Spirit-Renewing Destinations

There are many paths to finding yourself. We asked several spiritual travel writers for their picks for destinations with the most spirit-renewing focus. Here's what they had to say.


The view from the open-air rooftop pool at Britain's Thermae Spa overlooks the city of Bath and the Abbey. 960 1280

Andy Short/Thermae Bath Spa  

Bath's Thermae Spa is the only spot in Britain where you can soak in the mineral waters, which that the Celts and Romans enjoyed more than 2,000 years ago. 960 1280

Matt Cardy/Thermae Bath Spa  

Visitors have been taking the waters at Chena Hot Springs, deep in Alaska's interior, since 1905 when visiting prospectors discovered the water's healing nature. 960 1280

Denise Ferree/Chena Hot Springs  

Winter is the busiest time of year at Chena's Hot Springs when the 105-degree water offers a reprieve from the cold. Soakers may even catch a glimpse of the Northern Lights over head. 960 1280

Denise Ferree/Chena Hot Springs  

Steam rises from the Glacier Hot Pools, a tranquil getaway tucked into a lush rainforest on New Zealand's west coast. 960 1280

Glacier Hot Pools  

Local legends describe how the Glacier Hot Pools are fed from local glaciers that were formed by the frozen tears of Hinehukatere mourning the loss of her lover, Wawe. 960 1280

Glacier Hot Pools  

Soaking in the baths is a way of life in Budapest, sometimes called Spa Ccity, thanks to the healing waters found at spots like the Gellert Thermal Baths. 960 1280

Photo by Joe Mabel through Flickr Creative Commons  

At Dr. Wilkinson's Spa in California, guests relax in a warm mud bath with plenty of healing properties thanks to pure volcanic ash and Canadian peat 960 1280

Dr. Wilkinson's Hot Springs Resort  

Dr. Wilkinson's Spa is a Napa Valley institution, helping locals and visitors relax in bubbling mud baths in Calistoga, CaliforniaCA, since 1952. 960 1280

Dr. Wilkinson's Hot Springs Resort  

Each year, nearly 3 million visitors take in the waters at the Kusatsu Onsen, a 2-hour drive from Tokyo. 960 1280

Kusatsu Onsen Tourism Association  

A trip to the onsen is a part of Japanese culture, and locals head to the natural hot springs water at Kusatsu Onsen for relaxing and relief from muscle pain, hypertension and other ailments. 960 1280

Kusatsu Onsen Tourism Association  

Spa treatments at the Polynesian Spa overlooking New Zealand's Lake Rotorua include a mud wrap using the thermal mud that's believed to have healing properties. 960 1280

Polynesian Spa  

There's no shortage of healing water at the Polynesian Spa, with 2 natural hot mineral springs and 26 soaking pools filled with soothing alkaline water. 960 1280

Polynesian Spa  

Africa's highest peak is Mount Kilimanjaro where hikers may encounter elephants moving across the African savanna. 960 1280


The trek through Nepal's Annapurna Circuit promises 21 days of crossing jungles, rivers and mountains. 960 1280

Explore Glacier National Park with a hike through the Logan Pass. 960 1280


Australia's Larapinta Trail, a 130-mile trek through the Northern Territory, is almost entirely through the desert. 960 1280

Photo by andydolman through Flickr Creative Commons  

Head to the hills in Cape Town, South Africa, for a scenic hike through the trails at Table Mountain. 960 1280


If you're looking for history and incredible vistas, head to Peru's Inca Trail for a 27-mile hike to Machu Picchu. 960 1280


The Val di Fassa in Italy is in the heart of the European Alps with gassy paths and endless mountain views. 960 1280


The John Muir Trail is a 211-mile stretch in the Sierra Nevada Mountains stretching from Yosemite Valley to Mount Whitney. 960 1280

The Clayoquot Wilderness Resort is a luxe eco-safari resort in the wilds of British Columbia, Canada, accessible by boat or plane from Tofino. 960 1280

Clayoquot Wilderness Resort  

Guests can soak in a wood-fired cedar hot tub overlooking the mountainous wild at Clayoquot Healing Grounds compound, which promises Zen in the wilderness with soaking tubs and spa treatments. 960 1280

Clayoquot Wilderness Resort  

People come from around the world to soak in Iceland's Blue Lagoon with mineral-rich, geothermal water known for its healing properties. 960 1280


Bathers may soak in the warm Blue Lagoon waters even during the cold winter months when the geothermal water and cool air meet to create a haze of vapor steam that rises from the water. 960 1280


Guests at the snazzy Burj Al Arab may soak in an ornate tub with impressive city vies of Dubai and the Arabian Gulf. 960 1280

Burj Al Arab, Jumeirah Group  

Cunard cruise line brings swanky hot tubs to sea with state-of-the-art aqua-therapy pools aboard the Queen Mary 2. 960 1280

Cunard Line  

Multiple hot tubs are available for a relaxing soak at the Canyon Ranch spa facilities aboard the Queen Mary 2. 960 1280

Cunard Line  

The VUE Bar atop the Hyatt on the Bund in Shanghai has a cool hot tub amidst a busy nightlife scene. Bathers enjoy cocktails and a killer city view from the bar's bubbling hot tub. 960 1280

Hyatt Hotels  

The soaking tub at the Hotel Rio Sagardo in Peru has expansive windows that look out over Cusco's Sacred Valley, the heart of the former Incan Empire. 960 1280

Hotel Rio Sagrado/Pedro Rivas  

Onsen are public baths fed from hot springs found throughout Japan where locals and tourists take a wellness break in remote spots and even along the waterfront in Tokyo. 960 1280


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