12 Swoon-Worthy Hotels Built on Hot Springs

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Between natural hot springs, onsens and geothermal pools, there’s no shortage of healing bodies of water on planet Earth. Known for their medicinal benefits (aka the ability to cure a myriad of skin issues such as psoriasis and provide relief to aching muscles), these magical watering holes have been in high demand for centuries. They’ve also been somewhat tricky to locate, which is why we’ve rounded up a list of ’Gram-worthy contenders that can be found at hotels, resorts and Japanese-style ryokans (or inns) around the world. Bath time never sounded so good.

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Castello Di Velona Resort

1. Castello Di Velona Resort, Thermal Spa & Winery (Tuscany, Italy)

  • Why We Recommend It: majestic views of the Tuscan countryside, UNESCO World Heritage Site, close to famous towns like Sienna and historical abbeys

After you recover from the initial shock of pulling up to this 11th-century military fortress, spend your days living la dolce vita under the Tuscan sun, frolicking from one thermal pool to the next. When you’re ready to retire, opt for one of the extra-plush sunset rooms and suites overlooking Velona’s vineyards, and make sure you don’t leave without partaking in the epic truffle hunting excursion. Obviously, that’s paired with a long, leisurely lunch alfresco and generous pours of vino.

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Bio Hotel Stanglwirt

2. Bio-Hotel Stanglwirt (Going Am Wilden Kaiser, Austria)

  • Why We Recommend It: organic farm, five-star spa, saltwater pool, eco-friendly design

The hills are alive (and so are the thermal pools) at Stanglwirt. The subterranean water world has won more awards for its eco-friendly spa and one-of-a-kind wellness program than we can list here, but it’s worth pointing out that the five-star hotel has just as many pastimes that don’t require a bathing suit, such as riding the prized Lipizzaner horses and roaming the surrounding alpine pastures.

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Two Bunch Palms Resort & Spa

3. Two Bunch Palms Resort & Spa (Desert Hot Springs, CA)

  • Why We Recommend It: adults-only, 600-year-old natural spring, variety of experiences and spa treatments

Sometimes you need a little kid-free R&R, and that happens at Two Bunch Palms Resort & Spa. From the moment you step on the property, you won’t have to think about a thing. From the hot spring to yoga, tarot card readings, art workshops and a seasonal menu, every detail is thoughtfully taken care of. Just popping in for the day? Opt for the day retreat, which will give you access to wellness programs, the springs, a spa treatment and a poolside meal.

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Tabacón Thermal Resort & Spa

4. Tabacón Thermal Resort & Spa (Nuevo Arenal, Costa Rica)

  • Why We Recommend It: spa treatments in outdoor bungalows, close to Arenal Volcano National Park, day passes available

True rainforest vibes come with neighboring volcanoes, cascading waterfalls and restorative hot springs—and Tabacón Thermal Resort & Spa encompasses all of these features. Naturally heated by the volcano’s magma, the river pools can reach temps up to 105°F, but the real draw is the adults-only Shangri-La gardens where you can lounge around in private cabanas (post-soak) with cocktails from a full bar.

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Blue Lagoon

5. The Retreat at Blue Lagoon (Grindavík, Iceland)

  • Why We Recommend It: subterranean spa, private lagoon, Michelin-starred restaurant, float therapy, in-water massages

Iceland is lauded for its abundance of hot springs, but the most famous of the bunch would have to be Blue Lagoon. Otherworldly beauty abounds here, thanks to a dreamy landscape carpeted in dark green moss and milky blue water, and the newly opened Retreat at Blue Lagoon is what #suitegoals are made of. Pro tip: Plan your arrival to coincide with the Northern Lights.

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Dunton Hot Springs

6. Relais & Chateaux Dunton Hot Springs (Dolores, CO)

  • Why We Recommend It: beautiful alpine landscape, outdoor activity options, indoor and outdoor hot springs access

A closer look at this former 1800s ghost town turned luxury Relais & Château resort reveals plenty of reasons to check in. Cozy-chic accommodations, tented outdoor living rooms, steamy hot springs and icy plunge pools make Dunton worth the trek. If you’re worried about a lack of Wi-Fi in these remote parts, don’t be. There’s high-speed connectivity in every cabin.

