Miraval’s new Austin resort includes 20,000sq ft Clodagh-designed Life in Balance Spa

by Jane Kitchen | 06 Feb 2019

Hyatt has opened Miraval Austin in Texas, US, the brand’s second wellness resort to open outside of its flagship property in Tucson, Arizona, US.

Set on 220 acres in Texas Hill Country overlooking Lake Travis, Miraval Austin was previously the Travaasa Austin Resort, which was acquired by Miraval in December 2016, just before Hyatt acquired Miraval in January 2017.

Offering 117 guestrooms and suites, a Life in Balance Spa, a 10-acre farm and ranch and a state-of-the-art Life in Balance Culinary Kitchen, Miraval Austin combines the Miraval Arizona experience with new treatments and wellness programmes that pay homage to Austin’s cultural heritage and natural surroundings.

Conceptualised by renowned designer Clodagh, the Life in Balance Spa at Miraval Austin draws inspiration from the surrounding Balcones Canyonlands Preserve to create a serene environment that promotes relaxation, balance and a sense of wellbeing.

The 20,000sq ft Life in Balance Spa features 30 treatment rooms, a spa pool, relaxation rooms, salon, sauna, steam room and spa retail boutique.

In addition to offering a selection of Miraval Arizona’s most sought-after spa experiences, the Life in Balance Spa at Miraval Austin offers a series of treatments that push boundaries and focus on the concept of “farm to treatment table.”

Highlights include Pranayama-ḍīna, an experience that combines the power of breathwork with a floating massage, and Wild Harvest Herbal Healer, a celebration of nature and community in which guests pick herbs from the farm to be used in a massage.

To enhance the spa experience, the Life in Balance Spa at Miraval Austin worked with organic skincare company Laurel to create a petal pecan mask inspired by the on-property farm.

Miraval Austin and Laurel have also created an exclusive spa treatment, the Spiritual Warrior Facial, that utilises energies of plants and gemstones to bring guests on a spiritual facial journey.

Miraval Austin’s team of specialists have also designed an extensive menu of integrative wellbeing offerings that span fitness, yoga, meditation, culinary, nutrition, and art.

Crystal Meditation is designed to align the body with the energy of the earth, and Qoya is a women’s movement practice that combines yoga, breathwork and intention setting.

For guests looking to step out of their comfort zones, Miraval Austin’s challenge course features activities including slacklining, archery and hatchet throwing.

Home to Miraval Austin’s fitness classes, the 5,000sq ft Body Mindfulness Center features Technogym equipment and a fitness studio for activities including Cardio Drumming, Bosu Blast and spinning classes.

Developed at Miraval Arizona over 20 years ago, the brand’s famed equine programming will also be central to the Miraval Austin experience. The Cypress Creek Ranch at Miraval Austin offers a curriculum that expands upon Miraval Arizona’s original programming with new workshops.

Designed by Hart Howerton, Miraval Austin’s 117 guestrooms and suites are designed to be relaxing havens built in harmony with nature, and feature soft, neutral colours, bespoke furniture and local, hand-crafted accessories and art.

In keeping with the Miraval brand’s ethos, the rooms have been designed to enhance guests’ sleep experience with Miraval bedding, black-out shades and sleep-enhancing amenities, including Miraval’s signature cell phone sleeping bag.

At the core of Miraval Austin’s culinary programme is the 10-acre Cypress Creek Organic Farm, which provides fresh produce for the property’s kitchen and spa and is home to many of the property’s interactive culinary programmes.

Miraval Austin also features a Life in Balance Culinary Kitchen outfitted by Williams Sonoma. Like at Miraval Arizona, the demonstration kitchen hosts healthy cooking classes and workshops, including Plant-Based Cooking, Conquering the Blade, Restoring Bone Broth and Wheat-Free Baking.

Miraval Austin’s signature restaurant, Hilltop Crossings Kitchen, offers a hand-crafted menu of healthy, Texas-inspired dishes created from ingredients sourced from the property’s farm and local purveyors.

The resort also offers the Discovery Pool Café and The Nest, Miraval’s signature smoothie bar offering coffee and smoothies during the day and mindful craft cocktails and light bites in the evenings.

The Preserve Provision Company, Miraval Austin’s retail outlet, brings Austin’s cultural and artistic heritage to guests by offering a hand-curated selection of art, jewelry, clothing and skincare products sourced from local artisans and craftsman.

“We are incredibly proud to open Miraval Austin as we embark on an exciting period of expansion at Miraval,” said Marc W. Ellin, global head of Miraval Group. “For over 20 years, Miraval has been dedicated to inspiring total mind, body and spirit wellness by offering guests authentic experiences rooted in mindfulness. As we open Miraval Austin, we look forward to welcoming Miraval’s loyal guests, as well new audiences to experience the fulfillment, pleasure and growth that come with a Miraval experience.”

Hyatt acquired the Miraval brand in January 2017 as a key step in Hyatt’s strategy to engage with high-end travellers in more ways beyond traditional hotel stays and to further complement its existing wellbeing offerings. Miraval operates as a standalone brand within Hyatt’s portfolio.

Miraval  Austin  Clodagh  Life in Balance Spa  Hyatt  wellness  Texas 
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