30 Favorite Hot Springs and Mineral Springs
Hot Springs and Mineral Springs Spas offer an on-site source of natural mineral, thermal or seawater used in hydrotherapy treatments. The resulting benefits are the backbone of “balneotherapy”, defined as “the branch of medical science concerned with the therapeutic value of baths, especially those taken with natural mineral waters”.
Balneotherapy as a field of study is truly ancient and has been an accepted part of education in medical schools worldwide, particularly in Europe and Asia. The practice has thrived most in regions where ample water sources exist.
What’s the difference between Hydrotherapy and Balneotherapy? Simply defined, balneotherapy is considered a more-inclusive science of medicinally beneficial modalities which, while overlapping with hydrotherapy, includes the broader use use of mineral waters in drinking, bathing, soaking, treatments — including mineral water rich muds and sands for body wraps and scrubs — beyond recreational use.
We’ve selected a few of our favorite places to soak up the waters, both destinations for the simple pleasure of a mineral water hydrotherapy soak, as well as more advanced therapeutic waters used for balneotherapy. Among our favorites is a grand, landscaped pool filled with mineral waters in a resort setting in Tuscany, another is a visually stunning and almost mystical experience in the blue lagoon of Iceland, while another, Kanaguya Onsen in Japan, is believed to be the inspiration for Studio Ghibli’s “Spirited Away” bathhouse.
No matter grand or humble, a good soak always does you a bit of good.
The Chena Hot Springs resort is truly a one-of-a-kind destination whether you are interested in Aurora viewing tours, relaxing in the hot springs, enjoying an “appletini” in the Aurora Ice Museum, getting a fabulous therapeutic massage, taking dog sled or cart rides, enjoying flight-seeing tours or any of the other fabulous activities offered year-round. Chena is a scenic 60 miles from Fairbanks. Shuttle available.
Located On Historic Bath House Row in beautiful downtown Hot Springs, Arkansas, Buckstaff Baths is the only remaining operational bath house within the boundaries of the Hot Springs National Park and has been in continuous service since 1912.
Vichy Hot Springs Resort and Inn is designated as California Historical Landmark No. 980. Established in 1854, Vichy Springs has 18 rooms and 4 cottages, naturally sparkling 90º mineral baths, a communal 104º soaking pool, an Olympic size swimming pool (seasonally), therapeutic massage, herbal facials, and more.
A “Sanctuary for the Self” in Northern California’s coastal range. Guests appreciate the natural healing mineral waters and more – the hotel’s unique and rustic charm, the solitude and peace found here, the many opportunities to reconnect with nature, and taking part in enjoyable recreational activities afforded in a private 1,800-acre nature preserve.
Neither the impossible beauty of the drive beside the West Fork of the Dolores River, the road perched above haunting beaver ponds nor the dancing light through the aspen groves prepares you for the first sight of Dunton Hot Springs. This Ghost Town has been lovingly restored, is honestly weathered, but also boasts fine dining, luxury lodging and camping, spa services, hot springs soaking, and so much more beneath the glistening San Juan peaks.
Box Canyon Lodge welcomes visitors all year to enjoy 135 to 155-degree Sulphur-free hot springs. Terraced on the mountainside, the outdoor redwood spas (at 103 to 108 degrees) are situated so you can enjoy the mineral hot springs and the spectacular 360-degree views of the mountains surrounding Ouray.
Hot Sulphur Springs is one of the nation’s oldest, largest and finest natural hot mineral springs resort and spa, where the Ute Indians once bathed, healed mind, body, and spirit. Minerals in the water include sodium, sulfate, chloride, silica, potassium, calcium, fluoride, magnesium and trace elements of arsenic and lithium, all of which are good for the inside and outside of the body.
Yampah has natural underground steam baths located in a historic hot springs mountain retreat. Hot mineral waters flow through the cave floors at 125 degrees F. to create our natural geothermal steam baths. In addition to the Vapor Caves, the spa offers a full range of contemporary health and beauty treatments.
Bubbling out of natural underground springs, Lava Hot Springs water is laden with minerals, but has no sulfur and therefore no unpleasant odor. The spring’s temperatures range from 102 to 112 degrees. Visit the Massage Center to complete your Hot Pool experience.
This historic hotel has 36 guestrooms, indoor heated mineral water swimming pool, and a game room area. The guestrooms are a mix of respect of the past and some modern comforts, including WiFi throughout the hotel. Hotel packages include Room, Spa, and dining in a cozy Restaurant.
Boulder Hot Springs B&B rooms come complete with a hearty, satisfying, nutritious breakfast prepared for each guest. Rates also include use of mineral pools and spa. The natural geothermal mineral baths and steam rooms are an important part of the spa facilities at Boulder Hot Springs Inn and Spa. Enjoy massage, healthy outdoor exercise, nutritious food, and a natural environment of healing.
Steamboat Hot Springs is a historic landmark 7 miles south of Reno, Nevada. Hydrotherapy in combination with sound, color, light, and massage therapy, creating a comprehensive system that promotes health and healing.
The Albuquerque Baths is newer style urban spa is designed for relaxation with a beautiful, comfortable and communal setting. Enjoy a long soak in a solar-heated hot tub and a cleansing sweat in an authentic Finnish cedar sauna. Cool off with a dip in the Blue Hole, rest in a beautiful garden courtyard and then do it all again.
The humble beginning of 10,000 Waves was a small bathhouse in 1981. It is now a beautiful B&B and Japanese Spa, with much more than just bathing. All massages, spa treatments, and skin care regimens are designed to compliment that amazing feeling of release that occurs when we settle into a big pool of hot water.
