• Revive jet-lagged muscles in burbling thermal pools
  • Let tiny fish nibble at your toes for the ultimate pedicure
  • Unwind with an outdoor Thai or Swedish massage

After pounding Xiamen’s pavements in pursuit of benevolent Buddhas and the ultimate duck congee, it’s fair to say some spa time is in order. Here’s our prescription: hit the Riyuegu Hotsprings to soak in your choice of more than 100 rejuvenating pools and other water treatments. Take your pick among a salt- or mushroom-infused sauna, a tea-enriched hot bath, or a bubbling “massage pool” with jets that purportedly aid in soothing aches and trimming waistlines. Kids, meanwhile, can splash around in a family-friendly pool strewn with giant rubber rafts, or taking a turn in the “exfoliation tub,” succumbing to giggle fits as tiny fish nibble at their toes (a favored all-natural pedicure technique). You can follow up your soaks and steams with a traditional Thai or Swedish massage—either outdoors or in a private room. Once you’ve worked up an appetite, indulge in Riyuegu’s evening buffet, overflowing with literally hundreds of dishes, or keep it simple and order off the a la carte menu. Particularly tasty are the soft-boiled farm eggs floating in a vapor-shrouded bowl of sesame-scented chicken soup, decorated with thin rice threads. Know before you go: Weekend mornings and afternoons are the busiest times, and the optimal choice for families; singles or couples should plan an evening or weekday visit for a more serene experience. Towels, lockers, slippers, and showers with basic toiletries are provided; robes may be rented and inexpensive swim caps (required in certain pools) can be purchased at the gift shop.

Riyuegu Hotsprings is a 40-minute taxi ride from the Conrad. On the return trip, ask the spa’s reception desk to call a taxi; alternatively, hop on the shuttle bus that departs every half-hour (10 a.m.–midnight) and drops guests off at the Xiagu Ferry bus station.

RIYUEGU HOTSPRINGS 日月谷温泉渡假村: 1888 Fulian Lu, Haicang district; +86-0592-631-2222; riyuegu.com.