Valentine’s Day is an opportunity to reflect on how much you love your significant other. In the midst of life’s busyness, it can be difficult to stop for a moment and do that. Well before that special day, makes sure you’ve made arrangements for that person to know you care.
One way for that person to soak in all your affection is by giving a spa treatment. Whether you buy a massage, facial, wrap, manicure, pedicure, or some combination of those, your loved one will know you want him or her to have some dedicated time for self-care. As the stress and ticking of the clock melt away, your loved one is filled with relaxation, gratitude, and the presence of your love.
With countless spas in Austin, it’s hard to know where to send your honey for a getaway. But, you’re in luck! We partnered with Expedia.com to bring you five recommendations just in time for Valentine’s Day.
5. Massage Sway
A couples massage is a great way to give your significant other a gift while also treating yourself. At Massage Sway, they make sure your couples massage experience is perfect. The Couple’s Escape package includes hot towel treatment, massage, hot stones, warm cinnamon oil blend, organic aromatherapy, champagne, and chocolate truffles in their romantic couple’s suite. If your sweetie has never had a massage, there’s no better way to introduce him or her to it than enjoying the experience side by side.
They also have Valentine’s specials specifically designed for him and for her. She’ll enjoy the Rosé Away package with the Signature Sway Massage, chocolate hand scrub, strawberry crush lotion, rosé infused towels, organic aromatherapy, champagne, and chocolate truffles. He’ll feel his stress dissolve in The Manly Retreat: a deep tissue massage with hot stones, hot towel treatment, organic aromatherapy, champagne, and chocolate truffles.
Address: 11011 Domain Drive, Suite 124
4. Zero Gravity Institute
One of my wicked awesome clients gave me gift certificate to the Austin Zero Gravity Institute for a 1 hour float. This place was pretty wild. You go into a 7×10 room with a tub of water loaded with 12,000 lbs of epsom salt. It's such a cool feeling to be floating effortlessly in this tank. Complete and total relaxation! The picture below is not me…but it is the same tank I was in. Check it out – www.zerogravityinstitute.com
You’ve probably heard the myth that there’s no way you can drown in the Dead Sea. People have, but you basically float like a cork because of the water’s salt content. At Zero Gravity Institute, you can float in water five times denser than the Dead Sea.
This is relaxing by itself, but add in the other facets of Zero Gravity Institute’s float rooms, and you’ll slip into relaxation like you’ve never experienced before. The water temperature matches your skin’s temperature. Sound and light are blocked out. You’re left with the feeling of weightlessness and the sound of your beating heart. If your partner likes things a little less than traditional, a float at Zero Gravity Institute is the way to go.
Address: 2919 Manchaca Road, Suite 105A
3. Milk + Honey
Milk + Honey offers the classic spa experience. Slip on one of their soft robes, and let their enthusiastic staff pamper you. Their downtown location opened in 2006, and their Hill Country Galleria location came along two years later. After more than a decade serving Austin at these two locations — plus two salons around town — they must be doing something right!
They offer a full array of spa services including massage, facials, waxing, nails, body, and lash treatments. Order your loved one a gift certificate for one of the Milk + Honey spa packages, or mix and match to combine the treatments your partner loves.
Address: 100A Guadalupe Street; 12901 Hill Country Boulevard D1-110, Bee Cave
2. Lake Austin Spa Resort
Your eyes will be closed, but you’ll certainly know your massage is set on the shore of beautiful Lake Austin. There’s just no missing it. Merely making the trip to Lake Austin Spa Resort is a picturesque journey. After a turn down Quinlan Park Road from the windy and hilly RM 620, you arrive at the lake shore just as you arrive at the resort.
As you walk the resort grounds, you’re sheltered from the outside world by the hills and Lake Austin. The spa is the star of the show. You don’t book a room at Lake Austin Spa Resort without also booking several spa services, though you can book a day at the spa as a day guest. With more than 100 services on the menu, you’re bound to find just the right combination to meet your relaxation needs.
Address: 1705 South Quinlan Park Road
1. Viva Day Spa
At all three Viva Day Spa locations, you’ll find an unpretentious atmosphere where a spa newbie can easily dive right in. They won’t give you the side eye if you don’t know waxing from sugaring. Their talented and friendly staff will answer all your questions and take care of all your treatment needs.
This woman owned business has developed an army of loyal customers. For men and women alike, Viva Day Spa is a place often recommended from one Austinite to another.
Address: 215 South Lamar Boulevard; 1811 West 35th Street; 11601 Rock Rose Avenue
Featured photo courtesy Viva Day Spa.