With the stresses of modern living clouding our day to day, I can’t help but dream of spending my summer relaxing at one of the spa destinations around the world. These international spa destinations offer the ultimate escape from daily life.
Hakone is located just one hour from Tokyo. With a history of over 1200 years, it is the home to over a dozen natural hot springs. Surrounded by lush greenery and a stunning view of Mount Fuji, the hot springs or “onsens” are commonplace and affordable. Depending on personal preference, there are a variety of onsens available. Ranging from raw and natural hot springs to more luxurious alternatives. Both options propose an escape from the hustle and bustle of Tokyo.
Often referred to as the “Pearl of the Danube”. Budapest is home to a staggering amount of over 80 natural thermal springs, feeding dozens of mineral-rich baths. The water is rich in calcium-magnesium-hydrocarbonates and is used since the 14th century for both medicinal and relaxation purposes. Luxuriate in a thermal spa and take advantage of the water’s healing powers!
The Blue Lagoon, Iceland
The volcanic island of Iceland sits atop reservoirs of naturally heated water, enriched with minerals as a result of geothermal activity. The Blue Lagoon, arguably one of the most famous geothermal spas in Iceland, offers vivid blue and mineral-rich waters. The open-air and streaming pool in the midst of an otherworldly landscape offers a point of refuge and relaxation, not to mention the health benefits associated with taking a dip.
Home to a large number of Hindu temples and pilgrimage centers, Uttarakhand is known as “Land of the Gods”, and as a result, has a deep connection to Ayurvedic treatments and healings. Ayurveda, translating into Life Science, is wellness meets”doshas” – energies relating to the five universal elements. Bordering Nepal and Tibet, this northern state offers a view of the Ganges and the Himalayas, making it the ideal location to reconnect with nature.