Slates Hot Springs at the Esalen Institute in Big Sur, CA
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50 Spectacular Hot Tubs and Thermal Springs Around the World

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Slates Hot Springs at the Esalen Institute in Big Sur, CA
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SOAK IT UP

The best hot tubs are often found where you wouldn't necessarily expect them to be. Some are found at the bottom of snowy mountains, or even housed within igloos. Some rest in treehouses, others on top of cliffs. No matter the locale, the best hot tubs take luxury to the next level by giving your lodging something that's both practical and social. To find out more, check out our list of 50 incredible hot tubs around the world.

Blue Lagoon in Reykjanes Peninsula, Iceland
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BLUE LAGOON | REYKJANES PENINSULA, ICELAND

The Blue Lagoon is Iceland's largest geothermal spa and one of its most-visited tourist spots. It's located above a lava field and next to a geothermal power plant, and some think the minerals found in the 98 to 104 degree Fahrenheit water have healing properties. Standard admission to the spa starts at $57.

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VELASSARU RESORT | MALDIVES

Few other hot tubs blend in with the ocean as seamlessly as the hydropool located in the spa of Velassaru Resort, which also offers yoga classes, steam rooms, and 10 spa treatment rooms that are set on stilts in a lagoon.

The Terraces of Pamukkale in Turkey
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THE TERRACES OF PAMUKKALE | TURKEY

One of the most beautiful sights in the world, the oyster-shell shaped natural pools at Pamukkale are some of the best natural hot tubs in the world. Evidently, the Romans thought so too thousands of years ago when they used the area as an outdoor spa. Access to the hot springs is restricted now, but tourists can check out some of the artificial hot springs constructed nearby.

Elsa's Kopje in Meru National Park, Kenya
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ELSA'S KOPJE | MERU NATIONAL PARK, KENYA

The hot tub at Elsa's Kopje is one of the few tubs in the world where you can get a first-class spa experience while catching a glimpse of hippos, lions, and elephants, all of which live in the adjacent Meru National Park.

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THE LODGE AT TARRALEAH | TASMANIA, AUSTRALIA

Suites at this luxurious Tasmanian resort come with private hot tubs that overlook a 300-acre estate in the Tasmanian Highland Lakes District. The resort itself sits atop a 2,000-foot cliff, meaning that views at this resort are stunning no matter where you're located.

Aqua Dome Spa in Längenfeld, Austria
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AQUA DOME SPA | LÄNGENFELD, AUSTRIA

This massive high-end spa complex contains 12 pools, several of which are heated between 93 and 97 degrees Fahrenheit. Even though Aqua Dome is within walking distance of snow-covered mountains, it's toasty in the saunas and outdoor thermal pools all year round.

The Keating in San Diego, CA
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THE KEATING | SAN DIEGO

There's no need for gorgeous scenery when your hot tub is a sight unto itself. That's the case with the Keating's uber-sleek Alpha Morphosis Jacuzzi tub, whose designers were also behind some of Ferrari's car designs.

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KIMPTON HOTEL VINTAGE | PORTLAND, OREGON

Those who book the Urban Soak Suite at Kimpton Hotel Vintage can spy the streets of Portland from the comfort of the outdoor hot tub, which accommodates two people.

Little Palm Island Resort in Little Torch Key, FL
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Sierra Grande Lodge & Spa in Truth or Consequences, NM
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SIERRA GRANDE LODGE & SPA | TRUTH OR CONSEQUENCES, NEW MEXICO

You might say this resort rests atop a giant hot tub, considering it was built above a natural geothermal spring with waters that reach up to 107 degrees Fahrenheit. The spring's "pure, untreated" waters are used to fill the hot tubs and pools.

L'Apogée Courchevel in Saint-Bon-Tarentaise, France
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L'APOGÉE COURCHEVEL | SAINT-BON-TARENTAISE, FRANCE

Guests who rent the penthouse at this high-end French resort can soak in Alpine views from the comfort of the hot tub located on the rooftop terrace. The resort houses a full-service spa, and guests can also rent ski-in/ski-out rooms.

Therme Bad Aibling Spa in Bad Aibling, Germany
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THERME BAD AIBLING SPA | BAD AIBLING, GERMANY

This luxurious German spa doesn't just have hot tubs — it offers a "thermal landscape," complete with more than 18,000 square feet of water and a variety of covered and uncovered thermal pools.

The St. Regis Lhasa Resort in Tibet, China
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THE ST. REGIS LHASA RESORT | TIBET, CHINA

The saltwater Golden Energy Bath at the St. Regis Lhasa Spa features water jets, gold tiles, and a serene ambiance. It's kept at about 82 degrees Fahrenheit, so it's more of a heated pool than a hot tub. But with views of the centuries-old Potala Palace (former home of the Dalai Lama), the Golden Energy Bath offers an experience like no other on our list.

