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World-renowned Austin spa and resort opens to public like never before

World-renowned Austin spa and resort opens to public like never before

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Lake Austin Spa Resort is now open to the public for special events. Photo courtesy of Lake Austin Spa Resort

Nestled in a quiet bend of the Colorado River, Lake Austin Spa Resort is rich in Hill Country charm, modern amenities, healthy dining options, and fitness sessions that explore the importance of the outdoors. To celebrate its 20th anniversary, the world-renowned wellness destination has introduced a few changes to its award-winning offerings, including opportunities for the public to visit.

A new event series called Aster After Dark grants Austinites access to the spa, named a top spot in the country and the world by Travel + LeisureCondé Nast Traveler, and Andrew Harper. Previously, you needed a hotel reservation or spa treatment to enter the grounds — but no longer.

At least one evening a month, the doors to Aster Cafe will open to the public. The events range from seated dinners to educational programming with visiting chefs, sommeliers, and other high-profile guests.

The spa also has introduced over 20 new treatments. Standouts include the Weekend Warrior Massage with assisted stretching and a facial that combines laser technology with antioxidants.

There's a new way to get to the spa too. A fun water taxi service, which launched in February, will pick you up from a predesignated location — including Oyster Landing and the Pennybacker Bridge, or, if you're a waterfront resident, your own home — and take you to the spa. 

Upcoming events in the Aster After Dark series include a trunk show on February 28 in the Lakehouse Spa Salon, a mandala reading on March 8 at Aster Cafe, and a gardening session on March 24 with Lake Austin's director of fauna and flora. Some events are free, while others are ticketed; reservations are strongly encouraged. For more information, call 512-371-7341.