Austin is a cultural oasis in the middle of Texas’ wide open spaces for a number of reasons: live music, international cuisine and shopping and over the past few years, an increasing number of diverse destination spas. For In the Know Bride readers and all the brides-to-be- planning on treating themselves or that special someone this Valentine’s Weekend, we’ve put together a round up of the city’s most romantic indulgences.

Austin’s newest spa, the award-winning Hiatus Spa + Retreat, has created some special Valentine’s Day inspired treats that are the perfect gift for a loved one or a way to just spoil yourself. The 6,000 square-foot location offers eighteen private treatment rooms and a relaxing nail therapy lounge with zero-gravity chairs. Choose the best option for yourself or loved one out of Hiatus’ five inspired packages:

Lover’s Trio– 60 minute Massage ($100 value), Mani/Pedi Retreat ($100 value) and Facial ($100 value) for $239 (save $61)

Pure Love- 80 minute Massage ($140 value), 100% Organic Facial ($119 value), Mani/Pedi Retreat ($100 value) and Body Glow ($85 value) for $369 (save $75)

Love on the Rocks for 2- 60 minute Hot Stone Couples Massage ($148 value) and Hot Stone Pedicure ($84 value) for $379 (save $85)

Be My Spa Valentine- Hiatus Facial ($100 value), Eco-Gel Manicure ($55 value), Neck Wrap ($25 value) and Eye Pillow ($22 value) for $169 (save $33)

Love Thyself- Body Glow with Rose + Ylang Ylang ($85 value), 60 minute Heart Chakra Balancing Massage ($119 value), Spa Manicure ($35 value) and Perfecting Facial + Peel ($139 value) for $319 (save $59)

For more information or to schedule one of these packages please call 512.362.5777 or visit

The renowned Hill Country setting of Lakeway Resort and Spa is the perfect backdrop for a romance-infused gourmet dinner and overnight getaway. Lakeway’s exclusive “Sleepless in Seattle” Valentine’s package includes resort accommodations overlooking Lake Travis, a chilled bottle of champagne in your room upon arrival, a five-course dinner for two, “tickets” to the movie and tokens for the concession stand before dinner. Lakeway’s Executive Chef Jeff Axline has also created a special menu inspired by the romantic movie with an elegant five-course dinner while the movie plays.

The amuse-bouche course of Lakeway’s exquisite Valentine’s dinner starts off with Dungeness Crab Cake, tomatillo cocktail sauce, shaved asparagus, piquillo peppers. The first course includes smoked Pacific salmon, cucumbers, chicory and parmigiano reggiano with Oregon truffles. The second course consists of pan-roasted duck breast, pinot noir poached pear, heirloom carrots and parsnips. The third course includes grilled filet of beef, lobster and butternut squash risotto and a red wine glaze. To finish off the elegant meal the fourth course is a chocolate mousse cake, valhrona chocolate ganache with white chocolate anglaise.

Rates start at $330 per guest room package, plus resort fee and tax.  When booking this package use 2012VDAY, there are a limited number of the packages available.  Must book between January 11-February 11 and stay Saturday, February 11.  Book online at or call 512-261-6600

If Meg Ryan and Tom Hanks don’t ignite your fire, fall in love with Travaasa Austin this February as the city’s only experiential resort provides guests with romantic and engaging classes-for-two. Travaasa’s on-site experts will guide couples on a romantic journey, teaching guests how to incorporate love and affection into new elements of their relationship.

Couples will leave Travaasa feeling more connected and ready to explore a new chapter together. Rates begin at $379.50 per person (double occupancy) and include two nights’ accommodations, daily breakfast, a romantic dinner, wine and cheese selections upon check-in, two $125 spa credits, and access to the array of experiential programming. Below, is a selection of romance-inspired classes available throughout the month of February.

For the foodies: Aphrodisiac Culinary Demonstration. Breakfast in Bed Culinary Demonstration, Romantic Dinner for Two Culinary Demonstration

For the focused: Relationship Strength Challenge, Partner Yoga, Couples Medicine Ball Routine

For the free-spirited: Romantic Dance, Vision of Love Vision Board, Energy Vibrations of Love Meditation

*For an added indulgence book the Total Travaasa and receive additional meals and daily spa treatments of your choice.

            For reservations or additional information, please visit

Have you ever wanted to be slathered in chocolate from head to toe? Now’s your chance, with Viva Day Spa’s Chocolove Spa Package.  It begins with a full body dry brushing and hot steam towel treatment to prepare your body for your chocolate immersion. Next, you’ll get a 60 minute Swedish massage with Viva’s Custom Whipped Cocoa Cocoon Body Butter. And then be swaddled in this decadent wrap so that the chocolate can permeate your being.  While wrapped, your scalp will get a much deserved massage. Once you are unwrapped, you’ll be gently peeled from the treatmenttable and slip into a Choco-Foot-Love Pedicure. Sip on hot chocolate and nibble on fine chocolates while we pamper you. Plus, take home your natural bristle body brush as a gift! A Chocoholic’s dream!

Chocolove Spa Package for $215 includes 2.75 Hours of Pampering 1 Hour Swedish Massage Full Body Dry Brush Exfoliation Hot Steam Towel Treatment Cocoa Cocoon Body Wrap Scalp Massage Choco-Foot-Love Pedicure Served with Hot Chocolate & ChocolatesTake Home Dry Brush


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