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Travelers have been drawn to the mystical allure of hot springs for centuries. These natural wonders offer more than just a stunning escape from everyday troubles, as the minerals in hot springs offer rejuvenating properties. Nestled amidst some of the world’s most breathtaking landscapes, thermal hot springs around the world are paradise for those looking for a vacation filled with true rest and relaxation or the chance to connect with the natural world.

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Scenic Hot Springs You Have to See to Believe

The Blue Lagoon

Iceland’s Blue Lagoon and Retreat Hotel is one of the most famous hot spring vacation destinations. Considered to be one of the 25 natural wonders of the world, its opalescent blue misty waters are easily identifiable. These geothermal seawater springs get their famous color from rich silica, algae, and other mineral deposits, which are highly beneficial for the skin. Aside from a soak in the 98°F to 107°F lagoon, guests can enjoy beverages at the in-water bar or get extra treatments like service from the mask bar, sauna, steam cave, or massage and float therapists.

Dunton Hot Springs

While the Glenwood Hot Springs in Colorado may be the world’s largest, it’s Dunton Hot Springs that will leave you with an unforgettable experience. Seated deep in the San Juan Mountains in the Colorado Rockies is Dunton, a restored ghost town resort straight out of an 1800s western. This alpine valley region is surrounded by stunning mountain scenery. The springs range between 85°F and 106°F and feature calcium bicarbonate, dissolved iron, manganese, and lithium said to improve circulation, restore energy, and boost skin appearance.

Verde Hot Springs

Arizona is dotted with hot springs and spa retreats. However, some of the most famous hot springs lie off-grid in the middle of Tonto National Forest. Verde Hot Springs can be found on the western bank of the Verde River, which requires visitors to hike to the location and forge the river. Visitors will find the remnants of a former resort that have been transformed into colorful art gallery walls surrounding the hot spring tub. The spring itself sits from 92° to 104°F and is known for boron, calcium, iron, lithium, magnesium, sodium, rubidium, and cesium minerals that are said to offer some relief from arthritis, sinusitis, and rheumatism.

Terra Nostra Hot Springs

Terra Nostra Garden and Hotel is found on São Miguel, one of the nine islands that make up the Azores. The property and famous Terra Nostra Hot Springs were developed in the 1780s by Thomas Hickling, an American consul. The sulfur and iron-rich volcanic hot springs hover between 95°F and 104°F and offer guests skin and relaxation benefits. Guests should also take advantage of visiting the garden grounds, which feature many camellias and other rare plant species.

Saturnia Hot Springs

Located in south Tuscany, the Saturnia Hot Springs are a marvel straight from mythology. According to the legend, the Roman god Saturn created the collection of cascading hot springs from a thunderbolt sent to the earth to bring regional peace. The silky blue sulfuric waters, called the Cascate del Mulino locally, look like mini waterfalls where each shelf is its own pool. Guests are free to use these public hot springs year round, as the water sits at a comfortable 100°F. For a more private experience, visitors should check into the Terme Di Saturnia resort just around the corner.

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