Top Natural Healing Spots

From steaming hot mineral water to soothing mud baths, here are some of the best natural healing spots around the world.

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Just outside of San Diego, the Golden Door Spa pampers guests with a stress-reducing in-room massage. 960 1280

Golden Door Spa  

In addition to fitness and healthy eating, the Golden Door Spa works with guests to create a balance of body, mind and spirit. Guests can let their minds rest while walking the circular labyrinth. 960 1280

Golden Door Spa  

Chi, the Spa at Shangri-La Hotel in Shanghai, coaxes guests to relax with healing massage therapy based on the principles of Eastern medicine. 960 1280

Chi, the Spa at Shangri-La Hotel  

Couples can indulge in spa treatments for 2 at Chi, The Spa at Shangri-La. 960 1280

Chi, the Spa at Shangri-La Hotel  

Take a dip in a private plunge pool at Kamalaya Koh Samui's Wellness Sanctuary and Holistic Spa in Thailand. 960 1280

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Ramp up your detox with group yoga classes in an open-air studio at Kamalaya Wellness Sanctuary. 960 1280

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The Puyuhuapi Lodge and Spa has 3 open-air thermal baths where you can relax in the healing waters surrounded by stunning scenery of the fjords in Chile's Patagonia Mountains. 960 1280

Puyuhuapi Lodge and Spa  

Explore Patagonia in rustic luxury and pamper your body and soul at the Puyuhuapi Lodge with spa treatments and hikes into the nearby national parks. 960 1280

Puyuhuapi Lodge and Spa  

Escape for a healing retreat in Arizona's desert at the Miraval all-inclusive spa known for its top-rated facilities, fresh and tasty local food and plethora of fitness activities. 960 1280

Miraval  

Mindfulness and self-discovery are integral parts of the Miraval Spa experience, with yoga classes throughout the day catering to all skill levels. 960 1280

Miraval  

The SHA Wellness Clinic is a glamorous spa getaway in southern Spain where trained staff members guide guests through a myriad of programs, including healthy detox sessions, weight-loss programs and wellness clinics lasting from 2 to 14 days. 960 1280

SHA Wellness Clinic  

SHA's staff is loaded with medical and fitness professionals who are available to share their expertise in natural therapies, Eastern medicine and fitness. 960 1280

SHA Wellness Clinic  

Couples indulge in some spa time together at the world-class Canyon Ranch Spa in Miami. 960 1280

Canyon Ranch  

Embrace a more peaceful side of Miami Beach, thanks to a stellar seaside setting and Canyon Ranch's trademark health and nutrition specialists. 960 1280

Canyon Ranch  

Athletic Volunteerism
Athletic Volunteerism

Athletic Volunteerism

Get fit, give back, and see a new city at the same time. According to Cheapflights.com, this year will see an increase in athletic volunteerism, a trend fueled by growing participation in mega sports events like the New York City Marathon. Biking more your thing? Check out events like the Ride to End AIDS, a 7-day bike ride from San Francisco to LA. 960 1280

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Detox and Unplugged Vacations

Detox and Unplugged Vacations

On a quest for quiet? Need to unplug from your gadgets? Resorts and hotels are answering our growing addiction to technology with detox vacation packages that promise not to have Wi-Fi or TV on isolated grounds, but rather wellness services like yoga and meditation -- all designed to quiet your mind. 960 1280

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Vacation With Your Pet

Vacation With Your Pet

According to a recent PetRelocation.com survey, nearly 1/3 of all pet owners planned to travel outside the US with their pets this past year. Pet travel is likely to grow, as more hotels and airlines, such as Pet Airways, continue to make it easier to bring your pooch along on your next break. And since traveling with your pet guarantees a more active vacation, you won’t have to worry about hitting the hotel gym. 960 1280

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Weight-Loss Camps

Weight-Loss Camps

Want to take off work and pounds at the same time? The Biggest Loser resort at Fitness Ridge, in Ivins, UT, offers healthy meals, a day full of exercise, the power of group motivation, and plenty of spectacular scenery with daily canyon hikes. 960 1280

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Healthier Options for In-Flight Meals

Healthier Options for In-Flight Meals

Fruit on a plane? For some airlines, yes. Air Canada and Virgin America offer the healthiest in-flight food, a recent nutritional survey found. Pictured here is Virgin America’s “protein box,” sure to help give you an energy boost on your next redeye. 960 1280

  

Healthier Cruise Ships

Healthier Cruise Ships

When you think of taking a cruise, you may think of buffet food and unlimited drinks, aka a vacation of overindulgence. But in 2012, cruise lines are offering more ways to experiment with fitness trends or at least keep up with your daily workout regimen. Fred Olsen Cruise Lines offers yoga, Pilates, personal trainers, daily organized walks around the deck, and even pools with waves for resistance swimming. 960 1280

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Holistic Holidays

Holistic Holidays

Top US spas, such as Miraval near Tucson, AZ, offer more than physical benefits. In addition to helping you find your freshest layer of skin, Miraval’s spa services help calm your inner core enjoy with programs designed around mindfulness and self-discovery. 960 1280

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Fitness Friendly Hotels

Fitness Friendly Hotels

Hotels are feeling the pressure to offer healthier food options and better exercise facilities for travelers who don’t want to fall off the health wagon while on vacation. Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts not only offers state-of-the-art cardio and weight-training equipment, but also studio classes and personal trainers. 960 1280

