Everybody who tried can tell you this: when you bath naked, time stops and you can clear your mind. Whether indoor or outdoor, being naked in a bath is a tradition accepted in various regions around the world. Very often, the water used being of volcanic sources, these ablutions have prodigious medicinal properties. So don't wait any longer! Simply seize the moment, feel the water running off every inch of your skin and that unequalled impression to merge with the elements... To do so, try out our selection!
Onsen in Tokyo
Hot springs, also called onsen, are central to the Japanese lifestyle. More than mere entertainment, they are a way of life, as water is one of the key elements in the culture of the Rising Sun. Building a spa in the urban jungle is therefore only logical. Located on the 6th floor of the Shinjuku district in Tokyo, the bet is all the more crazy.
As you feel like on the spot, you can either spend time at the healing terra, in the sauna or in a carbon-dioxide bath that boosts blood circulation. If you are still reticent taking all your clothes off, please know that the Thermae-yu Spa, like most Japanese onsen, offers non-mixed gender rooms.
1-1-2 Kabukicho, Shinjuku, Tokyo 160-0021
+81 (0)3 5285 1726
Volcanic waters in Costa Rica
Even though it has been considered dormant since 2010, the Arenal volcano is still under observation in case it should wake up again. Under the surface, it produces hot springs with relaxing properties. When rain enters the ground, it meets submerged magma, which heats it and loads it up with all kinds of minerals. Water then springs from the mountain side to the delight of swimmers wading in ponds, pools and streams that are natural or landscaped, with temperatures ranging from 25 to 50° C. What if that was heaven? Especially when you dress like Adam and Eve...
Provincia de Alajuela
A fjord in Norway
Besides exceptional vistas, fjords offer an occasion to take a dive in translucent waters for those less sensitive to the cold, with the majestic Geirangerfjord in the front row, located an hour by plane from Oslo. At the moment your body completely enters the waters, you will be able to assess your tolerance to the cold and compare with the legendary Norwegians on that matter. Bathing in the Geirangerfjord in a swimming suit would be considered treason. As bathing suits are usually seen as unhygienic in the Kingdom of Norway, you know what to do...
Artificial lake in Iceland
Only a few hours by plane from Oslo, Glasgow or Edinburg, live a unique moment at the Blue Lagoon, West and South from the Icelandic capital. A few decades ago, several hot springs were discovered on the spot and developers went on to build facilities along an artificial lake to bathe and admire the spectacular scenery. Rest assured, the waters at Blue Lagoon are hot, in fact up to 40°C. Icelanders love bathing and meeting up with friends there. Keep in mind one specific feature for this site: mixed gender bathing is allowed and you go bathe naked... In your birthday suit, and through steamy haze, you'll be able to gaze upon the lunar surroundings, comprised of lava fields and lichen.
240, Grindavik 420-8800, Iceland
+354 420 8800
Jimjilbang in Korea
Originally, Korean people used to go to jimjilbang stone huts or halls where the temperatures rise to 120°C to purify themselves. Today, these sweat lodges are an integral part of local life, with saunas and public baths, but also restaurants, gyms, and body treatment centres found within. There are thousands of them across the country, open round the clock every day of the year, and people come to either relax or hang out with their friends.
At the heart of Seoul's Yongsan district, the Dragon Hill Spa offers an impressive choice. Before jumping into one of the public baths, you enter the warmth of the Pine Wood Room (120°C) followed by the icy temperatures (5°C) of the Rock Icehouse. Don't be coy: baths are separated for men and women, and nudity is not just appropriate... it's mandatory!
Dragon Hill Spa
40-713, Hangangno 3(sam)-ga, Yongsan-gu, Seoul
+82 (0)2 7920 001