All you really need after a night spent drinking at the best Austin pubs or dancing and singing at the best venues for live music in Austin (fine, even following a trip to the best Austin museums) is a day of complete and total relaxation. Enter the best spas in Austin, where you’ll be able to book a rejuvenating facial, massage, manicure or scrub to feel the calmest you’ve ever felt in quite some time. You are very welcome.
Best spas in Austin
Nestled on 210 acres of Balcones Canyonland Preserve and overlooking Lake Travis, Travaasa Resort & Spa is just a quick jaunt from downtown Austin but feels far from city life. Spa treatments are available as a part of the eco-conscious resort's flexible all-inclusive packages but can also be ordered a la carte. Choose from a menu of signature treatments and unique offerings like Watsu aquatic massage, a men's treatment paired with local ales, a birchwood stick massage and a honeybee body treatment done with honey, propolis, ginger and rosemary. For top Texan treatment, be sure to specially request the Western Sky room, which features reclaimed Douglas fir paneled walls, flickering lanterns, Southwestern printed blankets and a twinkling ceiling full of fiber optic stars. In warmer weather, linger afterward to take in the scenic view from the infinity pool and enjoy healthy snacks from the spa menu.
Located on the fourth floor of the W Austin, AWAY Spa encourages guests to relax with signature massages, body treatments, facials and more. If looking to try a bit of everything, sign up for the Minis & Martinis program and treat yourself to a happy hour of mini services and cocktails, Mondays through Fridays from 5pm to 8pm. Texas residents should take advantage of the 30% discount on all spa services Mondays through Thursdays and a 10% discount on Fridays through Sundays, especially when booking the guest-favorite “Over the Hills and Far Away”—a detoxifying treatment that begins with a full body dry-brushing, followed by a coconut sugar scrub and detailed parafango treatment and continues with a full body massage, including the signature foot treatment. The session finishes off with a cool coconut mini facial, incorporating cold stones and hot towels. For those requiring a therapeutic treatment, AWAY offers Ashiatsu massage, a technique that involves pressure and massage strokes by therapists’ feet. As if that wasn’t great enough, valet parking is complimentary with a spa visit and those visiting Monday-Thursday for any service are granted full access to the state-of-the-art gym as well as the steam room and WET Deck, the W Austin’s posh rooftop pool.
If you’re itching for a high-end spa experience in North Austin, we suggest booking one at VIVA Day Spa’s newest location. You’ll be greeted by smiling faces, a golden “honeycomb” facade and a decompression room featuring an entire wall made of Himalayan sea salt, which is renowned for its purifying qualities. Visiting the spa with a friend is always better, which is why one of VIVA’s most popular packages is the The Delicious Duet. This indulgent package includes decompressing in the sauna with cool peppermint towels, a 75-minute Swedish massage, “Oh So Coconut-Vanilla” body wrap, full body dry-brush exfoliation, a hot herbal steam towel treatment, warm cocoa butter hand treatment, mint scalp treatment, warm sugar foot scrub and a serving of hot spiced chai and chocolates! If you are strapped for time but are in dire need of a pick-me-up, opt for the VIVA Fountain of Youth Facial, a combo of vitamin C and B5 serums and dual task masks to fight wrinkles and cleansers, toners and moisturizers that will leave your face and neck dewy, hydrated and looking youthful. VIVA also offers waxing, natural nail care and treatments tailored specifically for men.
Located in the bustling 2nd Street District in Downtown Austin, milk + honey is the gorgeous, modern spa of your dreams. If you’re in town for a special event and looking your best is a priority, this is where you want to go. An acclaimed stop for brow-shaping and tint, manicures, pedicures, waxing, gentle/effective facials and so much more, the spa offers a variety of packages. The 4-hour Signature Retreat is one of the most popular ones and includes a 60-minute massage, a facial and manicure/pedicure. Your male pal can book himself the Manly Retreat, a 60-minute sports massage, 75-minute facial and “manly” manicure.
Hiatus Spa + Retreat is a full-service spa with four locations across Texas. The interior design is striking and modern without being clinical; varying wood tones, philodendron leaves in chic vases and West Elm textiles provide texture and warmth throughout the space. Hiatus recognizes regular relaxation as an integral part of a healthy, happy lifestyle by offering a monthly membership option with an impressively long list of perks, including the Monthly Retreats. This cult favorite features hand-picked seasonal ingredients incorporated into every body polish, massage and accompanying cocktail. Sign us up!
Austin Ashiatsu (“foot pressure”) is one of the city’s best kept secrets. Balancing themselves and distributing pressure by holding onto ceiling-mounted bars, the therapists literally “iron out” muscle fibers from end to end, a processes that helps release toxins and allows for fresh blood to enter and rejuvenate the tissue. If you have muscle tension from sports injuries or being hunched over a desk every day, this technique is highly beneficial. Austin Ashiatsu is the only local spa offering couples’ massages. Following in the vein of Eastern practices, they also practice cupping, in which small glass cups are placed on muscles and suctioned.
With a flagship location in downtown Austin and one in North Austin at the Arboretum, NAAVA’s super chic, spacious, full-service salon and spa is the ideal pick for bachelorette, wedding and “just because” parties. The plush banquettes, soaring ceilings and upscale vibe will have everyone in your party Instagramming their experience. At NAAVA, you can transform your look with a new cut and color, ease your mind and body with a hot stone massage and leave with polished fingers and toes. Delight your body from head to toe with a 60-minute Moroccan Oil hydration ritual, an orange peel and antioxidant exfoliation followed by rich hydration and hot stones to reveal silky, renewed skin.
Zen Blend Mind + Body Spa is locally owned and operated by a family of therapists and has been in business for 15 years. The quiet, low-lit waiting and treatment rooms glow with tranquility. Unlike many other spas in Austin, Zen Blend does not offer nail, waxing or facial services but rather focuses on providing the most relaxing and therapeutic massages possible for fantastic prices. We recommend the 2-hour True Peace Spa Package ($135), which includes a private infrared sauna session, hot stone zen massage on a healing, amethyst bio mat, hot steam towels, herbal hot packs, a peppermint foot massage, aromatherapy and tea and chocolates. Zen Blend also offers floatation therapy, where guests literally float in warm water and dissolved epsom salt. The salt makes the water so dense that you simply float on the surface without effort. The deep relaxation encourages healing, pain relief, enhanced blood flow and a release of natural endorphins.
The Spa at Four Season Hotel Austin is known for its unrivaled guest experience, revitalizing eucalyptus-infused steam rooms and sumptuous treatments for both men and women, like the aromatherapeutic Lavender-Lemongrass Journey—sea salt exfoliation, head-to-toe massage and body butter wrap. And, perfect for anyone craving a luxe spa experience at a fraction of the normal price, the Spa at Four Seasons offers spa happy hour. From Sunday through Thursday from 4pm to 8pm, guests of spa happy hour get $50 off any 50- or 80-minute massage, body treatment or facial, a complimentary glass of sparkling wine and valet parking.
In the spirit of keeping Austin weird, the Zero Gravity Institute specializes in floating—a sensory deprivation experience meant to relax mind and body. Upon arriving, shower and enjoy a high-tech chair massage then climb into a tank that’s filled with warm water and dissolved epsom salt (Zero Gravity has the largest tanks in Austin!). In the dark tank, your body will “float” on the dense water and the lack of sensory information will encourage the brain to enter a meditation-like state. Zero Gravity also offers other unique services, like color light therapy, cupping and massage techniques you won’t find in most other spas.