I have visited Hot Springs Resort and Spa every few years for the last 20 years. It has grown over the years but one thing is consistent- it's relaxing and healing! This is not a typical "resort and spa". It isn't luxurious or very sophisticated. It is simply a place with hot tubs that are filled with natural hot mineral water from the Earth that has healing and restorative properties. It has been around for ages and is now a commercial business. The tubs are in wooded, semi-private areas. You can request a hot tub. The newer ones above number 12 are really hot and require you to get out to breathe on occasion. The older numbers are a little less warm. Request hot tubs right on the river or where the river and creek meet. My favorite is number 8. Bring a book or MP3 player to do while you soak. Each reservation is for an hour and is about $20 for several people. It is very reasonable. There are tubs indoors, which are more expensive. I haven't seen or tried those. I had massages their twice, which were okay. I don't go there for that really. The store sells good massage oils and pain relief ointments, etc, that are good and mostly natural. The bathrooms are just small shacks with two toilets and three fitting rooms. I suggest that you come in your suit to avoid the shacks. Make sure you bring a container/cooler/jug to take home some water for free. There are faucets outside to use to get some of the mineral water to take home. I cook with it or drink it for a healthy boost. The mineral content heals pain, skin issues, etc. I love it there! Also, plan to sit by the fire to dry off and let the minerals soak in instead of leaving them in your towel.
The only con is the attendants, who are often teenagers. They aren't that helpful and tend to smoke a bit. So be prepared for that.
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- Hot Springs Hotel Hot Springs