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Texas Spas: Relax, Refresh and Rejuvenate

Travelers seeking extra pampering can choose from an array of comforting spas and therapeutic treatments across Texas.

Big city meets rustic relaxation at Lake Austin Spa Resort with a variety of full-day packages at the 25,000 square foot LakeHouse Spa. Packages such as The Austin Experience combine treatments that honor the natural bounty of the Hill Country. A Rosemary Sea Salt Scrub is followed by a LakeHouse River Rock Pedicure, 50-minute massage, lunch at the LakeHouse spa and a gift CD of Austin music.

Just southeast of Austin, the 18,000 square foot Spa Django at the Hyatt Regency Lost Pines Resort & Spa in Bastrop has developed pampering treatments to enliven the senses through music, art, nature, touch, movement and fun. Try the Lost Pines Hiker Massage, which rejuvenates tired legs, uses Churana body tea compresses to draw toxins, and stretches the legs and lower back to help the body recuperate.

The Watermark Hotel & Spa in downtown San Antonio offers an expansive 17,000 square foot spa, including 19 private treatment rooms, private lounges, a hydrotherapy tub and an outdoor poolside café with rooftop views of the city.

The signature Watermark Restoration treatment incorporates the healing properties of yucca, a plant used for centuries by Native Americans as an herbal remedy for muscle and joint inflammation. This invigorating ritual begins with a stimulating Spanish rosemary massage, followed by an application of yucca serum, which penetrates deeply via massage with warm herbal compresses.

Visitors to Texas can expect a surefire showdown with congested complexions and maxed-out muscles at Bliss Dallas in the W Dallas – Victory Hotel. The first Bliss Spa in Texas turns cowgirls into 'wow' girls (cowboys welcome, too) with signature services like the Triple Oxygen Treatment and the Carrot &Sesame Body Buff.

The 5,100 square foot “tension-fighting” facility features nine treatment rooms with trademark Bliss touches, including rhythm and blues tunes and a legendary brownie buffet. Dallas visitors can also stop by the Spa at the Crescent at the Rosewood Crescent Hotel, a quietly opulent 22,000 square foot facility, for the Hotter ‘n Texas Summer Rock Massage based on Hispanic healing traditions. There’s nothing quite as relaxing as a vacation by the beach. On the way to Galveston, we recommend a stop at the Trellis Spa at the Houstonian in Houston for a Sea Glow Scrub, which uses moisturizing sea-derived granules that gently massage away dead cells, while hydrating thirsty skin.

Or experience true thalassotherapy in a professional hydrotherapy tub, featuring more than 100 air and water jets with dissolved sea products and oils. This innovative treatment utilizes the natural powers of underwater massage designed to stimulate blood and lymph circulation, encouraging muscle relaxation. Aromatic and healing elements of the Chihuahuan Desert are the foundation of treatments offered at the Agavita Spa at Lajitas Resort &Spa in West Texas. The spirit of the desert is brought to life during the Rio Grande Mud Wrap with a customized, organic mud blend to help detoxify, relax, hydrate, energize and soothe dry skin. Beginning with a dry brush of the skin, the warm mud is then applied and the body is wrapped. An invigorating rinse from the Vischy shower is followed by a relaxing back massage.

Rustic relaxation at Lake Austin Spa Resort
Rustic relaxation at Lake Austin Spa Resort

Romatic and healing elements of the Chihuahuan Desert are the foundation of treatments offered at the Agavita Spa at Lajitas Resort &Spa in West Texas.
romatic and healing elements of the Chihuahuan Desert are the foundation of treatments offered at the Agavita Spa at Lajitas Resort &Spa in West Texas



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