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The world’s most relaxing hot spring destinations

The modern traveler is not just booking a trip to visit loved ones or to see iconic sites. For many, vacations are just as much about health and wellness as they are adventure and fun.

Appropriately dubbed wellness tourism, this sector of travel is rapidly growing to reflect people’s desire to prioritize their health and well-being. The industry worth about $639 billion, according to the Global Wellness Institute. A trend report found that more than 20 percent of travelers were taking trips that were health- and wellness-driven.

“All around the world, more people are incorporating elements of health, prevention, self-actualisation, experience and mindfulness into their daily lives,” a 2018 Global Wellness Institute report says. “It is not a surprise that people now expect to continue their healthy lifestyles and wellness routines when they are away from home.”

One might choose to visit a yoga ashram or go to a holistic healing center. But one of the oldest wellness vacations might be visiting one of the world’s many natural hot springs. 

Natural hot springs, often nestled amidst picturesque landscapes, have captivated the hearts of travelers for centuries. There’s something undeniably enchanting about soaking in warm, mineral-rich water while surrounded by nature’s beauty. 

And for those who can’t find time in the schedule to go to Iceland’s Blue Lagoon or Rotorua in New Zealand, there is an at-home alternative to enjoying the therapeutic benefits of a natural hot spring. Hot tubs, with their warm water and hydrotherapy jets, can help you re-create the experience of visiting these natural wonders. 

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The therapeutic benefits of hot springs

The practice of soaking in hot springs, also known as balneotherapy or hydrotherapy, has a long and rich history dating back to ancient civilizations. The Romans, in particular, were well-known for their extensive use of hot springs for relaxation and healing. They built elaborate bath houses around natural hot springs, which were used for social gatherings and health treatments.

Natural hot springs contain a wealth of minerals, such as sulfur, calcium, magnesium, and lithium. These minerals are believed to have therapeutic properties that can help alleviate various health issues. 

But what are the benefits of soaking in natural hot springs?

Pain relief

People with arthritis, fibromyalgia, and muscle pain can see benefits from using a natural hot spring or an at-home hot tub. The unique combination of minerals, hot water, and buoyancy relieves pressure on the joints, increases circulation, and relaxes muscles. The minerals in hot spring water, specifically sulfur and magnesium, have anti-inflammatory properties. When absorbed through the skin, they can help reduce inflammation in arthritic joints and relieve muscle soreness.

Skin health

Many visitors report that the minerals in the water help improve the look and feel of their skin. The heat of the water and the minerals can help exfoliate and soften the skin. The sulfur in hot spring water has anti-inflammatory properties, helping those with skin conditions such as psoriasis and eczema. Visiting a natural spring can help reduce redness, itching, and inflammation for those people.

Stress relief

When people are booking their wellness vacations, one of the goals is to ease stress and anxiety. The warm water and serene landscape of a natural spring create the perfect setting for relaxation. The water temperature helps to increase circulation and relax the muscles, promoting an overall sense of well being. 

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The best natural hot springs destinations

Natural hot springs can be found all around the world — from remote areas in Alaska to popular destinations in Iceland. 

As the wellness tourism industry continues to grow, the timeless allure of natural hot springs will continue to draw in visitors as they seek relaxation, healing, and a connection to nature.

These hot spring destinations offer an array of unique features for any traveler, whether you want to escape from the stress of daily life or elevate your health.

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Blue Lagoon

Iceland, a land of fire and ice, is celebrated for its breathtaking landscapes, diverse geological wonders, and rich Viking history. One of the country’s top destinations is the Blue Lagoon — a natural hot spring that stuns visitors with its milky-blue waters.

As part of the Blue Lagoon experience, guests are encouraged to apply a layer of silica mud on their skin. This natural mud is readily available around the lagoon and is believed to cleanse, exfoliate, and revitalize the skin

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Beppu boasts the highest volume of geothermal water in Japan, offering a spectrum of hot springs that cater to every visitor’s needs. You can soak in therapeutic baths, take in panoramic views of the surrounding countryside, and immerse yourself in the rich Japanese culture.

Famous for its “hell” hot spring, there are a collection of geothermal pools that are too hot for bathing in Beppu.These brilliantly colored pools, such as the Blood Pond Hell and the Sea Hell, are a must-see.

For those seeking relaxation and rejuvenation, Beppu has a variety of onsen options. The mineral-rich water is believed to have various therapeutic properties, including soothing muscle and joint pain, reducing stress, and improving skin health.

