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From Japan to Iceland, here's where to get "the shot."

By Stacey Leasca
December 12, 2020
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Blue Lagoon geothermal hot spring Resort. people in the pool with bar in Grindavik, Iceland.
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Parkdean Resorts is on a mission to make sure everyone knows about one of Mother Nature’s greatest gifts — hot springs

Hot springs boast some of the most stunning scenes on the planet,” the UK family travel company shared on its blog. “From the bubbling warm waters of Japanese onsens to the soothing splashes of Europe’s thermal baths, these natural pools come in all shapes and sizes.”

It added, though many of us are unable to jump on a plane and visit some of these gorgeous global hot springs, we can at least stare at them on our phones and computer screens for now, and maybe it will spark a little wanderlust for later. To help Parkdean Resorts rounded up the top 10 most Instagrammable hot springs in the world, so all you have to do is sit back and daydream. 

Blue Lagoon Geothermal Spa, Iceland (101,721 hashtags)

Perhaps the most famous hot spring in the world, Iceland’s Blue Lagoon keeps at a toasty 98.6 degrees Fahrenheit (37 degrees Celsius) every day, Parkdean Resorts noted. Though this man-made lagoon is actually filled with water from a nearby geothermal power plant, so technically not a natural beauty, but we’ll accept it.

Szechenyi Bath, Hungary (55,716 hashtags)

The Szechenyi Bath is the largest medicinal bath in Europe and have been operating since 1913. These baths are wildly popular, so if you do plan to visit one day make sure to get tickets well in advance.

Mammoth Hot Springs, California (41,491 hashtags)

Located near the famed Mammoth Ski Resort are a number of natural hot springs to soak away the day. Google search for a few locations, pick a favorite, then hike out to find your special place.

Hanmer Springs, New Zealand (39,366 hashtags)

The resort town of Hanmer Springs in New Zealand is not only surrounded by gorgeous ski slopes, but it also comes with its own sparkling thermal pools and spas. Some even come with their own man-made jets and bubbles to enhance the spa-like experience.

Hot Water Beach, New Zealand (38,759 hashtags)

Need a bit more space to roam? Try heading to an entire thermal beach in New Zealand. Lurking under the sand are a few underground hot springs. All you need to do while there is dig a shallow hole at low tide to sit and enjoy them right on the sand.

Terme di Saturnia, Italy (35,685 hashtags)

Terme di Saturnia isn’t just one spring, but rather a collection of hot springs located in the midst of a village in the Italian countryside. Come for the soothing waters and stay for the even more relaxing Italian vacation that follows.

Grutas Tolantongo, Mexico (32,333 hashtags)

Grutas Tolantongo looks like something out of a fairytale. Set in a box canyon, the hot springs are like personal hot tubs set amongst the serene natural landscape.

Hot Springs in Kinosaki, Japan (28,334 hashtags)

Located in an onsen town, there are seven public hot springs throughout Kinosaki for guests to enjoy. Find one, or hop from one to another to experience them all.

Peninsula Hot Springs, Australia (25,719 hashtags)

If a hot spring isn’t enough for you, the Peninsula Hot Springs in Australia comes with the whole shebang. The hot springs come with their own day spa, hotel, and views for days so you can come and soak for an entire vacation. 

Gellért Baths, Hungary (23,750 hashtags)

Located inside the Hotel Gellért, the thermal baths here were fully refurbished in 2008 and now sit amongst gorgeous tile work. Beyond the bath, guests can also take advantage of the hotel’s many amenities too, including some rather luxurious spa treatments.

Stacey Leasca is a journalist, photographer, and media professor. Send tips and follow her on Instagram now.