If you're under the impression that spas are a modern phenomena, you couldn't be further from the truth. These natural spas have existed since ancient times, and have now become top destinations for those seeking a relaxing retreat. Known to have therapeutic benefits, a visit to these baths will truly give you a beauty treatment that will rejuvenate your senses. There are a variety of different experiences waiting for you - luxurious or free of charge, indoors in historic sites or surrounded by natural landscape, there's something for everyone wanting to escape the routine.
Blue Lagoon, Iceland
Just over 40 years old, the Blue Lagoon of Grindavik, Iceland, is a much loved and frequented spa by both locals and tourists. It's notorious for its beneficial properties and spa lovers cannot miss an incredible experience in this icy blue destination. Looking up at the clear sky while soaking in the natural turquoise hot pools will transport you into another dimension.
Saturnia Spa, Italy
The beautiful baths of Saturnia are located in Tuscany and have seen visitors since the Etruscan Roman times. At a constant temperature of 38 degrees, you can indulge in the hot spas during the day and the night. The spring water is rich in sulfur and magnesium which decreases blood pressure. The water, if ingested, has an amazing antioxidant effect that helps with digestion. You get all these medicinal properties, plus tranquility and warmth for free! It doesn't get better than that, does it?
Pamukkale is commonly known as the cotton castle - because of the baby-blue pools that lay flat on a white cliff and this makes it one of the most remarkable spectacles of nature. These warm waters are abundant with calcium and other minerals, and thanks to these minerals, the sedimentary rock deposited by the waters created small terraces of pristine, healing waters. As of now, just a fraction of this magnificent natural hot spring is accessible to the public and you can only enter barefoot. We recommend visiting this ethereal destination during Spring and Autumn.
Chena Hot Springs, Alaska
A rather new discovery, the Chena Hot Springs are increasing in popularity, becoming an immediate favorite among tourists that visit. The springs are surrounded by stones, covered in ice and the scenery looks surreal. What's mind blowing is that the waters can reach a temperature of almost 70 degrees, in a country where the average is -3 degrees! If you plan your trip in February or March, you will be able to see the Northern Lights while basking in the hot springs.
Bay of Sorgeto, Italy
Located in Ischia, this green island has numerous thermal baths of volcanic origin and their temperatures can reach to one hundred degrees! The Bay of Sorgeto is close to the sea and in approximately 200 steps, you'll reach the natural thermal baths. The sunset view is something you cannot miss, and the best part - this paradise is completely free!