Lake Austin Spa Resort
What We Love
- All meals, nonalcoholic beverages and group activities (dance lessons, yoga and Pilates classes, and more) are included in the Jetsetter rate
- Luxury Garden and Luxury LakeView rooms are fresh off a 2014 renovation
- Standard attire throughout the resort is a spa robe
- The resort shares real estate with a nature preserve and is great for birdwatching
- Immense organic garden that supplies farm-to-table menu and treatment ingredients
What To Know
- Spa services are available a la carte
- Located about a half hour from downtown Austin, depending on traffic
- There’s a minimum three-night stay
- Children 13 and under are not permitted
- Beer and wine is served (for a fee) but there’s no liquor
- Free WiFi
- Handicap Accessible
- Parking On Site
- Room Service
Just far enough from downtown Austin to escape the urban buzz, Lake Austin Spa Resort sits at water’s edge. Comprised of flower- and herb-lined paths, pools and bungalows, the property suggests a Hill Country secret garden. Indoors, the decor is shabby-chic, and the spa offers a truly extensive menu of more than 100 treatments designed to sooth and refresh, garnering best-destination-spa status from nearly every major magazine.
Bed & Bath
As bright as the Texas summer sun, the 40 rooms are marked by vibrant yellows, reds and blues, handmade quilts and photographs taken by the resort’s own Director of Flora and Fauna. Fresh off of a 2014 renovation, the Luxury Garden rooms have 12-foot ceilings, plush California king beds and private meditation gardens with fountains, and Luxury LakeView rooms now sport silk-trimmed linen canopies, antiqued mirrors and specially commissioned art. All have thoughtful touches like personalized water bottles and fresh flowers from the gardens. Relax in your bathroom’s Kohler soaking tub with the hotel’s signature lavender toiletries.
This spa retreat celebrates glowing good fun as much as it celebrates good health. The focus is on holistic spa treatments, courses in how to live well (such as cooking and journaling) and myriad sports activities that make the most of the peaceful and secluded surroundings. At 25,000 square feet, the spa has 30 treatment rooms, a menu with more than 100 offerings and decor that recalls a lakeside cottage with fluffy pillows, rocking chairs and patterned quilts. Paths open to two pools (one outdoors, the other junior-Olympic-size and housed in a barn), Moroccan-style cabanas and gardens. The healthy spa cuisine feels surprisingly indulgent and you can work it off with everything from kayaking to paddleboard yoga.
Read more about the blissed-out Lake Austin experience in our Magazine.
In the Area
If you must stray from the resort, you can keep it chill with a dip in Barton Springs, a natural spring pool near Austin. Head into the city to check out the vintage stores, bars and music venues along hip South Congress. Belly up to Austin’s famous food trailers; there are hundreds scattered across town, serving everything from tacos to Thai. Known as the Live Music Capital of the World, Austin has more than 250 shows on a given night; stop by the famed Continental Club or hipster honkytonk The White Horse.
How to Get There
I spent 5 nights at Lake Austin Spa and Resort in mid-October 2019 and really had a wonderful time. I stayed in one of the Hot Tub Cottages (#20). I have always wanted to go to a "destination spa." I spent a lot of time researching spa destinations, and after thorough research, I booked at Lake Austin. My stay was amazing. My cottage was charming and luxurious. All of the common areas are beautifully decorated, especially the Blue Room at the spa The Food - each meal I had was excellent and fresh. I liked that there were dinner specials each night. Activities - I kayaked 2 times, did the paddleboard yoga, several stretching classes and a drum exercise class (harder than I thought). I also did the hike which was very strenuous but fun. I also went to the sleep seminar and the talk about relationships. I am not into self-help stuff but I went out of my comfort zone and went to several of the speakers offered. Good blend of things to do. I also did the Wine Cruise 2x - great chance to see the lake with a "Texas Pour" of wine. Spa - I went to the spa each of my four days in the afternoon.The spa is incredible! Bring a book and spend an hour before your treatment in the Blue Room - gorgeous! This place is not cheap but I feel like I got my money's worth at Lake Austin. It is a small resort and I felt like I got to know the staff and also some of the other travelers. I would love to return!
don't think they have done anything since then! So sad. Even a little paint would help! Landscape overrun and dying. Short staffed. Half of the spa techs were around 60 yrs old!! Seriously? Carpeting stained, wicker dining chairs losing their paint, some window cracked and rotting. Housekeeping just so-so. What is going on?!
With the highly rated Conde Nast review, I thought this would be an amazing experience. It was very nice, but not worth the hype. Staff at front desk were less than professional. The rooms were clean and comfortable. Amenities are very nice. Spa therapists were hit or miss. Service in the dining room was sub-par. Food was exceptional. So there are definitely some positives, but I hope they correct the issues I provided feedback on.
This was a pre-wedding trip for my daughter, and my mom and sister also joined us.