Hot Spots: The Best Places to Soak in Hot Springs Around the World
There are few things in the world more relaxing than a soak in a hot spring.[slideshow:1245]
These earthly wonders are rich in minerals, warm to the touch and both legend and some recent visitors have said they heal ailments ranging from joint pain to skin issues. Set in wondrous places like Bali, Iceland and Turkey, these springs are well worth the travel.
The bright green and baby blue hues of the water mystify, while the surrounding atmosphere adds to the magic. These springs are nothing short of world wonders and you need to see them for yourself.
The Blue Lagoon—Grindavik, Iceland
Easily one of the most famous attractions in all of Iceland, the baby blue waters of the Blue Lagoon hover between 98 and 104 degrees and are said to have a magical effect on skin. The combination of silica, algae and minerals help exfoliate and reduce inflammation so well that there’s actually a line of skin care products made from the water. Open year-round, the site tends to get busy, so the staff recommends visiting in the late afternoon if possible.
Arenal Hot Springs—Costa Rica
The tropical paradise of Costa Rica has been blessed with natural beauty you need to see to believe and its hot springs are no exception—especially those near the Arenal Volcano. The active, but “resting” volcano lends its heat to waters at its base, which makes for a blissful retreat for all of the senses.