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Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel

7. Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel (Alberta, Canada)

  • Why We Recommend It: located in Banff National Park, historic property with original architecture, award-winning spa and mineral pool

The historic (and Insta famous) Fairmont Banff Springs, also known as the “Castle in the Rockies,” has it all: close proximity to the national park (a UNESCO World Heritage Site), fairy-tale-inspired scenery and tranquil hot springs to soothe tired joints after a rigorous day on the slopes. Plus, you can’t beat the plethora of year-round options for an outdoorsy audience—hiking, fishing, river rafting, dog sledding and snowshoeing are the norm.

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Mimpi Resort Menjangan

8. Mimpi Resort Menjangan (Bali, Indonesia)

  • Why We Recommend It: secluded lagoon, art workshops, underwater activities, villas with private hot springs

Nestled between Menjangan Island and West Bali National Park sits a tropical paradise rich in biodiversity—and natural hot springs. Unwind in the secluded watering holes (that are naturally enriched with sodium chloride, calcium and sulfate and reach 115 degrees) before befriending the neighboring monkeys, sampling delish Balinese cuisine and exploring local markets and coral reefs teeming with exotic species.

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Ojo Caliente Mineral Springs Resort & Spa

9. Ojo Caliente Mineral Springs Resort & Spa (Ojo Caliente, NM)

  • Why We Recommend It: one of the oldest health spas in the country, pools are naturally sulfur-free, acclaimed spa using Southwest botanicals in treatments

“The Land of Enchantment” is much deserving of its nickname and one of its most mystical—and stress-free—properties would have to be Ojo Caliente. Set on 70 rustic-meets-relaxing acres, finding the path to spiritual enlightenment and physical well-being has never been easier. Fun fact: The storied health resort is home to four different types of mineral water (lithia, iron, soda and arsenic) and the only hot springs in the world to claim that accolade.

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Galeria Thermal Bešeňová (Bešeňová, Slovakia)

10. Galeria Thermal Bešeňová (Bešeňová, Slovakia)

  • Why We Recommend It: private thermal pools, geothermal water park, full-service spa

When in Slovakia, bathe in the lap of luxury at Galeria Thermal Bešeňová, a holistic haven with its own private thermal pools and sauna. Or, venture over to the outdoor geothermal pools at Water Park Bešeňová for a balmy swim and thrill-inducing slides. Once you’ve worked up an appetite, recharge with a piping hot bowl of spiced goulash soup, or bryndzové halušky, gnocchi-shaped dumplings topped with sheep’s cheese and bacon.

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Homestead Resort

11. Homestead Resort (Midway, UT)

  • Why We Recommend It: geothermal spring located in a crater, water activities like snorkeling and paddle board yoga, inclusive vacation packages

So you’ve been wanting to go scuba diving, but what about scuba diving in a 10,000-year-old crater? Totally possible at Homestead, thanks to the 96-degree geothermal spring hidden within a massive limestone rock. As the only one of its kind in the continental U.S., the recreational options are endless, but our favorite is the stand-up paddle board yoga class.

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Tobira Onsen Myojinkan

12. Tobira Onsen Myojinkan (Nagano Prefecture, Japan)

  • Why We Recommend It: indoor and outdoor access to hot springs, Ayurvedic massage treatments, reflexology and lithotherapy services

Tobira Onsen Myojinkan is unlike most ryokans found in Asia, and that begins with its location. Nestled high up in Japan’s “Northern Alps” sitting over 3,000 feet above sea level, it gives you a scenic view of snow-dusted mountains during one of the many alkaline water-fueled soaks you’ll enjoy during your stay. It’s the ideal place to wash away any aches and pains—and the notion of ever returning home. And for those travelers seeking an authentic experience, it offers traditional Japanese-style rooms and accommodations, in addition to Western ones. Did we mention there’s a sleeping bath on the premises? Now that’s calling our name.

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