The Texas state capital’s reputation for spirited live music and lanquid waterways inspires two upscale lacustrine destinations.
THE LAKEHOUSE SPA LAKE AUSTIN
Nestled along the shores of scenic Lake Austin in the beautiful Texas Hill Country, Lake Austin Spa Resort offers guests the sanctuary of a world-class spa amid the warmth of a best friend’s lake house. The LakeHouse Spa complex spans 25,000 square feet, and features outdoor and indoor pools, a hot tub and cabanas, 30 treatment rooms, a cafe and a salon, all situated in a lush landscape of native and adapted plants. The Tour of Texas treatment features a prickly pear scrub, aloe vera wrap, face and scalp massage, plus an indulgant 50-minute massage. The spa’s signature product line—with names such as Lavender Fields and Gift of the Garden—allows visitors to take home a tangible remembrance of their experience. Lake Austin Spa Resort offers all-inclusive vacation packages, which include accommodations in a charming lakeside guest room, three gourmet meals daily, indoor and outdoor fitness activities, and a selection of spa and body treatments.
LOST PINES DJANGO SPA
Surrounded by forested hills in McKinney Roughs Nature Park, the Lost Pine Resort is a refreshingly remote adventure getaway 20 minutes from downtown Austin. The hotel’s exterior is reminiscent of a nineteenth-century Texas farmhouse, with deep front porches and romantic balconies, but the interior departs from this idiom, with a glass-walled lobby and dual fireplaces framing the view of a (literally) spruced-up Colorado River. In a region where music is as indigenous to the land as the plant life, it’s only natural that the spa is named in the spirit of guitar musician, Django Reinhardt, whose spirit and gypsy music perfectly intertwine with this upscale Austin spa. Quite literally, “Django” translates to “I Awake,” and it is this sense of awakening that has inspired the spa’s pampering treatments which utilize music, art, nature, touch, and movement.