Birthdays and holidays are joyous occasions, but they can also be stressful—and not just for the gift-giver. If you’re searching for relaxing gift ideas, try these unique spa gifts from acclaimed spots throughout the city.
Lake Austin Spa Resort
1705 S. Quinlan Park Road, Austin
In Budget: LakeHouse River Rock pedicure | 50 min, $85
All Out: Tour of Texas body treatment | 110 min, $340
Visitors to this award-winning spa can unwind in its hot tubs, pools, and steam rooms before or after their appointments, and if the weather’s right, they can even opt to enjoy their treatments outdoors. This pedicure includes a foot and leg massage with heated river rocks, and the body treatment incorporates native Texas fruits and botanicals into a scrub, body wrap, and massage.
Viva Day Spa
In Budget: Viva Custom Designer facial | 1 hr, $95
All Out: Viva Diva spa package | 6.5 hrs, $459
Female-owned and deliberately unpretentious, this downtown day spa is close enough to city life for visitors to escape without too much commitment. This facial is completely customized to your skin type and includes everything from cleansing to extractions. For an ultra-pampering spa day gift, choose the Viva Diva package. Named Best Spa Service in the 2014 Austin Chronicle Reader’s Poll, it includes nine luxurious treatments, plus lunch and wine.
Milk + Honey
In Budget: Seasonal Nail Treat mani-pedi combo | 1hr 40 min, $105
All Out: Ultimate Retreat package | 8 hrs, $619
This spa is all about natural, organic elements, from its products to its bare-wood walls. The seasonal mani-pedi changes scents multiple times per year, but always includes hydration, exfoliation, warm oil, and a sugar scrub. The Ultimate Retreat package pampers clients with an all-day escape, and it even includes lunch.
Hiatus Spa + Retreat
1611 W. 5th Street, Austin
In Budget: Traditional reflexology | 30 min, $65
All Out: Absolute Hiatus package | 4 hr, $349
Though this spa also has locations in Dallas and Plano, each one is thoroughly relaxing and entirely Texan. Its reflexology foot treatment is perfect for quick, full-body stress relief, and its signature spa package incorporates seasonal ingredients into a body scrub, massage, facial and peel, and mani-pedi.
Spa at Four Seasons Hotel
98 San Jacinto Boulevard, Austin
In Budget: Pure Sole pedicure | 1 hr, $75
All Out: Daycation | All day, $175
You’d expect a fancy hotel to have a fancy spa to go with it—this one is 5,500 square feet in size—but luckily, you don’t have to be a fancy hotel guest to take advantage. The pedicure incorporates a soothing clay foot mask. The Daycation gives visitors a unique chance to be a hotel guest for a day, with full access to the pool and spa amenities, lunch in the hotel restaurant, and a spa treatment.