Hot springs and cold plunges have become major trends in the wellness industry. Numerous new destinations around the world are emerging, and long-abandoned facilities are being revitalized all around the world. We are now seeing developers integrating live entertainment, food and water-based wellness classes into the traditional soaking experience.
Here are some of the most interesting experiential cold plunges and hot spring therapies to consider as you plan your holidays!
Immerse yourself in the rich traditions of Iceland and discover a remarkable path to relaxation for your mind, body, and soul at the Sky Lagoon. Experience The Ritual, a 7-step journey designed to rejuvenate your senses, ignite transformation, and forge a profound connection with the natural elements.
How to get here
Sky Lagoon is located at Kársnes Harbour, Kópavogur, in the capital region. Only a few minutes' drive from the city centre making it the perfect stop when in Reykjavík. You can also take Bus # 4 and stop at Hamraborg, and then take Bus #35 to Hafnabraut which is pretty close to the location.
Kids under 12 are not allowed. The lagoon is about 100F, which is like sitting in a hot tub! It is only 3.9 ft deep, wheelchair accessible. Pre-booking is strongly recommended.
Nestled beneath the dancing northern lights in winter and the radiant midnight sun during summer, Arctic Bath beckons adventurous souls seeking an extraordinary hotel and spa escapade. This Swedish hotel on Lule River is situated downstream from the bridges of Bodträskfors, alternating between frozen and floating depending on season. Their 45-minute mindful sauna experience combines the warmth of the saunas with a dip in the cold waters of the Lule river.
How to get here
Arctic Bath is located in Harads, approximately 85 kilometres from Luleå where you'll find the airport Kallax and 40 minutes away from Boden, the nearest Train station. Daily flights to and from Stockholm. Private transfer to the hotel.
Vegetarian food is available. Summer season starts June 16. From late May to the middle of July, the sun shines 24 hours a day!
Mohonk Mountain House, New York, USA
Commence your wellness journey with a refreshing immersion in Lake Mohonk, harnessing the advantages of cold therapy. This invigorating dip offers a surge of endorphins, promotes blood circulation, alleviates joint and muscle discomfort, and provides an instant surge of energy. After the plunge, indulge in a soothing cup of hot tea and yoga stretches, and experience the therapeutic effects of a gentle ginger inhalation therapy.
How To Get Here
This iconic resort is only 90 miles north of New York City and is surrounded by 40,000 acres of forest. You can get here by car, bus, train or by plane. Find those details here.
Mohonk Mountain House offers a lakeside immersion spa therapy for overnight guests. Those who don't want to take a dip in the river can enjoy the Contrast Hydrotherapy massage instead where you alternate between hot steam and cold showers as well as a CBD massage. Explore their specials and packages.
The Bracken Hide, Scotland
Nestled amidst the stunning beauty of the Isle of Skye, this 4-star wilderness resort hotel boasts a Nordic spa and a magnificent 52-acre property. Discover tranquility as you immerse yourself in the wild plunge pool and indulge in the authentic Estonian saunas. This spot is a haven for those seeking respite from their busy schedules.
How to Get Here
Isle of Skye is the jewel of Scotland’s island crown. This property is situated on the site of the Old Portree Golf Course. You can valet park your vehicle and get help with luggage when you are ready to head to the cabin. All cabins are within walking distance of the hub and benefit from the quiet as all vehicles remain in the car park.
This property offers a range of facilities, their cabins are accessible and dog-friendly. Parking is easy.
Sand Valley is a premier golf destination which also offers year-around adventure, farm to table culinary experiences and wellness offerings from around the world! This property sits in the tumbling sand dunes of central Wisconsin and offers three golf courses! In winter, the area transforms into a winter wonderland, full of adventure and offers the Wim Hot Residency.
You see James and Jesse in this video - which is a must watch to know what to expect at the Wim Hof residency with these two instructors!
The Wim Hof method is based on three powerful pillars: Breathing, Cold therapy and commitment. At Sand Valley, you will learn breathing techniques that will optimize your physiology, enhance your mental clarity, and help you experience a sense of ease and freedom. You will also have the opportunity to try a variety of cold exposure options, which will help you expand your limits and dissolve the limitations of both your body and mind. You can customize your own instruction schedule over one, two, or three days.
How to Get Here
Drive from regional cities / airports in Chicago, Madison, Des Moines, Milwaukee, Minneapolis.
Less than 90 minutes away from Melbourne, Peninsula Hot Springs is an award-winning natural geothermal mineral springs and day spa complex. They offer 60-minute bathing stays as well as extended stays. Both the Spa Dreaming Centre and Bath House feature pools that are infused with pristine geothermal mineral-rich waters, seamlessly blending with the surrounding natural environment. The Bath House provides a family-friendly atmosphere and a social bathing experience with over 50 hot springs inspired by various cultures worldwide.
How to Get Here
This property is located at 140 Springs Lane, Fingal, Mornington Peninsula, Victoria. Public transport options are limited. If you are traveling from Melbourne, board a Frankston line train to Frankston, then take the No. 788 bus to Rye hotel where you can catch an uber or taxi service. Alternatively you can walk from Rye which takes approximately 1 hour and 10 minutes, please take care when walking as it is along a busy road with a high speed limit.
Children are allowed. 70 bathing experiences are offered. Tailored treatments (for e.g. for pregnant women) are available.
A ballpark in Kita-Hiroshima called Es Con Field Hokkaido is the first stadium in the world to also offer a natural hot spring bath and sauna! Spectators can watch the game while enjoying a dip in the hot springs bath or in the sauna. The natural hot spring baths and sauna are on the 4th floor and between the baths is a sauna.
How to Get Here
19-minute walk (or five-minute shuttle) from Kitahiroshima Station on the JR line or a 30-minute shuttle from Shin-Sapporo Station; plentiful parking available too.
This is the world's first "natural hot spring and sauna in the stadium with a view of the field". The naturally occurring onsen water originates more than 4,000 feet below ground and its temperature is 109 degrees Fahrenheit! The onsen water is also used by the team for its recuperative qualities.
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