Besides a spectacular destination and indulgent accommodation, activities also are an integral part of any trip. Some vacationers prefer energy-burning and adventurous activities; others choose to recuperate energy and will enjoy those provided within their guestroom. In either case, a spa treatment is often indulged in to accentuate the vacation mood.
These can be made all the more memorable in the right destination and setting. Imagine soaking yourself in a soothing thermal bath while gazing out on a mesmerizing, breath-taking natural view. Here are the 7 spa destinations we recommend.
Revel in the ancient city of Budapest, and discover its numerous historical, natural thermal baths with wonderful architecture dotted around the city: the art nouveau Gellért Baths, Turkish Veli Bej Baths, Széchenyi Baths where you can also play chess while bathing(!) and Lukacs Baths if you’d like to join a pool party.
2# Bath, UK
The remarkable Roman Baths, the namesake of the city, is where you will discover the ancient origins of the modern-day spa. Also enjoy the very up-to-date amenities at Thermae Bath Spa, and soak up (pun intended!) the city view.
3# Italy, Pré-Saint-Didier
QC Terme is the spa resort to go to in Pré-Saint-Didier. Bathing in a hot spring, amidst winter snow and with Mont Blanc’s peak as a backdrop, will be the most unforgettable experience of your trip. The zinc in its hot springs will nurture your skin and enhance your blood circulation.
4# France, Aix-les-Bains
Thermal baths existed in this town since the 5th century. The best spa establishments today are Thermes Nationaux, Thermes de Marlioz, and Thermes Chevalley. The town sits next to Lake Bourget, the largest and deepest natural lake of France, which has been an inspiration for famous artists over the centuries.
5# Japan, Hakone
Hakone is the current hot spot in Japan for spa lovers. Its numerous natural hot springs provide plenty of thermal water to its onsens and public baths. Visit a traditional bathhouse to enjoy traditional Japanese architecture, lower yourself into the deep tub of your choice and soak away as you contemplate on the beauty of nearby Mt. Fuji and the mountain ranges.
6# USA, Calistoga
Located at the summit of Napa Valley, Calistoga is packed with hot spring and mud spa resorts supplied by local volcanic ashes. Après-spa you can indulge at one of the plentiful world-class restaurants and in the region’s signature wines, as well as visit ‘Old Faithful of California’, the man-made hot springs excavated at the end of the 19th century.
7# Chiang Mai, Thailand
This northern city is nestled amidst nature and mountains, and there are natural hot springs for you to discover in various locations including Fang, Pongkwao, Theppanom and Sankumpang. You will have a nice day trekking along the nature routes, taking a massage course, soaking in the hot springs, and laughing at how eggs can be boiled!
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