While most travelers don’t think of Austin, Texas as a major resort destination, we’ve got a few properties that can go toe-to-toe with the best resorts in the country.
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Hyatt Regency Lost Pines
Occupying 400 wooded acres along the Colorado River, Hyatt Regency Lost Pines is an excellent choice whether you want an active vacation or a relaxing escape. Activities include horseback riding, river kayaking and frolicking at the water park. Golfers will appreciate the scenic 18-hole course, which was named one of the “Best Public Golf Courses in Texas” by Golf Magazine. Those in search of deep relaxation will find it at Spa Django, where the experienced staff provides specialized massages and rejuvenating facials. A massive wildfire in 2011 devastated much of the land around Hyatt Regency Lost Pines. Fortunately, most of the resort managed to avoid the worst effects of the fire. The surrounding landscape is just starting to recover, so don't be alarmed if you see fields of dead and charred trees as you approach the resort. In fact, the resort and its staff have played key roles in helping the region recover from the fire.
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Omni Barton Creek Resort & Spa
This 4,000-acre resort in the hill country boasts a whopping four golf courses, three pools, 303 rooms, four restaurants, four clothing stores and 11 tennis courts.
Camp Barton offers a variety of fun activities just for kids. Adults can choose from several classes, including Pilates, yoga and a training regimen designed especially for golfers. If you just need some quiet time, the half-mile nature trail offers an easy hike with gorgeous views.
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The Travaasa Austin resort emphasizes experiences, from learning how to hula-dance to flying through the treetops on a zip-line. You can even learn how to be an organic farmer. The resort operates its own 3.25-acre farm that produces pecans, fruits, herbs and edible flowers. When you’re through tending to the chickens, you can hop on one of the seven horses for a ride through the hills. For a more conventional spa experience, indulge in a half-day of pampering with a hydrating facial and an avocado body wrap.
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Lakeway Resort and Spa
Overlooking Lake Travis, the 175-room Lakeway Resort offers a number of water-based activities, including sailing, water-skiing and fishing. Even when you’re not on the lake, the three pools can provide refreshing recreation. Kids love the two-story water slide, and parents appreciate the swim-up bar. After you work up an appetite, the whole family can head to Masterson’s Steakhouse for a little red meat or specialties such as molasses-glazed quail.Continue to 5 of 7 below.
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Horseshoe Bay Resort
With three challenging golf courses, Horseshoe Bay will keep even the most experienced golfers on their toes. If tennis is your game, you’ll have 16 courts to choose from. The Yacht Club Restaurant has a breathtaking view of Lake LBJ and serves fresh fish, steaks and seasonal specials. For fun on the water, you can rent everything from WaveRunners to an 80-seat party boat.
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Lake Austin Spa Resort
A perennial favorite on the “best of” lists by Conde Nast Traveler and other publications, the 40-room Lake Austin Spa Resort sits next to a tranquil lake amid lush landscaping. Zen gardens, pool-side cabanas and sunrooms add to the peaceful vibe. Over 100 treatments are available in the spa, ranging from acupuncture to the popular river rock massage. A sprawling organic garden provides fresh herbs that are used in both the spa treatments and in the restaurant’s light and healthy cuisine.
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Hyatt Regency Hill Country Resort and Spa
Sprawling across 300 acres once occupied by the Rogers-Wiseman ranching empire, the Hyatt Regency Hill Country Resort and Spa is a luxury property built with active families in mind. In addition to 500 guest rooms, the resort has five swimming pools, a 22-foot waterslide and a lazy river for tubers. The adults can enjoy the 27-hole golf course as well as the well-equipped Windflower spa. Once you’ve worked up an appetite, you can enjoy a farm-to-table gourmet meal at Antlers Lodge. The Texas spice-rubbed elk is a standout dish, served with roasted cauliflower dumplings. There’s also an excellent daily selection of locally sourced steaks.