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(BPT) - Hot Springs, Arkansas, gets its name from the natural thermal water that flows from 47 ancient hot springs down into the heart of the city each day. The unique therapeutic qualities of the springs have attracted visitors to the city for more than a century to soak in the historic bathhouses.

Today, guests are finding more modern transformative treatments at Arkansas’ first and only spa to achieve the coveted Four-Star rating in the Forbes Travel Guide — Astral Spa at Oaklawn, Hot Springs. Oaklawn also received a desirable “Recommended” rating for the 198-room Oaklawn Hotel.

Forbes Travel Guide is an independent global rating system for luxury hotels and spas. Inspectors, posing as regular guests, visit the facilities unannounced and test approximately 900 standards to determine the rankings.

Louis Cella, president of Oaklawn, says the Forbes rating is quite an achievement for the spa and hotel, which opened in 2021.

“Our hotel is one of the finest hotels anywhere. You would have to get on an airplane and fly outside of Arkansas to see another Forbes Four-Star rated spa,” Cella said. “The standards that we must meet for such a rating are extremely high. However, we look forward to pushing the envelope and looking for opportunities to refine the guest experience even further in the future.”

Astral Spa is an adults-only facility that provides visitors with a luxurious, customized experience. The spa offers all the traditional services that guests expect such as massages, facials, skincare and body treatments. What makes Astral Spa one of only 201 Forbes Four-Star rated spas in the world are the premium amenities including a state-of-the-art fitness center, dedicated men’s and women’s wet lounges and locker rooms equipped with heated loungers, needle showers, steam rooms, infrared saunas, whirlpool tubs, cold rooms and a dedicated co-ed parlor.

There is also a couple’s suite with a soaking tub and exclusive couple-friendly amenities.

Oaklawn Hotel is located adjacent to one of the country’s premiere Thoroughbred racetracks. Race fans from across the globe travel to Hot Springs to experience racing at its highest level, with the best horses, best jockeys, best trainers and best owners. The road to the Kentucky Derby begins at Oaklawn.

A stay at Oaklawn offers guests valet services, an escort to your room by our friendly bellmen, luxurious room amenities, superb room service and concierge assistance for your every need.

Oaklawn is also home to fine dining, including two 2023 OpenTable Diners’ Choice Award recipients — The OAK room & bar and The Bugler.

The OAK room & bar features an innovative menu and one of the most extensive wine lists in the region. The Bugler offers carefully curated seafood and steak options and a spacious outdoor patio where guests can dine overlooking Oaklawn’s historic racetrack.

After a morning relaxing at Astral Spa, a day at the races and dinner at one of the world-class restaurants, guests can test their gaming skills at Oaklawn’s casino. There are several gaming options available including classic slots, table games and sports betting.

As the sun sets, Oaklawn’s resort transforms into a hub of live entertainment, where the Oaklawn Event Center stage comes alive with diverse and captivating performances from some of the biggest names performing today. Whether you prefer a night of soulful melodies or the thrill of a live comedy show, Oaklawn's entertainment offerings promise to leave you enchanted.

A day at the Forbes Four-Star Astral Spa or a stay at the Forbes “Recommended” Oaklawn Hotel are not merely visits; they are immersions into the soul of Hot Springs, where the essence of the city's history intertwines seamlessly with the modern allure of a world-class destination.

Indulge in the unique harmony of luxury, history and relaxation that only Oaklawn can provide. Discover a world where Forbes stars align, promising an unparalleled escape in the heart of Hot Springs, Arkansas.

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