Volando Urai Spring Spa & Resort would be an epitome of luxury and relaxation amidst lush greenery and hotsprings with (supposedly) beautifying properties. Besides the cosy room, fine dining and cultural performances, as a hotel guest, you have complimentary usage of the spaciously clean public hot springs. If you are not a hotel guest and wish to enjoy the public hot springs, prices might range from NT$850 to 1,000 (depending on the season) for a duration of 4 hours.
That said, although being a hotel guest allows you complimentary usage of the spaciously clean public hot springs there is an barrier to overcome: if you want to enjoy the hot springs you have to do it all naturel nu. It took us till the last day to try out the public hot springs and it was a choice that was not regretted!
The hot springs are gender segregated and each area (male and female is equipped with resting areas offering TV, magazines, beverages, and newspapers). There are also indoor hot springs pools and outdoor ones.
After walking down a (somewhat) winding flight of stairs and past the spa area, we were brought to the female public hot springs area. The first thing you would see are lockers to keep your footwear and clothes (lockers for footwear and clothes/belongings are in different areas). Once you have deposited your footwear into the locker, it is time to change into the comfortable slippers that are provided by the resort. You will than be requested to change into the yukata that is provided (or you can just wear the one provided in the hotel room if you are a guest). Towels, soap and shampoo are provided.... And the rest they say is history as the warm hot springs water dissolved all worries away in the tranquility of its surroundings.
For the female public hot springs, there are 2 pools that are cold and 2 that are warm/hot (averaging about 40-42+ Degree Celsius).
|Indoor Pools and shower area: taken from Volandoo Urai Spring Spa & Resort Website|
There is also an outdoor pool overlooking the the surrounding lush greenery and river. There are even decks near the outdoor pool for you to soak in the sun. Water dispensers with disposal cups are conveniently located for you to hydrate yourself.
|Outdoor Pool: taken from Volandoo Urai Spring Spa & Resort Website|
There is also a resting area which is equipped with a TV, magazines, beverages, and newspapers; all for you to just relax and take in the beautiful scenery unfolding before your eyes while you idle the time away.
|Resting area: taken from Volandoo Urai Spring Spa & Resort Website|
Once you are done with the hot springs (and finished showering), there is a dressing area which is equipped with cotton swabs, mirrors, lotions and hairdryers; even a coffee dispenser at your disposal.
Verdict: While this property may not be the newest, it is very well maintained. What you see on the resort's website is what you can expect to enjoy. The only downside is that instructions are in Chinese and most of the attendants are more proficient in Mandarin than English. But that should not deter you from enjoying the public hot springs as the beautiful scenery and hot springs warm your heart and relax your soul.
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