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10 natural wellness getaways to soothe your soul

By: Josh Lew on March 6, 2017, 1:29 p.m.
People enjoy swimming pools with spring waters in Beitou, Taiwan.

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Beitou Hot Springs, Taiwan

Beitou Hot Springs Park is right next to Taiwan’s largest city, Taipei. Visitors can walk across the street from the MRT train station and take a dip in the public soaking pools of this suburban wellness destination. These pools are the most popular part of Beitou, but other attractions include Thermal Valley — sometimes called by its nickname, Hell Valley — which features constantly steaming geothermal waterways.

Private spas flourish here. Some, like the Yitsun Hotel, date back more than a century, while others have a more modern, glitzy appeal. The heat, minerals and sulfur in Beitou's water is said to offer all sorts of health benefits, from general detoxification to arthritis relief. Whether or not you believe that these ailments can really be cured, Beitou is certainly one of the easiest natural wellness destinations to reach.