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 went for five days with my 15 year old daughter. We absolutely loved it. We tried different activities every day from hiking to spin class to yoga to wake boarding. Also great classes like meditation, personality mapping and cooking. Our few bits of downtime were spent in a hammock watching fish jump on the water. So relaxing, but also a great way to be active and try new things. Food was really good with lots of healthy choices. We will definitely go back.
A lovely all inclusive resort on the Colorado River (Lake Austin). If you are looking for a place to truly unwind, this is the place for you. Only forty rooms on site so it doesn’t feel crowded. The food is very good. Daily chef specials. Very vegan friendly.
We went to this place on June 26-28-2019 which was the middle of the week. One opening complaint, there is no signage for the main entrance, just a carport that says, "Welcome" and then every door near there says, "employees only" or "no entrance". We went in to a door not locked or labeled, and it was at the other end of the main building where you sign up for activities. The person there, directed us to the proper end of the establishment. PLEASE FIX THIS. I am sure we are not the only ones to get lost.
Now that my ONLY complaint has been purged, I can go on. The people are impressively helpful, always smiling and willing to answer any questions you may have. The rooms are what you'd expect for a cabin/lodge type setting. We had a suite with hot tub. The cabin was rustic without being rusty, mostly well maintained. There was a headrest from the hot tub that someone had put on the ground, but not complaining, just informing.
The cabin had two queen beds, very high quality, and definitely enough pillows. I like a few extra pillows and they had them. The shower and tub were very new looking and extremely clean.
We had a large TV which amazingly only got turned on to make sure it worked. When in a setting like this and activities, who needs a TV.
In our package, the meals were included, but wine/beer is not. So naturally we had the 2009 Dom. :)
The food was really well done, they will make special orders for different needs. I am diabetic, but I did not need to alter anything because the menu options were very health. If you go, and chef has it, I highly recommend the "Wonderful Root Salad" I never liked beets before now. I have since duplicated it at home and it is easy to prepare if you are thinking of a healthier life style.
THE STAFF, THE STAFF, THE STAFF.
ALL of the staff seem to be very well trained, even the groundskeepers were willing to engage and answer questions. From pool attendants to from desk staff, all are smiling, courteous, willing to do what it takes to make your stay a relaxing one.