On a recent vacation to the Sicilian island of Pantelleria, I went straight for the mud. Alongside tourists and locals at the Lago di Venere thermal springs and mud baths, I slathered myself with the sulfuric-smelling ooze, then baked in the sun until the mud cracked. Surely this had to be cleansing; it was such a pristine, uncommercial place.
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I started with Indian Springs, as it was recommended by a local. I arrived an hour early so I could take advantage of the thermal pool. It was wonderful as I floated in an olympic size pool filled with hot, hot water.
Visiting a mud bath spa presents a paradox. How do you bathe in something that makes you dirty? And more importantly, why would you?
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The cedar flakes went everywhereand I can only imagine mud gets even more up-close and personal when you bathe in it. Amber is an Episcopal priest and student of religion. She believes stories are the best way to explore human truths.
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The small island paradise of Espalmador, situated at the northern tip of Formentera. This really is as unspoiled as it gets - but be warned there are no facilities here, so bring water and food with you. Once ashore they sometimes go unnoticed, although the presence of their entourage does rather prevent anonymity.