Relaxing Beitou Thermal Spa at Grand View Resort
Taiwan, a tropical island country nearly 12th the size of California. This country is known for many things, the least of which is manufacturing a lot popular products that you may be familiar with. We were surprised to find out that a lot of Asian foods that we grew up snacking on, like popcorn chicken, shaved snow, and milk tea originated in Taiwan street food culture. Go figure!
We had to go check it out for ourselves what delicious food Taipei had to offer us. Armed with our friends recommendations, we set out for Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport.
- After landing we went to a bunch of night markets for late night noms.
- We went hiking at Elephant Mountain which was nice because the entire trail was paved.
- There was literally shopping for nearly anything you could imagine all over the place.
- We even dined at the world famous Din Tai Fung for their renowned thin skinned XLB soup dumpling.
But you may be wondering, like we did, what else is there to do in Taiwan other than eat and shop and eat some more?
Turns out, there are tons of others things to do other than shopping and eating.
- We discovered a little known secret out here…
- We took wedding photos before our wedding…
- We also found somewhere to relax and get a great massage…
But if you really want to go all out and indulge, you owe it to yourself get some quality thermal spa time! And we found just the place for you.
Thermal Spa Valley
There’s an entire area North of Taipei known for their hot thermal springs called Beitou, meaning witch. But don’t let the name scare you off, it’s only called that because of the enchanting effect the shimmering steam shrouding the area in a very ethereal quality. Despite the paranormal connotation, the area has become so popular that improvements were built to better accommodate and transport all the visiting tourists and locals alike; like us.
These mineral rich thermal springs are not only good for you but super easy to reach. There’s no reason not to go and explore. There is even a free museum highlighting the evolution of the thermal spa industry over the generations from it’s more humble roots.
Choices, Choices, and More Choices
When visiting Beitou, there’s a lot of choices to pamper yourself depending on your personal spa going preferences. You have resort spas, private baths, and a public thermal bath, and everything else in between. Originally, we were supposed to meet the hotel shuttle at Beitou Station but since we got there so early, we opted to head over to Xinbeitou Station further along the way to explore the area.
More importantly it looked so close on the map, we figured it made better sense to simply walk it and take in the scenery. There was a number of other spa facilities, area maps, local stores, fancy hotels, and everything else that you could imagine spa related.
- We stopped by an unadulterated thermal lake lovingly called Hell Valley. While our discoveries were nice, what we didn’t take into account was the incline.
- Mental note, like some other spa cultures tattoos might be an issue. BUT not here in Taiwan, tattoos are perfectly ok so don’t let your personal choices deter your from indulging in some thermal bath water.
Grand View Resort
As we wandered the streets of Beitou, seconds turned into minutes, minutes, I’m sure, turned into hours. Walking, hiking was more like it, after many countless turns, we finally reached what seemed to be the top of the hill on the other side of the island. It wasn’t the other side of the island but the view was pretty amazing.
The resort name made more sense all the way up there. It struck me as odd that the hotel spas were located at the basement level. I guess, in retrospect, that makes more sense given the nature of springs coming from the ground. After checking in at the spa counter, we were escorted to a private room with a bathroom, shower, sofas, vanity mirror, some water and local custard desserts.
Outside, in the back of the room behind a sliding glass door was what we had sought. The tiny alcove was lined with garden rocks and some lights. At the center of the space was an empty bath with what looked like a table and small tub. The controls allowed us to fill the space with as much 55 degree C / 131 degree F scalding hot water as we could handle. Filling the tub took some time but was well worth the effort.
After such a long hike up the side of the mountain along winding paved roads, a long hot soak in this heavenly waters was exactly what we needed. The ambiance was so calm and serene that our allotted time came and went without any disturbances. To be honest, there could have been firecrackers going off, I probably would not have noticed. We sat there soaking in the cloudy white sulfur water drinking much needed bottled water and eating tasty custard.
After having spent all that time in the private bath, we showered, dressed time seemed to have taken a slow molasses like quality. I was a touch drained from all the heat but we weren’t in any rush. We slowly made our way back downtown to see what else Taipei had to offer us for dinner. Those 90 minutes of steaming sulfur water warmed us to our very core. It was glorious!
Beitou Thermal Spa | Would We Do It Again?
We would do it again without a doubt! We will make plans to visit this area again in the future. There were so many other spas and venues that we could literally spend days here exploring all the many amenities that Beitou has to offer.
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