The Residences at The Little Nell in Aspen, CO
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THE RESIDENCES AT THE LITTLE NELL | ASPEN, COLORADO

After a day of hitting the Aspen slopes, visitors can enjoy a 360-degree view of the surrounding mountain scenery and lounge in the innovatively designed rooftop pools and hot tubs of The Residences at The Little Nell, which has consistently won awards from Forbes and U.S. News & World Report.

Nimmo Bay Wilderness Resort in British Columbia, Canada
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NIMMO BAY WILDERNESS RESORT | BRITISH COLUMBIA, CANADA

Nimmo Bay Wilderness Resort is nestled within British Columbia's Great Bear Rainforest, and it offers a lounging experience like no other with its cedar hot tubs that are located at the foot of a waterfall. The resort was featured on National Geographic's "Unique Lodges of the World!" list.

HotTug in London, UK
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HOTTUG | LONDON, UK

Not all of the world's best hot tubs are located in resorts — or on land, for that matter. Case in point: HotTug, a Netherlands-based company that provides trips in floating hot tubs, which fit seven people. Packages start at about $295 for 90 minutes.

Slates Hot Springs at the Esalen Institute in Big Sur, CA
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SLATES HOT SPRINGS AT THE ESALEN INSTITUTE | BIG SUR, CALIFORNIA

Slates Hot Springs have been used for healing and rituals for more than 6,000 years. Today, the springs are open to the public for $35 per person from 1 a.m. to 3 a.m. by reservation through the Esalen Institute.

Molori Safari Lodge in North West Province, South Africa
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MOLORI SAFARI LODGE | NORTH WEST PROVINCE, SOUTH AFRICA

Located at the foot of the Dwarsberg Mountains in the Madikwe Game Reserve, this 20-suite lodge features a six-person outdoor hot tub that offers a chance to glimpse some of the reserve's wildlife, like elephants, leopards, and giraffes.

Blancaneaux Lodge in Near San Ignacio, Belize
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BLANCANEAUX LODGE | NEAR SAN IGNACIO, BELIZE

The 11,000-gallon hot pool at Belize's Blancaneaux Lodge, formerly the family retreat of director Francis Ford Coppola, was designed by Oscar-winning production designer Dean Tavoularis and constructed out of thousands of pieces of local granite. It's powered by excess electricity from a nearby hydroelectric plant, and is open to visitors through the lodge's Waterfall Spa.

Regent Palms in Turks and Caicos Islands
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REGENT PALMS | TURKS AND CAICOS ISLANDS

This 10-person hot tub is located in the middle of a multimillion-dollar infinity pool, both of which look out toward Grace Bay Beach and the Atlantic Ocean.

Banyan Tree Lijiang Resort & Spa in Lijiang, China
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BANYAN TREE LIJIANG RESORT & SPA | LIJIANG, CHINA

Jetpool villas at the Banyan Tree Lijiang Resort & Spa come with views of Jade Dragon Snow Mountain and private jet pools, each tuned to 100.4 degrees Fahrenheit.

The Ski Dream Home in Deer Crest, UT
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THE SKI DREAM HOME | DEER CREST, UTAH

It might be located 8,000 feet above sea level amid the snow-covered mountains of Park City, but the six-bedroom Ski Dream Home has plenty of outdoor amenities to keep guests warm: a heated outdoor pool, radiant-heated concrete flooring, a fireplace, and a stone hot tub that fits 12 people. Rental prices start at $13,500 per night.

Hotel Villa Honegg in Lucerne, Switzerland
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HOTEL VILLA HONEGG | LUCERNE, SWITZERLAND

Built in 1905, this mansion-turned-hotel features an oversized steam tub in its backyard that overlooks Lake Lucerne. It's a relatively small hotel, housing just 23 rooms. Spa reservations start at about $90.

Park Hyatt Beaver Creek Resort & Spa in Beaver Creek, CO
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PARK HYATT BEAVER CREEK RESORT & SPA | BEAVER CREEK, COLORADO

The "haute tubs" at the upscale Beaver Creek Resort are located outdoors beneath a mountain waterfall, and each can be rented out in one-hour increments. Guests also receive tub-side service, about which Luxury Travel Magazine wrote: "Think Vegas-style, poolside cabana service -with the most enviable location in the Rockies."

Fairmont Banff Springs in Banff, Canada
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FAIRMONT BANFF SPRINGS | BANFF, CANADA

Some hot tubs overlook oceans or mountains. But few are burrowed between the stone walls of a castle — or the "Castle of the Rockies," as the Fairmont Banff Springs hotel is known. The hotel, located in Banff National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, has been hosting guests for more than 125 years.

