World Spa Day: Seven peaceful spa destinations for relaxation

This year, World Spa Day is being celebrated all over the world 27. February. This day is dedicated to promoting wellness and provides an opportunity for relaxation and rest. Whether you enjoy beneficial mud baths, relaxing massages or bathing in mineral thermal springs, a wide variety of treatments are available for everyone.

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With 79%* of Croatian travelers agreeing that being near water instantly makes them feel more relaxed, a shallow pool with warm water is ideal for refreshing the soul. Having that on mind, Booking.com, the world's leading platform for connecting travelers with the largest selection of incredible accommodations, is sharing seven tranquil destinations and accommodations around the world on World Spa Day with spas around the world that will leave you feeling calm.  

Bangkok, Hotel Thailand

This Southeast Asian metropolis has long been synonymous with exciting nightlife, Michelin-starred food stalls and ancient temples. But Bangkok is also known for its focus on wellness and spa centers with a comprehensive range of treatments that attract travelers from all over the world. This capital city exudes calmness and offers numerous peaceful spaces where visitors can de-stress and revitalize mind and body.

A variety of experiences are available, from traditional treatments, such as Thai and Tok Sen massage (an ancient technique that involves tapping the body's energy lines with a special wooden hammer), to Turkish hammams and Japanese onsen baths. Incoming passengers by plane they can immediately indulge in the benefits of vacation with massage after the flight in Bangkok in order to mitigate the consequences of the time difference or in addition massage and dinner on the roof for couples in the Nonthaburi district, an activity that will provide an opportunity to relax with a loved one in a beautiful environment.

Where to stay: hotels Grande Center Point Hotel Ratchadamri Bangkok located in a skyscraper in the heart of Bangkok is a peaceful oasis in a prime location above the pulsating capital of Thailand. This five-star hotel offers everything guests could want for a peaceful vacation, including a beautiful outdoor pool, a relaxing spa with holistic treatments, and a lush garden to relax in the tropical heat. Luxury units and suites are modernly decorated and guests can enjoy delicious and healthy Thai cuisine in the hotel's restaurant, which serves dishes made from organic local ingredients and offers vegan and vegetarian options.

Tulum, Mexico

Located on the eastern side of the Yucatan Peninsula in Mexico's Riviera Maya region, Tulum oozes bohemian chic with its combination of beautiful beaches, ancient coastal ruins and candlelit jungle bars. Numerous spas and healing retreats will take visitors on a mystical healing journey with clay baths, holistic treatments and hydrotherapy pools.

Travelers can participate in a traditional Mayan ceremony in the "temazcal" steam bath, which aims to cleanse and regenerate the mind and body, or enjoy an invigorating mud bath in the Laguna Kaan Luum lagoon in water that varies in color from blue to green. On the white sandy coast, yoga and calming meditation courses are held every day at dawn, and massages on the beach are not far away either. Learn more about the Riviera Maya region in tour that includes Tulum ruins, turtles and cenotes, and where you will see Mayan ruins with the Caribbean Sea in the background, snorkel with turtles and swim in a rain forest in a sinkhole filled with water.

Where to stay: object Cabanas Tulum - Beach Hotel & Spa, located on a private beach with a beautiful view of the Caribbean Sea, is separated from the center of Tulum short drive. The facility is casually decorated in beach chic style and each unit has a private plunge pool or outdoor hot tub and hammock. The hotel's luxury spa, which can be used only by guests, offers a wide range of massages, detoxification treatments and Mayan therapies, including energy healing sessions, and a Turkish bath and hot and cold pools are also available. For those who want to switch off completely, it's good to know that the hotel has no screens and offers daily yoga classes.

Aix-les-Bains, France

This picturesque town with thermal spa facilities in the Haute Savoie area of ​​the Rhône-Alpes region is located on the shores of Lake Bourget, the largest and deepest natural lake in France. The city's history began with the Romans, who discovered a series of thermal springs that erupt from the foothills of the mountains in the area and have been attracting visitors for 2000 years.

Today, Aix-les-Bains is known throughout the world for the quality of its thermal waters and is home to numerous fitness centers and resorts dedicated to improving the general state of mind and body. Lake Bourget is surrounded by sandy beaches, so visitors can relax next to it after enjoying one of the many thermal spas that offer hot water pools, saunas, steam rooms and treatments such as hydrotherapy, which is proven to be beneficial for muscle relaxation. To further explore the picturesque surroundings, visit the vineyards and meet the winegrowers in the lush Combe de Savoie valley on a day trip with a private driver as part of tour of Savoy vineyards.

Where to stay: Les Suites du Lac is a quiet private accommodation overlooking Lake Bourget and within walking distance of the center of Aix-les-Bains and its beautiful beaches. All suites are modernly decorated and offer a panoramic view of the peaceful lake and the surrounding mountains. Facilities include an infinity pool overlooking the lake, landscaped gardens and a relaxing spa where guests can enjoy a revitalizing hammam and personalized massage.

Hakone, Japan

From Hakone, which is located in the Fuji-Hakone-Izu National Park and is an hour away driving from Tokyo, overlooking the magnificent Lake Ashinoko. It is popular among travelers from abroad and those from Japan who want to bring some peace and tranquility into their lives. Offering soothing onsen baths, traditional lodges and spectacular scenery at the foot of Mount Fuji, this town is one of Japan's most famous and popular hot spring destinations.

The numerous thermal springs in the baths and lodgings are based on a dozen sources of spring water, each with its own characteristics and benefits, from water rich in sodium bicarbonate for smooth skin to mild, pure water that is said to relieve joint and muscle pain. Visitors can enjoy outdoor baths surrounded by forest and mountains, and inside they can enjoy a sauna and massage. To explore Lake Ashinoko, make a reservation sightseeing in Hakone by boat and take a pirate ship ride for great views of the surrounding landscape, including Mount Fuji, whose reflection can be seen on the calm water.

