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Thermal Pools

Updated: Mar 11, 2023


One of the world's most famous thermal pools is the Blue Lagoon in Iceland, but did you know there are many more? Created by the emergence of geothermally heated groundwater that rises from the earth's crust. While some are so hot that bathing would result in injury or death, here are some that are tranquil, soothing, and good for mind, body & soul.

Beitou Thermal Springs, Taiwan ©MDHarding

The Worlds Most Relaxing Thermal Hot Spring Pools

Poring Thermal Springs

Poring is located south of Kinabalu National Park in Borneo, with the Poring Hot Springs one of the must-visit attractions. We took a day trip from the National Park but you can also stay at the Sutera Sanctuary Lodges. It is an ideal location to relax and explore the area with a tree canopy walkway, a butterfly farm, and possibly see the Rafflesia. One of the world's largest flowers!

We ran out of time but would go back in a heartbeat. It's a beautiful location with beautiful people and great food too at the Rainforest Restaurant!

Dipping My Feet in the Soothing Poring Hot Springs ©MDHarding

Beitou Hot Springs, Taiwan

One of the most popular places to enjoy the hot springs in Taiwan is the town of Beitou. An easy day trip from Taipei. The town is buzzing with activity from the public hot springs, to the Liuhuanggu Sulphur Valley. The oldest hot spring in Beitou is now a museum (was due to re-open in October 2018 after restoration work).

We took the opportunity to experience a private hot spring bath at the five-star Grand View Resort. It was extremely easy to organise. With just a quick email and confirmation of the complimentary hotel pick-up from Beitou Station, we were all set.

The room comes with complimentary robes, slippers, herbal teas, water, and a sweet dessert. There is a range of private bathing suites available, with a variation in cost depending on the size of the bath (each only available for 2 persons).

We booked the 26 - 29 square metres for 90 minutes at NTD $2,800 today £70.00 GBP.

Everyone was very helpful and friendly. After all the walking this was a welcome treat!

Private Hot Spring Bathing at the Grand View Resort, Beitou, Taiwan ©MDHarding

Chocholow Thermal Pools, Poland


Still to come!

I hope you have enjoyed reading and are inspired to visit one of possibly more of the world's most relaxing thermal hot springs. Please do comment/share. As always, I love to hear from you. You can reach me via email, Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.


Until next time ...Happy Travels:) x


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