For wellness fans and chill-out buffs: Have a break in spas around Kunming. The Hot Springs of Anning, the Brilliant Spa Resort at the lakefront of Yangzong Hai as well as the luxurious Huquan Resort & Spa in Mi'le, close to Stone Forest invite for a relaxing stay.
1. Hot Springs of Anning
As the winner of the 2nd China Golden Hot Spring Award held in the Tang Dynasty Hot Spring Hotel of Dalian in Liaoning Province in September 2015, the Hot Springs of Anning (about 30 km west of Kunming) is worth a visit. Anning is a busy but pretty county level city and is located at the foot of Yuquan Mountain on the banks of the Tanglang River. The hot springs in Anning were discovered in the early Eastern Han Dynasty, and are reputed to be beneficial as the warm water (between 36-46C) contains trace elements of various minerals including potassium, natrium, zinc and strontium. There are numerous baths around town offering indoor springs, public pools and also an open air Japanese style hot spring.
2. Brilliant Resort & Spa
The hot spring water of Brilliant Resort & Spa comes from the high-temperature carbonic acid springs underground. Integrating the minerals of the rocks and abstracting the essence of natural plants, the Spa fragrance therapy will preserve your health and maintain your skin. The spa is located at the shores of Yangzong Lake in Yiliang County, roughly 40km east of Kunming's city center. It is a perfect space for relaxation and a good get-away from the city.
3. Huquan Resort & Spa
One of the best Spas (around 150km south east of Kunming) the Huquan Resort & Spa in Mi'le, is definitely worth a stop over when on the road between Jianshui and Kunming. The resort, rich in geothermal resources, has set up 16 hot spring ponds (both indoor and outdoor) for visitors to "soak" in the wholesome hot spring water while enjoying the nice views of the town. A stay can also be combined with a visit at close Stone Forest.