This all-inclusive wellness retreat in a picture-perfect setting is quintessential Austin: It’s set along a serene body of water, offers lots of outdoor activities, and serves fresh, healthful foods. Just west of town near the Highland Lakes area and the Balcones Canyonlands Nature Preserve, the resort is the kind of place where you can sit in a breezy cabana by a pool, take to the water in kayaks, hydro-bikes, and stand-up paddleboards, venture out on hiking excursions . . . or just relax and get pampered in a gorgeous setting. Natural herbs and flowers growing in the resort’s garden are used for soothing spa treatments such the signature “Lake House Lavender” sugar scrub, or sourced by the chef for dishes served in the resort restaurants. 

You can’t go wrong with any of the different room configurations: The “standard” signature rooms, luxury garden rooms, luxury lakeview rooms, or the hot tub cottages—all are beautifully outfitted, so it just depends on which views you want, how many beds you need, and how much money you can afford to spend. The resort’s luxury watercraft delivers guests to the Lake Austin shores of its 25,000-square-foot LakeHouse Spa from downtown Austin or the 360 Bridge.