5 Best Hot Springs Resorts in the World for Eco-Adventures



Summer isn’t your only chance to soak in the great outdoors; natural hot springs are perfect for a restorative dip. Think of them as the Earth’s most exquisite hot tubs, with many touting medicinal properties and skin-cleansing benefits. Enjoy our collection of 5 Best Hot Springs Resorts in the World for Eco-Adventures!
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Chena Hot Springs Resort, Alaska

Chena Hot Springs is an unincorporated community in the Fairbanks North Star Borough that is renowned for its hot springs and private resort. These destinations, in addition to a campground, are located at the end of Chena Hot Springs Road, a forest-flanked paved road that parallels the Chena River, 56 miles east of the Steese Highway and Fairbanks. From Mile 26 to Mile 51, drivers pass through Chena River State Recreation Area, a 397-square-mile preserve that includes the Chena River valley and nearby alpine areas. The recreation area is home to some of the best hiking, canoeing, public-use cabins and fishing in the area.

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Chena Hot Springs Resort is located approximately 60 miles Northeast of Fairbanks at Mile 56.5 the very end of Chena Hot Springs Road! The springs are at the center of a 40-square-mile geothermal area and produce a steady stream of water that, at 165 degrees, must be cooled before you can even think about soaking in it. The principal characteristics of the Chena Hot Springs waters consisted of its content of sulfate, chloride, and bicarbonate of sodium. In fact, it was very similar to the waters of a famous hot springs in Bohemia.

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The facility has several indoor and outdoor tubs, Jacuzzis, an indoor family swimming pool and outdoor Rock Lake – a boulder-ringed artificial lake that provides a wonderful and relaxing vantage point for watching northern lights in winter.

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Today Chena Hot Springs resort enjoys a clean, healthy and beautiful natural environment and continues to welcome people from all over the world to bathe in the curative powers of the hot waters. The Resort is located approximately 60 miles northeast of Fairbanks accessed year round on a State maintained road via Chena Hot Springs Road.

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 5 Best Hot Springs Resorts in the World for Eco-Adventures! Dip into these destinations!

These pools bubble up all over the world too. Some are more exclusive, with an entry fee, spa like treatment, and their own lines of mineral cosmetics, like Iceland’s iconic Blue Lagoon. Others seduce you with their views, beckoning you to take a trail up the crags of a purple mountain or amble to a deserted corner of the Japanese coast.

 Hot Springs in Erding

Soak away your cares. Erding is home to the largest thermal bath complex in all of Europe. But its not just relaxation you can find here. Kids will enjoy the waterslide park which has three different levels of difficulty and slides with psychedelic lighting. For visitors over 16 there is a clothing optional complex with whirlpools and day-glow cocktails. Bottoms up!
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Hot Springs in Hakone

Hakone is a hot spring paradise and Rakuyu-jurin day spa is one of the hidden gems. This open-air bath complex sits on stilts and looks a little like a tree house. Look for the paper lanterns that mark the entrance, and follow the winding stone path until you reach the red curtains. Only 100 people get in a day so be sure to reserve your spot in advance.

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Hot Springs in Beppu

Water baths, mud baths, steam baths, and even sand baths – endless options make Beppu one of the most popular hot spring resorts in Japan. Blessed with eight different ‘onsen’ (hot springs), its hard to decide where to start, but a top choice is Shibaseki Onsen. It sits next to a mountain stream and has been designated a national health resort because of its therapeutic waters.

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Hot Springs in Noboribetsu

This Japanese spa town in the Shikotsu-Toya National Park is sure to pep you up if you’re feeling weary. The thermal springs here reputedly contain 11 different waters that help ease everything from back pain to dry skin. One of the best ways to experience the springs is at a ryokan, a traditional inn where you can relax and try the local cuisine. Better yet, the largest ryokan in Noboribetsu is open 24 hours a day!

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Hot Springs in Bad Füssing

The hot, mineral-rich springs of Bad Füssing were actually discovered by mistake when the area was drilled for oil in 1938. A happy accident for anyone who loves a bit of pampering coupled with majestic mountain scenery. As well as three spas in the town, there’s a huge range of relaxing and rejuvenating treatments on offer – Bavarian beauty at its best!hot springs designrulz (1)

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