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In­sider ad­vice from our travel ex­pert on the best bathing ex­pe­ri­ences in the world

“THERE MUST BE QUITE a few things a hot bath won’t cure, but I don’t know many of them.” How very true this line from Sylvia Plath’s The Bell Jar is, es­pe­cially as the chill of au­tumn ap­proaches and win­ter fol­lows on its heels, pre­par­ing to lock us in its icy em­brace. Still, Ms. Plath — would it not have been pos­si­ble to be more spe­cific about ex­actly what kind of hot soak is the best? As for­mer head concierge at the St. Christo­pher Ho­tel, I al­ways en­deav­oured to pro­vide guests with pre­cise in­for­ma­tion — which is what I’ve done here with my guide to the three best bath ex­pe­ri­ences in the world: Fin­land’s saunas,turkey’s ham­mams and Ja­pan’s on­sens.

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