Rotorua hot spring


Nestled in the heart of the North Island in New Zealand, Rotorua is famous for its geothermal activity, lush landscapes, and unique cultural experiences. But it’s the natural hot springs, hidden throughout the region, that truly make Rotorua a must-see destination. 

For those with an adventurous spirit, a visit to the Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland is a must. The landscape is dotted with colorful geothermal pools, volcanic craters, and bubbling mud pools. Witness the famous Champagne Pool, a stunning hot spring with vibrant orange and green hues, or marvel at the Lady Knox Geyser’s eruptions.

A little off the beaten path, Kerosene Creek is a natural hot spring hidden within a lush forest. The free-to-access pool is a warm and inviting place to unwind. 

Rotorua is not just about the hot springs; it’s a region of natural beauty. Surrounded by lush forests, geothermal landscapes, and pristine lakes, you can explore a wide range of outdoor activities. You can go hiking and biking or consider boating on Lake Rotorua.



Searching for an Instagram-worthy destination? It might just be tucked away in the Turkish mountainside.

Pamukkale is known for its striking white terraces, cascading pools, and its hot springs. 

The white travertine terraces resemble a cascading frozen waterfall, and they are created by the natural flow of calcium-rich spring water over the mountainside. Visitors are allowed to walk on the terraces and even dip their feet into the warm, mineral-rich water.

The Hierapolis Antique Pool, also known as Cleopatra’s Poo, is a picturesque pool fed by the hot springs. The thermal waters are rich in calcium, magnesium, and other minerals that are believed to provide a range of health benefits. These benefits include relief from muscle and joint pain, improved circulation, and the soothing of skin conditions. 

United States

You don’t have to get out your passport to visit a natural spring. The United States offers a diverse range of hot springs experiences. From Yellowstone National Park to Pagosa Springs in Colorado, are popular choices.

More than 4 million people visit Yellowstone each year, and one of the draws to this 2.2 million-acre park are its natural hot springs. One of the most famous is the Grand Prismatic Spring. The spring has a deep blue center that is surrounded by rings of orange, yellow, and green.  Another favorite, the Morning Glory Pool features unique shades of blue and green.

Ojo Caliente Mineral Springs Resort & Spa in Taos, New Mexico, is a popular destination for those who want to soak in a natural hot spring. With multiple thermal pools, mud baths, and private pools, it’s an ideal place to relax and rejuvenate while surrounded by New Mexico’s desert landscapes.

Pagosa Springs, Colorado, has the world’s deepest geothermal hot spring — the Great Pagosa Hot Spring. This beautiful mountain town offers various hot spring options, including the Overlook Hot Springs Spa and the Springs Resort & Spa. 

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Enjoy the benefits of hot springs with a hot tub

The benefits of a natural hot spring are cumulative. The more consistently you can soak in the hot and mineral-rich water, the better you will feel — whether you are seeking relief from pain or stress. 

But most people are not able to travel to a hot spring destination on a regular basis. 

Re-creating the experience of soaking in a natural hot spring with a backyard hot tub is not only possible but can be a great way to enjoy the therapeutic benefits and relaxation associated with natural hot springs. 

Water temperature

Master Spas hot tubs have adjustable temperature settings and features, providing a similar experience to natural hot springs. While the temperature of natural springs can vary greatly, you can set your water temperature between 100 degrees and 104 degrees for ultimate relaxation.

Moving water

The massage jets, which help target tension and muscle pain, also move the water around the ergonomic contours of the tub. The gentle flow helps mimic the water movement of a natural hot spring. And the added water features draw inspiration from nature, replicating the sound of falling water that many springs have.

Mineral-rich water

Similar to natural hot springs, which have mineral-rich water, Master Spas hot tubs use a mineral filtration system to keep the water clean and clear. Natural elements such as copper and zinc help to give the water a “soft” and more natural feel.

Nature-inspired landscaping

Soaking in a spring is not just about the water. It’s a holistic experience that includes the spring’s surroundings and the opportunity to spend time in nature. You can add plants, rocks, and landscaping to mimic the natural setting of a hot spring. Install outdoor lighting for evening soaks.

Master Spas hot tubs also feature waterline LED lighting, which adds to the ambiance and can help re-create the colors seen in natural hot springs. Give the water a green, blue, or even purple hue.

While visiting one of the top hot spring destinations is a unique experience, re-creating a similar experience at home with a Master Spas hot tub offers convenience, customization, and year-round access to the benefits of hot water therapy. It provides an inviting and enjoyable space for relaxation and well-being in the comfort of your own home.

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