My mother was coming to visit me in Houston from PA, and I had looked into several spa type of options to treat her to when I came across an ad for Travassa. We had planned on visiting my son at UT Austin, so this place sounded like the perfect excursion for her visit. We stayed at the Driskill downtown on Sunday night, then drove only about 30 minutes Monday to get to the resort, staying Monday and Tuesday nights. We were very warmly welcomed and given a schedule of events and map of grounds upon check in. The room was second floor overlooking the canyon, and much to our delight there was actually some nice fall color (in October). There was no activities that afternoon, so we just walked the grounds and then I had a short workout in the fitness center while Mom lounged by the pool. The views and pool area are beautiful, and I joined her there to watch the sunset. We had dinner at the restaurant, outside on their lovely patio and were very well attended to. The food was well prepared and featured some local, fresh ingredients. The next day we participated in a few classes, including yoga, a core type strength class, juicing lesson and intro to salsa dancing. The staff there was wonderful and knowledgeable. I had a massage in the spa - very relaxing and enjoyable.
Only negative was that on weekdays there may not be as much offered as weekends. I would have liked to do the challenge course but it wasn't available. The mechanical bull was also not available. I think this resort was newly acquired or under new management and it seemed to still be working out some kinks - but overall still highly recommended.
- 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