The Handbook
The Handbook

We’re feeling hot, hot, hot.

Oh Mother Nature, how you continue to woo us! From the sea, the sun, to dreamy hot springs. Yep, although it may look like someone’s popped a blue-hued filter over your sunnies, hot springs are 100% natural. And, they’ve certainly been popping up over our Insta feeds, no filter needed. Whether you’re after a luxury spa treatment in Tuscany or you’re looking for a secret hot pool in Oregon, we’ve been scouring the globe to find the best thermal pools Mother Nature has on offer.

Here’s a bucket-list of the ones we’ve been lusting over:

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Terme di Saturnia, Italy

Mother Nature has been up to her tricks again and this time, it’s in the heart of Italy. Terme di Saturnia Spa and Golf Resort is actually set on a crater of volcanic origin, gushing water straight into the centre of the resort, not bad huh? You’ll find four hot-spring pools, surrounded by waterfalls, jacuzzis and pools, with the spa offering a whole host of health treatments too! And if you’re looking to stay a little longer, then relax in one of their stunning hotel rooms surrounded by the beautiful rolling hills of Tuscany.


Wai-O-Tapu, New Zealand

Known for its stunning scenery and copious herds of sheep, New Zealand is also home to Wai-O-Tapu, actually meaning ‘sacred waters’ in Mãori. It’s home to the world famous Champagne pool, New Zealand’s most colourful geothermal elements that’s been sculpted by thousands of years of volcanic activity. If you’re more a mud bath kind of gal, theirs are known for being a little odorous but we’ll let it off as it’s literally in the middle of the volcanic zone…

Don’t be alarmed if you hear a hissing noise, it’s only a geyser…


Blue Lagoon, Iceland

When you think of hot springs, your first thought is likely to be Iceland. This little Nordic island has in recent years has seen a boom in their tourism thanks to the help of Insta feeds being flooded with snaps of their most famous hot spring, the Blue Lagoon. Due to its popularity, we defo recommend booking in advance, literally like weeks… But we promise the beauty and the experience totally makes up for it! And who knows, you might end up spotted an A-list celeb. Apparently Beyoncé is a fan!

Experience a hot pool in the heart of a volcanic landscape, and continue to make your pals jealous by piling their Insta’s with snaps!


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Travertine Hot Springs, California

Known for the glitz, the glamour and the celebs, California’s stunning scenery is often overlooked. Just a short drive south of the town of Bridgeport, you’ll come across Travertine Hot Springs and will soon be surrounded with beautiful views of the Sierras while you bathe. Whether you’re a pack of family campers, couple or lone traveller, it’s the perfect spot for a detox from the social media realm for a brief moment (before you start posting about it on Insta, because you’re defo going to want to snap up the view!)


Huanglong National Park, China

Is this the real life? Because this certainly looks like one of our dreamy fantasies! So it’s hardly surprising Huanglong National Park is more commonly known as ‘Fairy Land on Earth’, as it really looks as though it’s a land of possibility and we’ve definitely fast-tracked it to the top of our bucket-list! Home to a 7km long valley filled with hundreds of calcified ponds, all different shapes, sizes and even colours. It’s crystal clear water pools draw in thousands of tourists each year, and there’s even a little ancient Buddhist temple sitting atop the valley if you’re in search of some zen. 


Pamukkale, Turkey

Sun, sea and thermal springs? Yep, Turkey might be known for its blue sandy shores and 40 degrees weather, but it’s also known by many for its natural hot springs in Pamukkale, Denizli. Pamukkale literally means cotton castle, and it definitely looks like one big ball of cotton candy from above! It’s puffy, it’s fluffy, and it’s breathtakingly beautiful. Make a splash in a thermal pool, stare out at the scenery, oh, and don’t forget to strike a pose for the ol’ gram.


Termas de Cacheuta, Argentina

A spa day with a view…of the Pre Andes. Um, yes please! Despite being part of the Termas Cachueta Hotel and Spa, the thermal waters are open to all enjoy. So whether you’re after the ultimate mud therapy, a natural sauna that’ll clear your pores or, just a laze about in the stone pools, it’s the perfect opportunity to relax away from the stresses of every day.


Laguna Verde, Bolivia

Known for its tropical green colour, Laguna Verde sits at the foot of two volcanoes, Licancabur and Juriques, which straddle the border with Chile. Surrounding is the Eduardo Avaroa National Reserve of Andean Fauna which features beautiful hot springs. The water isn’t too hot so it’s a nice to refresh when the sun’s blaring down on you. But watch out as you’ll probably end up knocking about with one of the many species of flamingo! 


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Terwilliger Hot Springs, Oregon

Terwilliger Hot Springs, also known as Cougar Hot Springs (not for the reasons you think), is a hidden gem in Oregon. Surrounded by a beautiful woodland, you’ll soon be released from the anxieties and stresses of day-to-day life. Decked out with six stunning soaking pools separated by rock walls, it certainly feels as though it’s fit for an exotic movie set. But shhh, let’s try keep this one between you and I!


Lussier Hot Springs, Canada

A long favourite of campers looking for a peaceful escape is the otherworldly Lussier Hot Springs in Canada. Set in the Whiteswan Lake Provincial Park, you’ll find yourself surrounded by mountains and forestry as you venture down on a short hike to the Lussier River. It’s super relaxing and totally worth venturing too if you’re looking to escape everyday dramas.


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