You know the feeling when you go on a trip and then come back so wiped out that you need a vacation from your vacation before re-entering the real world? We've been there plenty of times. But this week we're spotlighting a destination on our bucket list that is all about R&R — the Lake Austin Spa Resort.
Here's why we're dying to head out to the all-inclusive spa resort, which was named #1 Hall of Fame US Destination Spa by Travel + Leisure this year:
1. Fitness made fun
We all try our best to make it to the gym at home, but without the stress of work and family and friends, you can truly make your health and fitness a priority when you're at the Lake Austin Spa Resort. And they make it fun! It's not the sort of thing where you feel like working out is the last thing you want to do on vacation. The resort offers an amazing array of classes that make exercise exciting — aqua bootcamp, standup paddleboarding, hiking, hydrobiking, kickboxing, Bollywood dance, Zumba, meditation, TRX, yoga, Pilates, for starters. You'll leave the resort feeling fit and focused (and maybe even a few pounds lighter). The spa was named one of the 10 Best Fitness Friendly Resorts in the US by USA Today in 2015, after all.
2. The grounds are gorgeous
Even if you don't want to spend your whole day burning calories, you'll feel rejuvenated after simply existing in such a beautiful place. The views from the resort are magical and you'll feel like you're in another world while sitting out at one of the many pools or simply walking back and forth from your room to the spa to the yoga dock to the lagoon.
3. The food is healthy and delicious
The Lake Austin Spa Resort is all-inclusive, which means three delicious meals a day are included in your package price. You'll enjoy 5-course dinners in the resort dining room, wine and champagne are on hand at the Aster Café, and if you're feeling too relaxed to leave your suite, room service is also available at no extra charge. And you don't even have guilty at all about indulging in the fresh and healthy cuisine after you've been hydrobiking all day.
4. The rooms are unreal
Whether you opt for a room with a view or the lake or the luxury garden — or splurge on the Lady Bird Suite (pictured above, it includes a a living room, fireplace, private garden and outdoor hot tub), you can't go wrong.
5. You'll be seriously pampered
If being pampered is your thing, you'll have no problem indulging in the extensive spa menu the Lake Austin Spa Resort offers. They offer anything from a 50-minute anti-aging facial to all-day spa packages — if you're in the mood to splurge. You can even get your hair cut and colored while you're away.