When the temperature cools down, the water is just right in Hot Springs. With several different options for soaking the winter blues away, there’s a reason it’s called the Spa City.
If you’re looking for a traditional spa experience in Historic Downtown Hot Springs, Bathhouse Row has options for you.
Buckstaff Bath House, with its signature blue awnings and chairs is the only bathhouse in Hot Springs to have been in continuous service since 1912. This venue offers traditional bathhouse services with individual tubs, and men’s and women’s departments. The building’s capacity allows for up to 1,000 bathers per day, and such visitors are frequently in awe of the Colorado marble found throughout.
Services include thermal mineral baths at a maximum temperature of 100 degrees, steam cabinets, Swedish style massages and much more. For the full experience, it is advised to allow for one and a half hours, or longer.
Buckstaff Bath House
509 Central Ave.
Quapaw Baths & Spa puts a modern spin on the traditional bathhouse experience.
Also located on Bathhouse Row, Quapaw boasts a unique thermal water bathing experience, MicroSilk hydrotherapy. Through oxygenated microbubbles, the process increases the water’s oxygen levels by 70 percent.
This bathhouse reopened in 2008 with the goal of making the benefits of thermal waters easily accessible for everyone. A visit to Quapaw needs a day allotted for a soak, a massage, a healthy treat at the cafe, and a dip in one of the three thermal pools.
Towels and lockers are provided, and a robe and slippers are available for spa services. For thermal water and steam cave services, guests are asked to wear proper swim attire and no-skid pool slippers.
Quapaw Baths & Spa
413 Central Ave.
For those looking for a completely different relaxing experience, FLOATspa allows you to clear your mind of pain and stress.
Located in Temperance Hill, this new venue puts a brand new spin on what it means to have a spa day. After hearing about “floating” from a client at Picture Perfect Imaging, spa owners Budo and Brittany Ratkovic decided the Spa City needed this addition.
Pods are filled with 1,200 pounds of epsom salt causing the body to float effortlessly at a zero-gravity state. Magnesium from the salt goes straight into the bloodstream, lubricating the joints and muscles and relieving chronic pain. Floating is also considered a good remedy for jet lag, anxiety and stress.
Guests can choose traditional spa options that include massages and facials before their float experience, and for first time floaters, it’s important to remember to let go of any concerns surrounding the process.
Pods are nearly 8 by 5 feet, allowing for optimal room to move and get comfortable. Floaters are encouraged to turn the lights off and eliminate sounds to completely disconnect from stress and distractions. But the Ratkovics encourage first-timers not to judge the whole float experience on their first visit.
Once you try it, you’re sure to be hooked.
4332 Central Ave.
Things to remember:
- It’s always best to arrive early. Certain spa and bathing services require filling out a quick medical survey. Also, having time to relax prior to your treatment will make for a better experience.
- Let your therapist know if the water is too warm, massage pressure is too much or if your pod feels claustrophobic. It’s your spa experience to be tailored to you.
- Stay hydrated. The steam from the thermal waters will keep you perspiring, which is great for removing toxins from the body. You’ll need to refuel with plenty of H₂O.
- Take time to unwind before leaving the spa. After spending a few hours relaxing, it’s important not to abruptly re-enter the hustle and bustle of the daily grind.
With just a few pointers you, too, can melt away your stress in Hot Springs. Click here to see the full listing of spas in Hot Springs.