There's nothing like a hot bath to get you relaxed, but sometimes a tiny tub in your dark apartment just doesn't cut it. Natural hot springs are not only great for you — often containing skin-healing and muscle-relaxing properties such as sodium, magnesium, bicarbonate, calcium and sulfate — but they're also located outside in some of the most scenic areas of the world.
So if you're looking for a little rest and relaxation in a much bigger natural tub, check out these 11 awesome hot springs from all over the world:
Located in Denizli, Turkey, this incredible natural fountain is known to locals as the "sacred pool." There are 17 tiered pools that overlook the city, all created over thousands of years as deposited layers of calcium carbonate cooled into white limestone.
2. Termas Geometricas
Situated near Pucon, Chile, in the bottom of a canyon in Villarrica National Park, this hot spring features 20 pools all connected by red wooden walkways. There's plenty of space to relax and a couple cooling waterfalls when you're ready to wrap things up.
3. Banff Upper
Sitting in the heart of the Canadian Rockies inside Banff National Park in Alberta, these hot springs were discovered in 1882 by workers building the Canadian Pacific Railway. Less than two years later, construction on a bathhouse began, and today the springs are fed into a big pool overlooking amazing views of the park's natural beauty.
4. The Blue Lagoon
The Blue Lagoon is in Grindavik, Iceland, chock full of mineral salts, sulphur and silica-laden mud. The water is actually so good for your skin that the lagoon has its own line of skin care products and, if that isn't enough, the place has a g*ddamn swim-up bar.
5. Terme di Saturnia
Located in the Tuscan countryside near Saturnia, Italy, these springs are supposedly created by Jupiter, the king of gods. Whereas Roman nobility exclusively used them back in the day, today they're enjoyed by anyone and everyone who stops by.
These Costa Rican hot springs draw their heat from the nearby Arenal Volcano, which plenty of hotels take advantage of and offer to patrons. The best part is they're low in sulfur, so you won't smell terrible after a dip.
7. Takaragawa Onsen
Takaragawa is in Gunma, Japan, in a country filled with many different hot springs. The four outdoor baths are flanked by mountains and trees, and said to have magical waters that heal cuts and bruises, improve circulation and relieve arthritis.
8. Termas de Puritama
The Puritama Springs are in Chile's Atacama Desert at an elevation of 11,400 feet. There are eight outdoor pools said to have been used by the Atacama people centuries ago to cure rheumatism, arthritis, and fatigue. Wooden footpaths connect the various pools, which sit at 91.4 degrees fahrenheit.
9. Hammamat Ma'in
Located some 866 feet below sea level in Jordan, these desert springs have a long history — apparently, King Herod traveled here for medical treatment sometime around the birth of Christ. Skin-healing minerals like hydrogen sulfide, potassium, magnesium and calcium are in the waters, and standing under one of the hyperthermal waterfalls for results in a great natural deep-tissue massage.
10. Deception Island
All the way down in Antarctica lies Deception Island, the caldera of an active volcano. Dip into one of the many natural hot springs and enjoy the scenery of glaciers and penguins, as well as not being directly in the cold.
11. Valley View
Cover image: David J Laporte via Flickr