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This West Austin resort ranks among world's best destination spas

This Austin resort ranks among the 5 best spas in the world

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Travel + Leisure readers named Lake Austin Spa Resort as one of the top destination retreats in the entire world. Photo courtesy of Lake Austin Spa Resort

One of the most luxurious retreats on the planet is in our own backyard. Travel + Leisure has named Lake Austin Spa Resort the No. 4 destination spa in the world.

The West Austin oasis, which consistently ranks among the best resorts in the world, has landed on the magazine's "World's Best" list for 10 years in a row. To celebrate that accomplishment, Lake Austin Spa Resort now resides in the T+L "Hall of Fame."

Nestled in a quiet bend of the Colorado River, the 40-room resort is rich in Hill Country charm and awash in modern amenities. Healthy dining options, outdoor fitness sessions and a variety of classes are just a taste of the offerings at this Austin retreat.

The spa blends traditional treatments, such as massages, facials and nail therapy, with innovative sessions involving energy point cleansing, acupuncture and meditation. 

T+L touts "a mind-bending craniosacral massage, which is followed by an equally impressive Tajii Moxa (Chinese heat therapy) session." The travel magazine also gives props to Lake Austin's local touches: ranch-style rooms, quilts lining the hallways, and an exfoliating scrub made of local pecans. 

Lake Austin Spa is the only Texas destination on the prestigious list. The Golden Door in San Marcos, California takes the No. 1 spot, followed by Rancho La Puerta in Tecate, Mexico and Ten Thousand Waves Japanese Spa & Resort in Santa Fe, New Mexico.

The results, determined by the magazine's savvy readers, will appear in the August issue of Travel + Leisure.