Heaven on Earth: 3 Spa Destinations to Visit Once in a Lifetime
When going on a holiday to celebrate a special occasion like an anniversary, honeymoon or birthday, it isn’t just about sightseeing in the sizzling sun. How about a spa destination? Slide into a thermal pool and relish the sheer joy of soaking into a natural spa. The waters found in these spas occur naturally and will provide you with a gorgeous sense of relaxation and wellness. Here are 3 famous spa destinations which are definitely worth a visit.
Blue Lagoon, Iceland
Located 39 kilometres from the capital Reykjavík, getting to the Blue Lagoon, one of Iceland’s most visited attractions, only requires 50 minutes. You could mistake this lagoon for any other natural landscape owing to its black lava rock punctured with milky blue waters and a large stream billowing like clouds. However, the visual appeal of the Blue Lagoon is only part of the adventure; the glorious water comes from a nearby geothermal power plant and contains natural salts and minerals, such as silica, that work wonders on the skin. You can choose to bathe and relax in the geothermal pools, as well as treat yourself to the Blue Lagoon Spa Ritual, a truly unforgettable experience. The waters reach temperatures as high as 39-40 degrees centigrade, which is enough to melt away your fatigue almost instantly.
Terme di Saturnia, Tuscany, Italy
Saturnia is an ancient village in Tuscany, popularly known for thermal spas whose waters have bubbled out of the Earth for over 3000 years. The village was once a haven for the Romans, who used it as a resting station to re-energize following their long journeys. The Romans believed that the springs were a gift from the gods and were formed when Jupiter’s thunderbolt aimed at Saturn struck the Earth. These spas are characterized by cascading turquoise blue pools and picturesque waterfalls that provide breath-taking backdrops. The waters are also endowed with natural properties like iodine, calcium and Sulphur, all of which are natural skin cleansers.
Thermae Bath Spa, Bath, UK
Relish a full relaxation experience in Britain’s only naturally warm waters by visiting the Thermae Bath Spa. In this award-winning natural spa, you will have a chance to soak up in an open-air rooftop that also provides fantastic views over Bath. Visit this place after your excursions and enjoy distinctive experiences in the Infrared Sauna, Celestial Relaxation Space, Ice Chamber and or Roman and Georgian steam rooms. You may also slide into the indoor Minerva Bath and sit below powerful massage jets or lie back and let the water currents carry you.
If you’re looking for some specialized treatment, try the Watsu therapy, where a therapist will cradle you in a private thermal water pool. You may also relieve stress and tension by getting a conventional full-body massage.
Hot springs are some of the most amazing natural spas where you can relax and unwind after a long day of sightseeing. These spas contain mineral-rich waters that gather into natural pools or artificial ponds. While there are many natural spas globally, the above three suggestions are among the most photogenic.
Have you ever been to any of these three places? If you haven’t, which one is at the top of your bucket list?
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