6 Natural Hot Springs Around the World

Nature’s finest hot tubs!

Rejuvenating hot springs in Japan

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Natural hot springs offer an ideal place to bathe, relax, and unwind, water spas heated by the hot rock deep within the earth’s crust. Mother earth’s “hot tubs” have waters filled with dissolved minerals that soothe the skin and body. Some you can bathe in, others you can admire from afar. Let’s dive deeper into six  of the most beautiful natural hot springs around the world.

Yangpachen Hot Springs

Yangpachen Hot Springs in Tibet are the highest altitude set of hot springs in the world. Residing among the peaks of the beautiful Himalayan Mountains, these naturally-heated waters exist 14,764 feet (4500 meters) above sea level, according to Tibet Travel

You can only imagine the breathtaking views. You’ll feel like you’ve entered a dream state surrounded by the stunning scenery of the Nyenchen Tangula Mountains and a sanctuary of steam arising from the 150 degree Fahrenheit waters. As one of the most beautiful geothermal locations in Tibet, these hot springs are a must for all travel enthusiasts out there searching for that sweet escape.

Kurokawa Onsen

Japan is renowned for its vast variety of onsens — translating to hot springs — with over 2,300 to choose from! You’re sure to discover these naturally-heated pools to relax and unwind, no matter what region you visit. 

Kurokawa Onsen, located in Kyushu, is one of Japan's most attractive hot spring towns, according to the Japan Guide.  Embrace yourself in Japanese culture as you take a dip in these naturally-heated waters, fueled by volcanic activity, embedded into caves, and surrounded by bamboo. 

Hot springs in Kurokawa, Japan.

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Champagne Pool

The Wa-io-tapu, geothermal area in New Zealand translates to sacred waters in Māori. The Champagne Pool derives its name from the carbon dioxide gas that exists inside the 213-foot-wide (65 meters)  spring making it bubble just like a bottle of champers. Unfortunately, you can’t swim in these waters as they reach extortionate temperatures of 165 degree Fahrenheit, but you won’t be disappointed by what meets the eye with these vibrant colorful waters.


The healing hot springs at Pamukkale in Turkey are inspirational according to the Journal of Nomads. Pamukkale translates to cotton castle in English and when you visit these hot springs you’ll understand why. 

As one of Turkey’s top attractions, it’s no wonder this beauty is listed on the UNESCO World Heritage list. There are 17 cascading pools that  flow downhill in the River Menderes Valley with the highest pool said to be the waters in which Goddess Cleopatra bathed herself. Now that’s definitely a hot spring worth visiting! 

Woman enjoying the hot springs in Pamukkale.

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Termas Geométricas

Located in the center of Chile’s remarkable Villarrica National Park, this hot spring spa takes the phrase paint the town red to the next level. Made up of 17 different natural thermal springs with temperatures ranging from 95 to 108 degree Fahrenheit, you’ll discover a jungle of red walkways. According to Phaidon, Chilean architect Germán del Sol designed this space with Japanese architecture in mind, creating a sacred haven for individuals to venture to reach peace of mind through relaxing in nature. 

Blue Lagoon

The tranquil Blue Lagoon is considered one of the most beautiful places in Iceland, according to Conde Nast Traveller. From the milky blue waters to the pillows of clouds surrounding the geothermal seawater, you’ll arrive at Mother Nature’s very own luxurious spa. 

Relax and restore in the 100-degree Fahrenheit  waters as you treat your skin to some TLC with naturally occurring silica, algae, and mineral salts that will leave your skin feeling silky smooth! Soak up Iceland's beauty in all its glory with scenic views of the surrounding mountains. They even have swim-up mud mask bars where you’ll receive the full therapeutic works and reap the benefits of these mineral rich waters.

Enjoying the Blue Lagoon thermal springs.

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