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by Mary E Tjotjos

Wellness Travel Guide

International—Thermal & Mineral Springs & Healing Waters

Adler Thermae Spa Resort

This luxe, rural hotel and spa is located in Italy, just a few paces away from the vineyards of Montalcino. The healing waters of Tuscany are a thousand square meters of indoor and outdoor pools, completed by beautiful scenery year-round. adler-thermae.com

Blue Lagoon

Located on an otherworldly geothermal seawater lagoon in Iceland, the Blue Lagoon offers in-water massage, and healing treatment ingredients feature silica mud, sea salt and algae, as well as all the benefits of geothermal water. bluelagoon.com

Divani Apollon Palace & Thalasso

In the heart of the Athenian Riviera, Divani Apollon Palace & Thalasso offers two outdoor swimming pools, one with seawater, the biggest Thalassotherapy pool in Greece. With a focus on detoxing seaweed treatments, Divani offers nutritional counseling, private training and more to help guests meet their wellness goals. divaniapollonhotel.com

Forte Village Resort

One of Italy’s best thalassotherapy circuits, with six pure Sardinian seawater pools, each with a specific temperature, saline density and mineral makeup. While some are made of pure, mineral-rich seawater, or feature sea salt to help relax muscles and fight inflammation, most unique are the green-hued pools infused with sea oil, brine, mint and aloe, to encourage detoxification and draining and boost endorphins. fortevillageresort.com

The Gainsborough Bath Spa

Gainsborough Bath Spa, located minutes from the remains of thefifth-century Roman baths, offers a Roman Bath hydrotherapy circuit, organic facials, muscle-easing magnesium wraps, a signature Aquasana (in-water yoga) and watsu massage, in the central heated thermal pool. thegainsboroughbathspa.co.uk

Grail Springs Retreat for Well-Being

Located near Bancroft, Ontario, known as the Mineral Capital of Canada, Grail Springs Retreat for Well-Being takes a holistic approach to wellness, in a gorgeous natural setting. Offerings include yoga, detox, healing spa treatments, expert talks on the art of living well. grailsprings.com

Harrison Hot Springs Resort & Spa

Take a dip in one of the spa’s healing mineral springs at Harrison Hot Springs Resort & Spa. The oasis is an hour-and-a-half drive from Vancouver and provides body treatments, from the Glow with organic cane sugar to the Reveal Facial with marine-derived ingredients. harrisonresort.com

Regina Isabella

The only five-star hotel in Ischia, in the Bay of Naples, the Regina Isabella Thermal Spa features thermal mineral springs that bubble up from the ground, as well as bioactive mineral mud treatments and a medical program to help harness the healing benefits of both. You can dine at the hands of the Michelin-star chef, and work with nutrition experts to devise a bespoke program. reginaisabella.com/en

Rogner Bad Blumau

An Austrian destination and resort, the Rogner Bad Blumau healing waters include a sauna and highly mineralized water for bathing. Each pool is an experience as guests enjoy indoor and outdoor thermal baths that glide through the Indian Ocean and South Sea. blumau.com

Sava Hotels & Resorts

The Sava Hotels & Resorts puts an emphasis on health, beauty and inner peace. The wellness center offers traditional and modern services for beauty and relaxation, using the black thermal mineral water of natural springs to ease pain and enhance well-being. sava-hotels-resorts.com

Scandinave Spa

The Scandinave Spa is a Canadian resort in the Blue Mountains featuring the refreshing rinse of Scandinavian baths. Senses are awakened while cleansing the body, soothing muscles and giving guests a general sensation of well-being that comes with the full immersion and experience.

Spirit Hotel

Surrounded by greenery and lakes, this Hungarian destination houses over 20 pools and Jacuzzis in its wellness Oasis. Each exclusively designed pool guarantees a sense of well-being and a regenerative rest. The nature of the Oasis supplements relaxation with a soothing bathing spirithotel.hu

Tabacon Thermal Resort & Spa

Nestled in the heart of Costa Rican rainforest in a mystical setting at the base of the Arenal Volcano, Tabacon provides luxurious accommodations, fresh service philosophy with “Pura Vida” style. A tropical and exotic destination combining adventure with relaxing and steaming hot springs. Explore Costa Rica´s largest network of volcano heated, naturally flowing hot springs, delight your senses with cuisine inspired by local fares. tabacon.com

Thermes Marins Monte-Carlo

A hub of high-tech and a place of pure serenity, the Thermes Marins Monte-Cristo resort inspires well-being through deep, relaxing treatments. With a poolside view of the Mediterranean, its Aqua Fitness Center incorporates thermal energy and seawater for healing experience. thermesmarinsmontecarlo.com

Tobira Onsen Myojinkan Hotel

Set on wooded grounds, the tranquil hot springs of the Tobira Onsen Myojinkan Hotel is located near the Matsumoto Castle. A historical atmosphere provides guests with traditional bathing experiences in their standing bath and open-air bath, complete with healing amenities. tobira-group.com