by Mary E Tjotjos

Wellness Travel Guide

United States—Thermal & Mineral Springs & Healing Waters

The Gideon Putnam Roosevelt Baths & Hotel

The nurturing and healing waters of the Roosevelt Bath & Hotel has been paramount to its history of preserving the Saratoga Springs. Each visit begins with a private soak in the naturally effervescent water, followed by nature-inspired therapies for a wellness experience.

The Greenbrier

Set in the Allegheny Mountains in White Sulphur Springs, West Virginia, the Greenbrier’s mineral spa offers a variety of services for relaxation and comfort. Guests can luxuriate in a whirlpool bath or soak up the healing properties of the native sulphur waters.

Glen Ivy Hotsprings

This gem beneath the Santa Ana Mountains is lined with bougainvillea, lavender and palm trees. Take the mineral-rich waters or a mud-bath detox. Glen Ivy offers Southern California’s only red clay mineral bath, which draw out impurities.

Ten Thousand Waves

A Southwest version of a Japanese hot springs resort, in the hills near Santa Fe, this spa blends outdoor baths, massage and Zen gardens to create a serene oasis. Ten Thousand Waves is a day spa that now also offers lodging for those who seek to linger.

Ojo Caliente Mineral Springs Resort & Spa

Just North of Santa Fe you’ll find Ojo’s secluded sanctuary. Celebrating 150 years as one of the oldest natural health resorts in the U.S, Ojo is the only hot springs in the world with four unique, sulfur-free mineral waters including iron, lithia, soda and arsenic. The diverse spa menu offers soothing and restorative treatments including nurturing massage and hydrating body and face therapies.; An Ojo Spa Resort.

Sierra Grande Lodge

Guests can find adventure and relaxation at the Sierra Grande Lodge & Spa. Every day includes a soak in a private indoor or outdoor tub with healing, mineral-rich geothermal waters. Take a private tour with Ted Turner Expeditions to explore a half million acres of wilderness. These tours include an educational hike, photography lesson, or bike trek. Another option is a hot air balloon adventure where guests can see the Fra Cristobal mountain range. Guests can relax with holistic spa treatments including centering bodywork, custom facials, and skin-soothing polishes and wraps.

Sunwater Spa

This wellness and healing center, located six miles from Colorado Springs, embraces the area’s rich history and has prime views of Pikes Peak. The facility offers seven outdoor cedar mineral tubs, an infrared sauna, an indoor pool, hot tub and cold plunge pool. Guests can take a variety of classes including Vinyasa Flow yoga, Tai Chi and World Belly Dance. Innovative body treatments are available for those looking for deeper relaxation and escape.

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