Taipei is known for its numerous hot springs and the resorts and spas built around them. The abundance of these springs is a luxury enjoyed by Taipei – and Taiwan as a whole – that is envied by many of its Asian neighbors. The following is a short list of some of the best hot springs in Taipei.
Beitou has a lot of hot springs resorts, most of which are built around the Hell Valley. You can access the area by taking the MRT Red Line. Go down at Beitou Station, and from there, take the single stop branch line going to Xin Beitou station. Right across this station, you will find the Hot Spring Museum, an old Japanese bathhouse that has been converted into a museum. Next to it is the Millennim Hot Spring, a public hot spring resort. For just NT$40, you can take a dip in any of its several pools. The pools are communal and guests are required to wear proper swimming attire.
Private resorts abound just a few steps up the road from the Hot Spring Museum. One of the high-end resorts you will find farther up from most resorts in the area is Asia Pacific Resort. Hidden by tall bamboo trees and other vegetation, Asia Pacific Resort provides the perfect place to get away from it all. Its five indoor and outdoor pools, children’s pool, and spa are sprawled over 72,000 square feet. The resort has a free shuttle to pick up guests from the MRT Xin Beitou Station.
The vintage style Whispering Pines Inn is also found in Beitou. This place is very private; there are no glaring signs pointing to or outside the hotel that some passers by mistake it for a private retreat. The discretion offered by the place keeps its patrons coming back, among which are famous celebrities seeking a private getaway. Guests are treated to a relaxing spa with blind masseuses expertly kneading away their stress.
The Kyoto Spring Hotel is found along Wenquan Road. This facility was established during the time of the Japanese, but it was not until 2004 that it was opened to the public. The Japanese style hotel rooms give a serene and quiet ambiance that guests love.
Other hot springs in Taipei are found in Wulai, which is located on the southeast of the city. The Wulai Spring Resort has outdoor pools overlooking the mountainside. The resort particularly attracts Japanese patrons. Unlike typical resort rooms, the rooms in Wulai Spring Resort have bedrolls spread out on wooden floors. The resort does not have the modernities that others have, which makes the guests feel a bit more in touch with nature.
Jinshan, located on the north of Yangmingshan National Park, is another site where you can find hot springs in Taipei. Jinshan Hot Springs is one of the more affordable resorts in the area. It has both public pools and private baths.
The hot springs in Taipei are known to have some health benefits because of their properties. With all the resorts abounding in different parts of the city, you can choose one that’s suited to your preference.