The term ‘spa’ originated from the name of the town of Spa, Belgium. The word itself denotes  the action of a “fountain.” Experts suggest “spa” originated from the name of the Belgian town named Spa where a curative natural spring was discovered in the 14th century. Today the term means anything from luxury to intimacy, celebration to play, therapeutic to pampered; but mostly we reference ‘Spa’ with these two words: escape and relaxation.

From the elite ‘destination resort spas’ to the exclusive ‘day spas’, there are many different levels of treatments, all designed to refresh, rejuvenate and offer the ultimate experience in self-care.

Centered around a natural hot springs or mineral springs, destination spas provide a comprehensive program that includes spa services, physical fitness activities, wellness education, healthy cuisine, and special interest programming. On the whole, a day-spa provides similar services for the purpose of improving health, beauty and relaxation through personal care such as facials, hair, and massages. Both spas offer facilities such as a sauna, pool, steam room, or whirlpool that guests may use in addition to their treatment. Resort spas typically include services integrated into packages which include diet, exercise programs, instruction on wellness, life coaching, yoga, tai chi, and accommodations where participants reside for the duration of their stay.

Local offerings in Austin include several options of these treatments with a variety of packages from a one-hour massage to a full 7-day stay to accommodate the need of even the busiest clientele. In our fast-paced, constantly “plugged in”  society, self-care important. We’ve outlined a few of many destination, resort and day spas in the Austin area.

Many times vacations include lengthy itineraries of key spots to see and things to do that when we return, we don’t feel like we’ve been on a vacation. Imagine if your itinerary was already planned for you and every moment of it was focused solely on empowering and energizing your mind and relaxing, rejuvenating your body. Many of the destination resort spas are oriented to do just that.

Over-looking stunning Lake Austin, activities such as ‘Walk on Water,’ a peddle or paddle lake outing and ‘Mindful Morning Lakeside Sun Salutations,’ a sunrise yoga class can be found at Lake Austin Spa Resort. You’ll also find celebrity hairstylists on site, along with guest speakers and renowned chefs. But don’t think it’s all slow-go and quiet moments. Bring that summertime grin back to your face and skim the waters of Lake Austin on skis, a wakeboard, a tube – or just sit back and enjoy the summer time breeze as you take in the sights of Lake Austin.

Whether it’s bringing back memories of family fun on the lake or learning a new skill on the water, Lake Austin Spa Resort has the boat and equipment for you to enjoy the water sport of your choice and an expert watersports staff is the icing on the cake! There are an abundance of activities that are planned from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., and all you have to do is show up.

“At Lake Austin Spa Resort we celebrate wellness on the water (wow) daily with over 20 water activities offered, personalized instruction, and of course access to over 100 unique spa services in the resort’s 25,000-square foot spa,” Managing Director Janis Clapoff offered. “Our healthful, gourmet cuisine features items from our onsite organic gardens and Chef Beaucamp uses traditional French cooking techniques infused with local flavors. We are so proud and humbled to have been honored as a top ten Spa for the past ten years in both Conde Nast Traveler and Travel + Leisure magazines and will continue to offer the immersive, award-winning health and wellness experience that we are known for.”

Lake Austin offers a refreshing menu of over 100 spa treatments and services at a luxurious Austin day spa, all developed by their in-house experts.These customized spa treatments are drawn from a serene natural setting and by some of  the best of the world’s ancient and modern therapeutic techniques. For more information visit

One of the most sought after resort destinations in Texas, Omni Creek Resort and Spa stands tall among picturesque hill country views matched in vastness only by rich history. Located on 4,000 acres, the resort is home to four championship golf courses, one which was designed by Austin native, Ben Crenshaw and another by Arnold Palmer.

Just 10 miles northwest of downtown Austin, this resort blends the best of capital city with the beauty of Texas Hill Country. Resort guests also have exclusive access to instruction from on-site professionals at the renowned Barton Creek Golf Academy where golfers can tune up their game before teeing off, for a world-class experience.

Located at the confluence of three springs, the spa at Omni Barton Creek Resort and Spa channels the natural energy of the surrounding area and delivers holistic treatments ranging from professional skin therapies, to guided meditation sessions inspired by the tranquility of the surrounding Hill Country, Three Springs Spa delivers a relaxing and natural environment where you will find a balance between mind, body and spirit. For more information visit

With several rejuvenating treatments, The Spa at Lakeway is a relaxing vacation retreat on beautiful Lake Travis. Refresh body and soul, indulge in a romantic getaway or decompress from day-to-day life. Discover seven treatment rooms, men’s and women’s lounges, couples showers, dry saunas and a chic spa terrace with incredible views of the Texas Hill Country. Stop by the boutique featuring authentic spa products chosen for their preventative and therapeutic qualities for skin care and wellness. Designed to invigorate mind and body, this full-service Austin spa offers healing massage and body therapies that leave you feeling refreshed and energized, so you can enjoy your vacation or tackle demanding corporate challenges.

With a sensory journey, The Spa at Lakeway offers a Signature Scrub, a salt scrub that will help polish tired skin revealing a more youthful, radiant glow. You are then cocooned in a unique blend of wild flowers and shea butter, working in harmony to moisturize and revitalize your skin from head to toe. Take a moment to enjoy spectacular lake views, while you soak up the healing benefits of their signature wild flower oils and shea butter. With your body now feeling refreshed and rejuvenated, experts will begin to work deeper to relieve tension with the Signature Massage. Enjoy 80 minutes of unwinding, until you find the deepest sense of relaxation, all aided by the resorts signature aromatherapy blend which includes all the best scents the hill country has to offer: lavender, cypress, sage and mint.

At Lakeway It’s all about you. This journey is customized to your needs. Begin with your choice of 80 minute massage, followed by your choice of 80 minute facial .“The Spa at Lakeway is focused on a tranquil Texas Hill Country experience,” said Spa Director Jason Janusheske, “Guest enjoy treatments inspired by our locally sourced products and lakeside views, among our seven soothing treatment rooms and nail salon and relaxing dry saunas.”

With a tranquil landscape and a number of PGA endorsed courses, Austin has developed a reputation as one of the best golfing destinations in the world. Discover beautiful tree-lined fairways, manicured greens and stunning vistas, as you tackle challenging layouts that will excite your senses. Situated within minutes of the top Austin courses, this spa resort is your starting point for a memorable golf getaway in Texas Hill Country. For more information visit

By Michelle Keller



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