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A relaxing escape from the hectic pace of everyday life
Travaasa makes a great place to get away from it all and yet still be relatively close to civilization. Some guests opt for the sedentary pleasures of a relaxing spa treatment, lounging by the pool overlooking forested canyons, or quiet meditation in the on-site garden. Others opt for the hotel’s numerous daily activities. There are 2.5 miles of hiking trails, yoga instruction, equine activities, culinary classes, a fitness center, and a challenging obstacle course.
The resort is situated on an expansive nature preserve, so it can get somewhat hot walking along the trails that weave throughout the property. Cooling off is easy, though, in the gorgeous infinity-edge pool overlooking the surrounding canyons. Poolside, there is plenty of space to lounge on the wooden deck as well.
The large spa lies adjacent to the pool and features a well-stocked shop. The entrance to the spa's treatment rooms is flanked by lovely spigots spewing into reservoirs, all set against green walls, creating a serene air of elegant simplicity that's found throughout the resort. For extra serenity, head to the Solidago Gardens, where you can take in the canyon views in utter solitude and meditate with only the sound of a gurgling fountain and chirping birds in the background.
Groups seeking to build team leadership often make use of the property's Prickly Pear Challenge Course, featuring a rope climb, rappelling, and rock climbing, among other obstacles. If the list of activities seems overwhelming, there's always the option to relax in the comfortable rooms and take in the views from your private patio.
In the hills west of Austin seemingly a world away but still relatively close to the city's downtown core
Travaasa, located on the Balcones Canyonlands Preserve, sits atop a hill surrounded by canyons some 20 miles west of downtown Austin.
Although the hotel is removed from the action of downtown, this seems to be the very thing that draws visitors here. Nearby recreational enclaves include Lake Travis, popular with boaters. This part of Austin is mostly residential in nature, but there are good restaurants in the vicinity of the lake and just a short drive from the hotel.
Modern comforts with or without a TV, tasteful decor, and close contact to the natural surroundings
Rooms are housed in three-level haciendas or casitas and include Canyon (third floor), Trail (second floor) or Nature (ground level) rooms. TV junkies be forewarned, though: Rooms housed in casitas lack TVs. The best views are, not surprisingly, found from the third floor Canyon rooms overlooking the treetops. Upgrading to a Canyon room also gets you a large walk-in shower (though no bathtub) in addition to a better view.
Rooms are comfortable and rustically charming, with big beds that feature wood headboards and reading lamps. Rooms on the top two levels have balconies with patio chairs, while rooms on the ground floor have chairs outside the front door. The flat-screen TVs are wall-mounted directly over the desk, which may be inconvenient if your travel partner is using the desk while you try to watch TV.
Gorgeous outdoor pool overlooking the canyons, and a full-service spa
Two dining options
Travaasa Austin is set on its own nature preserve on a hilltop amid forested canyons, 20 miles west of downtown Austin. Its 72 rooms are housed in seven buildings built on three different levels, with correspondingly different views from their balconies. Hiking trails, an infinity-edge pool enclosed by a wooden deck, a luxurious spa, and a restaurant with panoramic views are just some of the amenities providing inspiration and relaxation for visitors. It's far from the city's downtown core, but that's probably why most guests are looking to stay here.