Jana Birchum

Best Spa

Lake Austin Spa Resort

We missed this longtime winner last year. (Where did you go? A spa?) Welcome back! Here it is, our readers' pick for 2010, present tense. Its reputation as the No. 1 destination spa in the world is likewise not in the past tense. This year, after a gorgeous update of its 40 guest rooms, it earned a coveted distinction again from Condé Nast Traveller. And what that travel bible can't tell you, our readers can: Lake Austin is the queen of serene and cuisine, with everything you need to whisk you and your boo away for a few nights of world-class relaxation, and there's nothing tense about that.

Lake Austin Spa Resort
1705 S. Quinlan Park, 512/372-7300

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