Virtuoso Traveler - June/July 2018 - 52
Get back in balance -
then go jump in a lake.
Going with the flow
on Lake Austin.
DO IT: Doubles from $595 per person,
including all meals, classes, and activities. Virtuoso travelers receive a $100 spa
credit and complimentary Wi-Fi.
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LAKE AUSTIN SPA RESORT
rom picking up guests by boat
in nearby Austin to cooking up
harborside s'mores, Lake Austin
Spa Resort knows how to have
fun. The 40-room, 19-acre resort
certainly takes wellness seriously -
its 25,000-square-foot spa facility
dispenses over 100 treatments -
but it also recognizes that lightheartedness is relaxing.
"Like a summer camp, Lake Austin offers a host of activities based around the
lake," says Kim Rickels, a Virtuoso advisor
based in Scottsdale, Arizona. "The atmosphere is very playful, and you can do as
much or as little as you want."
The raft of daily activities to choose
from - some 25 on a typical Tuesday -
may include swimming, stand-up
paddleboarding, kayaking, and waterskiing. Water sports serve wellness ends in
a program called Ripple Effects, built on
the science linking reduced stress and
increased well-being to being in, near, or
on a body of water.
"You'll get all the yoga, meditation, and
wellness treatments you expect from a
destination spa, but in a carefree resort
setting," says Rickels. "With a very cozy,
Southern spirit," she adds, "Lake Austin
really encourages guests to explore."
For every core class, there's yoga
with a live guitar accompaniment. For
every spin class, there's a sundown wine
cruise. Collaging classes focus on using
creativity for relaxation. Evening options
range from astronomy sessions to live
concerts and "beditation" - meditation
before sleep. And at any hour, lakeside
hammocks suggest a siesta.