The stunning Omni Barton Creek Resort and Spa deserves the many accolades it regularly receives. Set in the natural Texas Hill Country landscape, this golf resort and luxury spa property covers 4,000 secluded acres west of Austin that includes four championship golf courses, the full-service Three Springs Spa and the 309-room luxury hotel. Guest rooms are stylishly appointed with casual elegance, and all offer great views of the spectacular grounds. Four top-notch dining options onsite and meeting/event facilities are available to guests, but the real draw here is the golf. Fairways abut cliffs and waterfalls, and wildlife is abundant in the natural surroundings. The spa offers many specialty treatments using locally-sourced ingredients, and the gourmet dining here is a real pleasure.
Blue Water Spa's licensed massage therapists rely on nine different massage styles to fight tension and ease stress. For instance, they use their full bodyweight to work out tension during barefoot ashiatsu and Ashi-Thai massages. Some staff also use intense pressure to relieve deeply held tension during her structural deep-tissue massages, whereas others specialize in lighter Swedish and aromatherapy massages. Several therapists are adept at performing sports massages, which are great for those injured on the field or typing vigorously in the press box.
A menu of add-ons, such as hot stones, Biofreeze cold-therapy pain relief, and foot scrubs, allow clients to concoct a custom treatment that meets their needs.
Getting walked all over has a negative connotation, but the massage therapists at Therapies Massage render it positively therapeutic. During Ashiatsu massage, they walk on clients' backs with their clean, bare feet while holding overheard parallel bars for balance. They also stretch clients into assisted yoga poses during Thai Yoga Massage, a style that incorporates reflexology's focus on the hands and feet. For more traditional kneads, clients can also opt for flowing Swedish strokes, more intense deep tissue massages, or the warmth of strategically-placed hot stones, which are more effective than a microwaved Mancala set.
True to its name, Organic Day Spa offers a range of services incorporating natural elements such as tropical fruit, green tea, and lavender. Pedicure chairs and manicure stations line opposite sides of the spa, where guests settle in for mani-pedis augmented by green-tea scrubs, milk-and-honey massage cream, and paraffin. You also can opt for waxing services and refreshing facials. Complimentary soft drinks and bottled water come with each service, and patrons older than 21 can even sip red or white wine during the spa?s pampering treatments.
Inspired by Native American traditions of the Southwest, the staff at Sage & Sweetgrass Wellness Spa provides holistic therapies to soothe body, mind, Earth, and soul. Their services are a blend of old and new, from rose-quartz facials and chakra-balancing sessions to Botox and laser-hair removal. A full roster of yoga and mediation classes also encourages inner peace, much like holding an inner United Nations peace summit.
Customization is key at Body N Balance, which has locations in San Antonio and Corpus Christi. Music too loud? The staff happily adjusts the volume. Or they can fine-tune the lighting and temperature?that way, every private treatment room stays calibrated to each individual client's comfort level. The team (which includes male and female massage therapists) also consider the individual when it comes to their treatments.
They make suggestions for what best suits their clients' needs, whether that's a traditional Swedish massage or a Thai herbal spa massage that incorporates lemongrass, lime peel, and other antioxidants taste really good in a salad. Other body treatments even use chocolate, and Body N Balance's team happily combines and adjusts different services upon request. Whatever the service, the therapists only use hypoallergenic products.