Mountain Harbor Resort and Spa
Mount Ida, Arkansas
Situated along the secluded banks of pristine Lake Ouachita, the Mountain Harbor Resort and Spa is an oasis for any girlfriends looking to get away for a weekend retreat. This resort has been family-owned and -operated for more than 55 years and caters to groups of all sizes and budgets with its girlfriend getaway packages and numerous lodging choices, which include vintage cabins, spacious condos, premium cottages, cabanas, lodge suites and a recently added roadside motel.
Along with picturesque hiking trails for all skill levels — including a handicapped-accessible walking trail that winds along the shoreline of the lake — the resort boasts a full-service dining facility and a truly spectacular spa with treatments inspired by the local region.
“Turtle Cove spa is Lake Ouachita’s largest and nicest spa,” said Adriane Barnes, marketing director and special events coordinator for the Mountain Harbor Resort and Spa. “They work a lot to infuse nature into all of their treatments, and the products and the way they’re prepared have a lot to do with the crystal energy that’s unique to Montgomery County. We have the biggest presence of quartz crystals in the world here, so Turtle Cove has a lot of crystal-infused therapies and treatments to really hone into the special energy that is around here.”
Spas in Rogers
The people in Rogers, Arkansas, know how to pamper. Even if massages and pedicures aren’t your girlfriends’ cup of tea, this sensational location is sure to offer something to put your mind and body at ease. More than 14 spas can be found scattered across the city, including local favorites such as the Brieshi Salon and Spa, Preferred Touch Massage and the ever-so-popular-for-group-getaways Spa Botanica.
Spa Botanica is conveniently located inside the Northwest Arkansas Embassy Suites Hotel, Spa and Convention Center, and can accommodate groups of any size for relaxing and results-oriented skincare, massage, nail and body treatments.
“Our large facility allows us to accommodate groups of varying sizes, and we can customize an itinerary to suit any interests and budgetary needs,” said Ashley Spurlock, spa director at Spa Botanica, who noted that the large relaxation lounges in the spa are perfect for catching up on girl talk with a glass of wine or complimentary hot tea, fresh fruit and healthy snacks.
“We also offer a full-service hair salon featuring Moroccanoil products, spray tanning and gloMinerals makeup following spa visits to get you ready for a girl’s night out. I personally love our Moroccanoil ritual because it includes a dry body exfoliation and an orange-peel body buff, followed by an intense hydrating mask drizzled onto skin before a hot-stone massage melts the product into skin. It smells and feels great.”