When we think of hot springs, the image of onsen in Japan immediately comes to mind.
But you don’t need to travel so far to soak in the comforting healing hot spring waters – we have a wonderful selection just in Bandung and its surrounding area.
Before you know it, you’ll fall in love with the sulphuric water known to possess healing properties.
Time to say goodbye to sore muscles and welcome the new vigorous you after your very own ‘hot spa’.
1. Let out your inner child: Ciwidey Valley Waterpark Resort
Come fully-charged before hitting this hot spring water park because you will need it. With the array of water slides installed, you can rest assured that your inner child will be ultra-satisfied.
This newly built water park has a way to charm you with its beautifully built cottages that can be rented and state-of-the-art pools equipped with natural spring water.
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Parents with hyperactive kiddos need not worry. Let your children roam free and go ga-ga here, while you seat on the lounge sipping your iced tea. As the kids drain their batteries, you’ll be promised a good night’s sleep at bedtime.
There is even a large bird cage in the resort compound!
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For those seeking an authentic outdoor experience, the resort also offers tents for rent on their camping ground.
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What better way to spend your night, than stargazing with the company of firecamp to warm your soul?
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2. Soak in hot spring water in a fairytale resort: Gracia Spa Resort
Look no further if you are seeking to get away from your typical city life.
Feel instantly rejuvenated in this idyllic spa resort, which is complete with manicured lawns and pools filled with natural hot spring water so blue that it actually hurts – when you leave.
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The resort looks like a cut-out from Enid Blyton’s fairytale stories you’d probably have read when you were a child.
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If you can afford, why not even book yourself a villa? You’ll get your own private hot spring pool. That way, you get to enjoy the ambience to its maximum in privacy.
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3. Hot tub time machine: Sari Ater Hotel and Resort
If you feel like taking a trip down memory lane, Sari Ater would do well for you. As one the of first few establishments to be built around the Ciater spring, Sari Ater is well-known by revellers, both local and international.
This homey resort serves their loyal guests with all the good things: fun-filled activities, outbound games and a comforting pool filled with hot spring water. Those who aren’t too keen to tread into the wet-and-wild zone can opt for milder activities like horse riding or golf.
Things get a little crazy during weekends with families seeking staycations away from the city. So book early or you’ll really miss out, ‘cause you know what they say, “oldies are the goodies”.
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4. Alternative treatment for chronic aches: Ciater Spa and Resort
Give yourself the tender loving care that your body deserves in this spa resort that comes with a breathtaking panorama of the Ciater tea plantation.
The extensive list available in the spa menu will ensure that you are pampered from top to toe.
Get those tensed muscles and nerves smoothed away by the highly-trained masseuse who will guarantee you get the royal treatment you’ve come for.
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For those seeking alternative treatment to chronic aches, Ciater Spa and Resort may just be the place for you. There’s even a rehabilitation centre with a team of qualified physiotherapists who promise to cure physical ailments by combining the use hydro, electric and magnetic therapy.
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Sounds too good to be true?
As part of the therapy, guests and patients are encouraged to dip into the famed medicinal ‘Kunang-kunang’ and ‘Kiara’ thermal spring pool for an ultimate wellness retreat experience.
One thing for certain – you will feel ultra-recharged at the end of your visit.
5. The mother of all hot springs: Ciater natural hot spring
Ciater is well-known for being the ultimate hot spring junction for tourists and locals alike.
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Nestled between Bandung and Subang, the spring water comes from Tangkuban Perahu. At a satisfying 43 to 46 degrees Celsius, the water is just about right to give you that extra ‘oomph’ you so badly needed.
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If you suffer from skin ailments or even rheumatism, you’re definitely in for a good treat as this sulphuric pool is known to possess healing properties.
You’ll be bewitched by the surroundings decorated with mountain ranges and crisp fresh air as you enjoy a good soak.
6. Simple hot water bath with tea: Ciwalini hot spring
Nestled at the foot of the Ciwidey tea plantation is Ciwalini hot spring. As you’re greeted by the cold air, nothing will come close to the pleasure of submerging your body in a pool of warm spring water to ease that chill away.
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This spring may not get the vote for being the best-looking hot spring, but hey, sometimes simple is good and enough.
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Shrouded in a cloud of mist and steam from the heated spring, Ciwalini is an alluring place in its own right. Complement your soak there with the famous Walini tea produced from the nearby tea plantations.
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Those seeking respite from the hustle and bustle of urban lives will appreciate the quiet this place has to offer.
7. Water therapy for the night owls: Cimanggu hot spring
Nestled at 1,100 metres above sea level, Cimanggu offers a breathtaking view of the rolling hills with fresh air to boot. Being open for 24 hours make it a popular site among late-night travellers (night-owls) and people who’d like to experience soaking in the hot spring under the twilight sky.
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Dipping in the hot spring waters at night is quite something – it has the sense of being otherworldly.
Curious much? The only way to find out is to be there and immerse yourself in this magical place.
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That being said, this hot spring spot holds the same allure at daybreak, as the sun casts its rays on the foliage in the surrounding area, creating that captivating gradient of yellow and golden hues. Totally instagram-worthy!
Swiss van Java – that’s what the locals call Garut, this idyllic village peppered with hot springs, resort retreats, mountains and the beach, a perfect symbiosis of sun, water and earth.
8. The Venice experience: Sabda Alam Resort
Here, you can play at the water theme park doused in hot spring water.
Feel the adrenaline rush as you swoosh down the thrilling ‘slider boom’ at the height of 12 metres. Maybe even have a go at the ‘lazy river’, which mimics a bona fide river with manmade currents to make you feel like you’re in the real wild, wild world.
If you’re planning on staying here, this is where walking to your hotel room is too normal – so yes, you can row a sampan to your room in style. This is possible in Sabda Alam Resort where cottages are built on water.
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9. A spring with a ‘bomb diggity’ view: Puncak Darajat
The best way to warm your heart and body in the chilly weather is to soak in a thermal pool, enjoying a view so breathtaking you’d probably suffer from withdrawal symptoms upon leaving.
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Built at the peak of Darajat, Puncak Darajat is probably the best-looking hot spring pool that exists in Garut.
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Shrouded in mist with sprawling Cikuray mountain ranges as your backdrop, your sights are bound to be tantalised as you bathe in the wholly heated groundwater.
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Complete your trip here by ordering a succulent bowl of Garut’s mie bakso (beef noodle), a specialty of this region, along with a glass of hot sweet tea to wash it down.
If you are planning to bring your young ones along, the water slides here will definitely put a smile on your face.
10. Endless fun in hot water wonderland: Darajat Pass Resort
You will not be disappointed the moment you step into this resort. Surrounded by lush verdure, neatly planted bungalows and hot pools smack in the middle, you’ll be a happy person here.
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You can find everything you’d imagine in a waterpark here, from the Giant Bucket Splash to Boomerang Slides, so regardless of whether you’re young at heart or simply just an adrenaline junky, you’ll certainly come to appreciate this place.
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If you’re getting cold feet, fret no more, the spring water that goes up to 45 degrees Celsius will keep you warm and dandy (pun intended) during your water play.
11. Blow thy steam off spring: Cisolok hot spring
Ever wondered how a geyser works? You need not head to Iceland to find out.
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Unlike the other springs around Bandung and Garut, Cisolok hot spring is probably the only one in Bandung that’s situated near a beach, along the Pelabuhan Ratu coast.
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What draws folks to this place is none other than the source of the spring – a geyser which ejects columns of hot water that people have found the use for.