. Nichols in his groundbreaking book, Blue Mind, Lake Austin Spa Resort has introduced new ways for their guests to enjoy the benefits of being in, on or near a body of water with Ripple Effects: Where Wellness Meets the Water – a new series of experiences that aligns with Nichols’ science of water wellness, utilizing the latest cutting edge water equipment and introducing overnight guests to innovative workouts, outings, meditations and therapies in, on or near the water.
Taking advantage of its location on a moving body of water, more than 30 new classes have been added to the schedule, including:
- Lake Lotus | Floating Board Room
- Paddleboard Yoga
- Driftaway Meditation on the Lake
- SUP Stance | Fitness Classes
- Wakesurf, Wakeboard, Tubing & Water Ski Outings
- Group Giant SUP outings
- Floating Lake Lounge
- Lakeshore Play Hours
- Boot Camp on the Water
- Local Pro | Show & Tell Lake Outings
The resort offers up to 20 fitness classes and activities per day including cooking classes, TRX and traditional cardio and strength conditioning, hiking and more.
There are more than 100 healing and spa therapies offered in the 25,000-square foot Lake House Spa, including couples programs. In addition to traditional services, water-themed spa treatments that support the Blue Mind philosophy include:
This treatment is deeply relaxing, quiets the sympathetic and enhances the parasympathetic nervous systems. Watsu has beneficial effects on trauma—both physical and emotional—neuromuscular injuries, stress, and chronic pain. It combines elements of stretching, joint mobilization, massage, Shiatsu, and dance. You are supported by a therapist while floating on your back, rhythmically cradled, moved, stretched, and massaged.
This profound modality is intensified by the healing benefits of being in the water. Float weightless in the warm water of the Pool Barn. This calming treatment adjusts the subtle rhythm of the cerebrospinal fluid as it circulates around the brain and spinal cord. Using very light, specific touch, and your practitioner monitors the flow to determine where restrictions are located and gently releases them improving the function of the central nervous system. CranioSacral releases tensions deep in the body to relieve pain and dysfunction and improve whole-body health and performance.
Aqua Stretch Myofascial Stretch
If you are experiencing muscular pain or a limited range of motion, myofascial release in the water may be the remedy for you! This technique is a one-on-one assisted stretching session performed in the warm, shallow and soothing waters of the Pool Barn.
Advanced Aquatic Bodywork
Advanced therapeutic massage techniques performed in the warm water of the Pool Barn. Water has a profound effect on releasing tension and stress. This targeted bodywork is even more effective when water is introduced