hot springs

There may be no greater pleasure in life than taking a dip in a hot springs. The warmth of the water combines with the coolness of the air to heighten your senses. As your body descends into the warm abyss, you feel the tension and stress literally melt from your body. After a period of time, you enter a tranquil state of total peace. If it sounds like a religious experience that’s because it seems that way to us.

We have visited hot springs on four continents and each offers something different and unique. The cascading white travertine pools of Pamukkale in Turkey differ completely from the man-made grandeur of the Glenwood Hot Springs Pool in Colorado. While the small pools in the Tuscan hillside of Saturnia may be our favorite, we felt the most relaxed while sitting in a small hot pot at the base of Machu Picchu in Peru. Wherever the geology favors hot springs, you’ll find aficionados. And we’ll be right there with them! Here are some of our experiences.

Everything you need to know to visit the Vulcano Island mud baths in Italy. This includes things to do on Vulcano Island, how to get to Vulcano Island, tips for visiting the mud baths and hot springs, and also how to get to the black sand beach.

Slipping into the Vulcano Island Mud Baths

Like many of our trips, this one started out with a simple musing: “I wonder if they have any hot springs in Sicily.” We’re passionate about hot springs and we thought maybe we would get lucky, but had no idea it would lead us to the Vulcano Island mud baths in the Aeolian Islands.

A great wintry escape for a Steamboat skiing adventure!

A Wintry Escape for A Steamboat Skiing Adventure

It’s difficult to imagine a more perfect ski vacation. There’s a cute town, an incredible ski mountain, amazing snow conditions, and a fantastic hot springs to soothe our aching muscles. Skiing Steamboat Springs is the perfect wintry escape.

The beautiful view of Villaggio della Salute Piu, a spa and aquapark in Emilia-Romagna, Italy

Heaven on the Hillside — A Perfect Spa Day in Italy

Imagine the most fabulous photo you’ve ever seen of the Italian countryside. Then, add a series of pools to those hillsides where you can gaze out across the land and lose yourself in the serenity. This place is real. It’s Villaggio della Salute Piu.

The open-air rooftop pool at the Thermae Bath Spa.

Soaking Royally at the Thermae Spa in Bath

Many cities claim a heritage of thermal baths, but Bath delivers on that history. These days, the Thermae Spa in Bath has been completely re-envisioned as a modern palace of relaxation.

The Caldea INUU spa complex in Andorra.

Relax at the Spa Caldea – INUU in Andorra

A pointed dagger made of glass piercing the sky. That’s the first thing you see when you arrive in Andorra la Vella. This is the amazing Caldea INUU spa complex in the principality of Andorra. And it is an amazing experience!

The Szechenyi Spa - one of over a dozen thermal baths in Budapest, Hungary and the largest spa complex in the world.

Dipping Into the Budapest Thermal Baths

The capital of Hungary is The City of Spas. The Budapest thermal baths have been loved by locals and visitors for over two thousand years. There are more hot springs in Budapest than any other city in the world. During our recent trip, we connected with locals and took a dip into the city’s magnificent thermal baths.

The Kursalon and Cafe at the Kupele Sklene Teplice Spa in Slovakia.

Relaxation at The Kupele Sklene Teplice Spa in Central Slovakia

Throughout much of Central Slovakia, the mountainous geology yields a significant amount of geothermal activity and a robust spa culture has developed around these hot springs. We visited the Kupele Sklene Teplice spa on a breezy fall day for a relaxation.