Destination tips are vital when travelling somewhere new and InterContinental Bali Resort’sunique brand concept ‘In the Know,’ helps travellers get the most out of their stay. The resort is proud to offer insider Bali destination tips, as well as guided day-trips incorporating therapeutic soaks in the hot springs of your choice.
Hot springs are plentiful in Bali, offering a rich source of sulphur and other minerals that when combined with the heat of the water, results in calming effects on the mind and body, as well as tension-reducing, painkilling healing powers that have been used for thousands of years. Some of the top hot springs as recommended by InterContinental Bali ‘In the Know’ include:
Air Panas Angseri hot springs
Located in the central highland district of Baturiti, Tabanan, these hot springs are approximately 5km northeast of Batukaru Temple. The site is locally run by the Angseri village administration. There is a main hot water swimming pool, and you’ll find a waterfall spilling down a steep foliage-lined cliff, offering a natural water massage.
The village of Toya Bungkah, near Kintamani
Many people come to climb Mount Batur and then ease their aching limbs by bathing in the mineral waters, heated by the belly of the volcano. There are two main spots here, the Batur Natural Hot Springs and Toya Devasya.
The sacred hot springs ‘Air Panas’ of Banjar
These are set in the midst of the jungle in a beautifully landscaped tropical garden, close to Lovina Beach. Here, sulphurous hot water gushes out from the mouths of eight carved naga(mythical, dragon-like serpents) into three pools at an enticing temperature of 38 degrees celcius. From the hottest, upper pool, the water overflows from the mouths of five more nagainto the largest of the three pools. Adjacent is the third and smallest pool, into which healing water cascades from three-metre-high spouts, at perhaps 200 kilos per minute to provide the ultimate back massage.
The Tabanan Hot Springs in Penatahan Village, Penebel
These sit on the banks of the flowing Yeh Panas River and are fed by healing water flowing off Mount Batukaru. Locally known as Yeh Panes or Air Panas Penatahan, this is one of a collection of hot springs around the village of Penebel, with magnificent rice terrace panoramas, approximately 13km from the main town of Tabanan. You can bathe in the main pool on the river’s edge or dip into one of the smaller pools that terrace up the hillside.
Banyuwedang Hot Springs
Located in northwest Bali, these springs are right beside the beach. A concrete structure has been created to contain the spring-water and form a hot water pool, making this a popular bathing spot for local villagers.
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