Mud Baths: 10 Places Around the World to Mud Spa in 2023

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According to Wikipedia, “Historically, the mud bath treatment has been used for centuries in Eastern and Western European spas as a way to relieve arthritis.” Mud is of the earth, and mineral-rich, known to soothe skin irritation and joint pain. 

A mud bath is just that: a bath of mud, most commonly from areas where hot spring waters combine with volcanic ash.

Today spa and wellness enthusiasts the world over visit mud baths to soak away stress, calm the mind, detoxify the skin, and ease muscle tension. Not to mention, slathering yourself with warm, soft mud is just super enjoyable.

Here are 10 of our favourite natural mud baths and mud spas to sink into.

Golden Haven Hot Springs Spa and Resort

Calistoga, California, USA

Their natural hot springs spa is known for its mineral water and mud baths and is located in Calistoga, the heart of the Napa Valley Wine Country. Enjoy Golden Haven’s pure natural hot springs mineral water and mud baths for the day – or stay overnight. Golden Haven specializes in spa treatments for couples and friends.

Hell’s Gate Geothermal Reserve and Mud Spa

Rotorua, New Zealand

Explore New Zealand’s most unique geothermal experience and discover more than just myth and legend. This land has healing properties and has fascinated people for centuries.

Dalyan Mud Baths

Muğla, Turkey

One of the city’s most popular attractions, rumour has it that Cleopatra credited her beauty to the frequent use of these mud baths.

Club Mud – Glen Ivy Hot Springs

Temescal Valley, California, USA

Get pampered in their spring water mud pool by slathering California red clay on wet skin. Then bake in the sun or their warm “Wafa” cave.

Volcán De Lodo El Totumo

Bolivar, Colombia

Visit this active mud volcano in northern Colombia to bathe in the dense, warm mud and follow with a bath in a nearby lagoon. (According to local lore, the volcano used to spew fire and lava but was turned into mud by a local priest who believed it was the work of the Devil and endeavoured to banish him by sprinkling holy water into it.)

SPA Salino Mud Baths

Castro Marim, Portugal

Come to float in an artisanal salt pond and be sure to try the mineral mud body application, then learn about salt production from this handmade salt company.

Amiana Resort Nha Trang

Turtle Bay, Nha Trang, Việt Nam

Nha Trang has long been famed for its natural mud bath and herbal treatments and now has the one and only luxury, private mud bath with ocean views in Nha Trang.

Rio Negro Hot Springs and Waterfalls

Guanacaste, Costa Rica

Surrounded by dense tropical forests, the Rio Negro Hot Springs area is peaceful and picturesque. Crystal-clear waters of the Rio Negro River flow near ten pools filled with mineral-rich thermal waters heated by the volcano.

Ojo Caliente Mineral Springs Resort & Spa

Ojo Caliente, New Mexico

Steeped in history and tradition, Ojo Caliente is one of America’s oldest health spas. Tucked between the rugged desert cliffs and cottonwood-lined bosque, their hot mineral waters await soakers seeking healing and respite.

Sulphur Springs St Lucia Mud Baths

Malgretoute, Saint Lucia

The Soufrier Volcano last erupted in the 1700s. It originated from a weak spot in the crust of a collapsed volcanic crater and is considered a dormant volcano. One of the best features of the volcano is the ability to dive into the mud baths.


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