Twin Farms in Barnard, VT
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TWIN FARMS | BARNARD, VERMONT

It's not the biggest hot tub. But considering guests who reserve the Aviary Cottage of this 1700s-era farmhouse will have the tub all to themselves, the size should be perfectly cozy. Floor-to-ceiling windows look out onto the resort's 350 acres of forest.

Awanoyu in Shirahone Onsen, Gifu Prefecture, Japan
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AWANOYU | SHIRAHONE ONSEN, GIFU PREFECTURE, JAPAN

Shirahone Onsen — which means "white bone hot spring" — is famous for its many natural springs, the waters of which appear milky white (as the name suggests) because of heavy magnesium and calcium sediments. Awanoyu, one of the most popular springs, costs 820 yen (about $7.50) for a dip.

Panorama Mountain Resort in British Columbia, Canada
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PANORAMA MOUNTAIN RESORT | BRITISH COLUMBIA, CANADA

The two roomy hot tubs at this upscale Canadian ski resort, located in the Kootenay Rockies, are complemented by a 1,258-square-foot "warm" pool that's heated to 90 degrees Fahrenheit all year round.

Iglu-Dorf in Zermatt, Switzerland
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IGLU-DORF | ZERMATT, SWITZERLAND

You might guess that hot tubs and igloos don't mix, but that's not the case at Iglu-Dorf, a resort that's basically a network of interconnected igloos situated in a mountain range. The resort says its most exclusive hot tub is the private tub found in the Romantic-Igloo Suite, though all wellness areas within the resort also feature Jacuzzis.

Villa Oriana Relais in Sorrento, Italy
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VILLA ORIANA RELAIS | SORRENTO, ITALY

Set high in the hills above the coastline of Sorrento, the terrace of the boutique Villa Oriana Relais features a hot tub that provides one-of-a-kind views of the Bay of Naples. Make sure to visit during the summer months, as the hot tub is only open from May to Oct. 10.

Rifugio Scoiattoli in Cortina d'Ampezzo, Italy
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RIFUGIO SCOIATTOLI | CORTINA D'AMPEZZO, ITALY

Set on ski slopes overlooking Italy's Lagazuoi 5 Torri Giau ski area is the Scoiattoli refuge's "hot barrel" — basically a hot tub constructed out of fir-wood slats. Guests can reserve the hot barrel for about $205, a price that includes a bottle of champagne.

The Ritz-Carlton Sanya Beach Resort in Sanya, China
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THE RITZ-CARLTON SANYA BEACH RESORT | SANYA, CHINA

This Ritz-Carlton property is located on Hainan, China's only tropical island. Its 30,000-square-foot spa is one of the largest in the world, and here guests will find stone hot tubs with dozens of pressurized jets.

Glenwood Hot Springs Resort in Glenwood Springs, CO
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GLENWOOD HOT SPRINGS RESORT | GLENWOOD SPRINGS, COLORADO

The 100-by-40-foot therapy pool at Glenwood Hot Springs Resort is simply massive. It's kept at 104 degrees Fahrenheit and filled with mineral-rich water from the nearby Yampah spring, which produces over 3.5 million gallons of hot water every day. Also on site is the resort's gigantic main pool, which is heated to about 90 degrees Fahrenheit year round. Admission prices vary by season.

Matakauri Lodge in Queenstown, New Zealand
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MATAKAURI LODGE | QUEENSTOWN, NEW ZEALAND

The Owner's Cottage at Matakauri Lodge might cost a small fortune (about $7,100, depending on time of year), but with it comes a private terrace and infinity-edge hot tub that overlook the stunning mountains of Lake Wakatipu.

Teton Mountain Lodge & Spa in Jackson Hole, Wyoming
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TETON MOUNTAIN LODGE & SPA | JACKSON HOLE, WYOMING

This rooftop hot tub that looks out onto the Teton Mountains is a perfect place to relax after a day of hitting the slopes of Jackson Hole. Able to accommodate 22 people, it's the biggest of Teton Mountain Lodge's five on-site hot tubs.

The Osprey at Beaver Creek in Beaver Creek, CO
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THE OSPREY AT BEAVER CREEK | BEAVER CREEK, COLORADO

Located just steps away from the slopes is the outdoor pool area of The Osprey, which includes a heated deck, poolside bar, and hot tub. If the tub doesn't sell you on this lodge, the ski-in/ski-out hotel's proximity to a chairlift might.