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Medical Tourism

Medical Tourism

From Lasik to knee replacement, the high cost of health care is continuing to push a growing numbers of Americans to go abroad for health care. Perhaps it’s easier to recover from surgery, too, in tropical paradises like Costa Rica and Thailand. 960 1280

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Spa Breaks Not Just for Women

Spa Breaks Not Just for Women

Spas aren’t just for the girls anymore. Couples are choosing romantic spa getaways. Don’t worry, guys. Spas are making services more appealing to men, too, with less “girly” options, such as sports massages and gentlemen’s facials. 960 1280

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Banjar Hot Springs, Bali
Banjar Hot Springs

Banjar Hot Springs

Less than a mile from the village of Banjar in northern Bali, this hot spring is a relaxing 98.6 degrees. The hot spring water pours from the mouths of 8 stone-carved naga (mythical, dragon-like creatures) into a rectangular-shaped pool. 960 1280

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Calistoga Spa Hot Springs

Calistoga Spa Hot Springs

Head to Napa Valley for a dip in this mineral pool, one of 4 geothermally heated pools on the grounds of Calistoga Spa Hot Springs hotel in Calistoga, CA. Recline in waters ranging from 80 to 104 degrees, while enjoying the surrounding beauty of nearby Mt. St. Helena. 960 1280

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Dunton Hot Springs

Dunton Hot Springs

A century ago, miners in southwestern Colorado soothed aching bones in these natural hot tubs. Today, the tradition continues: Choose from among 5 different pools, the hottest of which reaches 106 degrees. The wine-red waters are rich in iron and magnesium, with a dash of lithium. 960 1280

Dunton Hot Springs  

Cascate del Mulino

Cascate del Mulino

Take a dip in the most famous natural springs in southern Tuscany. Consisting of several natural pools of warm thermal water, the Cascate del Mulino are open to the public -- and free -- throughout the year. At a warm 99.5 degrees year-round, the waters contain properties that have been known to help skin, digestive and circulatory ailments since Roman times. 960 1280

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Banff Upper Hot Springs

Banff Upper Hot Springs

With the spectacular Canadian Rockies just beyond, settle into the soothing waters of Banff Upper Hot Springs. Located in the town of Banff, these hot springs were discovered in 1884 and continue to draw visitors with their year-round temperatures between 98 and 104 degrees. Minerals such as bicarbonate, which may assist in opening peripheral blood vessels and improve circulation to the body’s extremities, can be found in the waters. 960 1280

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Pamukkale

Pamukkale

For thousands of years, people have bathed in the hot springs of Pamukkale, located 12 miles north of the city of Denizli in southwestern Turkey. The hot springs, 17 in all, are saturated with calcium. When the calcium cools on the hillside, it forms a white limestone known as travertine. This explains the name of the hot springs -- literally translated as “cotton castle.” 960 1280

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Big Bend Hot Springs

Big Bend Hot Springs

After a long day of hiking through Big Bend National Park, consider a dip in these hot springs -- 105 degrees bubbling up from a hole in the ground. The water carries dissolved mineral salts that some say have healing powers. Just make sure you limit the exposure of little kids to these warm waters -- they can feel super-hot in summer! 960 1280

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Arenal Hot Springs

Arenal Hot Springs

Until 2010, Arenal in Costa Rica was one of the 10 most active volcanoes in the world. Arenal has been calming down, leaving room for travelers to kick back in area hot springs, heated by an underground geothermal river. 960 1280

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Lava Hot Springs

Lava Hot Springs

Who says Idaho is all about potatoes? The small, sleepy town of Lava Hot Springs (population: 407) is noted for its many hot springs, suitable for bathing as well as a bumpy inner tube run through part of town. The waters range from 102 to 112 degrees. 960 1280

Lava Hot Springs  

Blue Lagoon

Blue Lagoon

This outdoor geothermal spa owes its steamy waters to a lava field in the fishing town of Grindavik on Iceland’s southwestern coast. The waters are rich in minerals such as silica and sulfur, and is said to help people suffering from skin conditions like psoriasis. 960 1280

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Ma'In Hot Springs

Ma'In Hot Springs

Mix a journey back into ancient times with a relaxing reprieve in the Middle East. Situated 866 feet below sea level, this hot freshwater mineral spring and waterfall offers a refreshing spa experience. The hot springs are located on the edge of Wadi Mujib, a gorge in Jordan that feeds the Dead Sea; nearby attractions include the Tomb of Moses (Nabi Musa) and the city of Petra (about 3 hours by car). 960 1280

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Grutas de Tolantongo, Mexico

Grutas de Tolantongo, Mexico

About 125 miles from Mexico City is a small canyon with steep walls called Tolantongo. Near the bottom of the steep box canyon are heated pools, as well as warm waterfalls that flow down the steep canyon walls. 960 1280

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Yangbajing, Tibet

Yangbajing, Tibet

Welcome to the highest altitude hot springs in the world. Set at an altitude of 14,764 feet above sea level, these hot springs are located about 54 miles northwest of Tibet’s capital city of Lhasa. While taking a dip, visitors can view the far-off snow-covered Nyainqen Tanggula mountain range. 960 1280

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