World renowned Lake Austin Spa Resort taps the oh-so-soothing therapeutic properties of water in summer's must-try regimen.
Lake Austin Spa Resort guests can go sculling on the lake.
“Water quiets all the noise, all the distractions, and connects you to your own thoughts,” writes Wallace J. Nichols in Blue Mind, the recent best-seller that examines the science behind the healing effects of water. As the activities and fitness director for world-renowned Lake Austin Spa Resort, Cindy Present was inspired by Blue Mind’s pivotal research to create The Ripple Effect, a new series of more than 30 water-based activities for overnight guests using the property’s three pools and lakeshore. It’s the latter that most excites Present, a true water baby: “There is no other destination spa in the world with the signature Lake Fit classes we have.”
Set on the calming shores of Lake Austin facing the Balcones Canyonlands Nature Preserve, the 40-room resort beckons guests to enjoy the water with amenities that range from lakeside hammocks and outdoor dining areas to the pools and dock fully stocked with kayaks, stand-up paddleboards, and more. Its innovative health and wellness programming keeps the property at the top of “Best of” lists for destination spas.
The Ripple Effect lineup includes instructor-led activities like the “On the Lake” cycling class, which involves high-intensity interval training sets on hydrobikes, and the AquaStretch Myofascial Release, a massage service that relieves aches and tension in a warm pool. Present strongly recommends the Meditative Morning Pedal or Paddle, a group activity where guests can kayak, paddleboard, or hydrobike along the shores of the Nature Preserve. “The rhythm of the paddles or pedals is meditative; the water calms our minds and resets us to our purpose and passion,” Present says.
The menu showcases ingredients from local sources, including the spa’s organic garden.
Instructors include Monica Gutierrez, the spa’s lead AquaStretch therapist, who conducts floating meditation classes in the New England-inspired Pool Barn. Present, a watersports coach, leads the lake activities. “No matter what the activity or how hard I go at it, when I’m on the lake, I’m always more fulfilled and centered,” says Present, who also volunteers for two nonprofits that use water activities to help people battling illness or stress.
What would a typical “Ripple Effect” day look like? Start with a Morning Meditative Pedal or Paddle and breakfast by the lake at the outdoor dining arbor, followed by Boaga (a boat and yoga hike), then an AquaStretch session. After a lakeside lunch, take a Lake Fit class like the kayak and waterfall hike and then indulge in a spa treatment like the Quench Body Wrap. Toast the day with a sunset wine cruise, which combines two of our favorite “w” words: water and wine. 1705 S. Quinlan Park Rd., 800-847-5637