Spending an hour or two in a thermal pool surrounded by natural beauty and fresh air is one of best ways to experience a new destination. These are some of the most stunning natural hot springs around the world to soothe your mind, body, and soul.
If you’re looking for a little workout with your relaxation, head to New Zealand’s Hot Water Beach, where you have to dig your own spot to soak. Before and after low tides, the hole you dig will fill with spring-fed water that contains plenty of natural minerals. Located south of the North Island’s Mercury Bay, this is a communal beach area that’s especially popular during the December-to-March summer months.
What better way to end a day of wine tasting in southern Tuscany than by taking a dip in the Cascate del Mulino natural springs? These warm Italian waters stay at a comfortable 99.5-degrees throughout the year and contain minerals known to boost digestive, circulatory, and skin health. Popular since Roman times, these hot springs remain free and open to the public.
Hot Spring in La Fortuna de San Carlos, Costa Rica
Arenal used to be one of the most active volcanoes in the world, but today it’s one of the most popular tourism destinations in Costa Rica. This region is known for its luxurious resorts, but you can still visit the Arenal Hot Springs if you’re traveling on a budget. Climb up on the larger rocks to access a big pool of volcano-heated spring water, but be mindful of slippery surfaces and varying temperatures.
Blue Lagoon is an outdoor geothermal spa with steamy waters fed from a lava field in a fishing town along Iceland’s southwestern coast. Visitors travel to this spa to soak in the mineral rich waters, full of natural silica and sulfur, which are known to soothe a variety of skin conditions. Approximately 400,000 people travel to these hot springs annually, where you can take a dip and slather yourself with silky mud any time of the year.
Hot Spring in Mammoth Hot Springs, MT, United States
The U.S. National Park Service doesn’t exactly advertise the Boiling River as a public bathing area, but you’ll often find visitors parked along the road near the “45th Parallel of Latitude – Halfway Between Equator and North Pole” sign at the Montana/Wyoming state line inside Yellowstone National Park.
Surround yourself with awe-inspiring peaks and glacier panoramas as you take a dip in the Banff Upper Hot Springs, located inside this Canadian national park. These soothing waters remain at a consistent temperature of 98°F–104°F and are loaded with natural sodium, calcium, and magnesium. If you’re feeling adventurous, you can reach the hot springs after a steep 3.5-mile hike up Sulphur Mountain and check out the rustic bathhouse when you reach the top.
One of the most alluring hot springs destinations in Turkey is the Pamukkale Hot Springs, which has been a popular bathing destination for thousands of years. Located in the city of Denizli in southwestern Turkey, Pamukkale (which literally translates to “cotton castle”) is made up of 17 hot springs with water saturated with calcium.
With 15 indoor baths and three outdoor pools, Turkey’s Szechenyi Bath is one of the largest and best bath spas in Europe. Over a million bathers travel to Budapest to visit these baths because they are relaxing, romantic, affordable, and near lots of other attractions. If you’re looking to fully experience every aspect of an elite thermal spa, you can take advantage of onsite massage therapies, facial treatments, and steam cabins.