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. Expect an authentic experience in a utilitarian but nostalgic setting, with mineral baths, massage and other services available.
Calistoga Spa Hot Springs hotel is located in downtown Calistoga and has been welcoming guests in in its waters and mud baths for decades. Enjoy four outdoor Mineral Pools (Lap Pool, Wading Pool, Jacuzzi Pool and Soaking Pool), with naturally heated geo-thermal waters of different temperatures. The Spa offers massage, reflexology, volcanic ash mud baths, and mineral steam bath with blanket wrap. A fitness center has classes and yoga available.
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. Wilbur Hot Springs Guests appreciate the natural healing mineral waters in the traditional Japanese style onsen 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.
This beautiful resort in the Colorado mountains is located at the West Fork of the Dolores River, perched above beaver ponds and aspen groves. Dunton Hot Springs makes its home in a Ghost Town lovingly restored in rustic luxury. Enjoy fine dining, luxury lodging and camping, spa services, hot springs soaking, and so much more beneath the glistening San Juan peaks.
Glenwood is home to the World’s largest hot springs pool, plus a 107 room lodge, water slides, mini golf course, an athletic club, and the Spa of the Rockies. A recent and complete renovation of the historic sandstone bathhouse was done in a tribute to the spiritual beauty of this majestic landscape in the West.
The Historic Bath House at Mt. Princeton Hot Springs Resort is open daily to the public. This building was built in the mid 1800’s just after the Civil War. Enjoy the Soaking Pool, Exercise Pool and the hot springs in Chalk Creek where you can create your own private hot springs and control your temperature. Each pool is fed by its own natural geothermal hot spring that is bubbling up into the actual creek bed and into majestic circles of stones that create natural pools of warmth and rejuvenation. Open late at night the hot springs are great to sit and gaze at the stars at night.
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.
Indian Hot Springs Resort offers hot springs and geothermal cave baths that average from 104 to 112 degrees F. Plus, enjoy separate private indoor pools for men and women, and an outdoor mineral water swimming pool. The resort is open all year, and is just 45 minutes outside of Denver. If you are an overnight guest at the resort, you’ll enjoy complimentary mineral water soaks in the pool and discounted rates for hot mineral baths.
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. There’s a cool water pool with a slide for children, four hot pools for the family, and dozens more for adult-only quiet soaking.
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. The pools are open year round, and heated sidewalks and floors means you never need to make a 20 yard dash. Visit the Massage Center to complete your Hot Pool experience.
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, and light creates a comprehensive system that promotes health and healing. Services include Massage Therapy, Light & Color Therapy, Sound Therapy, Mud Wraps & Detox, Aromatherapy, Energy Work and Yoga Therapy.
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. There are both indoor and outdoor baths, most with access to cold plunges. There are two public baths–one for mixed bathing and one for women only. More luxurious are the private baths for just you and your guests. 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.
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 guests can relax in a beautiful, laid back environment. Riverbend is one of our favorite 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.
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 man-made 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 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.
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. This hot mineral water flows through Ainsworth’s pools, naturally changing the water at an impressive rate of six times daily. Open year round.
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 and 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.
This traditional Japanese Onsen welcomes day guests and inn guests. There are a total of 9 baths in the Inn; 5 which are private (you can enter and lock the door and have it all to yourself) and 4 that are communal baths: one each for men and women-inside and 2 outdoor communal baths (“rotenburo”). Kanaguya’s hot spring water comes from 4 different sources of hot springs in the mountains surrounding the inn. This inn inspired Hiyao Miyazaki’s film Spirited Away and was deemed a National Cultural Asset in 2003.