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Swanky Texas lakeside resort luxuriates in list of 6 best spas in the U.S.

Swanky Texas lakeside resort luxuriates in list of 6 best U.S. spas

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Lake Austin Spa Resort is a posh and tranquil getaway. Photo courtesy of Lake Austin Spa Resort

Lake Austin Spa Resort accumulates accolades like Beyoncé accumulates Grammy awards.

Last year alone, the resort earned recognition from the likes of Condé Nast TravelerTravel + Leisure, and U.S. News & World Report. The latest accolade for Lake Austin Spa Resort: The Discoverer travel blog has anointed it one of the six best spas in the U.S.

The resort “serves as a tranquil escape” from life's hustle and bustle, according to the blog.

“Situated along the shores of Lake Austin in [the] Hill Country, the stunning rolling hills and lush greenery of this upscale resort encourage guests to spend most of their time outside,” The Discoverer says. “Celebrate its waterfront location by paddle boarding on the placid waters of the lake or by participating in an invigorating yoga session along its picturesque shores.”

For an even more physical experience, The Discoverer recommends taking barre or kickboxing classes.

After all that activity, it might be time for a trip to LakeHouse Spa. The blog suggests splurging on the “indulgent” Gifts Of Our Garden treatment, which includes 100 minutes of full-body exfoliation, massage, and a body wrap using herbs from the resort’s private garden.

Lake Austin Spa Resort unveiled a multimillion-dollar renovation in the summer of 2020. The 19-acre wellness wonderland reopened, post-pandemic shutdown, with new dining rooms, guest rooms, updated spa amenities and services, and new dining menus.

Dallas-based co-owner Mike McAdams employed the help of Dallas designer Brianna Wright-Guay to accomplish his vision throughout the property and its 40 guest rooms. Upgrades included new English fabrics, original art, and custom furnishings, as well as visually appealing improvements in the Garden Library, Lake Room, and soothing Blue Room inside the 25,000-square-foot LakeHouse Spa.

The resort’s executive chef Stephane Beaucamp also created new menu items ranging from nourishing power bowls to new smoothies, plant-based entrees, and immunity-boosting juice shots. 

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Celestina Blok contributed to this story.