Chalet Zermatt Peak in Zermatt, Switzerland
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CHALET ZERMATT PEAK | ZERMATT, SWITZERLAND

Nestled high up in the Swiss Alps, Chalet Zermatt Peak is one of the most luxurious chalets in Switzerland, and it features an indoor below-ground hot tub that's set right next to magnificent floor-to-ceiling windows. Prices vary, but it's safe to say this is one of the most expensive lodging options on our list.

Cambrian Hotel in Adelboden, Switzerland
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CAMBRIAN HOTEL | ADELBODEN, SWITZERLAND

Not all infinity pools have to be oceanside to be enjoyed. Case in point: The outdoor hot pool at Switzerland's Cambrian Hotel, which provides swimmers with panoramic views of the surrounding snow-capped mountains.

Genting Hotel in Birmingham, England
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GENTING HOTEL | BIRMINGHAM, ENGLAND

The Santai Spa at the Genting Hotel offers guests the chance to relax in the Jacuzzi located on the outdoor terrace, which has lakeside views of Pendigo Lake.

Joshua Tree Green Haus in Yucca Valley, CA
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JOSHUA TREE GREEN HAUS | YUCCA VALLEY, CALIFORNIA

The hot tub included in this little vacation retreat near Joshua Tree National Park might not be big or fancy, but it blends in beautifully with the surrounding desert landscapes. And even though Yucca Valley is warm during the day, temperatures can drop to around 40 degrees Fahrenheit at night, meaning the tub will likely come in handy.

The Scarlet in Cornwall, England
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THE SCARLET | CORNWALL, ENGLAND

The Scarlet Spa offers cliff-top hot tubs where guests can stargaze, storm watch, and gaze out across Mawgan Porth Beach to the ocean beyond.

The Shangri-La Boracay in Boracay, Philippines
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THE SHANGRI-LA BORACAY | BORACAY, PHILIPPINES

The Treehouse Villa at Shangri-La Boracay rises high above the resort grounds and nearby beach, providing guests with stunning views of the ocean from the hot tub that's built into the outdoor terrace.

Chalet Lottie in Gstaad, Switzerland
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CHALET LOTTIE | GSTAAD, SWITZERLAND

A former farmhouse, this luxury chalet is situated outside of Gstaad and near one of the largest ski areas in the Alps. The sunken cedar hot tub located on the outdoor terrace is a perfect spot to relax and soak in the mountain views after a day of skiing or walking through town.

Amangani in Jackson Hole, WY
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AMANGANI | JACKSON HOLE, WYOMING

The hot tub at Amangani offers stunning views of the mountains of Jackson Hole, one of the best ski towns in the U.S. And if spa-goers want to stretch out a bit, they can jump in the 115-foot-long heated pool adjacent to the hot tub.

Katara Suite at Excelsior Hotel Gallia in Milan, Italy
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KATARA SUITE AT EXCELSIOR HOTEL GALLIA | MILAN, ITALY

The largest penthouse suite in Italy is truly decadent. Measuring in at 11,000 square feet, it features two private outdoor terraces, 24-hour butler service, four opulent bedrooms, and a hot tub under a dome, which is, of course, located in the suite's private spa.

Intercontinental Hong Kong in Hong Kong, China
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INTERCONTINENTAL HONG KONG | HONG KONG, CHINA

I-Spa, located within the Intercontinental Hong Kong hotel, features suites that each come with a private Jacuzzi, sauna, and steam room. It's located on the roof, meaning spa-goers will enjoy some great views of Victoria Harbor and the city skyline.

&Beyond Phinda Rock Lodge in KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa
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&BEYOND PHINDA ROCK LODGE | KWAZULU-NATAL, SOUTH AFRICA

They might not be the biggest in the world, but the private hot tubs outside the suites of Phinda Rock Lodge offer one-of-a-kind views of Phinda's Private Game Reserve, which is adjacent to the resort and comprises about 70,000 acres.

Angsana Tengchong Resort in Yunnan, China
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BANYAN TREE TENGCHONG RESORT | YUNNAN, CHINA

Looking for a "geothermal experience out of the ordinary"? That's exactly what's offered at Banyan Tree Tengchong Resort, which features 43 indoor and outdoor mineral-rich hot tubs in a variety of themes. What's more, the resort's location in southwestern China is known for its many public outdoor hot springs that visitors can also check out.

Jagged Edge in Queensland, New Zealand
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JAGGED EDGE | QUEENSLAND, NEW ZEALAND

Perched above the waters of Lake Wakatipu amid the Remarkables Mountain Range lies Jagged Edge, a top-of-the-line rental home with massive floor-to-ceiling windows on almost all sides. The property features a massive 16-by-19-foot infinity pool that's kept at about 100 degrees Fahrenheit.