Before the age of modern hot tubs, men and women found another way to soothe their sore muscles and relieve the stress of the day: natural hot springs. For centuries men and women used hot springs for their wonderful health benefits and relaxation. There are thousands of hot springs around the world in almost every corner of the earth. We’d like to share five of the best hot springs around the world.
The second largest Greek island, Evia, is a heavenly spot that is as popular today as it was during the days of Aristotle. With over 80 natural hot springs available and man-made canal routes to send the steaming water into public and private bath houses, there are plenty of places to enjoy the revitalizing water of Evia.
The only way to reach Evia is by bus or ferry, and it’s about a two and a half hour trip but definitely worth it. The best months to go are between June and October with a simple hotel room costing about €55 (approx. $75) per night that includes access to thermal bathes and amenities.
Waikite Valley, New Zealand
In this small town of north central New Zealand, just south of Rotorua, you will find the largest source of pure boiling water in New Zealand. Of course, it’s quite unwise to take a dip in the ‘Living Waters’ of Te Manaroa Spring, you can watch the water cascade to main splash pools where you can enjoy the (non-boiling) warm temperatures of the water.
We love these springs because they’re accessible via wheelchair and are family-friendly which allows everyone that’s willing to take a trip to enjoy these great pools. Of course, after the long flight to New Zealand, you’ll need a good warm bath (About 24 hours flight from New York).
La Fortuna de San Carlos, Costa Rica
Originally known as El Borio, the city changed it’s name after the eruption of the Arenal Volcano which devastated the east side of its base, destroying two villages and a mass of land. El Boria remained untouched and changed it’s name to what translates to “the fortunate.”
You’ll feel quite fortunate when you visit this beautiful small town with Thermo-mineral rivers that flow through tropical gardens to reach bathing pools that you can relax all day in. Of course, there is plenty to do around the area such as visiting the monstrous Arenal Volcano and La Catarata de la Fortuna, a waterfall 70 meters high. With daily excursions to take, it will be easy to enjoy the warm baths of La Fortuna at night while taking it easy.
Strawberry Springs, Colorado
Back in the States, there are plenty of hot springs to visit, and one of our favorite is located deep inside the Colorado forest. A collection of stone pools make up Strawberry Park Hot Springs.
Open year round, this is a great spot to visit in the middle of winter, when you can spend a long day skiing or snowboarding on Colorado’s famous Champagne Powder snow before relaxing inside the steaming waters.
Myvatn Nature Baths, Iceland
Here is a great year-round hot spring that’s perfect for a long day of relaxation and hydrotherapy. Whether it’s summer or winter, you’ll find an experience like none other. If you’re there the right time in the summer, the sun never sets. And in the winter, it may stay dark longer, but it just gives you more time to enjoy the breath-taking Northern Lights.
Located just south of the Arctic Circle, the water’s view reveals a landscape of lava and lava formations that have developed throughout the centuries. Sure, there’s plenty of other activities to participate in, but who could leave the springs when such amazing views are all around you.
Of course, not everyone has time to galavant around the world to find their very own favorite hot spring. That is why ThermoSpas has created a full line of affordable hot tubs that bring the joys of a hot spring right to your own backyard. With options ranging from a modest two-person hot tub, to an impressive 12-person Swim Spa Trainer, we know you’ll be able to find the hot tub of your dreams.
[image courtesy of Strawberry Hot Springs]