We love seeing the dynamism of nature wherever we travel and sometimes its extra inviting because the earth provides warm waters and places to soak in the restorative properties of mineral infused hydration. These are places we have been and enjoyed for natural mineral springs and we think you will too.
This hot spring rises out of the barren desert mountains in a little oasis. The valley is a couple hours from Amman but it has a beautiful hotel on site and it is very much worth the trip. The water comes out of the ground boiling, so you can’t get right next to the source, but close enough to see the colorful caves and enjoy delightful relaxation in the shade.
Viterbo, Italy: Terme dei Papi
These famous Springs have been used for over 2000 years by Roman Generals, Popes, Painters and just about everyone really. Viterbo sits at a 2 hour train ride North from Rome and it is a fascinating Medieval city. The springs sit at a hotel just 2km from town and they fill out into a very large pool which can accommodate many visitors. Inside the hotel are all sorts of wellness and treatment routines, from food, to massages to scrubs.
Conveniently set up as a close suburb of Zurich, travelers and tourists getting started on a trip of Switzerland should take advantage of this small town with great wellness potential. The warm mineral waters present in the town of Baden have been used as a source of healing, wellness and even energy since Roman times and of course modern implementation yields relaxing venues to enjoy the natural benefits. Simply follow the street signs marked Spa or baden. As a general reference point most are located along the banks of the central river which flows through town, the Limmat River. The waters pass through 3000 meters of rock layers on their way to the surface which means these waters have some of the highest mineral content in all of Switzerland.
Fort Myers Florida USA
Nestled along a sleepy stretch of historic highway 41 just South of Fort Myers in an area called San Carlos Park lies a developed mineral spring site. The local attraction is known by many visitors who swear by its restorative properties, yet many locals could be forgiven for not having noticed it, since it sits on the property of a regular looking Days Inn Hotel. There are shower facilities and a garden area around the springs and entry is ten dollars for the day.
Budapest Hungary: Gellert Hotel
These mineral springs are in the heart of the city’s downtown. They are lovingly captured at the Gellert hotel within ornate rooms, pools and sauna and steam facilities. Many tourists visit for a few hours or a day and it can get a little crowded. The price is affordable and the architecture really one of a kind, so it is a worthwhile stop when in Budapest.
North Port, Florida USA
The Warm Mineral Springs of North Port are in a quiet corner of Florida’s Gulf coast. Still you will find many vacationers, mostly Eastern Europeans indulging in the massive lake which is fed by a hot spring 200 feet below. The facilities are pretty basic, but there are all sorts of interesting attractions, from foreign food and newspapers to exercise classes and lakefront sunbathing chairs, it is a unique mineral spring.
This spa town is located around an hour from the capital of Bratislava. It is a quaint city with excellent restaurants and several grad hotels. The wellness area is fascinating. You spend a certain amount of time in each area. We moved through several hot mineral pools then into a mudbath area and finished with a hot towel wrap. It is a bit more formal than a typical spring experience, but it was very rejuvenating.
Baden Baden, Germany
This town in Western Germany near the French border is home to a spa culture that is very well known in Europe. There are very classy hotels, fine restaurants and exquisite shops in this fairytale town. The spa centers can be exclusive hotels or larger public facilities that have both indoor and outdoor portions.
La Fortuna de San Carlos, Costa Rica
Fed by the nearby sulfur and activity of volcanos, these springs are abundant have hotels build around them. It is located around three hours from San Jose and there are many flights there as well. Tabacon is a luxurious hotel we recommend here and the little town is really nice and surrounded by restaurants. It is one of the best values in all of Costa Rica for hotels.