Before modern medicine was developed, people relied on the Earth’s elements such as geothermal mineral hot springs for healing and self-care.
Nowadays, the springs are still utilized for hydrotherapy, but evolved to provide first-class facilities in order for patrons to receive some serious pampering and utmost relaxation. To inspire your next excursion, this list showcases several renowned spa towns and mineral springs resorts around the world for an entire mind and body rejuvenation.
Located on an island surrounded by Vah River, this world-renowned spa city is an oasis of health, sport and cultural activities alongside a number of licensed natural health spas or spa facilities to complete your journey back to rejuvenation. The beautiful Thermia Palace, the first 5 star spa & wellness hotel in Piestany, offers more than 60 treatments using its on-site thermal water, unique mud pool and the special medical wellness programs for a comprehensive experience.
Though its first impression is rugged and rustic, Dunton Hot Springs is an award-winning exclusive resort located at a restored 19th-century mining town that holds a trove of luxuries and tranquility. Choose from twelve dreamy log cabins with exquisitely furnished interiors or a luxury tent for a thrilling glamping experience. The hot springs may be enjoyed in various ways; inside the restored 19th century Bathhouse, under the stars at the source, in the pool outside the Bathhouse, in the pool behind the Dunton Store cabin, inside Well House cabin, or out on the river (Christoph's spring).
Not far from the natural phenomenon Dead Sea is the Hammamat Ma’in (Ma’in Hot Springs), just a leisurely drive from the historic city of Madaba. Located 264m below sea level, the cascading mineral-rich waters of these hyper-thermal waterfalls bring visitors flocking to this oasis in dramatic terrain. For accommodation, check in to Evason Ma’in Hot Springs & Six Senses Spa, which offers a wide variety of professional services including mud wraps, hydro-jet baths and showers, underwater massages, mud facials, electrotherapy and cosmetology treatments.
The 5 star Hotel ADLER THERMAE Spa & Relax Resort Tuscany has revived this longstanding tradition in the form of a modern wellness center where one can savor a relaxed yet stylish Tuscan holiday atmosphere while enjoying nature and architecture, as well as carefree luxury. Immerse in a thousand square meters of indoor and outdoor pools filled with steamy thermal waters, and let the cozy warmth, relaxing vapors, and the magical picturesque views of rolling hills bring you pure joy and inner peace.
Located on the lava landscape of Grindavik, Blue Lagoon is perhaps one of the most popular attractions in the country nicknamed ‘The Land of Fire and Ice’. Hordes of visitors come to enjoy its silica and algae mask bar, bathe in the steamy volcanic water, or even get an in-water massage. Find exclusivity at The Retreat, an ultra-luxe spa resort in the vicinity of this Nordic hotspot. The five-star property is actually built into an 800-year-old lava flow, which blends seamlessly with otherworldly moss-covered lava fields in its surrounding.
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