Big changes are coming to Travaasa Austin, the premier wellness destination west of town. Miraval Group closed a deal at the end of December to purchase the 220-acre Hill Country property and transform it into Miraval Austin in early 2019.
Throughout the renovation process, the award-winning resort will continue to operate as Travaasa Austin, offering high-end accommodations, quality cuisine, fun activities, and relaxing spa treatments.
Miraval's goal is "to create an authentic Texas wellness experience," notes a press release. "We selected Travaasa Austin for a host of reasons, including its hilltop location that provides extraordinary views of Lake Travis and a sense of place," says president and CEO Steven A. Rudnitsk. "The campus is surrounded by protected lands, providing privacy and protection from distractions of the outside world — key attributes of the Miraval experience."
While Miraval will keep the Travaasa staff, the property is poised for some major upgrades. When it opens in 2019, Miraval Austin will feature 120 rooms, 50 more than the current space, and double the room for the spa. Plans also call for a larger restaurant, as well as new facilities to accommodate more activities.
New York-based Miraval Group is best known for its original spa and resort in Tucson, Arizona. The group also opened a new outpost in California last year and announced plans to take over the Cranwell Spa & Golf Resort resort in Massachusetts.
The acquisition of Travaasa is the first Miraval project in both Texas and the South.