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From the lavish Middle Eastern baths to the happening coastal New Zealand, there is no dearth of places on the globe for having a warm-water heaven. Here are a few holiday pointers for 2011:

New Zealand
The Kerosene Creek and Hot Water Beach are two hot water hotspots in New Zealand worth checking out. The Hot Water Beach, in fact, offers one the pleasure of digging one’s own Jacuzzi in the sand – during low tide, dig for a few minutes in the middle of the beach and sit there with a bottle of wine – you’ll have your personal bath from the hot spring. On the other hand, the Kerosene Creek has hot water pool below a small fall – one can stay for as long as the heart desires and it comes for free! Two good options for a hot-water holiday to New Zealand in 2011.

Chile
Banos Colina in the Maipo Valley is a hot spring in the mighty Andes Mountains. The water gurgles down in a series of hot water natural pools with milky-blue water that is indeed therapeutic. If you are here during your 2011 holidays, be ready to unwind your body and spirits amidst spectacular views of the mountains around.

California
For USA holidays 2011, a trip to California’s Hot Creek in Mono County is a great option for relaxation. The rocky stream has cold and warm water pools and one can keep plunging in as per their mood. Beware for there are areas in which you have scalding hot water.

Cape Town
South Africa’s busy city has a beautifully done spa resort called the Goudini. The three outdoor thermal heated swimming pools – each one is kept at a different temperature – along with one indoor pool is a nice place to be at during your South African sojourn in 2011. This resort has a variety of accommodation options and is just perfect for families on holiday. The surroundings have picturesque mountains and daytrips include visiting the nearby wine estates and the Fairy Glen Private Game Reserve.

Jordan
The Ma’in Hot Springs offer one the choice of unwinding at the luxurious hotel spa or the cheaper public baths. The thermal waterfalls are nature’s way of making you unwind and get healed. The hot pools and underground rock sauna are simply amazing – must try during Jordan holidays 2011.

Vietnam
The Thap Ba mud baths in Nha Trang offers truly relaxing mud baths along with hot springs. Situated amidst woodland of towering trees and lush gardens, this seems like a tropical heaven. The experience goes like this – plunge into the mud tub for 15-20 minutes and head off to the sunbathing area to dry the mud on your body followed by a hot power shower. Apart from the skin becoming supple and clear, the bath helps take away all stress from your body as well as mind. You can indulge in showers for as long as you want and then take a lazy walk through the gardens to three pools – one very hot, one cool and one designated for children. A wonderful way indeed to experience Vietnam holidays in 2011.

Italy
The sleepy village of Saturnia in Tuscany features sulphur springs that are toasty hot at 37C. One can easily find a quiet rock pool for yourself, especially if you get there at dawn. A little known side of Italy that is worth enjoying on a relaxation holiday in 2011.

Spain
El Hammam in Malaga is in contrast with the Costa del Sol. The dimly lit bath is quiet calm and offers an authentic Middle Eastern sort of experience. You can have a long relaxed steam bath or get a massage (option to have massage on a marble slab in the hammam or in a private room). The terrace here is a cool place to get in a contemplative mood with a cup of herbal tea – a hot spring holiday in Spain is an unforgettable experience.

The Azores
The Terra Nostra Park has a warm sulphur pool amidst the exotic flora and fauna – the sounds of peacocks will lull you to relaxation for sure. If you stay at the Terra Nostra hotel for your 2011 holidays, you’d get the liberty to take a plunge any time you want; else you have to pay a nominal entry fee to the park every time you want a hot bath. The more spectacular are the boiling geysers nearby.

Turkey
In Fethiye you could head off to the Old Turkish Bath which is a mixed hammam – perfect for steam, scrubs and massages. The traditional Moorish architecture and design is quite appealing and the hammam services are provided quite professionally – swimwear is a must and females can request a female masseuse. The after-effect is squeaky clean and radiant you – who wouldn’t want this on a holiday in 2011?

Greece
In an hour’s drive from Athens, one gets to Lake Vouliagmeni which is a thermal lake full of minerals that keeps around 25C and is known for its therapeutic powers. The natural crater is perfect for swimming, bathing, lounging around and exercising. Facilities include changing area, showers and on-site restaurant/ cafe. And if you want more fun for 2011 Greece holidays here, then the nearby beach and Glyfada market are two cool options.

France
The Rennes les Bains is a perfect spot for truly relaxing holidays in France. If you want this retreat in 2011, be ready for a picturesque experience with a Turkish bath, cold and hot springs with the hot water reaching up to 46C temperature. It is believed that these waters heal skin and joint problems.

Hungary
Budapest’s Gellert Baths offer a grand unwinding experience in calm blue waters with the option for wave pool that leaves you gasping for more!

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