Spa Profile: The New Moon Spa & Salon

New Moon Spa

Howling winds tear across the Ozarks. We’re on the garden level of a 19th-century hotel, walking down a hallway toward the morgue. Forewarned that some spirits take residence between the morgue walls, we trudge cautiously into the old cooler, where lifeless bodies waiting for their autopsies were once stored. The door closes, and at once we’re plunged into a sea of blackness. Suddenly a woman yells out, “Something touched me!” and the room lights up in a sea of camera flashes from impromptu ghost hunters, hoping to catch a glimpse of “the other side.” Our tour guide opens the door and we pile out, laughing nervously and wondering what we caught on film. I bid the morgue farewell, but just for the night: I’ll be back tomorrow to get a massage at the spa next door.

Spanning 7,000 square feet, The New Moon Spa & Salon is the largest business of its kind in northwest Arkansas, but that isn’t its only distinguishing characteristic: It also happens to reside next door to the above-mentioned morgue, now housed in Eureka Springs’ Crescent Hotel, dubbed by many “the most haunted hotel in America.” Not exactly an ideal setting for a relaxing spa experience, you say? Perhaps. But The New Moon isn’t about to let a few stray ghosts interfere with its commitment to serving the living populace. By Jennifer Billock

The New Moon Spa & Salon

Website: www.newmoonspa.com
Opened: 1997
Size: 7,000 sq. ft.
Average service ticket: $85 in the spa, $50 in the salon
Facilities: 12 massage tables, two esthetician rooms, full-service salon, bridal studio, infrared sauna
Number of employees: 25
Most popular treatment: Massage
Retail product lines: Aveda, Bare Escentuals, HydroPeptide, Moroccan Oil, Sonoma Lavender
Equipment/furnishing lines: etopa, Oakworks