This list of Texas spas is primarily those that are attached to overnight facilities, though all of them also serve as day spas for a locale clientele. and which offer a complete immersion experience with an emphasis on transformation and self-improvement. Most resort spas welcome clients on a day spa basis.
Best Spas in Austin, Texas
Lake Austin Spa Resort is set on a green, glassy, narrow lake created by a dam. The destination spa makes the most of its waterfront location with pontoon boat rides, and is known for its excellent food and exercise classes. With just 40 rooms it's easy to meet people, but the spa is lavish and open to locals as a day spa. Tel. 512-372-7300. Book now.
Travaasa Austin took over a $20 million wellness center called The Crossings and turned it into a first-rate destination spa. Set on 210 acres next to Balcones Cayonlands Preserve outside Austin, the hilltop views are stunning. Most of the land is undeveloped except for trails, and it has an on-property stables and the most unusual workout you're -- riding a mechanical bull. With just 70 rooms, it has an intimate feel. Tel. 855-868-7282 or 512-493-3668. Book now.
Hyatt Regency Lost Pines is a major ranch-style resort spa near Bastrop State Park, east of Austin, with 491 guests rooms. Spa Django has 18 treatment rooms, men and women's meditation rooms, Nia classes and yoga. It's a family-friendly choice, with Camp Hyatt and the Wild Hare Youth Spa, a colorful spa for the younger set. Tel. 512-308-1234. Book now.
Barton Creek Resort is a haven for golfers --it has four courses (including two by Tom Fazio) on its 4,000 acres and 312 rooms. Three Springs Spa has a natural limestone wall as part of its decor, and makes its own body scrubs (including the Mexican Cayenne Body Scrub)the day of your treatment. It also offers individual sesions of personal training, yoga, Pilates and aqua personal training. Tel. 800-336-6158 or 512-329-4000.
Best Spas in Dallas, Texas
The Spa at The Crescent, Rosewood Crescent Hotel, Dallas. Set in the heart of Uptown Dallas, within walking distance of the Winspear Opera House and Wyly Theatre, Rosewood Crescent Hotel has 191 rooms and 29 suites. The Spa at The Crescent is 22,000 square feet of luxury that is popular as a day spa for Dallas residents, providing treatments and a complete fitness experience, including personal trainers. Tel. 214-871-3200. Book now.
Just minutes from downtown Dallas,The Four Seasons Resort & Club, Dallas at Las Colinas is set on 400 sprawling acres. It needs all that space for the 18-hole golf course that is a draw for golfers; it hosts an annual PGA tour event. The tasteful spa has 16 treatment rooms, a full-service salon, and a massage tailored to golfers. Tel. 972-717-0700. Book now.
Cooper Aerobics Center is a wellness forerunner founded by "the father of aerobics" Dr. Kenneth Copper in 1970. Wellness is its primary mission and it's hard to keep track of all the 30-acre wooded campus in Dallas offers: preventive medical exams at Cooper Clinic; exercise and personal training at membership only Cooper Fitness Centers; relaxing day spa services in Dallas (972-392-7729), wellness and weight loss programs, and a place to stay at the 62-room hotel and conference center. Tel. 972-386-0306. Book now. A location in McKinney has a day spa (214-383-1010) and its own Cooper Fitness Center.
Restored to its original 1920s Art Deco splendor, The Stoneleigh Hotel & Spa in Uptown Dallas is within walking distance of the Dallas Museum of Art and The Nasher Sculpture Center. It's probably the most sophisticated place to stay in all of Texas. The deco-style spa is small by Texas standards, with seven treatment rooms and two couples suites, but small is often better when it comes to excellence in spa treatments. Tel. 214-871-7111 Book now. Tel. 214-871-7111
More Spas in Texas
Mokara Hotel & Spa, San Antonio. Set on the historic River Walk, a shady canal that lazily loops through old San Antonio, Mokara Hotel & Spa is urbane, sophisticated, and so romantic that Jennifer Lopez kissed on a bridge right outside in one of her movies. Tel. 866-605-1212 or 210-396-5800 (spa). Book now.
Trellis, The Spa at The Houstonian, Houston. This 18-acre luxury resort next to Houston's Galleria upscale shopping mall and Memoria Park is a shady oasis from the bustling city. Guest of the 289-room hotel get access to its famous 125,000 square foot fitness facility called The Houstonian Club. The spa is in its' own 17,000 square-foot, two-story building, with everything you need to get relaxed and glammed up, including a full-service salon. Tel. 713-685-6790. Book now.
Set in Texas hill country an hour northwest of San Antonio, Escondido Resort the Escondido Resort is a small hacienda-style inn that's perfect for a romantic getaway. What's to do? Birdwatching, hiking, hanging out by the pool, spa treatments (there are four treatment rooms), and taking in sights like The Museum of Western Art in nearby Kerrville. It's adults only, but you can drop the kids off at a neaarby camp called Lonehollow. Tel. 830-589-7507 or 888-589-7507