Hot Springs, Arkansas was named for the springs of healing waters that converge in a pool in the national park there. The area is sometimes called the Valley of Vapors, because of the mists that rise from the warm mineral waters. Legend has it that warring Indian tribes would not fight there, believing the gods gave mystical powers to the waters and the sparkling mists that would float up from the valley.
The legends may be true, but what is definitely true is the wonderful warm waters are used in several public bath houses. I am not sure what I expected a “public bath house” to be but was very pleasantly surprised at how lovely the Quapaw Bath House was. The reception area was furnished with comfortable seating for waiting guests and a large reception desk for purchasing a variety of bath services, including time in the public pools, private baths, massages, etc.
We opted for a private couples bath and were shown to another waiting area that was surrounded by individual rooms, each with a large two-person, Jacuzzi-type tub. The twenty minutes allotted was just the right amount of time to spend in the very warm mineral baths.
The real purpose of our time in Hot Springs was to luxuriate with personalized spa services, and by Googling that topic, we found a very accommodating spa that designed specific services to meet our wishes. Andrea Rose Day Spa and The Rose Cottage Inn inhabit three historic old homes that sit on one of the hilly side streets. A full menu of services included various types of massage, sugar scrubs, mud wraps, facials, etc. The services that we chose were therapeutic and the results were very beneficial.
Is it “over the top” to go to Hot Springs for spa services that we can get at home? Maybe so – but we’d do it again in a heartbeat. It was sheer luxury to be pampered and spoiled for a day and I highly recommend it!