Blue Lagoon is nestled in a rugged lava field 30 minutes from Reykjavik. This vivid turquoise pool can be easily mistaken for Iceland’s natural landscape, but it’s actually a man-made complex fed by mineral-rich water by the nearby Svartsengi geothermal power plant. The unique properties of its waters provide not only an enchanting lagoon experience, but also the patented, active ingredients in Blue Lagoon skin care: silica, algae, and minerals. There are also tubs white, silica-rich geothermal mud available to apply as face masks. In addition, the lagoon offers a sauna, a steam room, a waterfall, a luxury lounge, a café, an in-water silica bar and beverage bar, and a selection of in-water massage and treatments.
Terme di Saturnia Spa & Golf Resort, Italy
This unique spa resort gives you the luxury of regeneration that starts with spring water and relaxes your mind and body through a programme of well-structured activities. The experience begins with learning about the spirit of the place, such as the stories of beneficial divinities and people travelling there to be cured. This allows the guests to de-stress and to be in the right mindset for the upcoming time for themselves. This resort is set on the site of a rich thermal spring, surrounded by a beautiful natural environment. There is no wonder why the legendary health-giving properties of the silky-smooth, sulphurous waters continue to attract people from all over the world.
Rogner Bad Blumau, Austria
Rogner Bad Blumau is an artistic and quirky Austrian spa. Its Dead Sea salt grotto, pools, saunas and treatments rooms are fed by two springs. You can even swim between the indoor and outdoor pools! The experience is enhanced by underwater music and the uplifting rainbow-coloured architecture of Friedensreich Hundertwasser. The Vulkania curative spring, with 110C water straight from a spring almost 1km deep erupts with the help of a fake volcano, adds an element of sophistication. There are also separate pools for children and treatments such as physiotherapy and sports massages available.
Spreewald is a region near the German-Polish border and 105,000 acres of it is a UNESCO biosphere reserve assuring the preservation of the forests, wildlife and canals. However, Spreewald’s greatest treasures is underground: a hot spring with minerals and salts at levels similar to those in the Dead Sea. Spreewaldtherme’s pools draw from the hot spring. It is located in a modern building tucked inside the forest, with nine pools covering around 8,300 square feet, offering varying degrees of mineral and salt content. They offer hourly steam infusions made with local herbs and treatments such as massages with native-grown flax seed oil and Spreewald algae packs.
Cave Bath of Miskolctapolca, Hungary
This treasure is a “lake bath” that has been shaped into a cave bath. It has been excavated and channeled by water from hard bath stone cliff during thousands of years. To bathe in a swimming pool covered by nature with a wonderful thermal water and fresh air is an unmatchable experience. Many swear on the curative power of the bath, thanks to the medicinal cave climate and warm water. There are several different indoor and outdoor halls and basins, all of which will take your breath away. Star Hall is exceptionally eye-catching with a ceiling that looks like a star-filled night sky.
Hveravellir Nature Reserve, Iceland
Hveravellir Nature Reserve is nestled between the two big glaciers, Langjökull and Hofsjökull. Extending up to the foothills of Langjökull glacier Hveravellir is a geothermal hotspot with smoking fumaroles and bubbling water holes. It’s a great experience no matter the season, that is amplified by the spectacular wilderness that surrounds you. Fenced in by glaciers, mountains, craters and lava fields wherever you look the scenery is breathtaking. The geothermal pool is unique. Both hot and cold water flows to the pool and the water flows quickly, which means that the water is clean at all times and the medicinal qualities of the water are scientifically proven.
Aqua Dome - Längenfeld, Austria
This is one of the best thermal spa resorts in the Alps. They have a special pool environment and sauna area that will help you forget all about your everyday problems and allow your body to relax. The geothermal spring has become an Alpine playground with a generous complex of twelve indoor and outdoor pools. There are also three thermal pools hovering above the landscape in giant bowls. If you want some mood lighting, they have moonlight bathing once a week. The best part is that whether you’re there in the winter or the summer, you’ll have the breathtaking Austrian mountains as your backdrop.