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Luxury on the Lakes


For those who want pampering and relaxation in style, the Highland Lakes boast three—count ’em, three—renowned resorts.

Bring the whole family to Horseshoe Bay Resort overlooking Lake LBJ to enjoy renowned golf courses, a private white-sand swim beach, gardens, tennis courts, and the Whitewater Putting Course, a lavishly landscaped regulation 18-hole course in miniature. Four pools include one just for kids with a poolside snack bar, and one lakeside with a volcanic rock hot tub. Hail a golf cart for a ride to Bayside Spa for a scrub and massage with rosemary and Texas pecans. Take a sunset cruise on the lake (on weekends), or dine at one of five resort restaurants. The Kids’ Club offers half- and full-day programs for kids ages four to 12 and a plethora of ongoing activities for families, including s’mores by the fire and movies under the stars.

Lakeway Resort and Spa on Lake Travis offers something for everyone, too, in a smaller and quieter atmosphere. Guest rooms’ balconies overlook the lake or the marina, which rents sail, ski, or fishing boats (with or without guides), and personal watercraft. Two hot tubs and two of the pools—one with a waterslide, the other a swim-up bar —overlook the lake. The resort holds concerts and movies poolside in the summer. Even the spa includes a view of the lake, so you’ll enjoy waiting for a signature seasonal treatment such as a massage with apple and pear scents and oil. Travis Restaurant serves Texas-inspired cuisine from an ever-changing menu heavy on local organic ingredients. If the Shiner Bock Braised Short Ribs have disappeared from the menu, just ask executive chef David Reinbold to surprise you and you won’t be disappointed. Save room for dessert, then work it off on one of 24 tennis courts or four golf courses.

At Lake Austin Spa Resort, more retreat than resort, start a perfect day with dawn kayaking on the calm waters of Lake Austin. After breakfast, walk the lakeside path through an organic herb and flower garden and past a magnificent magnolia tree. Then choose a book from one of two libraries and read in a shady hammock at lake’s edge. Take lunch on the covered patio watching the sun sparkle on the lake. Swim laps in the Pool Barn, then sit in the outdoor hot tub, watching birds and butterflies, or relax on a poolside lounge chair, followed by yoga or a cooking class before dinner. Indulge in all five healthy courses featuring produce from the resort’s garden and local ingredients. Stroll to the nationally ranked spa for the signature Chardonnay Wine Therapy, a scrub with wine and sugar, a wrap in oils, then a massage with Chardonnay oil. Sleep well on Egyptian cotton sheets and down pillows in one of 40 casually elegant guest rooms. Sweet dreams.


Horseshoe Bay Resort, 6 miles southwest of Marble Falls, 877/611-0112.

Lakeway Resort and Spa, 101 Lakeway Dr., 512/261-6600.

Lake Austin Spa Resort, 1705 S. Quinlan Park Rd., 800/847-5637.


See related: Chain of Jewels: Our Six Highland Lakes Sparkle in the Hill Country Sun

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