I have been to more than a few spas, plus I'm a massage therapist...so I can spot a good one from a mile away. I can tell when a therapist or front desk person is there just to pass time and pay the rent, or whether they really love what they do and where they work. Travasaa is the REAL DEAL. First of all, the moment you pass the front gate, you're instantly transported to a different place and time. It was easy to forget we were even still in Austin, which is exactly what you want at a spa. The grounds are secluded and landscaped to perfection, giving the feel of a desert oasis. The buildings and decor, while minimalist, are comfortable and comforting. The views are unlike anything I've ever seen, including the ga-ga-gorgeous infinity pool, and the intimate patios outside the guest rooms. Everyone we encountered, from the welcome desk, to the young man who whisked us via electric golf cart to wherever we needed to go, to the ladies at the spa center desk, to the massage therapists and aestheticians, were the perfect combination of professional, patient, friendly, and engaging. We had a delectable dinner that evening, and our waitress was over-the-top fantastic. BTW, the last time I had a "spa meal", it was so sparse that we left and went straight to a pizzeria. Not so at Travasaa's restaurant Jean's Kitchen. Tasty, creative AND very respectable portions - yay! No pizza afterwards for me :-) Also, I should mention all the activities, like yoga, horseback riding, cooking classes, trail hikes, and more. In all fairness, Travasaa is called an experiential spa, so it's a little like comparing apples to oranges when comparing it to "regular" spas, which are great for a short respite when you live in the city, like I do. But this place is truly an experience, a perfect escape. Side note: I have been dying to go back to Maui, but couldn't quite justify the cost. THIS would seriously fill that void, on a much more affordable scale. It's that relaxing and secluded.Trust me, once you've been here, the others will pale in comparison.
- 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
- Travaasa Austin Texas