Seven hot springs eter­nal, for a nat­u­ral rem­edy

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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.­

Do­minica – not to be con­fused with the Do­mini­can Repub­lic – is a vol­canic is­land in the Eastern Caribbean known for its slew of min­eral-rich springs. Try Screw’s Sulpher Baths (left, or Cham­pagne Beach, where the springs bub­ble up from the ocean like, well, bub­bly. www.vis­it­do­ 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. ther­mae­; www. the gains bor­ough; www. ro­man­

Ger­many Baden-Baden, on the edge of the Black For­est, is prob­a­bly one of the world’s most well­known 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.; www.­calla-spa

Is­rael The Dead Sea, ac­tu­ally a salt lake, has been a health-seeker des­ti­na­tion since the days of Herod the Great. At nearly 10 times the ocean’s salin­ity, it’s a chore to do any­thing but float – bathers work out against the water’s nat­u­ral re­sis­tance along rail­ings that ex­tend out from the beach. Vis­i­tors smear on the sea’s min­eral-rich mud to treat ev­ery­thing from arthri­tis to pso­ri­a­sis. And, at 430 me­tres be­low sea level, there are at­mo­spheric ad­van­tages, too, including higher oxy­gen and weaker ul­tra­vi­o­let rays from the sun. The Is­ro­tel Dead Sea Re­sort & Spa pipes the seawater in to the pools of its Esprit Spa. www. is­ro­­ro­tel-dead-sea

Ja­pan Look for tra­di­tional ryokans (ho­tels) that fea­ture on­sen, the Ja­panese hot springs and bathing fa­cil­i­ties in the inns. One to try, in the Kaga On­sen re­gion near Ishikawa pre­fec­ture is the Hana­murasaki Ryokan ( www. for a tra­di­tional tatami mat bed­room and yukatas, or Ja­panese robes, worn to the spa – and to din­ner. hot­spri/

Tai­wan Sim­i­lar to Ja­pan, the is­land na­tion is a wealth of hot springs. On the shores of the serene Sun Moon Lake sits the Fleur de Chine ho­tel, with its Moun­tain Mist Hot Spring, rich with sodium, mag­ne­sium, cal­cium, potas­sium and car­bonic acid ions. www. fleur­dechine­ho­

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