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, 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.
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
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
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 forest, 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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