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Posts Tagged ‘spas’

The Thermal Greenhouse Town of Hveragerði: Iceland’s Offbeat Hotbed

  • Cynthia Ord
  • 29 April 2013

The town of Hveragerði, Iceland, just 45 minutes outside the capital city of Reykjavik, was built over a volcanic magma chamber, capitalising on the abundance of steam and hot water rising from the ground. Here, superheated groundwater can reach temperatures of 392°F. Resourcefully, Hveragerði residents have put their thermal endowments to use in a number of creative ways.

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Maori Culture and Natural Warmth in Whakarewarewa Village, New Zealand

  • Raumati Wikaire
  • 4 August 2011

Whakarewarewa Village is a living Maori village located in the thermal region of Rotorua on the North Island of New Zealand. Its doors have been open to tourists since more than a century ago when an 1886 volcanic eruption destroyed the historic pink and white terraces at Lake Tarawera, New Zealand’s first tourist attraction. Whakarewarewa Village today is inhabited by 25 families who go about their daily lives but allow visitors to move amongst them and learn about their customs and culture.

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The Inside Word on… Siem Reap, Cambodia

  • Thomas Holdo Hansen
  • 27 July 2011

Through the Inside Word, local travel experts share their top tips on what to do, what to eat, where to party and where to shop in their neck of the woods. This month, we find our way to the heart of Siem Reap, Cambodia, at the threshold of Angkor Wat.

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Rest, Relax and Rejuvenate – Spas and Traditional Massage in Siem Reap, Cambodia

  • Thomas Holdo Hansen
  • 16 May 2011

When visiting Siem Reap, Cambodia, travellers usually make a visit to the Angkor Wat UNESCO World Heritage Site their first priority. Its hundreds of ancient temples comprise the largest religious monument ever built. But with so much on offer, it’s important to plan a way to revitalise weary limbs after long exciting days. Many travellers therefore also find rest, relaxation and rejuvenation to be key qualities of a complete Angkor experience.

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The Hidden Hot Springs of Lesvos, Greece

  • Cynthia Ord and Rebecca Michaelides
  • 6 May 2011

The hot springs of Lesvos reach some of the highest temperatures in Europe (48-91°C) and studies have indicated that they are highly radioactive. The radioactivity, combined with mineral concentrations of salt and chlorine nitrates, gives this water its curative properties; steeping in the hot springs of Lesvos has been known to treat everything from skin diseases to problems with breathing. Four local favourites are the springs of Polichnitos, Gera Bay, Eftalou, and Lisvori.

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Of Chickens and Medicine Men: A Local Remedy in Cebu, Philippines

  • John Paul Maclang
  • 5 May 2011

Not long ago, I visited a local hilot, or medicine man, in Bantayan, Philippines. It all started when a wrong turn on a bike quickly became a leaping, flying dash into a rice paddy. What I had expected to be ‘just’ a tourist trip then offered a few valuable life lessons. There is a moral to this story about the painfully swollen ankle I got: I crashed in a place where doctors and hospitals are rare, and instead found luck and kindness.

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The Good, the Bath and the Ugly

  • Lindsay Young
  • 3 May 2011

When travelling, it’s always fun to stumble upon both famous and lesser-known local bathing spots. However, while I love to be surprised by historical and natural baths in different destination, not everybody likes surprises, and the bathing experiences found on the road are often hit or miss. In fact, in my experience, local baths get misnamed, over hyped and overlooked. Here are a few cases in point in England, Hungary, Iceland and Peru.

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Top Five Natural Baths Around the World

  • WHL Group
  • 2 May 2011

For ages, people have travelled far and wide in search of a good bath. Journeying to natural pools and hot springs with healing properties has been ‘medical tourism’ in its simplest form. Nowadays, though, a healthy soak in the mineral-rich waters of thermal springs is more than just doctor’s orders; finding the natural hot spots for a relaxing steep is a way to appreciate the unique geographical qualities of a place while simultaneously indulging in some healing.

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Malta Spas: Both Natural Pools and Luxury Treatment Centres

  • Vanessa Marino
  • 26 April 2011

As a tiny group of islands in the heart of the Mediterranean Sea, Malta is a water-lover’s wonderland, where some people’s idea of a good soak is in the crystalline seawater itself, admiring the underwater marine life through the lens of goggles and with a snorkel. For others, a relaxing dunk means indulging in the creature comforts of luxury travel; they head straight to the Malta spas.

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The Mexican Temazcal: An Experience in a Maya Sweat Lodge

  • Heather Rath
  • 25 April 2011

Sweat is pouring from my pores. I am saturated with my own perspiration. Near Mérida on the Yucatán Peninsula, I have opted for detoxification and rebirth through a unique spiritual journey practised in similar ways by indigenous people worldwide: a Mexican temazcal.

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