10 Bucket-List Saunas, Hot Springs, And Thermal Baths From Around The World / By Sallie Lewis / www.dwell.com/ Sedat Karagoz / Istanbul,New York Travel,Tourism News Office / Janbolat Khanat Almaty Travel,Tourism News Office
If you’ve ever stepped foot inside a cedar sauna or soaked in hot springs, you’ve participated in something much greater than a good sweat.
“From the hot, enveloping atmosphere of the sauna; to the deep, embracing allure of geothermal waters; to the sometimes contradictory, yet always beloved and enduring initiation of bathhouses around the world, we as humans appear to crave the sacred rites of water, in all its forms, as a way to remember,” writes Lindsey Bro in her new book, Thermal, a steamy volume available November 22 via Chronicle Books.
But these traditions we hold dear are as much about connecting with the past as they are about healing. In her book, Bro explores some of the world’s most dramatic saunas, hot springs, and bathing pools, spaces we’re drawn to for their restorative and reviving powers.
For lovers of a good schvitz or soak, sink yourself into these magnificent phenomena, natural and man-made, from a cocoon-shaped sauna on the fringes of Tasmania to the world’s largest hot spring in the volcanic wilds of New Zealand.
Panorama Glass Lodge, Hella, Iceland
House of the Weedy Seadragon, Pirates Bay, Tasmania
The Bands, Kleivan, Norway
Sheldon Chalet, Denali, Alaska
Alaska is synonymous with wild beauty and its landscapes demand respect. Here, simple comforts feel like luxuries.
The Sheldon Chalet sits on a lonely outcropping, a five-acre nunatak in the Don Sheldon Amphitheater of Denali’s Ruth Glacier.
As one of the most remote guest-houses in the world—accessible only by bush plane, or on foot by the very bravest of mountaineers willing to risk their lives—the chalet offers views and an experience like no other.
Just south of the chalet on the same outcropping is the Historic Mountain House, a small hut built in 1966. It’s perched at an elevation of 6,000 feet, a short distance from the summit of Denali, in the middle of the six-million-acre park.
Because of this extreme setting, the original owner, Roberta Sheldon, used to ask guests if they were “physically fit and mentally flexible” before they made the journey to the hut.
With remoteness and accessibility a consideration, all the materials for the chalet and sauna had to be flown in by plane or hung by a sling and helicoptered in.
A stunning accomplishment, the five-bedroom chalet and cedar-lined sauna are a well-earned place to watch a solar storm, witnessing the purples, blues, and greens of the aurora with the naked eye. Located 63º north of the equator, the chalet is designed to endure 100ºF [56ºC] temperature swings, hurricane-force winds, and the incredibly brutal Alaskan climate.
Photo by Mike Pham
Waimangu Volcanic Valley, Rotorua, New Zealand
Pamukkale, Denizli, Turkey
Termales Santa Rosa de Cabal, Risaralda, Colombia
Located in the region’s coffee triangle, these volcanic hot springs were first discovered in the early 1940s by a local family and opened to the public shortly thereafter.
Including both hot and cold pools, the springs are situated at the base of three neighboring waterfalls.
A popular destination for locals and visitors alike, Termales Santa Rosa de Cabal features human-made pools as well as steamy lagoons hidden in the forest, but the main attraction is the Santa Helena waterfall that flows through the property.
Photo by Melissa Chaquea
Kurokawa Onsen, Kumamoto Prefecture, Japan
Gellért Baths, Budapest, Hungary
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