Looking for a natural remedy for what ails you? Try one of these restorative retreats.
1. Canadian Rockies. Banff Upper Hot Springs and Radium Hot Springs both promise a mountain-high wellness soak-with-a-view that’s well beyond elevated. The mineral-rich springs at Banff National Park sit at nearly 1,600 metres above sea level, while Radium, a day trip from Banff, features sulphate, calcium, bicarbonate and magnesium in its pools. Both Banff and Radium are open year-round but hours change with the seasons. www.hotsprings.ca
2. Dominica. Not to be confused with the Dominican Republic – Dominica is a volcanic island in the Eastern Caribbean known for its slew of mineral-rich springs. Try Screw’s Sulpher Baths below, www.screwsspa.com) or Champagne Beach, where the springs bubble up from the ocean like, well, bubbly. www.visit-dominica.com
3. England. Bath is called so for a reason. When the Romans arrived more than 2,000 years ago, they took advantage of Britain’s only naturally warm, mineral-rich waters (the Celts did, too), as did the writer Jane Austen,
who lived here, and some of her characters from Northanger Abbey and Persuasion. Soak in the waters – and the rooftop view – at the Thermae Bath Spa or book a room at The Gainsborough hotel, a new property in central Bath and the only one in Britain with direct access to the natural thermal waters. www.thermaebathspa.com; www.thegainsborough; bathspa.co.uk; www.romanbaths.co.uk
4. Germany Baden-Baden. On the edge of the Black Forest, is probably one of the world’s most well-known thermal spring spa towns. The curative waters, discovered and exploited by, again, the Romans have provided a restorative retreat for royalty and locals alike. A soak in these mineral-rich waters can have a stimulating and regenerative effect on overall well-being. Book some time at the Caracalla Spa, which sits atop 12 natural hot springs. www.baden-baden.de; www.carasana.de/en/caracalla-spa