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 with my daughter for a mom/daughter get away. It was just what the doctor ordered! We both came back totally relaxed, and calm. It has everything you need to to destress. You can exercise, kayak, take a hike, or do nothing at all and just enjoy the beauty of Lake Austin. The spa is great too with a steam room, sauna, and indoor jacuzzi. We also enjoyed the coooking class. Food was delicious and a friendly staff. We can't wait to go back!
My daughter and I have just returned from Lake Austin Spa Resort. For a first time, it was overwhelming. (for me, anyway!)
We hired a boat taxi (available from the Spa) to take us on the Colorado River (dammed at both ends, it becomes Lake Austin) to the Spa itself, from Austin. The weather was lovely the four days we were there but I could see the potential for a wonderful visit even in poor weather conditions -- there was that much to do.
I can't say enough good about the staff. So accommodating, pleasant, and very professional; they catered to every inquiry and did their best to please. From the front desk to the staff organizing activities, every person was friendly and outgoing. We must have interacted with thirty staff and honestly, they did their very best to see that guests were well-looked after. We were very impressed.
The facility is first-rate; beautiful scenery, well-kept buildings, and every detail seems to be taken into consideration - comfort is the main objective and the surroundings are aesthetically pleasing.
There's a range of activities to keep everyone busy and happy and the spa itself seemed the main attraction. ( I commented to several guests that the white-robed people walking about reminded me of a quirky Handmaid's Tale) :)
Speaking of rooms/buildings, the Dining Room offered a wonderfully scenic place to eat meals and served what we felt was the ultimate in fine dining. Conscientious cuisine offered delicious, nutritious meals that never disappointed. We were happily satisfied with everything on the menu.
All in all, it was a wonderful introduction to the state of Texas. We enjoyed everything about the experience and highly recommend it.
Unfortunately, this review will not be about a stay since I will never stay there after being treated so rudely by receptionist. Have been looking into a resort spa stay with friend & decided to see for myself when in Austin to visit son. We drove 45 minutes (beautiful drive saved the day) and when we explained our purpose at the gate, the receptionist stated she "supposed" she would let us in. I had hoped our face-to-face meeting would go better, but she was extremely rude and unwelcoming, not offering any more information about the resort, just stating she could arrange for me to call a reservationist. I could do that from home. I was so appalled by the treatment I quickly left without getting her name. I will plan to stay elsewhere.
I traveled to Lake Austin Spa Resort recently and quickly realized it was a slice of paradise.
The setting is incredible... the resort hugs the lake (actually a wide, calm part of the Colorado River) and offers beautiful views of the surrounding hills. The rooms are lovely - nicely decorated and very comfortable. Each room (there are just 40!) has a nice front patio with two chairs. Many offer lake views. The food was really great - not a single meal or dish missed. Plenty of variety and a very nice wine list as well.
As far as wellness is concerned, Lake Austin has it well covered. A variety of classes are offered throughout the day such as yoga, stretching, weight training, crossfit, and more. If you want to blaze your own trail, they have a well equipped fitness center and offer kayak and water bike rentals. The spa is beautiful and has a wide variety of treatment options. There are two pools as well, one of which offers its own menu of body treatments.
Lastly, the staff was terrific - very thoughtful and incredibly attentive. What a nice group of people.
Lake Austin didn't miss on a single level and I can't wait to return!
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.