My husband and I loved Travaasa Austin! It was a great drive from Houston to Austin and seeing the very nice scenery as we wound our way up to the Welcome Center to check in, gosh, everything was so pretty! We went the weekend after Labor Day so it was not crowded at all, yay! Check in was smooth. Your bags are loaded onto a golf cart and you are driven to your lodging. All cars are left at the parking lot by the Welcome Center. Perfect as there are no car noises at all while you enjoy the peaceful sounds of nature.
Room: Our room had a nice balcony and canyon view. Everything was set up for us before our arrival. Perfect!
Activities: The activities offered are really nice. I am in my third trimester so I had to sit out on alot of the stuff, but my husband enjoyed the outdoors stuff like the Heart Starter HIke, the Challenge Course, and overall walking around the place. I was able to participate in the Watsu demo, culinary demo, archery, and harmonica class, which was plenty for me! Shout out to Laura for the Watsu demo, Josh for the archery, and Michael Rubin for the harmonica lesson! Also, shout out to Chef Ben Baker for an awesome culinary demo!
Food: Now, you do not have to eat all your meals here on site, but I would recommend it. We made the mistake of going to the Oasis on Lake Travis on Friday night for awful food and crazy crowds. We then decided to try out the restaurant on site. Can you say it was the best decision ever for us? We had breakfast Saturday morning and you can taste the freshness of the potatoes and the bread, which I was told was baked on site. Then when my husband and I attended the flavored water demo with Chef Ben Baker and just felt at ease talking to him and getting to know more about him, we knew he was a man who could make memorable meals for everyone to enjoy. I asked him what was for dinner and he told us everything including how things were prepped and cooked and served. Sure enough, when we sat down that night for dinner, we knew everything about all the dishes and knew what we wanted to order. I had the Seafood Medley and my husband had a Filet Louis. Oh my goodness, did we enjoy our food! Chef Ben Baker came out later and talked to us and we could not stop thanking him for giving us a great meal. We learned so much about the food we were eating that I felt that my body was getting a detoxying vacation from the processed foods of our daily lives. Oh, and the sourdough bread is amazing too. It's served with your dinner and is just so fresh and tasty. Comes from a 167 year old sourdough starter from Ben himself.
Oh, for lunch we went swimming so we had the pool service menu. We split a chicken sandwich and it was delicious as well. We asked Ben later that evening what was the spread used on the sandwich and he told us how to make it. Travaasa, you have a great chef!
Pool - The pool is nice, deep end is only 5ft and that is by the infiniti pool drop off. Very relaxing and you do not smell too much chlorine in it. The pool towels are very soft and fluffy and do not smell either. Yay!
Spa - What a treat! I had a prenatal massage by Holly and a facial and foot treatment by Cat Cat the following day. Both pampering days were amazing. Cat Cat gave me a list of products she used and did not pressure me into buying any but I did cause the stuff was just so good and organce! I wish I knew I could not easily order Primavera products or else I would have stocked up! Well, next trip I will :). My husband had a detox massage and he said it was the best massage ever. Thanks April for treating my husband's aches and pains! Kayla was super nice at checking us in and everything. There was a young man who worked at the counter too, but I forgot his name. He was helpful at explaining the services and booking our treatments. Whoever he is, thank you for your patience with my husband as he took forever to decide what to get! :)
Service - Jesse and Rene were great! Everytime we saw them, they went out of their way to help us! Thank you so much gentlemen!
Travaasa, you are a treat and most likely we will recommend and come back. Thank you for giving me such a great "Babymoon" experience. :)
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Located in Austin Hill Country only 30 minutes from eclectic downtown Austin, Traavasa Austin is nestled into 210 acres of the Balcones Canyonlands Preserve overlooking beautiful Lake Travis. Travaasa Austin boasts 70 guestrooms located within seven lodges interspersed along meandering paths allowing resort guests to soak in the natural habitat of the local Hill Country in a resort campus setting. The resort includes a movement studio, infinity pool, beautifully appointed restaurant and bar with outdoor patio and exhibition kitchen, a tranquil spa and gracious accommodations. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
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