We chose Travaasa based on the many TripAdvisor reviews. Like others, we were blown away by the customer service of every person on property.
We are a group of four women, related to each other through marriage. Three of us are in our mid 50s - mid 60s; one is 45 years old. I traveled in from Kerrville; the others flew in from St. Louis, Philadelphia and Orlando. All of us can't wait to return.
Accomodations: The most incredible sheets anywhere. We had canyon-view rooms in buildings 5 and 6. We were centrally located right across from the spa, yet our back balconies were incredibly private. No issues with noise.
Activities: Hands down our favorite activity was the trail ride. It involves crossing a stream and riding up and down a hill/mountain utilizing switchbacks. We did the 3:30 ride which was perfect as the sun was setting. We did not do the arena lessons or the horse encounter, but speaking to others who did these, again, the horses and horse wranglers were a highlight. Two members did the giant swing--we remarked that both the challenge course and the trail ride were wonderful ways of getting out of one's comfort zone in a supported way. We also enjoyed the Zumba, Tai-chi, and foam roller classes. The geocaching class was interesting--we were just given hints and a GPS and told we could do this anytime on our own. Four of us in the class decided to join up and do this together and we had a great time.
Spa: the winner here was the scalp massage. I also had the aloe and clay body wrap, as well as a custom 80 minute massage--loved them both. Our niece had the honey treatment and thought it was just ok.
Food: We had Total Travassa, which meant we could graze all day long. I had 3 kale smoothies every day. Seriously. They are wonderful. The food is farm-to-table and healthy. We loved it; however, it's not something my husband would have enjoyed. On Saturday afternoon they were grilling out on the patio, which was really great. We also enjoyed the s'more fixings that were in front of the fireplace in the dinning room.
Value: This place is expensive. We knew that going in and embraced it. Perhaps if we had not gotten the Total Travaasa we could have saved some money; however, the ability to go into the dining room and eat whenever we wanted was great. We ate about every hour and a half.
Location: Though it seems isolated, it's only about 15 minutes outside of Austin. I ran the 3M half marathon finishing in downtown Austin on Sunday morning. I was back at Travaasa in time for breakfast and late morning activities.
Overall: I'm a girl who loved summer camp. This place is like summer camp with flush-toilets, spa treatments and better food. My relatives loved it as well. That said, I'm not sure this is a place for everyone--the beauty of the place is that it is isolated and lends itself to total relaxation (beds around the pool are incredible). I have other friends and relatives who would probably prefer a place with a more party-type atmosphere. January was a perfect time to visit--warm in the sun, but cool in the shade.
- 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:
- Travaasa Austin Hotel Austin