From the icy tundra of Alaska to the arid desert of the Atacama, our molten-to-the-core planet is laced with underground plumbing that regularly springs a surface leak known as hot springs. And visiting these hot springs can be a therapeutic addition to any vacation. With its medicinal qualities these soothing hot-springs adorning the landscape rejuvenates the body and mind. Earth’s mineral-rich tonic begins as rain that seeps miles underground, gathering concentrations of everything from sulphate to magnesium. The water is heated for hundreds or even thousands of years before percolating to the surface via rock fissures at temperatures ranging from 90°F to 212°F!
A vast number of unsupervised hot-springs can be hurtful to the human body. Though thanks to the wellness enthusiasts and entrepreneurs who have spent years taming many of our planet’s hot-water faucets and have turned them into destination spas with thermal pools regulated at the ideal temperature.
Here are 3 Hot Spring Resorts you would love to stay in!
1. Banjaran Hot Springs
The Banjaran geothermal hot springs are cradled by 260 million-year old towering Paleozoic limestone hills, verdant rainforest, natural caves and cascading waterfalls. The landscape around is drawn naturally with its eternal beauty.
Built around the wondrous hot springs is a boutique stay designed for people who wish to completely unwind. Located just 3 hours away from Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia’s first luxury natural hot springs wellness retreat that offers bespoke holistic experiences specially designed for recouping peace and relaxation, restoring overall well-being and rekindling romance. This is one of the resorts where the wellness options are absolutely natural. No artificial saunas or rooms built for meditation & yoga. Naturally formed caves and hot springs form the centre of the wellness therapies.
They have natural hot springs with temperatures ranging between 40- 70 degrees. At the edges of this lake they have the Geothermal dipping pots that enables you to take a dip and enjoy the hot/ warm spring water. If you find the water too hot, you can just switch on the cold water tap and adjust the water temperature to your liking.
2. Blue Lagoon Geo Thermal, Iceland
This geothermal natural spa with its milky blue water is on every traveler’s bucket list. It is probably the most famous hot springs around the world. Some say it is overpriced but it is one of those places where you should visit at least once in your lifetime!
Just a few minutes from Keflavik International Airport, this place is always surrounded by lots of tourists and locals. However, the huge size of the pool leaves enough space for everyone there. To enjoy these blue waters completely you can also stay in one of the resort’s rooms for a night. You can also book the luxury lounge for three hours that includes private showers and changing rooms.
Not only does the peaceful water let's you enjoy the Icelandic air in the rugged lava landscape, the lagoon's geothermal seawater that is rich in minerals is known for its positive effects on the skin. The Lagoon is fed from the runoff of the geothermal plant and renews every two days.
In the resort one can visit a couple of saunas, massaging waterfalls, and buckets full of silica mud to slop on their face. A poolside bar serves reasonably priced drinks, and the heroic staff manages to keep the changing rooms clean. When hungry you can enjoy a wonderful meal at their in house restaurant.
3. Therme Vals, Switzerland
This minimalist natural spa complex is so trendy that devotees do not mind taking the long journey of 200 km from Zürich to take a dip in its hydrotherapy pools. In the Therme, time swirls softly round you. It murmurs peacefully to itself and ripples along, finally ebbing and seeping away into nothing.
Night bathing is offered to guests who bed down at Therme Val’s adjoining hotel, remodeled by the spa’s award-winning Swiss architect, Peter Zumthor. The idea was to create a form of cave or quarry like structure. Working with the natural surroundings the bathrooms lay below a grass roof structure half buried into the hillside. The Therme Vals is built from layer upon layer of locally quarried Valser Quarzite slabs.