Everything's bigger in Texas, including the spas! Austin is the capital of the Lone Star State, a great destination for food, music, local culture -- and yes -- even some award-winning spas.
While you'll likely be quite busy bar-hopping or catching the nightly flight of the beloved bats on the Congress Street Bridge, you can still make a pitstop to relax. If you're visiting Austin and you're looking to unwind and escape, even just from the urban sprawl of downtown, we've got some great picks that will help you do just that.
Here are our favorite Austin spas.
The Spa At The Four Seasons
Here, locally sourced and Austin-inspired ingredients bring a taste of Texas to your spa experience. Even if you aren't a guest at the Four Seasons, you can still take advantage of weekly happy hours and the spacious lounge for a little extra 'you' time during your visit.
The Spa itself features a relaxation lounge with a Himalayan pink salt wall and eucalyptus-infused steam rooms. You can also indulge in a massage treatment with local flare; the Colorado River stone massage features, as the name suggests, real stones taken from the Colorado River, which runs directly behind the grounds.
The Zero Gravity Institute
In typically eccentric Austin fashion, the Zero Gravity Institute offers something totally unique and unlike any other spa. This location has not only massage and Reiki, but sensory deprivation and floating tanks if you're really looking to unwind of your own accord.
A unique perk of the spa is it's array of massage choices -- from traditional Shiatsu to a Hawaiian technique known as Lomi Lomi (which is Hawaiian for "rub rub") and incorporates a variety of oils and hand movements to achieve a deep form of release. You can also spend some time exploring the techniques of acupressure and the Chinese art of Reflexology to relieve congestion and pain throughout the body.
At this spa, you will find a variety of new and multicultural massage techniques you might never have experienced before. And when you're finished, you can soak in their signature float tanks for deep stress relief.
Spa by JW Austin
If your travels bring you downtown, you can enjoy the luxe services at the Spa by JW Austin. Located within walking distance of the state capitol and the city's notable Sixth Street, this is a prime location to let your troubles melt away in downtown Austin.
If you want a spa experience that is quintessentially Texan, be sure to sign up for their Agave Nectar Massage on the Rocks. The Cowgirl Pedicure will also leave your feet feeling ready to slide back into your cowboy boots and whisk you away to enjoy some live local music!
Lake Austin Spa Resort
For a fully immersive spa experience, the Lake Austin Spa Resort is also just a short trek away from downtown Austin. If you'd rather not drive but want to escape, you can be picked up downtown by boat and ferried to the resort for a truly pampered, all-inclusive package including food, beverage, and activities.
During your visit, you can choose from over 100 curated spa treatments, including river rock and aromatherapy massages and salon services. When you get hungry, you can grab a bite from the Aster Café with menu items crafted from ingredients pulled directly from the resort's organic garden.
Viva Day Spa
Viva Day Spa has three locations around the cuty, and all have been given high ratings on TripAdvisor for their amenities and friendly staff. While you will need to book your services in advance, you can easily spend an entire day here enjoying a regimen geared toward health and rejuvenation from tip to toe!
Viva Day Spa offers facials, massages, nail services, and cosmetic treatments like laser hair removal or Botox. Before and after your treatments, you can visit their Relaxation Room with complimentary tea, cucumber water, or white wine.
Milk + Honey
If you're looking for a natural spa experience that even boasts non-toxic nail salon services, check out Milk + Honey. This spa has racked up a slew of local and national awards for its services and offers a variety of a la carte options for remedies, salon services, or even lash extensions.
If you're looking for a solo day of leisure or a couple's retreat, you can pick from their packages or customize your own for a memorable day or a fabulous gift.
Away Spa at the W Hotel
If you're looking for a luxurious spa experience in the heart of downtown Austin, you have some options. But one of the best is the Away Spa located in the W Hotel. During your visit, you can kick back in seven unique sensory rooms that incorporate color, light, and smell in an immersive experience designed to rejuvinate, reenergize, and detox. Unique massage offerings include the "Texas Two Step" for couples, and full body Ashiatsu massage (where a therapist walks on you), plus both hot and cold stone massages.
If you are looking to leave your spa day with a glow, Away Spa also boasts a truly unique 24k collage eye and lip mask. Using gold powder and silk extract, you'll truly be glowing when you peel that mask off! All spa guests also have access to the fitness area and a stunning pool located on the top deck of the hotel.
Woodhouse Day Spa
The Woodhouse Day Spa in Austin Texas is a one-stop destination for spa healing designed to stimulate the senses and make your whole body glow. Boasting bespoke programs such as the Warm Spiced Mud Wrap and the Wild Lavender and Seaweed Sugar Glow, every therapy will help calm your nervous system and enliven your skin.
Specialty spa packages can be booked for couples, expectant mothers, and those seeking a completely organic process. For those recovering from intense stress or insomnia, this spa also boasts a specialized set of Sleep Treatments designed to help alleviate your tossing and turning.
Hosting an array of services for body and soul -- including both traditional and Ayurvedic massage options, cupping, and acupuncture -- you will find everything you need to thrive at Hiatus Spa.
Hiatus features eighteen different treatment suits, a nail lounge with zero gravity chairs, and a hydrotherapy room for guests to enjoy. Hiatus allows you to do affordable add-ons to your services, for example if you'd like extra massage time or the option of incorporating Auricular Therapy into your itinerary for just $10.
During your next visit to Austin Texas, be sure to enjoy the local music and barbecue that made the city famous. But don't forget to stop and enjoy their world-class spas for a soulful retreat in the bat city!