Winter at The Omni Homestead Resort offers a slice of snowy mountain heaven with gentle ski slopes, romantic nights on the ice rink and decadent spa services for one or two.
Note: The story below appears in our Jan./Feb. 2015 issue. For the full story download our FREE iOS app or view our digital edition for FREE today!
I have never been particularly good at relaxing, but I have finally found something to coax me into utter passivity. I am lying face down on crisp white sheets, eyes closed, hair gathered gently above my neck as a spa therapist expertly scrubs the neglected skin of my back into baby softness with a vanilla sugar exfoliant. Next it’s my calves and thighs, then my so often overlooked feet. It is over almost too quickly, but I am not disappointed when she turns on the hot, massaging spray of a 16-jet Swiss mineral shower to leave my body glistening with its new skin.
But this isn’t all. She coats my skin with an apricot-scented body mask and wraps me in warm towels to open my pores and hydrate my winter-battered skin. Then when this is done, her deft hands begin caressing my muscles into limpness with apricot cream, releasing all the deep aches of my writer’s hands with her supple fingers that know all the perfect pressure points for putting mind and body at ease. This Apricot and Sweet Vanilla Wrap is only one among many signature treatments offered at The Omni Homestead in Hot Springs.
And while it’s true most visitors flock here in winter for the snow sports, I’m particularly smitten with being pampered at the resort’s 1892 spa, surrounded by its trim English gardens and bubbling hot mineral pool (for dipping feet in warmer weather).
From the moment I am received at the front desk until I have finally been divested of my fluffy robe and rubber slippers, my every need is anticipated before I can even ask.
This is living, and I highly recommend it.