Blue Lagoon in Iceland
It's not hard to believe that this stunning turquoise pool has been considered a world wonder
by National Geographic. Iceland's Blue Lagoon
is a man-made open air spa comprised of mineral-rich water and silica-rich geothermal mud. Located just 30 minutes from Reykjavik, it's a great place to spend a few hours applying its white mud on your face, which is said to give you radiant skin.
Poca da Dona Beija in Furnas, Portugal
Would you be interested in soaking in natural springs heated by a volcano? If this sounds like an adventure to you, look no further than the Poca de Dona Beija
in the Azores Archipelago, which gets up to 102 degrees. It's widely known as the Paradise Pools, Well Water, and Youth Pools, thanks to its therapeutic skin-care benefits. (Need further inspiration? These travel quotes
are sure to feed your wanderlust.)
The Dead Sea on the Israeli Coast
Just floating in the waters of the Dead Sea is known to relieve
everything from skin problems to muscle aches and joint pain. On top of being the saltiest body of water in the world, the Dead Sea has mineral-rich mud
that can help exfoliate, restore your skin's pH balance, minimize pores, and control conditions like eczema and psoriasis—basically your entire skincare regime in one muddy handful.
Pamukkale in Denizli Province, Turkey
Pamukkale fittingly translates to "cotton castle" in Turkish, which is exactly what comes to mind when looking at this natural phenomenon. A stunning tiered, pool complex, Pamukkale has been used for centuries to alleviate various physical ailments. Its surreal beauty and healing powers attract over two million visitors annually
, and it's been named a Unesco World Heritage site. But before jetting off, make sure to learn these travel secrets
booking companies don't want you to know.
Spring Baths in the Japanese Alps
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Japanese culture has included soaking in traditional onsen bathhouses
for thousands of years. The ritual is centered around the country's natural hot springs, so the best region for enjoying them is hands-down in the Japanese Alps, where there are active volcanoes. The towns of Kusatsu and Hakone, in particular, boast luxurious onsen
houses with several large baths and wellness resorts. Remember, bathing naked with others is considered completely normal and to be expected in Japan. If you've worrying about bathing naked with a stranger, allow this massage therapist to explain why you look better than you think
Fonteverde Natural Spa Resort in Siena, Italy
If you're looking to indulge in utter luxury, there's no skin-care destination as extravagant as the Fonteverde Natural Spa Resort
in Siena. Picture yourself soaking in the infinity pool's thermal waters surrounded by some of Italy's finest vineyards and olive groves. Built in the 17th century by the Grand Duke Ferdinando I de' Medici, this exclusive resort has maintained its reputation for providing world-class healing treatments. When you get there, make sure to make the most of your trip by attempting this life-changing travel habit
Volcanic Hot Springs in Araucania, Chile
Chile hugs the edge of a tectonic plate, so it's no wonder that volcanoes and geothermal hot spots abound throughout the country. One area that stands out as a skincare destination is southern Santiago in the Araucania Region. More than 170 volcanoes make this an ideal place to bathe in slate-covered waterbeds and mineral-water pools. To make matters even better, getting there involves a scenic route through lush forests and around pristine lakes. Find out the most extreme adventures in the worl
Thermal Baths in Budapest, Hungary
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There's a reason Budapest is unofficially known as the "City of Spas"—and, believe it or not, many of Budapest's 16th and 17th-century Turkish baths are still widely used today. There are 18 different pools and another ten saunas equally rife with history and all open for the experience. The neo-baroque Széchenyi Baths
are particularly popular, thanks to their high magnesium, calcium, and hydrogen carbonate contents. These make the water great for your pores, as well as arthritis, blood circulation
, and nervous system disorders.
Hot Springs in Beitou, Taiwan
Taiwan's landscape is littered with hot springs formed by (mostly) dormant volcanoes. Many of these springs have been converted into bathhouses and spas, as seen in the town of Beitou, which is home to a stunning thermal valley
. In the Yangmingshan area, you can even soak in the hot springs beneath the blooming cherry blossoms during spring. (How well do you know your travel lingo
? It's best to master it before you get on the plane.)
Volcanic Springs in the Northern Plains of Costa Rica
The continually erupting Arenal Volcano keeps the magma springs in Costa Rica's Northern Plains nice and toasty. The Arenal Volcano National Park has become a geothermal playground of lagoons, mud pots, hot springs, and natural saunas. Check out the incredible Tabacon Grand Spa Thermal Resort
for world-class mineral pools and ponds.