It has to be one of the most Instagrammable views in Austin.
The infinity pool stretches wide and smooth, like a turquoise pane of glass, framed by the sparkling blues of Lake Travis and the lush greens of the Hill Country behind it.
Miraval Austin has arrived — and it's pretty.
This much-anticipated 220-acre luxury resort opened earlier this month, taking the place of Travaasa, and, before that, the Crossings. Included in its offerings are 117 guest rooms, a variety of health and wellness programs, a challenge course and a two-story spa.
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Owned by Hyatt, Miraval is not new to the health and wellness space. Its flagship property, Miraval Tucson, is regularly ranked among the best wellness retreats in country. Another new Miraval property in the Berkshires will open later this year.
“All of the things guests will see in the Austin area are a byproduct of the work we’ve done the past 25 years in Tucson,” said Marc Ellin, global head of Miraval Group. “We said, ‘How do you we really take an opportunity to offer our guests a wonderful experience in an unbelievable setting?’”
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Here are six things to know about Miraval Austin.
There’s a new infinity pool. The original infinity pool, which was also on-site when Travaasa Austin was open, offers stunning Hill Country views. Now, a new pool, called the Discovery Pool, offers another iconic view.
Some of the food you’ll eat comes from the property’s on-site farm. Miraval’s farm, Cypress Creek Organic Farm and Ranch, produces much of the fruits, vegetables and eggs for daily meals at the resort. You can visit the farm to take a tour, sample honey at the apiary or even sign up to be a “chicken helper” at the property’s on-site coop.
The Life in Balance Spa offers some, um, unique treatments. Treatments range from the River Flower Wrap body ritual, which involves a “phyto-nutrient masque cocoon,” to the Pranayama-Dina, a massage service that incorporates a silk hammock.
You don’t have to spend the night to use the spa. A day-use package is available that includes a signature facial, signature massage, $225 in resort credits, breakfast, lunch and other amenities. Rates for day use start at $749.
The activities range from traditional to eclectic. Want to try aerial yoga? Hatchet throwing? Archery? Those are all options, as are yoga, "mindful horseback riding" and stand-up paddle boarding.
There’s no tipping here. “We believe a ‘no tipping’ policy is essential to a mindful guest experience,” the website states. “Once you arrive at Miraval, a friendly ‘thank you’ or note on a guest comment card is the best tip you can give and the only one we allow.’”