6 Stunning Hot Springs Around The Globe That Are Truly Healing
Wellness retreats are all the rage right now, but let's not forget that Mother Nature herself truly offers the best places to relax. And the best part is that none of these places require an instruction manual or a WiFi password. We've gathered the most beautiful, natural hot springs in the world that are definitely worth traveling for.
The healing powers of natural hot springs have been used for thousands of years to treat various ailments. Therapeutic benefits include enhancing blood circulation, reducing stress, promoting sleep, and providing a mineral boost to your body.
Some hot springs – like the Blue Lagoon in Iceland – are high in silica, a compound known to smooth and soften dry skin. What could be better than getting these therapeutic benefits into your body while you enjoy a relaxing soak?
1. Blue Lagoon, Iceland
One of the most stunning hot springs in the world is located in Iceland. Nestled in a lava field near Grindavik, the Blue Lagoon is high in silica which gives it its milky blue hue. The silica deposits at the bottom of the lake can help smooth and soften skin. The water itself is rich in salts and algae which provides a mineral-rich cocktail for your skin to absorb.
2. Chena Hot Springs, Alaska
The Chena hot springs in Alaska are located within 40-square-mile geothermal area and produce a steady stream of water. The hot springs reach the temperatures of 165 degrees, and must be cooled down before you can even think about soaking in it. This hot spring is world famous for its legendary healing mineral waters and its spectacular views of the Aurora Borealis displays around March.
3. Reykjadalur Hot Springs, ICELAND
Not surprisingly, two of the best hot springs in the world are located in Iceland. Unlike many of Iceland’s other well-known hot springs, Reykjadalur is not a public pool, but rather a small river that runs from natural hot springs in the mountains.
Above all, seclusion is a word to describe this hot springs, because visiting Reykjadalur is one of the most untouched locations nature has to offer.
To get there you have to hike about an hour up a small mountain. Along the way, you will find incredible waterfall views and a few bubbling mud pits. If you are a science geek, it's worth noting that this site houses extremophile micro-organisms, that are capable of surviving in extremely hot environments.
4. Polynesian Spa, Rotorua, New Zealand
Polynesian Spa, New Zealand. Photo by Polynesian Spa Resort
The Polynesian Spa sits alongside Lake Rotorua. The spa's geothermal hot mineral waters are sourced from two natural springs and feed into 28 hot mineral pools. As their website notes, "The slightly acidic Priest Spring waters relieve tired muscles, aches and pains while the alkaline waters of the Rachel Spring nourish the skin." It is approximately a one hour drive (80km) from the Port of Tauranga. In addition to the springs, they offer wellness rituals including hydrotherapy and a reflexology to complete the experience.
5. Hierve El Agua Oaxaca, Mexico
Some of the most breathtaking views from a hot spring are seen from Hierve el Agua in Oaxaca. From a distance, you can see an enormous rock formation that looks exactly like a frozen waterfall. This rock formation is in fact formed by mineral deposits on top of a limestone mountain. On the ledges you will find two water pools famous for their medicinal properties. These particular springs are high in both calcium carbonate and magnesium. The name literally means "The Water Boils". Thousands of years ago, the natives used this water to irrigate their plants. Magnesium rich soil? Yes please!
6. Pammukale, Turkey
The most beautiful picturesque travertine terrace formations in the world are located here in Pammukale. These formations have been built over millions of years by limestone deposits. Not to mention, you can even bathe, as the Romans once did, in a pool filled with warm, mineral water and swim on top of submerged ancient columns. It's like being lost in a real life Roman mythology story setting. One visitor noted, "You have never seen anything like this. Really amazing. Here are some tips. Take a taxi to South Gate, 25 lira. You see Hierapolis first then you walk down to the pools. Wear socks, shoes are not allowed, bring swimming gear, have fun!"
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