If you're looking to treat yourself to some luxurious R&R, you won't have to travel far. According to the latest Conde Nast Traveler Readers Choice Awards, Lake Austin Spa Resort in Austin ranks No. 4 among the 12 best destination spa resorts in the world and No. 21 among the 100 best hotels and resorts in the world.
The lifestyle and travel magazine conducts a readers poll annually to determine the best luxury destinations and services around the globe. Having been selected for the past five years, Lake Austin Spa Resort now has a spot in the Platinum Circle.
In the survey's list of Best Hotels in Texas and the Southwest, Hotel Sorella ranks No. 1, Hotel Granduca is No. 3, Hotel Icon ranks No. 6, and the Houstonian Hotel is No. 9.
In its description of Lake Austin Spa, Conde Nast Traveler throws around phrases like "little piece of heaven," "peaceful grounds" and "first-rate," quoting the reader responses in the poll. "This is the place for changing your mind, body, and attitude," said another.
Lake Austin Spa is one of two Texas properties to make the list of 100 best. Houston's Hotel Sorella CityCentre ranks No. 74 and is described this way:
In the mixed-use CityCentre development, this 'very modern and minimalistic' property provides 'easy access to all the major highways.' 'Spacious and comfortable' rooms espouse European decor, with dark hardwood floors, black-glass table lamps, and upholstered headboards; a stay in them is 'extra awesome. The rooftop pool is flanked by draped cabanas and custom lanterns. 'The continental breakfast is world-class, the best I’ve experienced anywhere. "
CultureMap editor-in-chief Clifford Pugh contributed to this article.