02/22/2013 07:21 am ET Updated Apr 24, 2013

Top 10 Thermal Springs

Gently ease yourself into the steaming hot waters and soak away the stresses of everyday life. Ahhh, bliss.

Whether you're looking to ease the aches and pains of a hard day on the slopes or simply after a bit of relaxation, a trip to a thermal spring will rejuvenate the senses.

For centuries people have flocked to known thermal hot spots for the reported health benefits of their healing waters.

Hot springs are formed by naturally heated groundwater that comes from the Earth's crust. They often have a high mineral content, containing everything from calcium to lithium, and even non-toxic levels of radium.

While there are thousands of hot springs around the world, the travel experts at have picked 10 of their favorites.

10 Fabulous Thermal Springs