Travaasa Destinations’ resorts are all about the setting, soTexas was a great place to debut the rst outpost, which openedin April. Taking over the ormer site o wellness retreat TheCrossings, and adjacent to Balcones Canyonlands Reserve,
eels like a luxe summer camp. Guests candesign individual programs, choosing rom ve directionso all-inclusive programming that include adventure, t-ness, culinary, cultural activities and spa — all nourished withstraight-rom-the-garden cuisine. Travaasa Austin gives a nodto cowboy culture with a rodeo-inspired workout on a mechan-ical bull, along with more traditional oerings like Zumba, barre and yoga. Or test your skills on the Prickly Pear ChallengeCourse, which involves wall climbing ollowed by zip-lining.Like your spa with a side o beach? The brand’s second loca-tion, Travaasa Hana, just opened in Maui.
Rooms from $480 per person, all-inclusive, based on double occupancy; travaasa.com
he redericksburg Herb arm has long been a favor-ite stop for Hill Country daytrippers, thanks to itsgardens, restaurant and shops selling locally pro-duced soaps and candles. Under new ownershipsince 2007, it’s now become an overnight desti-nation in its own right. t the newly constructed5,000-square-foot
, botanically inspiredtreatments utilize herbs and orals grown on-siteor sourced from fair-trade farms. (We like the exasWildower itual, which ups the traditional mani/pedi with ower power to exfoliate and hydrate.)lso new: overnight accommodations in 14 quaintwooden cottages, designed after traditional 1800sSunday houses (overnight lodging for area farm-ers who would come to town to socialize and trade).What hasn’t changed: quality dining at the arm HausBistro, and a prime location four blocks from red-ericksburg’s main drag.
Rooms from $179,fredericksburgherbfarm.com — Susan Moynihan
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Head or the Hills
San Antonio’s newest and largest wellness outpost,
Lantana Spa at JW Mar-riott San Antonio Hill Country,
is pure Lone Star State. Locally grown lavender, wildfowers and herbs are incorporated in body treatments like the Texas HerbalRemedy, based on medicinal olk traditions rom long ago. The wet circuit nodsto the area’s crystal-clear creeks with a rain shower rinse, whirlpool, eucalyp-tus steam room and, our avorite, an inhalation room inused with lavender andlemongrass. The spa takes a cultural cue rom Mexico’s
(village heal-ers) by oering every guest a red ribbon upon arrival. As the olk ritual goes, youtie six knots in the ribbon, one or each o your worries. The seventh knot ormsa complete circle, and ater your spa journey you leave the ribbon, and your wor-ries, behind. Outside the spa, the 1,002-room mega-resort oers plenty o roomto roam and relax with trails or bike rides and nature walks, s’more cookouts andsix acres o pools, ountains, wateralls and a lazy river set amidst native trees andfowers.
Rooms from $179, jwsanantonio.com