The Lake Austin Spa Resort recently completed an extensive $7 million renovation program, transforming this lakefront sanctuary to a casually elegant, world-class destination spa.
This massive undertaking has been a three-year process and a labor of love for Michael McAdams, since purchasing the property along with co-owner Billy Rucks in January of 1997.
Situated in the scenic Texas Hill Country, on an idyllic body of water, this luxury lakeside spa escape is a refuge for mind and body rejuvenation. Every aspect of the Lake Austin Spa Resort experience embraces a healthy, active and well-balanced lifestyle.
With these major enhancements, Lake Austin Spa Resort - which is the only destination spa on a body of water—is poised to gain even greater recognition as one of the nation`s top destination spas. It has already been rated among the top 10 destination spas in the country by the Zagat U.S. Hotel, Resort and Spa Survey, and was cited as one of the “Top 50 Best Kept Secrets in the World” by Travel & Leisure magazine.
“It was our goal, from the very start, to create a world-class destination spa where guests can relax, recharge and immerse themselves in an all encompassing experience,” notes McAdams. “We want our guests to leave us feeling like they just spent the greatest time at their best friend`s lake house.”
The design and décor reflect the resort`s surroundings, incorporating colors and textures that blend with nature and the environment. Sage green, tan, rose and gentle blues color the deep down filled couches, overstuffed chairs and draped fabrics. Wood, wicker, silver and stone offer texture in traditional and unexpected ways.
The talents of local artists and craftsmen are found in the water-inspired photography of Carol Cohen Burton, the wrought iron entrance gate by architect and metallurgist, Lars Stanley and a collection of 50 photos of native Texas birds grace the walls at the Lake Room in the Treehouse. The gardens were designed by Eleanor McKinney, the furniture crafted by locals Robin Baker and Gary McFarland, and a massive Tibetan rug covers the Living Room floor.
And, in tribute to co-owners McAdams and Rucks, who were fraternity brothers at Louisiana State University and knew at first sight that Lake Austin Spa Resort would be the partnership they sought since school days, a 900-pound Louisiana sugar kettle graces the resort`s organic gardens.One of the major changes in the renovation process was the rebuilding and redesign of all the guest rooms. The new accommodations define casual elegance and laid back luxury, a sense that echoes throughout the entire property. All of the 40 guest rooms have a highly styled, country home feel, with handcrafted furnishings, luxurious bathrooms and many with stunning lake views.
Guests can choose from the standard Signature rooms or Premier accommodations, which provide unique features and amenities beyond the luxuries of the Signature rooms. That includes Garden Cottages, Garden Suites and Lakeview Rooms, with added amenities such as fireplaces, outdoor private hot tubs, direct lake views, expansive terraces, private gardens and more.
All rooms feature sunlit bathrooms and Kohler steeping or soaking tubs, native Saltillo tile floors, woven rag rugs, all cotton fabrics, slip-covered down bedding and private patios divided by woven wood walls. Signature Lake Austin Spa Resort bath products, king, two queen or full beds, nightly movies, signature Lake Austin Spa Resort robe and evening turn down are just some more of the standards.
And, the ultimate “residence” is the Lady Bird Suite, named after treasured Texan, Lady Bird Johnson. Ideal for family and friend reunions, this one-bedroom spacious suite is the perfect gathering place, with its luxurious living room, Texas limestone fireplace, private outdoor hot tub and wildflower garden.
Personalized, highly attentive, yet non-obtrusive service is what matters most. The staff to guest ratio is nearly three to one, with 140 employees serving 40 rooms and 65 guests at full capacity.
Other areas of substantial redesign and refurbishment include the lakefront Dining Room, the new Garden Library - the perfect retreat with stylish and comfortable seating; the Living Room - quiet, intimate and ideal for small gatherings or peaceful moments, and the Lake Room in the Treehouse which also serves as a social meeting place, equipped with large screen television and audio visual equipment, card tables, a piano and great seating overlooking the