Lake Austin Spa Resort racks up new awards

Lake Austin Spa ResortIf you’re looking for a superbly serene getaway where you can relax in the lap of luxury and bask in beautiful lake scenery, Lake Austin Spa Resort is the place. Austin’s world-class spa was recently named the number one destination spa from all those in the U.S., Canada, Central America, the Caribbean, and at sea in Condé Nast Traveler’s 2011 Top Spas List.

From experience I agree (as thousands of respondents noted) that treatments, staff and facilities are all top-notch. The best part for me? It’s less than a half hour drive from my home.

The 40-room destination spa features a multi-faceted spa menu (take a cooking classes by Chef Terry Conlan) and ongoing enhancements to the property. Recent improvements such as refurnishing the Garden Library, Lake Room, Guest Living Room and the addition of several new fitness programs demonstrate that this destination doesn’t rest on past accolades.Lake Austin

“We are so proud to be recognized by Condé Nast Traveler and grateful to our guests for once again making us number one. Our guests are number one to us, that is why we try consistently to bring the best spa experience within a beautiful tranquil setting, first class spa services, delicious healthy cuisine and fun, invigorating fitness programs,” says Mike McAdams, co-owner of Lake Austin Spa Resort since 1997.

Lake Austin Spa Resort is nestled along the shores of scenic Lake Austin in the Texas Hill Country. Clients say the 19-acre resort provides the ambience and warmth of a best friend’s lake house. All-inclusive vacation packages cover accommodations in charming lakeside guest rooms, three gourmet meals daily, indoor and outdoor fitness activities and classes, and a selection of spa and body treatments. Kayaking and hydrobiking (floating bicycle) on the lake provide opportunities for novel exercise experiences as well as soothing views from the water.

Hydrobikes awaiting riders at Lake Austin Spa Resort

Come for just one treatment, spend the day, or splurge for a weekend retreat. While there indulge in a massage on gingham-covered tables or try the Texas Starry Night, a massage done after dark in one of the resort’s outdoor treatment areas. Visions of Texas wildflowers will float in your head during this lavender oil massage guaranteed to lull you to sleep. For a real destressor, get hammered in the Manaka, a treatment that uses a wooden peg to tap away tension.

Located just 30 minutes from downtown Austin and the city’s airport, the resort includes a lap pool, two acres of terraced foliage and aquatic gardens, nature and wildlife trails, and organic healing gardens from which herbs are picked daily to be used in both the kitchen and select spa treatments.  There are many different ways to rev up your health quotient at Lake Austin Spa Resort, not the least of which is simply allowing your body to soak up serenity from the peaceful grounds.

For information and reservations, call 800-847-5637, or visit

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