Four of the Most Famous Thermal Spas and Hot Springs in the World

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Whether you’re a fan of swimming, or simply love to admire a cracking view, there are countless stunning bodies of water throughout the world that are definitely worth a visit!

Blue Lagoon, Iceland 

This geothermal spa is perhaps one of the most iconic swimming spots in the world its aquamarine water and balmy temperatures draw thousands of visitors a day. Not only is the Blue Lagoon a mesmerising mineral-rich wonder, but it also makes for a luxurious experience and features its own spa and three gourmet restaurants. The spa offers a range of beauty and therapeutic treatments, making this location a fabulous option for couples embarking on a romantic getaway. Day visits to the spa are also available and pre-booking is required: a standard ticket includes entry to the Blue Lagoon, a mud mask, towel use, and a beverage! The water temperature typically ranges from 37°C to 40°C and is surrounded by a picturesque volcanic landscape.

Photo of the Blue Lagoon in Iceland

Huanglong National Park, China

Huanglong National Park is a scenic woodland area complete with stunning surrounds and tiered natural baths! The water in these hot springs is a glistening turquoise and the temperature typically sits between 35°C and 45°C, making it an ideal place to go for a warming swim. This UNESCO World Heritage Site features 300 small bodies of water in total and is surrounded by emerald green woodland, towering trees, and snow-capped mountains, making it a truly breathtaking site. There are a range of picnic benches scattered throughout the park, which are handy for taking a break from exploring the area or grabbing a bite to eat. 

Photo of Huanglong National Park, China

Cenote Ik Kil, Mexico 

This beautiful pool of water is one of Mexico’s best-loved and most picturesque cenotes, located near to the Chichen Itza Mayan ruins. Tickets cost 120 pesos, which is under £10, and includes entry to the cenote. Located below land level, visitors must climb down a 26-metre staircase before reaching the natural bath. The Cenote Ik Kil holds a large amount of cultural and historical significance: it was sacred to the Mayans and was commonly used to make offerings to the rain god. Much like the Blue Lagoon, Cenote Ik Kil has now become a luxury holiday destination and features a hotel, a range of cottages available for renting, and a restaurant!

Photo of Cenote Ik Kil in Mexico photographed from above

Kuang Si Falls, Laos 

The Kuang Si Falls are a collection of tiered pale blue pools, ideal for swimming in. These falls are located in Laos and are one of the county’s most adored attractions. When visiting this area, tourists are able to climb to the top of the falls where they can admire the breathtaking view before wandering back down the slope to the mesmerising baths. There are a number of pools to bathe in, however it is important to respect the signs indicating which pools are open for bathing and which are not. There are a few bathing areas that are considered sacred to the local population and are therefore no-swim zones. Kuang Si Falls also features a range of public changing rooms surrounding the water, where guests can change in and out of their swimming gear. When visiting this spectacular location, make sure to keep an eye out for rope swings hanging from the trees overlooking the pools!

Photo of Kuang Si Falls, Laos