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9 Luxury Texas Wellness Retreats to Relax, Reset, and Explore Somewhere New

Escape to Hill Country, Get an “Aura Boost” in Jacksonville, or Soak up Starry Nights in Marfa

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You deserve all good things, including beautiful wellness retreats to help you relax, reset, and achieve the best possible mindset. From custom-built yurts in Big Bend (with running water and electricity — very important) to a meditative oasis in the Hill Country, these luxury resorts and dreamy destinations offer serenity with a Texas twist.

Updated in December 2023.  

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Pathways to enlightenment, balance, and serenity at Miraval Austin. (Photo by James Baigrie for Miraval Austin)

Miraval Austin

One of the newest outposts of celebrity favorite Miraval Resort is set in the Texas Hill Country, just minutes from the Austin airport. With sweeping views of Lake Travis, healthy farm-to-table meals, a stunning spa, and quite possibly the most comfortable beds in the country, the inclusive resort is one of the most soothing places to unplug and unwind.

The new Vichy table, a multi-sensory experience spa amenity and the first of its kind in the Dallas-Fort Worth area. (courtesy of Canyon Ranch)
The Canyon Ranch Wellness Club Vichy table, a multi-sensory experience spa amenity and the first of its kind in the Dallas-Fort Worth area. (courtesy of Canyon Ranch)

Canyon Ranch Fort Worth

The first taste of Canyon Ranch’s bullish Texas takeover has officially opened in Fort Worth’s Cultural Center. Part of the luxurious Crescent Hotel complex in the city’s Cultural District, the recently opened Canyon Ranch Wellness Club is the first of the brand’s new membership-based clubs designed to bring the feel of its iconic wellness resorts to urban areas. Much like Canyon Ranch retreats, the Wellness Clubs will focus heavily on blending health and cutting-edge technology. Services include a multi-sensory Vichy table, a metabolic exercise assessment, and body composition screenings, alongside acupuncture, massage offerings, reflexology, and an Augustinus Bader facial.

Another Wellness Club will open in Fort Worth in 2024 and a 600-acre full-amenity Canyon Ranch resort is coming to Austin in 2025.

 

texas wellness retreat The Collective Hill Country Tents offer the luxuries of a five-star hotel.
The Collective Hill Country tents offer the amenities of a luxe hotel.

Collective Texas Hill Country Wellness Retreat

Easily accessible from both Austin and San Antonio, the Texas location of Collective Retreats blends the travel brand’s knack for luxurious outdoor accommodations and top-notch culinary experiences in the Hill Country. Book a variety of picture-perfect tents, all overlooking scenic Montecito Ranch, to find your secluded, indoor/outdoor sanctuary (complete with Wi-Fi, designer lighting, spa-like bathroom, Turkish towels, and luxurious robes).

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A Treetop room at Camp Lucy (image by Jerry Hayes Photography)

The Camp Lucy Women’s Wellness Retreat in Dripping Springs

Camp Lucy, a sprawling, rustic-by-posh resort in the Texas Hill Country co-owned by Austin antiques dealer Whit Hanks, is perhaps most associated with weddings (reportedly 150 a year), but with the upcoming addition of a multi-million dollar spa and its first-ever wellness retreat (hosted in the summer of 2023), the Dripping Springs destination has a renewed focus on rejuvenation.

New plans for a Folklore Spa have also been announced, with an opening slated for fall 2024. The new resort spa will feature massage options, facials, sound baths, a co-ed, sauna, its own full-service restaurant, and a hot tub with Hill Country views.

 

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This lovely off-the-beaten-path retreat is dedicated to good vibes only. (courtesy)

Ritual Hotel and Wellness Retreat

*Note: Ritual is in the process of rebuilding its hotel (carriage house rooms are still available) after a fire in 2022, with plans to reopen that portion of the property by the end of 2023. 

Just a two-hour drive from Dallas, the swoon-worthy Ritual Hotel and Wellness Center offers an all-inclusive wellness retreat dedicated to self-care in Jacksonville. Amenities include a gourmet breakfast in the main house dining room, private yoga, reiki, facials, massages, and Ritual’s signature sauna experience. Sidle up with a frozen margarita at the Amethyst pool bar, curl up by the outdoor fireplace, or head to Luncheonette for a healthy brunch.

Current “Transformation Packages” include the three-day “Super Human Aura Restore” (featuring “earth bathing,” reiki, and Shirodhara) and the three-hour “Aura Boost.”

 

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The 19th-century Cibolo Creek Ranch was renovated into a luxury hotel in the Chihuahua Desert. (courtesy)

Cibolo Creek Ranch

If you’re looking for true seclusion, immerse yourself in the luxurious West Texas wonderland of Cibolo Creek Ranch. Situated in the Chinati Mountains, the scenic, pet-friendly retreat is home to gorgeous hiking paths, ATV tours, horseback riding, sporting clay courses, a heated outdoor pool, and wellness classes led by Diana Wassef of Cremona Studios. Enjoy authentic, ranch-style dining, unplug in your cozy guest room (a reconstructed 19th-century fort) or burrow into El Cibolo Library to learn more about the rich history of the property — established prior to the civil war, the former cattle ranch has served as a setting in movies like There Will Be Blood and No Country for Old Men, in addition to housing a luxury hotel.

The ranch is an easy 30-minute drive from Marfa and offers Tesla charging stations, but there is a private airstrip (5,300 feet long and 60 feet wide) that can accommodate most private planes.

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Lake Austin means plenty of waterfront relaxation including a snooze on the floating dock. (Photo by Lake Austin Spa Resort)

Lake Austin Spa

There’s a good chance you haven’t visited the renowned wellness wonderland that is Lake Austin Spa since its major renovation in 2020. Remedy that fact with the “Spa Premiere Package,” a rejuvenation-focused getaway that includes unlimited complimentary smoothies, access to all lakeside equipment, three fresh gourmet meals, a $290 credit per person to use toward the spa and activities each night, and much more.

 

Deer Lake Lodge offers guests a relaxing, holistic getaway just outside of Houston. (courtesy)

Deer Lake Lodge

A resort dedicated entirely to the art of detoxing, this Houston-area hideaway beautifully blends wellness and pampering. Programs feature fasting and juice cleansing, with a full spa that includes facials and massages as well as colonic hydrotherapy (read more about that last option here.) Reiki, yoga, and iridology are available to guests, as well as unlimited access to the Deer Lake Lodge sauna.

 

(courtesy of The Local Chapter)

The Local Chapter

For those craving a true escape, The Local Chapter, founded by Dallas-based rewardStyle’s Baxter and Amber Box, offers a small community of rentable yurts (all extremely stylish and equipped with running water and electricity — no need to rough it too much) in the desert oasis of Big Bend National Park. With thoughtful itineraries that include hiking down to the Rio Grande, golfing at the highly-rated Blackjacks course, and taking in the mysterious Marfa Lights beneath the stars, anyone could find their perfect form of rejuvenation at the private Texas retreat.

The Local Chapter’s four rentable yurts, each with a maximum occupancy of two, have limited availability in January, so be sure to book swiftly if interested.

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