Maybe the reason that Austinites are a generally friendly and laid-back lot is that we have plenty of spas to choose from, whenever we need a little extra relaxation. Indeed, my theory is that we actually have an unusually high number of spas per capita here. I don't have the stats to prove that (get on that, won't you, University of Texas data scientists?), but I can tell you it's something that friends visiting from other cities have also noticed. The trends on the Austin scene mirror those on the local dining scene: sustainability and seasonal ingredients. You might not have to look far for a spa: Many notable hotels, such as the W Austin and the Four Seasons, have their own equally notable spas. But if you want to venture a little farther in your quest for relaxation, this list includes four popular day spas around Austin, plus the city's best-known destination spa, which you can also sample as a day visitor.
The Spa at Yoga Yoga Westlake
Yoga Yoga studios offer classes all over Austin, but this location is the only one with a spa. Pair a massage, body wrap, facial or other Ayurveda-inspired spa treatment with a yoga class for a relaxing retreat. My recommended combo: A low-key class like Hatha Yin Yoga, Restorative Yoga or Yoga for Stress Management, paired with a hot-stone massage.
Lake Austin Spa Resort
Lake Austin Spa Resort—about 20 miles from downtown—is known as a destination spa, but you can also book day packages if you aren't staying there. The mood of the spa is rustic, yet luxurious, and treatment ingredients like prickly pear and mesquite give your spa experience some extra Texas flair.
Hiatus Spa + Retreat
Just west of downtown Austin, Hiatus takes care of the environment with green initiatives, like recyclable packaging, while they're also taking care of you, with spa treatments like the Eco-Gel Manicure and the "Monthly Retreats." These Retreats offer spa services that are seasonally themed, right down to the cocktail that caps them off.v
Milk + Honey Day Spa
This chicly decorated spa is right at home in Austin's stylish Second Street District. Make a day of it by shopping at the nearby boutiques and then treating yourself to a massage, body treatment, facial or even one of the spa package deals (including options tailored for couples and for guys).
Viva Day Spa
Viva has an extensive menu of package deals, including the super-indulgent, seven-hour Viva Diva. It helps you decompress with a massage, body wrap, facial, mani-pedi and more pampering. Planning a girls’ getaway? Besides the variety of package deals, Viva has a Relaxation Room for kicking back with your pals between treatments.