Last updated January 9, 2023
For more than a decade, Lake Austin Spa Resort has been recognized as a leader in holistic wellness and luxury. Considering the array of wellness offerings, it should come as no surprise the destination spa repeatedly ranks among the best worldwide.
Lake Austin Spa Resort is located just 20 miles from downtown Austin. As its name implies, this luxurious resort sits on majestic Lake Austin amidst Texas Hill Country and its rolling hills and lush terrain.
And as a result, your escape combines simplicity, luxury and wellness in a most delightful way. Not only does the location offer a number of activities, but a holistic health philosophy permeates all activities.
This includes various fitness offerings, culinary, spa and meditation services. For these reasons, Lake Austin Spa Resort is consistently recognized as a premier wellness escape.
We sat down with General Manager JoAnn Lenhardt to discuss Lake Austin Spa Resort’s approach to all things wellness.
Lake Austin Spa Resort as Wellness Hub
Given that the resort is on Lake Austin, it’s no surprise that a number of water activities are available. Kayaking, stand-up paddle-boarding, waterskiing and rowing are among some of the aquatics activities you can enjoy.
In addition, Lake Austin Spa Resort offers personal training for its guests as well as group activities like Pilates. A Navy SEALS class is also available for those who are more adventurous. And, of course, hiking and trail running are options in the beautiful landscape near the resort.
Vacayou: What is the wellness philosophy at Lake Austin Spa Resort?
JoAnn Lenhardt: The resort’s approach to wellness has roots in the abundance of nature and water surrounding us that organically affects mind, body and spirit. Our goal is to inspire and empower our guests to create a wellness toolbox of natural elements, purpose-driven programming and world-class holistic spa treatments that can positively impact their lifestyle and personal well-being.
Conscientious Culinary Creations
Led by Chef Stephane Beaucamp, Lake Austin Spa Resort further explores holistic wellness through its culinary offerings. With a French influence, exquisite meals are prepared with health, flavor and nutrition in mind. Likewise, all ingredients are considered with intention and are obtained from local sources only.
And for those wishing to expand their culinary wellness insights, Chef Beaucamp also offers a cooking class for guests. In conjunction with the other offerings at Lake Austin Resort, the cuisine plays a key part in pursuing holistic wellness.
Vacayou: Tell us about your food philosophy at Lake Austin Spa Resort and how you integrate it within your programs?
JoAnn Lenhardt: The Nurturing Table Is our culinary philosophy that sources local ingredients to create healthy, tasty dishes that place flavor, balance and nutrition on your plate. The marriage of health and gourmet are always on the menu here.
Seasonal menus at Lake Austin Spa Resort show off healthy ingredients and locally sourced products including fresh herbs and vegetables from our on-site garden.
Our Culinary Experience Program is the perfect way for guests to learn new skills in the kitchen. We host a variety of renowned restaurateurs, cookbook authors, James Beard award winners and acclaimed television personalities who provide our guests with unforgettable culinary activities in an intimate setting.
The Good Stuff: World-Class Spa
From body treatments to massage, to facials, nails and salon services, the Lake Austin Spa is top-notch. In addition, the spa includes aquatics offerings as well as Eastern-inspired therapies.
And in conjunction with other holistic wellness services, the spa facilitates complete rejuvenation and restoration. Lake Austin Spa Resort embraces both its surroundings and a wellness philosophy.
Vacayou: What treatments and therapies are core to the programs at Lake Austin Spa Resort?
JoAnn Lenhardt: Water is one of the oldest, most scientifically-validated, holistic wellness therapies. Combining world-class therapeutic treatments with the healing effects of water naturally impacts the body and mind at a much higher level.
Our AquaStretch treatment is a great example of this. By providing a hands-on myofascial release in therapeutic warm waters in the hands of our highly experienced and trained providers, it improves the results exponentially as the water and natural environment provide a higher combined level of mental and physical benefits lending to a more powerful, purposeful experience to reduce pain, tension, and anxiety while increasing range of motion, pain reduction, serotonin and dopamine.
Vacayou: Are any of these geared specifically toward men?
JoAnn Lenhardt: Of course! Our Well Groomed Facial is the most popular gentleman’s facial. Men receive a deep cleaning with a deep exfoliating scrub that helps with minimizing painful ingrown hair and gets them on a regime to take home.
Our guests leave feeling great and also with tips on how to take care of their skin from our expert evaluation of their skin type.
All-Inclusive Destination Spa
Vacayou: What is an absolute must-do at Lake Austin Spa Resort?
JoAnn Lenhardt: An absolute must do is to get out on the water! Science has shown that being near a moving body of water helps alleviate anxiety and depression and makes us happy!
You can arrive at the resort via the water in our luxe water taxi that picks you up from downtown Austin and brings you to our shore. We also have a wide array of water sports available, from kayaks to SUP and aqua yoga on the lake to wakeboard and waterski lessons. This is where wellness meets water.
Vacayou: What ultimately sets Lake Austin Spa Resort apart from other resorts and spas?
JoAnn Lenhardt: Lake Austin Spa Resort is a true wellness experience. And one that encompasses nutrient rich cuisine, nature, water, healing touch and the art of breath.
Experience Lake Austin Spa Resort
Lake Austin Spa Resort’s lakeside location is ideal for a number of activities, including all their fun fitness offerings, delicious culinary creations and innovative spa services.
Come and see for yourself why Lake Austin Spa Resort is the ideal wellness escape, and experience wellness on the water.
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