The best natural hot springs in the world

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At Eagle Leisure, we are massive advocates for the healing properties of water. But it’s not just us. For thousands of years these benefits have been known and utilised across cultures. 

The benefits include stress reduction; pain relief and skin treatment.  And most of all it’s relaxing. In fact, they are so beneficial, they formed the basis for the modern day Hot tub, that we know and love.

But where can you find some of the world’s best natural hot springs?

We’ve rounded up our pick of the best natural hot springs in the world. 

Where are the best natural hot springs in the world?

1. Rotorua Geothermal Hot Springs (Rotorua, New Zealand)

Rotorua sits on the North Island of New Zealand. Nicknamed ‘Sulphur City’ due to the distinct smell of Hydrogen Sulphide (which smells like rotten eggs), the geothermal activity causes an abundance of natural hot springs.

Once you get past the pungent smell, you will be rewarded by a city littered with natural hot springs, mud pools and a rich Māori culture and history. You won’t be short on choices of Hot pools with over twenty in the Rotorua region alone. Earning the whole area a spot on the best natural hot springs list.

Whether you want a traditional spa experience like that offered at the Polynesian Spa. Or you want to get down and dirty with a mud bath at Hells Gate, Rotorua has something for you.

Soak in the amazing skin and health benefits of the Sulphur infused water – just be sure to shower the smell off after.


2. Furnace Creek Ranch Natural spring fed pool (Death Valley, USA)

With a name like Death Valley & Furnace Creek I’m sure you can guess, this natural hot spring is located in one of the hottest places on earth. Top temperatures in death valley have been recorded at 56.7 degrees Celsius. Yikes.

You might not feel like anything else that a cold shower, and a lie down in an air-conditioned room. But if you can brave the elements you will find two pools, fed by natural hot springs that sit comfortably at 27.7 degrees Celsius.

If you are on the West coast of the USA it is well worth a stop. If only so you can say you’ve stayed in the hottest place on earth.

3. Banff Upper Hot Springs (Banff, Canada)

Part of a trio of Hot Springs in the Canadian Rockies, The Banff Upper Hot Springs is nestled in the beautiful alpine setting of Banff. With lower flight and accommodation costs in comparison to neighbouring Whistler and Jasper, it should be top of your travel list.

At an elevation of 1,585 meters (5,200 feet), The Banff Upper Hot Springs are the highest Hot Springs in Canada. Earning its spot on the best natural hot springs list.

4. Blue Lagoon (Grindavik, Iceland)

No definitive list of the best natural hot springs is complete without the Blue Lagoon Geothermal Hot Springs in Iceland.

Touted as one of the 25 Wonders of the World, its a popular stopover for those travelling to the other side of the Atlantic. The bright blue waters attract guests from all over the world to bathe in the algae, silica, and mineral enriched water.

The Blue Lagoon offers a number of bathing experiences, as well as Spa treatments and a Sauna & Steamroom built into the lava rock.

It definitely earns its place on the best natural hot springs list.

5. Szechenyi Thermal Baths (Budapest, Hungary)

Budapest, Hungary – otherwise known as City of Spas. It has more medicinal hot water springs than any other capital city in the world. With 15 public thermal baths and many more privately owned.

Szechenyi Thermal Baths, Budapest, is one of the largest thermal baths in Europe with 15 indoor baths and 3 outdoor pools. Making sure that your visit will provide plenty of opportunities to relax.


6. Yangpachen Hot Springs

At 14, 764ft above sea level, Yangpachen Hot Springs is the highest thermal bath in the world. Nestled in amongst the Nyainqen Tanggula mountain range, they have an amazing alpine view.

The water in Yangpachen Hot Springs is supplemented with cool water to lower the temperature from the scalding 158 degrees Fahrenheit. This not only creates a wonderfully relaxing environment but allows water to be harnessed providing up to 45% of the energy for Tibet’s’ capital city Lhasa.

Morning time at Yangpachen has been likened to ‘a fairyland’,


7. Hot Water Beach (Coromandel Peninsula, New Zealand)


Another one from New Zealand? As a country filled with volcanic activity, there are plenty of natural hot springs to choose from.

Technically this one is not a hot spring. But it’s so unique it demanded to be on the best natural hot springs list.

The Hot Water Beach is located on the Coromandel Peninsula, North Island of New Zealand. Each low tide brings a wave of bubbling hot water from beneath the sand. Visitors pick up a bucket and spade from their local accommodation and did through the sand to make their own private hot pool.

If you visit make sure to take a 5 minute trip along to Cathedral Cove Beach for some world class views.

Cathedral cove 

8. Onsen Hot Pools (Japan)

Finally, no natural hot springs list is complete without mentioning the abundance of hot springs (温泉, onsen) that permeate Japan. Every region of the country has their own hot springs, each distinguished by the minerals present in the water. Each mineral provides different health benefits.

They come in many varieties, indoors and outdoors, some separated by gender. All have a relaxing effect on mind and body.

In summary

So what do you think? Have you had the chance to visit any of these wonderful places? 

Or have we missed off your favourite? Let us know. 

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Debbie Ekins
Debbie Ekins
Eagle Leisure - Sales & Marketing Manager Mission = to arm you with the knowledge you need to make the best buying decisions. Fuelled by coffee (and naps). Explorer of Scotland and the world.
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