Tucked away in the Hill Country, just north of Austin, Miraval Resort and Spa is one of the few all-inclusive resorts in Texas. Voted one of the best wellness retreats in the country, Miraval is just a short drive away! Meals, snacks, smoothies, and activities such as yoga, fitness classes, and outdoor challenges, are included. All of the food is made with fresh, natural ingredients, and Miraval’s Life in Balance Spa is second to none!
After endless months of work, chores, notifications, and other distractions, I needed to reboot and was eager to check out Miraval for myself. My husband and I packed our bags and were on our way.
Upon arriving, I was pleasantly surprised to find that Miraval is more open-spaced than other resorts. Their extensive campus is sprawled out, creating an atmosphere of quiet and serenity. Our room was private and luxurious, with a cozy reading nook overlooking the hill county. From our balcony, we could see miles of green as we gazed out at the rolling hills of the Balcones Canyonland Preserve.
One of the highlights of the trip was our private culinary experience. Our personal chef prepared a delicious five-course meal with unique seasonal flavors, and wine was perfectly paired with each dish. We started with a carrot hummus that was divine, followed by a vegan mushroom soup, both full of exquisite flavor. Appetizers were followed by a delicious seared trout, NY strip with fresh creamed spinach, and finished off with a perfectly tart, berry cheesecake. We ended the night with an evening stroll through the grounds on our way back to our room.
In the mornings, we got our blood flowing with restorative yoga. Then, we indulged in some of the most amazing breakfasts ever. The savory chicken sausage and magnificent blueberry pancakes are a must-try! The food is all fresh and the flavor is first-class! Miraval sources all of its ingredients from local farms which you can even tour.
Miraval’s Life in Balance Spa has won countless awards and offers an extensive menu of spa services. The facilities were absolutely stunning - well-designed, spacious, and deserving of the accolades. Not only is it peaceful and serene, but it has spectacular, panoramic views of Lake Travis! The spa facilities are available for guests to use at their leisure, even if a spa service is not on the itinerary.
Other activities you can experience include horseback riding, ropes courses, archery, and several different types of meditation. We really enjoyed our invigorating morning hike, choosing one of the more adventurous trails. They also have an impressive, heated outdoor infinity pool overlooking the hill country.
I recommend booking your activities in advance, as they book quickly. During our trip, masks were required inside, so be sure to check Miraval’s website for covid policy updates.
After my stay at Miraval, I definitely felt relaxed, renewed, and rejuvenated and I'm sure you will too.
Want to check out Miraval for yourself? Here is a list of some popular activities.
Rhythmic Riding - Practice rhythm and balance while riding horses to the sound of music.
Common Ground - Lead horses by learning the skill of non-verbal communication.
Floating Meditation - Enjoy a guided meditation while resting in a silk hammock.
Hatha Yin / Yang Yoga - Focus on strengthening and lengthening your muscles.
Hill Country Challenge Course - Test yourself walking on a ropes course high above the ground.
Swing and a Prayer - Swing from a cable 35 feet above the ground.
Art of the Cocktail - Find the right balance of sweet and sour with this hands-on class.
Just Cook for Me - Enjoy a chef's choice, private 5-course meal.