Unwind in Serenity: An In-Depth Look into the Luxurious Amenities and Services of Lake Austin Spa Resort
By Mysty McLelland
Recognized by Condé Nast Traveler as “A Little Piece of Heaven,” Lake Austin Spa Resort is a world-class, award-winning, full-service, luxury destination located in the Texas Hill Country along the shores of Lake Austin. For those seeking rest, renewal, relaxation and overall well-being, Lake Austin Spa Resort provides a respite like no other.
Lake Austin Spa Resort’s dedication to extraordinary guests experiences is apparent in every detail, including the daily (three) delicious ”Garden to Table” gourmet meals and extensive line-up of 18-20 fitness and well-being-focused activities such as kayaking, boat rides, exercise classes, presentations by celebrity chefs and best-selling authors, and painting classes just to name a few. This spa resort’s relaxed approach allows guests to participate in as much—or as little—as they like.
A highlight of this one-of-a-kind spa resort is its LakeHouse Spa—a sensational 25,000 square-foot day spa available for both resort and day guests. It offers over 100 spa treatments. In addition to its indoor and outdoor treatment rooms, the LakeHouse Spa also features the Iris Salon, The Aster Café (indoor and patio dining), both a Junior Olympic-length heated lap indoor and the outdoor Palm Pool and cabanas.
A girlfriends getaway, a couple’s retreat, or simply solo, the resort offers special promotional discounts throughout the year.
A little history:
Lake Austin is an artificial reservoir on the Colorado River in Austin, Texas, USA. Lake Austin was created in 1939 by the Lower Colorado River Authority (LCRA) as a cooling pond for a new city power plant.
The original lake was only about a third of its current size and was primarily used for industrial purposes. However, in the 1950s and 1960s, residential development began to spring up around the lake, and it gradually became a popular recreational spot for boating, fishing, and water sports.
Built nearly 70 years ago as Lake Austin Lodges—a fishing camp with a few guest rooms and several boat slips, this Austin gem has undergone a number of transformations including the Sunshine Nudist Camp; Steiner Ranch Rodeo Camp; The Bermuda Inn, Reducing Resort; and finally, as it is known today—Lake Austin Spa Resort.
The vision of its owners since 1997—Michael McAdams and William Rucks—transformed the property into a world-class spa resort honored by a multitude of publications, including Condé Nast Traveler Reader’s Choice Awards – #1 Resort in Texas & the Southwest, Condé Nast Traveler’s #1 Destination Spa, Travel + Leisure World’s Best Awards – #1 Hall of Fame U.S. Destination Spa, and most recently, American Airlines’ Celebrated Living Magazine 2016 Platinum List – One of the Top Ten Wellness Hotels in the World.
Today, Lake Austin is a source of drinking water and hydroelectric power and a popular destination for outdoor enthusiasts and tourists. It has over 20 miles of shoreline and is surrounded by luxurious waterfront homes, restaurants, and hotels. The lake is known for its crystal-clear waters and abundance of largemouth bass, making it a favorite among anglers.
A little bit about Austin:
Austin is the capital city of the state of Texas in the United States. It is located in central Texas and has a population of over 1 million people, making it the 11th largest city in the country. The city is known for its vibrant music and arts scene, diverse culinary options, and outdoor recreation opportunities.
There are many other attractions and activities to enjoy in Austin. The city has numerous parks and nature preserves, including Zilker Park and the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center.
Austin is also famous for its live music scene and hosts several music festivals throughout the year, such as South by Southwest (SXSW) and Austin City Limits Music Festival.
The city has a thriving food and drink scene, with many locally-owned restaurants and bars that showcase Texas cuisine and culture. Austin also has several museums, such as the Bullock Texas State History Museum and the Blanton Museum of Art.
Photos: Lake Austin Spa Resort