By Lance Avery Morgan
Spring is here and summer is upon us, so where to go for some fun in the sun? How about Austin? Yes, Austin. For a week or long weekend, or even overnight, getting away close to home can seem like being a world away.
Lake Austin Spa Resort. There’s a reason this resort is the Jet-Set retreat of the rich and fabulous. Perennially voted one of the top five spas in the world, you’ll really feel like you’ve ventured into paradise as you rest and revere in the spa treatments that will lull you into a deep relaxation for your entire stay. The spa, full of advanced treatments, is serene and secluded; making it feel like your own private retreat during the week. The massages, scrubs, and bungalows can provide a sparkling setting for a weekend romantic getaway to recharge and relax. For more info on special packages, visit www.lakeaustin.com
Travaasa The former Omega Institute at the Crossings is truly an Austin original. There’s plenty here with hiking, archery, and geocache treasure hunting, to name a few outdoor activities. From the Prickly Pear Challenge Course that offers you an unbelievable view of the Balcones Canyonlands Preserve as you zoom over the treetops on their dual zip line, to creating a sense of self-awareness during equine experiences, this is a life-enhancing destination for folks who feel travel should be an adventurous. You’ll be glowing when you finish your retreat here where living life by intent, not reaction, is a way of life. For more info on special packages, visit www.travaasa.com
Barton Creek Resort & Spa. This close-in oasis, located west of the city, is perfect for a day of relaxation at the spa and restaurant or a getaway week of the award-winning golf courses, tennis and everything else your heart desires. In addition to the spa’s wide array of treatments, from facials to massages, we love the Rainfall treatment that takes you on a journey through delightful and intoxicating smells and scents. In fact, each scent will evoke a new journey, when you leave the spa you will feel as if you have around the world. Sound dreamy? It is. For more information visit www.bartoncreek.com
W Austin. Think of it as Manhattan with a cowboy hat. Well, sort of. It’s been quite awhile since Austin got a big city hotel and this little city couldn’t be happier for the hospitality infusion. The hipster vibe of the newest addition to the city is certainly felt in the black, white and red guest rooms, all of which have stunning views flanked by glossy rock legend photograph artwork. The pool area, quite the scene at the WETBar, can transport you to Miami Beach and if you’re looking for nourishing treatments check out the AWAY spa. For more info about special packages, visit: www.whotels.com/Austin
Hotel St. Cecilia. This B&B turned VIP hotelery is the latest brainchild of the area’s hospitality guru Liz Lambert. Named for the Patron Saint of music and poetry, the eponymous St Cecilia’s accommodations come complete with their own turntables and LP records you can check out for your listening pleasure. You’ll sleep on a Handcrafted Hästens mattress from Sweden, savor Rivolta Carmignani cotton sheets and Anichini towels and bask in La Compagnie de Provence bath products… a few examples of the attention to details you can expect here. Think of it as down-home luxury at its finest. For more info on special packages, visit www.hotelstcecilia.com. Photo courtesy of Allison V. Smith.
Four Seasons The downtown luxury hotel, with the name that represents sublime comfort, is in the heart of the action of a bustling restaurant and club district. Still, it offers a tranquil opportunity to swim at the pool on the lake amongst the abundant foliage in the middle of a truly urban experience. The go-to place for presidents and potentates, the hotel offers so much more than anything of its caliber. It’s casual glamour at its best… from the spa’s nature-inspired materials to the eight treatment rooms and relaxation lounge to the nail salon and eucalyptus-infused steam rooms, it’s sure to soothe the day’s cares away. For more info on special packages, visit www.fourseasons.com/austin