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
- 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
From when I arrived to the front desk throughout the entire day I was greeting by everyone on property. This is the only spa I've been to in Austin that actually feels like a retreat. Their resort is so incredibly beautiful and clean and tranquil as a spa should be. The lead esty was so so good and I see why she's been there so long. Her skill and fluidity with a new facial was effortless. I love the products they offer all about well being. It was so hard to leave this place. My massage was great too but the show stopper was the facial and the provider herself knew what she was doing.
The Lake Austin Spa Resort (LASR) is set next to the river just west of Austin. Subdivisions of expensive track homes have encroached since it was first opened, but the property is situated and oriented so that it still seems semi-remote and tranquil once you enter the gates.
Property: Its a little dated, but still very cozy and well maintained. The grounds run along the river, most rooms facing the river with a nice view of the water and river traffic. The cottages are in a single long row about 7' above the drive that dissects the property's west section, cottages on the North side and restaurant, lobby, herb garden, outdoor pool/deck and fitness rooms on the South, or river side. A few rooms have a view of the buildings blocking the river, so always ask for a room with an unobstructed view. The rooms are small, probably about 150' square feet, plus a smallish bathroom. The beds are very comfortable with excellent sheets & pillows. We did not want to get out of bed. The rooms have a nice size television with limited channels, but all the ones we needed. The remote was easy to use. The lighting was a great mixture of natural light from large picture windows and soft ambient light that was indirect in the ceiling and bedside lamps. There were plenty of electrical outlets and the wifi was decent. There was no cell signal in our room (AT&T), but we could get a weak signal in other parts of the property. There was a small lounger next to the bed (unnecessary). There was a single long table along the wall under the TV and a very small desk area that was not functional for much. They could probably do away with the desk lamp to make more room by installing an overhead light. The coffee maker and service items were excellent. The safe was under the table next to a refrigerator. The side tables to the bed were fine. The decor was kind of yankee Dutch primitive with wood furniture and a Spanish style tile floor. Small, but cozy. Great for a weekend, too small for much more. The closet space was ok, but drawer space was inadequate for more than 2 days and the knob on one drawer fell off. The bathroom had a great window to a tiny private garden patio with a fountain and two reading loungers.
The room had a sitting area on the front porch, but the rooms are packed so close together that is probably more of a meet your neighbor space than a reading area.
Food: Fsntastic, healthy, fresh, varied and not too much.
Spa: Fantastic. Every treatment great, facilities a little smallish in the men's locker room, but so few men here more than adequate. All very clean and well maintained.
Personnel: Perfect. Literally perfect. Activity leaders knowledgable and friendly.
Price: Expensive. For what they charge, they need to update it a little, the decks and some buildings showing age. The outdoor pool area should all be redone, as they are very substandard for a resort this nice. The dock also needs work.
Overall, great get a way. Love the no phone, no smoking policies. Very very nice weekend getaway.
Aparently, Austin, TX has a reputation for extreme changing weather patterns unlike Tucson or Palm Desert. Being from Seattle, I want sun and heat in the winter which is why I leave town. Many of the fun activity options take advantage of the nice river location (not on lake) but were not so inviting to do in the 40's'-50's in the fog for 5 days. There were a few brave people that forged ahead anyway. The spa choices were A+, Classes B, lectures C.
After my visit this previous weekend it's not surprising to see why Lake Austin Spa Resort was crowned the number one resort in Texas and the midwest by Conde Nast.
We stayed during 'PAWs by the Lake' weekend, which is tailored to a dog experience. It was perfect. A beautiful assortment of welcome treats for our puppy, including a bandana, bowls, treats, and food mat, awaited us in the room. It was their second year offering 'PAWs by the Lake' and it was so worth it! Pet activities galore and a great guest speaker. Our puppy also experience her first massage-- talk about spoiled!
Everything from the warmth and friendliness of the staff, the intimate sized fitness activities and instructors, quality of food and beverage offerings, spa service selections, and grounds were spot-on.
The managing director, Janis, goes out of her way to ensure each and every guest feels as if they are being welcomed and cared for within her own home.
Kudos to a job well done. You have mastered your craft!
Gorgeous lush grounds. This resort is tucked away at the far end of the Steiner Ranch community. Positioned on the river, you can utilize the various types of watercraft and go with the flow. Lovely and helpful staff and not at all stuffy. The spa is fantastic with all the services you’d expect from a high end resort.