A sanctuary from the stresses of election week, travelers can be spellbound by Lake Austin Spa Resort (@lakeaustinspa) and its countryside surroundings. The saying “everything is bigger in Texas” holds true here when it comes to wellness, as the hotel hosts a 25,000-square foot spa that offers 100 different treatments and services. We love the “Perfect Pomegranate Scrub,” which starts with a pomegranate salt glow scrub and shower and ends with a full-body massage that infuses pomegranate body butter, shea butter, and allow, leaving skin nourished and soft. From the spa’s size, you would expect the hotel to be colossal; however, that’s not the case. There are only 40 rooms here, making it qualify in the boutique hotel category. Guests will be in raptures about the recently renovated accommodations, which include fresh-cut floral arrangements, rejuvenating bathtubs, antique mirrors spawned by Texas’ rich past, and meditation gardens. For those who value convenience, the hotel is a short thirty-minute’ drive from downtown Austin, where it waits for city escapists with an ever-spanning lake where guests can lounge and celebrate the beauty of nature. With a wellness ethos that incorporates the “Blue Mind Theory” — a key philosophy that touts proximity to water as the ultimate environment for mental relaxation — Lake Austin Spa Resort offers activities such as peaceful paddle boarding sessions and boat dock yoga.