Luxury Resorts in Austin

by Mary Freeman

As a musical and cultural epicenter of Texas, Austin entices visitors with an eclectic array of attractions, from music festivals to professional sporting arenas. The resort hotels in Austin mix this cultural eccentricity with traditional Texas elegance to create a unique ambiance and decor. Many of them feature Austin's natural splendors with nature walks and water sports in its lakes.

Barton Creek Resort

Situated in the middle of 4,000 acres of grassy hills is the Barton Creek Resort, home to more than 300 suites, guest rooms and villas. Each is styled in a Texas-style elegant aesthetic, but equipped with such ultra-modern amenities as 42-inch TVs, in-room films and video games. The resort also arranges outdoor activities for any and all ages, including Geo-caching, tennis lessons, golfing at one of the resort's four courses, nature walks, computer games and painting.

The Driskill

Named after and built for cattle rancher Jesse Driskill in 1866, The Driskill Hotel features limestone busts of the hotel's creator and his two sons. Historical decor is combined with modern furnishings and warm earth hues to create an elegant ambiance in each of The Driskill's 189 guest rooms and 13 luxury suites. Massage appointments may be requested, including in-room, Swedish, deep tissue and prenatal massages. The hotel welcomes pets and offers such pet amenities as an in-room custom pet bed, bottled water, baked treats and pet toys.

Lake Austin Spa Resort

With the rolling terrain of Texas Hill Country as a backdrop, Lake Austin Spa and Resort is home to 40 guest rooms and 30 spa treatment spaces, both indoor and outdoor. Each rooms is artfully designed in summer and garden colors, and large windows bring in lots of sunshine. The Lady Bird Suite features commissioned artwork and a fireplace, while the Premier Garden Room has a backyard private meditation garden. The Spa offers more than 100 treatments, including massages, waxes, detoxifications and acupuncture.

Four Seasons Hotel Austin

On the shores of downtown's Lady Bird Lake is Austin's Four Seasons Hotel. The 291 guest rooms and suites take their aesthetic design from the lush banks of Lady Bird Lake, with each room featuring a color palette of dark greens, browns and yellows. TRIO, the hotel's four-star restaurant, serves high-quality American cuisine and wines from all over the world. Dining is also available by the large outdoor pool if the weather accommodates it. The hotel also arranges golf, water sports, mountain biking and rowing lessons for its guests.

About the Author

Mary Freeman is a freelance writer. She has held several editorial positions at the print publication, "The Otter Realm." She traveled throughout Europe, which ultimately resulted in an impromptu move to London, where she stayed for eight months. This life experience inspired her to pursue travel writing. Freeman received a degree in human communication from California State University.