Just a few miles outside the city on the shores of Lake Austin, youíll find a spa called the Lake Austin Spa Resort. In 2005, Lake Austin Spa was voted by Travel + Leisure as one of the top ten best destination spas in the world. The first time we stayed at Lake Austin was for a special birthday weekend. By the end of the weekend, we were so relaxed we didnít want to leave.¬† Our casita had its own patio facing the lake.¬† The casitas are tastefully decorated with designer details such as decorative iron work made by a local craftsman.¬† The decoration throughout the resort is an eclectic mix of pieces from around the world.¬†¬†
In between spa treatments you can lounge by the pool, walk through the gardens, or take a class in cooking, fitness or aromatherapy.¬† The resort offers a large variety of fitness classes including face yoga, tíai chi, pilates, spinning, nia dance, kickboxing, retro aerobics, body pump and meditative yoga to overnight guests.¬† The pilates and nia dance classes I took were great. In the mornings you can join a nature walk and in the afternoons be on the lake with a kayak or water bicycle.¬†¬†
Meals, prepared by executive chef and cookbook author Terry Conlan, are served in the Lakeside Dining room and are delicious, despite being lean cuisine.¬† The menu is always changing and the presentation is colorful and creative.¬†¬† For lunch you might have Verde enchiladas, a BBQ Portabella burger or Red Snapper.¬† I had the Snapper on my second visit and it was ok, but the Key Lime Pie was sumptuous.¬† For dinner, enjoy appetizers, soups, salads and imaginative entrees like citrus crusted salmon, Tuscan tenderloin and pesto crusted scallops.¬†
The Lake House Spa is a new addition to the resort and is a stunning limestone building with 20 indoor treatment rooms, walled gardens with outdoor treatment cabanas and two pools.¬† Recently I enjoyed a ďLake House Spa Full Day AwayĒ package.¬† For spa treatments I chose the Texas Starry night massage, a Radiant Results facial and a Pumpkin pedicure.¬† If youíve never had a Pumpkin pedicure, and I have to admit to being partial to pumpkin, Iíd suggest you give it a try.
Whether youíre planning a weekend at the spa or just the day, the Lake Austin Spa Resort is a perfect place for a get together.