From the minute we walked thru the entrance of the Spa, I felt, so comfortable, totally at home. The grounds are so well kept and the spa as a whole has such a casual and yet elegant feel to it. I quickly discovered that while this is a world class spa, yet it is not pretentious or stuffy in any way. It's a place where one can be comfortable.
Upon arriving, we went to the registration desk where we were warmly greeted by two of the employees (as they continued to do so, every day that we were there). All the people who worked at the spa were very friendly and yet willing to do anything they could to help us (I mentioned at one point that i could not find my sunglasses, and one person immediately ran to the area that i had been 5 minutes earlier to look for them).
Thats the way it was for our entire stay. Everyone had time to be with us, talk with us, and help us if we needed it. ( I will say that having come at a very quiet time really helped as the number of guests were less then usual, which i enjoyed. ) The place is very easy to be at. For instance, meals can be taken either in the main dining area or at the restaurant at the day spa or you can order your meals via room service- there is no surcharge if you don't use the main dining hall. We generaly had our meals in the dining area as we liked to meet other guests ( most easily done on the walks and at meals).
Regarding the meals, initially I was concerned that the food might be too rich. After talking to the chef at one of the weekly cooking demos, I realized that the food was not as rich as I had thought. I liked that he was always looking for substiutes for rich creams,butter and other foods that i try to avoid.
Several of the spaces like the library and the "living room" areas were gorgeous. The library has glass windows on 3 sides and is an example of true elegance in design. While sitting there, one looks out over hills, the Colorado river and gardens. A nice place to just hang out and read
In summary, the spa is a combination of tasteful design, casual elegance and Texan friendliness
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Lake Austin Spa Resort was recently named the #1 Destination Spa in North America by Conde Nast Traveler! Hidden along the shores of scenic Lake Austin in the beautiful Texas Hill Country, the resort offers all-inclusive packages with casually elegant accommodations, three gourmet meals daily, unlimited activities and spa services. The resort is truly an exquisite escape into natural beauty and personal discovery. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Lake Austin Hotel Austin
- Lake Hotel Austin