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Texas-sized views make pampering extra special at Lakeway Resort and Spa

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Possibly the only thing better than a mani-pedi is a mani-pedi with stunning views. Perched high on the hillside overlooking Lake Travis, Lakeway Resort and Spa has long been a favorite destination for Austinites and others looking for a quick, relaxing getaway.

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And what's a relaxing getaway without a spa visit? The San Saba Spa is one of the highlights at Lakeway, with an extensive menu of wraps, massages, facials and salon services like waxing, styling, and -- with tootsie-baring season upon us -- those all-important mani-pedis.

Fresh from a six-year stint at the iconic Houstonian, spa director Tania McCorkle is thoroughly enjoying her natural surroundings at the San Saba.

"Obviously the setting makes us unique," she says. "Everybody who comes here just loves the view."

The family-friendly resort, newly managed by Redstone Properties, is 18 miles northwest of downtown Austin and features 168 deluxe guest rooms and suites, luxury condos, three pools and golf privileges and packages at four nearby private golf courses -- which could explain the increase in men seeking massages, pedicures, signature facials and a new 'do.

McCorkle credits a manlier men's lounge -- complete with snacks and a flat screen often tuned to ESPN -- for the testosterone surge in spa visits. Note: Men can also score big points by booking romantic and candlelight retreat packages to share with their better halves.

This year, McCorkle and her 20-member team are adding new product lines, a fresh spa menu complete with on-site herb garden, and other surprises. But one thing that won't change, she says, is that lovely view of soul-soothing waters and spectacular sunsets.

"Here you are totally relaxed. We have that away-from-everything feel."

For more information, lakewayresortandspa.com

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