The naturally warm water of hot springs is often said to have healing properties, but whether you are visiting for their medicinal properties or simply to enjoy spectacular views, hot springs are a unique way to unwind.
Blue Lagoon, Iceland
The milky blue waters of this striking black lava field have become one of Iceland’s most popular attractions. Even in wind, rain or snow, the temperature of this sulphurous, silica-rich spa remains about 38 degrees Celsius.
Terme di Saturnia, Italy
This luxurious group of geothermal springs, set in picturesque southern Tuscany, is said to treat ailments from acne to bronchitis. The 37-degree-Celsius water, which is heated by a volcanic crater, bubbles out of the earth at 500 litres per second.
Takaragawa Onsen, Japan
The hot waters of Japan’s onsens are world-renowned for their healing properties. Bathers at Takaragawa can enjoy total rest and relaxation in hidden hot spas amid the sloping mountains and gently rustling trees of the Gunma prefecture.
Travertine Hot Springs, US
Named after the type of limestone deposited by mineral springs, this easy-to-access Californian site offers bathers pools of turquoise water with views of the Sierras. While the water is scalding at its source, it flows down the rock face to reach the pool at 40 degrees Celsius.
Although these springs are off-limits to people, Huanglong National Park – a UNESCO World Heritage Site – is still a sight to behold. The crystal-clear pools stretch for miles along the park’s rolling hills and can be viewed on foot or from cable cars that run above the park.