In a word, Travaasa. Travaasa Austin finds that sweet spot of wonderful amenities, luxurious accommodations, friendly helpful staff, and really good food without being stuffy, snobby, or the least bit pretentious. Quite a trick!
You arrive at the property and the check in staff immediately sets the tone of laid-back friendliness, while at the same time being professional and accommodating. We were offered yummy spa water, coffee and tea and shown a map of the property. Our room wasn't ready so we decided to take a walk and explore the trails. On the first day, it's kind of hard to know what's what - there are several trails and in keeping with the natural atmosphere are not conspicuously marked. It's hard to get lost, though, and the resort itself is nicely compact and very walkable.
We had a room in the Sage group of buildings, with a canyon view. The rooms were beautifully rustic (rustic decor, not actually rustic) with a coffee maker, water, and a nightly treat left on the bed. The only downside was that there was no bath tub. The room was beautiful and I enjoyed the canyon view, but honestly I spent so little time in the room (busy doing activities!) that it really didn't matter.
The activities that are offered are great fun! Really a great time to open yourself up to something new and different. Every day there are lists of the following days' activities to sign up for. Many of the activities are simply scheduled, meaning you don't have to sign up, you just show up. This is true of most of the fitness classes and the majority of activities in general. There are several activities ("experiences") that require sign-up (due to space constrictions) but no additional fee. There are a few additional fee activities, but I did not partake in any of those.
The daily schedule is great - you can plan out ahead exactly what you want to do when. Start your day with guided meditation (which I did, daily) or with a heart starter fitness hike. There are many things to choose from - all fun and interesting - and you can have a different agenda every day. I did many sign-up activities. Although other reviews have stated that they were unable to ever get into a sign-up activity, we never had a problem if we signed up the day before. Even the one activity we were wait-listed for, we got on. Perhaps it is different in the busier times of year, but we were able to do everything we wanted. I'm not going to get into the specifics of every activity, but there wasn't a dud in the bunch. We tried everything from an ecology hike to bull riding. The giant swing is....well, literally breathtaking. All of the staff were knowledgable, helpful and punctual. One instructor, after having us in her pilates and yoga classes several days in a row, left a handwritten note on our bed complimenting how much progress we had made. I can't express enough that every class was great and even if you have no idea what the class is about, go! It should be noted that most classes, unless otherwise indicated, are taught at a general level. Meaning if you are an expert yoga practitioner, you may not enjoy the yoga class. But for the rest of us, whether you are an absolute beginner or more experienced, the instructors are able to make it interesting, challenging, and accessible.
All of the meals are served in Jean's Kitchen. The food is largely organic and locally sourced, with much of it coming from Travaasa's own farm (take the farm tour, it will really get you excited to eat!). On the Total Travaasa package, all the meals are included. You can literally order anything and everything on the menu. You can also pop in for smoothies or get one to go for a snack later on. The portion sizes are what you would expect at a health spa, but we never left hungry. Most of the menu items were really delicious, with just a few things that I wouldn't order again. I think because of the local sourcing, the menu can be kind of limited and therefore repeats itself. Still, I managed to find something new and different to eat every meal every day. Don't miss the Blueberry balsamic for dipping your bread in! Speaking of bread, no bread was served at lunch. I really enjoy some bread with my salad or soup (served on a buffet here). Asking the server each day for bread at lunch was fine, but only resulted in small piece or two. It would be nice to have that delicious sourdough set out with the lunch buffet.
The only thing not included is the Total Travaasa package is alcoholic beverages. Though with all the meditation, stretching, relaxing, and good feelings, a drink is the last thing you will need. Still, if you decide to indulge, they have delicious concoctions with handmade simple syrups and mixers.
The spa is out of this world! Our Total Travaasa package included a spa credit, which ended up being enough for each of us to get a treatment each day of our stay. We did massages, facials, and the exquisite Hill Country Honey Bee Massage and Body treatment. The spa was so relaxing and the technicians experienced and wonderful.
Not sure what to pack for this level of luxury? I wasn't either But I can tell you for 90% of the day I was in yoga gear and sneakers. No heels or dress up clothes. Maybe at dinner, but even then it's casual. Not sloppy, just not dressy. Relaxed, comfortable, anything goes.
This place was everything it promised - and more! I can't wait to go back!
- 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