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Whoever said penance had to be painful was wrong. January is the perfect month to detox after the holidays, and make sure all one's machinery is in working order in preparation for the year ahead. A visit to a spa or hot springs is on the cards...what better way to get purified and maybe even a little pampered? These ten stars are where the Gogobot community went to soak out their sins in 2013.

Blue Lagoon spa

Svartsengi, 240 Grindavik, Iceland
Just an hour outside of Reykjavik lies an ethereal landscape of serene beauty and healing warmth. Named by Conde Nast as one of the top spas in the world and certainly one of Iceland's biggest draws, this massive outdoor geothermal pool of milky-blue water provides spa goers the opportunity to lose themselves in a day of hot water relaxation and complete first-class spa services.
One of the best things I have done so far. This huge warm steaming outside swimming pool is just so ... read more
special and relaxing. Try the on the water massage! Great for kids and grown ups!

Tabacon Grand Spa Thermal Resort

13 Kms West of La Fortuna, La Fortuna -, Costa Rica
This award-winning Ayurveda lifestyle resort offers weary vacationers an opportunity to relax tired muscles and minds surrounded by the natural beauty of lush rainforest and the glow of an active volcano. The natural, gravity driven thermal river and hot spring fed pools may be the highlight of any visit, but families, couples and single explorers to this unique tropical location will appreciate the wide range of other active adventures (from whitewater rafting to canopy zipline tours) available nearby.
An absolute must do while in Arenal. Hot thermal springs set in a lush, jungle-like setting, rich ... read more
with various waterfalls and pools across its gardens. It looks just like I would imagine paradise to look like. This is part of a hotel, but separate entry is possible for 89 dollars. A bit pricey but worth every cent. It includes a generous lunch and you can easily spend a few hours here.

Spa Grande at the Grand Wailea

3850 Wailea Alanui Dr, Wailea, HI 96753
Repeatedly voted one of the top 10 spas in the U.S. and regarded as one of the most luxurious resort spas in Hawaii, the Spa Grande merges treatment styles and traditions from around the world -- east, west and ancient Hawaiian -- to produce a unique full service spa experience promoting inner wellness and outer beauty.
Off the charts amazing! The Hawaiian Airlines promotion for $300 per couple provides you with access ... read more
to their state of the art fitness center, a 10 minute body loofa, an hour in the hydrotherapy circuit, a 50 minute massage, and a $25 lunch credit at one of 3 Grand Wailea restaurant's!

Széchenyi Gyógyfürdő

1146 Budapest, Állatkerti körút 11, Hungary
The largest medicinal bath in Europe, this grand Neo-baroque thermal complex is fed by two of the deepest and hottest natural spring wells to be found in the capital. With 3 outdoor pools, 15 thermal indoor thermal baths and a wide range of saunas, steam baths and whirlpools choices (not to mention a laundry list of other wellness services), visitors to Budapest will find no shortage of choices for rest, relaxation and healing in a beautiful historic location right in the heart of the city.
The Szechenyi baths are beautiful and expansive. They are much larger than the Gellert baths and ... read more
have a lot more indoor and outdoor pool options. The major difference is that these baths are co-ed versus single sex baths. They also serve food and drinks outside as well. It gets quite crowded, but it is worth it to have an enjoyable, relaxing afternoon. You definitely dont want to feel rushed while you are here.

Beitou Hot Springs

Zhongshan Road
Located just north of Taipei's crowded business district, the mountain greenery and bubbling sulphurous waters of the Beitou region provide an ideal escape from hectic city life for locals and travelers alike. Easily accessible using the city's mass transit system, relaxation-seekers will find a wide range of soaking options available including the affordable and highly popular communal pools at Millennium Hot Spring (next to the painstakingly restored Japanese colonial-era bathhouse housing the Beitou Hot Spring Museum).
My first hot springs experience was so relaxing! There are 4 different pools of different ... read more
temperatures! The hot springs are opened from 7am- 10pm every night! It's not too crowded and the cost is only 40 Taiwan dollars for as long as you want! You must try!

Ten Thousand Waves - Houses of the Moon

3451 Hyde Park Rd., Santa Fe, NM 87501
Where the American Southwest, National Forest, New Mexican ski slopes and Japanese traditional culture meet, you'll find a highly unique mountain spa resort dedicated to providing a true Japanese sense of serenity and relaxation. From the gardens and woodwork surrounding the tubs and spa suites to the organic, sustaineable izakaya served up at onsite restaurant izanami, this beautiful onsen inspired bathhouse is well-designed to promote "a good time in a beautiful place."
Amazing, a must, great Japanese Spa. The lodging is enjoyable and unique. Each unit has it's own ... read more
features. Some with kitchenettes and others just normal rooms. The spa and store have very helpful people to make the most of your spa experience. Looking forward to trying the new restaurant which opened early Winter 2013.

Spa at Pagosa Springs

317 Hot Springs Boulevard, Pagosa Springs, CO
The healing waters found above Colorado's beautiful San Juan River were frequented by Native American tribes for centuries before being discovered by settlers and eventually developed into the modern eco-luxury resort you'll find here today. Choose to relax overnight or just spend a day taking in the stunning views while soaking in one of the 23 terraced hot mineral pools. Either way, this picturesque geothermal haven deep in the Rockies will not disappoint.
Wonderful hot springs open virtually every day of the year. Evenings are the best to relax and enjoy ... read more
the warm water of the springs.

Gellért Baths

1118 Budapest, Budapest, Kelenhegyi ut 4, Hungary
At the heart of the healing community of Budapest (a city renowned for its wealth of natural beauty and geothermal activity), historic Gellert Baths had already made a name for themselves as a medicinal center by the 13th century. Today the Baths remain one of the most famous thermal spas in Europe and a popular choice among visitors looking to soak in "Spa City's" natural hot spring pools or to indulge in a high quality spa treatment or massage, all while surrounded by a wealth of original Art Nouveau furnishings, artistic mosaics, stained glass windows and sculptures.
Excellent co-ed baths at an affordable price and not too far from the Old Town Historic District. ... read more
This is a place where you can spend an entire day since there are so many things to see and do and it is really huge.

Roman Baths

Abbey Churchyard, Bath BA1 1 United Kingdom
Home to Britain's only natural hot spring, the mineral rich baths at the center of this World Heritage Site has been frequented by health-seekers since the Romans first founded the temple and thermal complex over 2000 years ago. Today, extensive ruins and beautifully preserved treasures continue to greet visitors come to enjoy the historic steaming pools while top-notch modern treatments are made available at sister-facility Thermae Bath Spa.
An amazing place to visit, made better by the additional excavations that have taken place.

La Costa Resort & Spa

2100 Costa Del Mar Road, Carlsbad, CA 92009
Repeatedly honored as one of the top spas in the nation, the healing powers of nature were not only the inspiration behind the design of the resort's soothing gardens, pools and treatment facilities but were also a key component in developing everything from their signature Spa elixirs to their unique menu of wellness and treatment options. Experience the sensory stimulation of the Waterfall Showers, walk barefoot along the Reflexology Pathway, explore your inner self at the Chopra Center, or relax poolside before a sunset massage or skin treatment. Rest and rejuvenation is a guarantee.