Where to stay: surrounded by forest at the foot of Hakone volcano, facility Hakone Kowakien Mikawaya Ryokan is a traditional Japanese inn that offers luxurious units with a private thermal bath and spectacular views of the countryside. This peaceful haven features minimalist and elegant Japanese-style interior design with bamboo details and beautiful gardens with cherry blossoms in spring and maple trees shedding their leaves in autumn. The facility is located in a geothermal area, so there are many hot springs nearby where guests can relax, and for refreshment, they serve delicious traditional Japanese dishes, from sashimi to tempura.

Pré-Saint-Didier, Italy

Located in the heart of the Valle d'Aosta region in northwestern Italy, the town of Pré-Saint-Didier is known for its thermal waters, incredible scenery and year-round outdoor activities. Since you can enjoy baths in it that reach temperatures of up to 37°C and are known throughout the world for their relaxing, anti-rheumatic and healing properties, it is perfect for a beneficial and revitalizing vacation.

Visitors can relax in the outdoor pools and enjoy the purity of the spring water that comes from the Mont Blanc glacier and the beautiful view of the highest mountain in the Alps. This area has a lot to offer during all seasons, from snow sports to hiking. After short drives in Courmayeur you can experience a unique ascent of Mont Blanc by Skyway Monte Bianco cable car and enjoy the alpine scenery in a heated cable car that turns at 3500 m with a lunch stop at the highest altitude cafe in Italy.

Where to stay: decorated in alpine style, QC Termemontebianco is an elegant hotel with a spa center at the foot of Mont Blanc. It is located near the famous ski resort in Courmayeur and a short walking distance from the center of Pré-Saint-Didier and is ideal accommodation for those who want to enjoy wellness connected to nature. Guests can enjoy the spa's revitalizing waterfalls and thermal waters, book a custom massage, or relax in the reading lounge after a day of skiing or hiking. The restaurant offers healthy food and specialties characteristic of mountain regions.

Calistoga, United States of America

Calistoga is a California town in the far north of Napa Valley full of relaxing hot springs and mud baths (a local specialty is hot volcanic ash), known to have detoxifying, skin-regenerating properties. Visitors to the area must see the 'Old Faithful of California' water geyser, which erupts every 15 minutes to half an hour and releases steam and water that can reach a height of 18 meters.

Visitors can enjoy a view of the exciting natural attraction and lunch at a picnic spot in the tranquil landscape. Of course, until the geyser erupts again. Calistoga is also known for its world-class restaurants and exceptional Napa Valley wines. Passengers can enjoy a Napa Valley trolley wine tour with lunch included riding in a replica of an antique tram from San Francisco from the 1890s through wine country and visiting several vineyards.

Where to stay: object Golden Haven Hot Springs samo short drive shared by the Napa Valley Wine Train and Old Faithful Geyser. The accommodation has a rustic interior design for a pleasant stay during which guests will feel at home. The resort has a fabulous spa where guests can enjoy a dip in the indoor pool and hot tub, a mud bath or a refreshing herbal facial. Travelers will feel cared for and pampered in this revitalizing accommodation and will leave with relaxed muscles and shiny hair.

Budapest, Hungary

Travelers can discover the historical beauty of Budapest and indulge their mind, body and soul in the positive effects of the mineral-rich water that springs from the city's 118 springs. Whether it's enjoying the decorative art nouveau surroundings of the Gellért Hotel in the Turkish baths or swimming in one of the 18 pools of the Széchenyi Thermal Baths within a private tour of Budapest with a visit to the Szechenyi Baths accompanied by a guide, many different spa facilities are available to travelers in Budapest.

Travelers can enjoy hydrotherapy with refreshing mineral-rich water from deep underground sources whose revitalizing properties have been exploited for centuries. After a relaxing day at the spa, you can have a drink in one of the city's unusual bars in once-abandoned buildings, then go for a delicious dinner and taste Hungarian cuisine.

Where to stay: travelers can visit a five-star hotel Corinthia Hotel Budapest on Nagykörút Street, or Veliko boulevard, in the city center and treat yourself to free entry to the luxurious Royal Spa, which is ideal for the 40%* of Croatian travelers interested in water-focused travel in 2024. Guests can de-stress in steam rooms and hot tubs or relax in a luxurious pool, mud bath or seaweed bath. To complete the stay, guests can enjoy a delicious meal in the hotel's restaurant, which mainly serves dishes made from organically grown and local ingredients with a wide selection of gourmet cuisines, from Hungarian and Asian to international.

*Research Travel predictions for 2024. was commissioned by Booking.com, and was conducted on a sample of adults who plan to travel for business or pleasure in the next 12 to 24 months. A total of 27.730 respondents from 33 countries and territories participated (including 1008 from Argentina, 1012 from Australia, 505 from Austria, 1001 from Belgium, 1002 from Brazil, 1009 from Canada, 1009 from China, 1002 from Colombia, 508 from Croatia, 504 from Denmark, 1011 from France, 1011 from Germany, 1016 from Hong Kong, 1004 from India, 510 from Ireland, 504 from Israel, 1014 from Italy, 1004 from Japan, 1009 from Mexico, 1014 from the Netherlands, 1015 from New Zealand, 500 from Portugal, 502 from Singapore, 1010 from South Korea, 1009 from Spain, 502 from Sweden, 507 from Switzerland, 504 from Taiwan, 1003 from Thailand, 502 from the United Arab Emirates, 1007 from the United Kingdom, 1005 from the USA and 1007 from Vietnam). Respondents completed the online survey in July 2023.

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