What’s that in the Hot Tub? Forget Water. Try Red Wine, Green Tea, Coffee, Sake & Chocolate!

February 5, 2013
Red wine is just one bathing option at this resort. Green tea, sake, coffee and chocolate available, too!
Red wine is just one bathing option at this resort. Green tea, sake, coffee and chocolate available, too!

Do you ever wish you had something besides water to put in your hot tub?

Wish no more…there are many, many liquids poured into hot tubs the world over.

For many residents of Japan, that wish is fufilled at the  Yunessun Spa Resort in Hakone, Japan.  Customers there have the chance to “cleanse” themselves in a variety of unorthodox hot tubs  filled with everything from green tea to red wine to sake.

The spa’s red wine treatment is only available for a 12-day period each year, but includes a 12-foot bottle of wine so visitors can drink while they bathe. The spa, part of a Japanese amusement park, considers bathing in wine a rejuvenator for the body and claims it’s something that Cleopatra did frequently along with bathing in milk.

Wine spas with wine-based treatments are available around the world, though not all of them let you do the breaststroke in vino. Mathilde Thomas, originator of the wine spa trend, claims wine bathing offers no benefits.

Despite the strange ingredient twists, Yunessun’s other baths do offer unique health benefits. A sake bath has the potential to remove freckles and age spots, evidenced by the rice wine’s use in a variety of skin products. The spa’s green tea bath features tea from the Tanzawa and Hakone mountains, and the plant has positive effects that include boosting skin health and the immune system.

And while gulping down a sugar-laden Pumpkin Spice Latte may not be good for you, swimming in caffeinated coffee could be the most effective wake-up money can buy. That’s the word on this popular way to bathe.

Less healthful, but for those with a sweet tooth, the spa also offers a chocolate bath on Valentine’s Day.  Book your airfare now!

It could be easy to dismiss Yunessun’s hot tubs as a gimmick, but the water park and spa has many positive reviews on Trip Advisor, with reviewers labeling a trip there a “novel” and “relaxing” experience.

Try this at home in your Hot Spring Spa?  If you’ve got the money, and don’t mind cleaning up a big mess & getting new filters, go for the sake bath, at least. I’d skip the wine, chocolate and green tea versions until that trip to Japan.

If you’ve tried any of these bathing options, do share your experiences with us!

SANUM PER AQUA. Latin for Health through Water.


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