A complete throw-back to being on the road in a golden era. The Charles Motel is a characteristic and historic 1940’s style motel and mineral bath house. Spa services include massage therapy, reflexology, holistic healing, Ayurvedic consultation, wraps and 112 °F mineral baths. Twenty remodeled apartment-style motel units, nine private individual drain and fill soaking tubs with both hot and cold water. Group tub on the roof. Massage therapy and spa service available.
Located in the historic town of Truth or Consequences and near Spaceport America, Riverbend Hot Springs is an affordable, smoke free, hot springs spa, where our guests can relax in a beautiful, laid back environment. Riverbend is one of the best hot springs in the southwest for its clean, comfortable pools and its unmatched views of the Rio Grande river and Turtleback mountain.
Gideon Putnam Resort combines historic character with exceptional service and modern facilities for the ideal Saratoga Springs spa vacation. Roosevelt Baths & Spa offers mineral baths, with each bath is set up for individual use. Offered individually for 40 minutes or before any treatment for 20 minutes, guests are encouraged to relax and experience this legendary Upstate New York hydrotherapy at their leisure. Read a blogger’s 2010 review with photographs.
Bagby Hot Springs is managed by the USDA Forest Service and is open for 24 hour use. There are three bath houses at the site. The main bathhouse has five cedar log tubs each in a private room. The lower bathhouse has three log tubs and a large round tub located on an open deck. The upper bathhouse is has one large round tub on an open deck.
Deep beneath the lawns and gardens of the Lithia Springs bubbles Ashland’s hot springs, unique hot mineral water reminiscent of the soft mineral waters of Europe. While thewater at Lithia Springs Resort is naturally highly alkaline, it also has a high level of positive ions. Relax and enjoy a good soak in what the Indians considered “holy water.”
For spa enthusiasts, Springs Eternal Spa at the Omni, a 30,000-square-foot full service spa, is one of the few spas in the country utilizing natural spring water in all of its treatments. The spa’s treatments are inspired by the resort’s eight mineral springs, first used by the local Native Americans for their healing properties.
Try the waterslides or relax in a gigantic pool filled with rejuvenating naturally warm mineral water (87 degrees F). This sparkling spring water flows from an enormous thermal spring at a rate of 5000 gallons a minute. The therapeutic “healing” water of Evan’s Plunge has soothed visitors for over one hundred years. Today it’s no different, only with more excitement available with three Waterslides, Tarzan Rings, Fun Tubes, Kids Pools and a full service Health Club. Enjoy some quality time with your family at Evans Plunge, it will make everyone feel younger.
Krause Springs is a camping and swimming site located in the Hill Country, about 30 miles west of Austin. There are 32 springs on the property. Tent and RV sites are both available. Guests are welcome swim, relax and stroll through the Butterfly Gardens; The manmade and natural pools have some of the cleanest natural Texas spring water flowing through it non-stop.
Thermopolis is home to the World’s largest mineral hot spring. Swim, soak or slide into adventure at one of our spas, filled with the healing waters of the mineral hot spring. Spas feature indoor and outdoor pools, relaxing sauna and steam rooms and huge water slides for the kids. Visit Hot Springs State Park and see a Buffalo herd bring to life visions of an old west frontier where Butch Cassidy and The Sundance Kid made Thermopolis a regular stop.
Take a dip in the Saratoga Resort & Spa’s healing mineral hot springs. The incredible high mineral content and no sulphur odor ranks these springs with the world famous German springs. Guests enjoy on-site dining with hand-crafted microbrews are available, pampering spa treatments, healing mineral hot springs, numerous activities, comfortable accommodations, and a friendly staff.
The Blue Lagoon is a unique geothermal spa where guests relax in warm geothermal seawater. Facilities include modern dressing rooms and showers, indoor pool, conference room, and restaurant. A geothermal beach, lava caves and silica mud are parts of the lagoon area. In addition to bathing in the lagoon, guests enjoy relaxing in a lava cave and geothermal steam bath.
The springs originate in the Cody Caves area, which is directly above and to the west of Ainsworth Hot Springs. The water works its way down through porous rock to a depth of 1-1/2 to 2 km. The water picks up temperature at a rate of 40C per km down until it strikes what is known as the Lakeshore Fault.
The Escaldes-Engordany region has an abundance of natural thermal water springs which led to the birth of spas. Guests to Caldea enjoy a thermal spa unlike any other, with spectacular facilities, baths, a Hammam, a Japanese garden, outdoor Jacuzzis and a private solarium, water beds, and the aquatic bar and its Gaudí-inspired terrace. Relaxation is essential in order to enjoy the benefits of Caldea after bathing and fitness sessions, and infrared services and sunbathing is encouraged.
This award-winning spa is renowned for the outdoor Scandinavian Baths experience. Guests spend hours soaking whilst enjoying the serenity of the surrounding natural environment. Minutes from Collingwood & Blue Mountain Resort, the year-round experience offers Registered Massages, Getaway Packages & a delicious Bistro.
Located in historic downtown Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan, Temple Gardens features Canada’s largest therapeutic Geo-Thermal Mineral Water indoor/outdoor rooftop pool, a Leading Spas of Canada treatment facility, and an array of relaxing hotel guestrooms and suites which include signature terry cloth robes for use during your stay, and free High-speed wireless Internet. Sun Tree Spa is named after the Sun Tree that was built by local Moose Jaw artists, saved from demolition, and moved to its current home at Temple Gardens in 2002.
Puyuhuapi Lodge & Spa has 3 thermal open air baths on the edge of the fjord that allow you to enjoy a rejuvenating bath in the middle of a spectacular landscape, as well as during the night under the stars or a soft, southerly rain. The warm water and heating in the rooms also comes from its thermal springs.