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0 Hot Spring Experience at Grand View Resort Beitou, Taipei

24 May 2015 | 16:26:00

Taipei . 2015 . Jan 19


This post is part of our Taipei Trip Report and Itinerary. Do check out the full itinerary and our reviews here.

Taipei’s hotsprings are known far and wide and can be found mainly in the Beitou and Yang Ming Shan area.  In fact, the number of hot springs or onsen are so numerous that it links the entire area between Beitou, Xin-Beitou and Yangmingshan.


At Beitou (北投) and Xin-Beitou (新北投), the options for a hot spring experience are plenty.  In fact, you will need to do a fair bit of research and decide if you will like a communal pool, an outdoor one, or for a more luxury experience - a private indoor hot tub.

We made our choice early - The Grand View Resort Beitou was our undeniable first choice for an exclusive hot spring experience in one of their luxury hot tub rooms.

Credits: Photos from Grand View Resort Beitou Website
Priced at NT2300 (approximately SGD $100) for a 90 minute experience at one of its private hot spring tub, it was certainly a high price to pay.  But I was convinced that it was a worthy indulgence after falling in love at first sight with the beautiful rooms that promises a relaxing and comfortable experience.  During peak tourist periods, reservation of a hot tub room is strongly encouraged, and you can email the resort directly to do so.

At Taipei, the hot-spring facilities must undergo evaluation by the Taipei City Government before being allowed to display the official Hot Spring Mark.  Our chosen hot spring facilities, the Grand View Resort Beitou is one of those which are certified with this trademark.


The Grand View Resort Beitou exudes elegance and class the moment you step in.  Located at a hilltop among lush greenery, it offers a range of high-end hotel rooms that comes fitted with its own individual hot tubs, ensuring that every one of its guests leaves with a hot spring experience.


Prices for such hotel rooms at the Grand View Resort Beitou are steep, therefore, we opted for the more affordable hot tub suite which was mainly a day room fitted exclusively with a large indoor tub and shower facilities.  The hot tub facilities are located at a private wing of the hotel, complete with its own reception and waiting area.


The hot spring experience begins - follow the sign...


At the Grand View Resort Beitou, no one hot tub suite is the same - They are all designed and decorated with their own central theme and named accordingly.  Elegance is the common theme that is repeated in all its hot tub suites.


Our choice of suite was Auspicious Wood (祥木) - an indoor room. You can choose a room with an outdoor tub if you prefer some sunlight.


Such a beautiful and relaxing room that looks exactly the same as it promised in the photographs.  I began to wonder if 90 minutes was sufficient for us to enjoy this room.


Filling the large tub with natural spring water.  The Beitou spring waters are sulphurous and therefore tends to give out a slightly pungent smell.


There are three distinct varieties of sulphurous hot springs in Beitou:
  1. Green sulphur which is found mainly around the Thermal Valley.  Enjoy green sulphur hot springs at places such as Beitou Park Outdoor Hot Spring Bathing pool and Shinshukaku Hotel. Water tend to be green-tinted like jade.
  2. White sulphur also known as milk springs to the locals because the water tends to be milky white.  The majority of Beitou hot spring hotels and inns pipe in white sulphur waters.
  3. Iron sulphur which is found in springs in the upstream mountain-valley area called ding-Beitou (頂北投). They are characterised by transparent water in iron precipitate.  
The Grand View Resort Beitou is located at ding-Beitou, and therefore runs iron sulphur spring water from its pipe.  It is also one of the main reasons for us to choose this resort, because spring water running from upstream sources are deemed by some to be purer and cleaner.

Mix it with ordinary tap water to adjust the temperature that is comfortable for you.


All hot tub suites at the Grand View Resort Beitou comes with an ensuite shower and bathroom facilities, towels, accessories and toiletries that are needed.


Complimentary peach yogurt, intended to be consumed after the hot tub session.  A nice treat for us, which felt somehow very comforting after hot-tubbing.


As we found out for ourselves, 90 minutes of hot tubbing turns out to be nicely sufficient.  In fact, the recommendation was to take short dips of 15 mins each, followed by a rest.  As part of the excellent service, a reminder call was made by the staff via the telephone installed in the room for us to make preparations to end the session.


Besides the individual hot spring suites that offers a private sanctuary, the Grand View Resort Beitou also offers outdoor hot spring pools and public pools at other costs.  Do check out their website for more details.

Final Verdict

Highly recommended.  The hot spring experience at the Grand View Resort Beitou was simply summarised by one word - amazing.   Topped with immaculate and thoughtful service, it was definitely money well spent.   We will definitely be back again!

Grand View Resort Beitou
12 台北市北投區幽雅路 30 號
TEL: +886-2-2898-8888
FAX: +886-2-2898-8088
E-mail: rsvn@gvrb.com.tw
Website: http://www.gvrb.com.tw/

In our next article, we will provide a guide on how to get to Grand View Resort Beitou by public transport. Do stay tuned! :)

This post is part of our Taipei Trip Report and Itinerary. Do check out the full itinerary and our reviews here.


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0 Taipei 5 Days 4 Nights Trip Report and Itinerary (Updated)

Taipei . 2015 . Jan 17 - 21

The last time we went to Taipei - It was almost 10 years ago!
We have been wanting to go back to Taipei again to visit some of the places that we missed out (e.g. Hualien, Jiufen Old Street, Beitou Hot Springs etc).

The opportunity came when Scoot was having a promotion. Without any hesitation, we booked our tickets 6 weeks before departure and here we go! :)

Here's our itinerary and as usual, the links will be clickable as we update our reviews. Do stay tuned.

Last Updated: 24 May 2015

Day 1 - Sat (Jan 17)

2230 - Check in Flight (16 Jan Night)
2300 - Supper @ SATS Premier Lounge
0055 - Board Flight Scoot TZ 202 to Taipei
0530 - Arrive at 桃園國際機場 Terminal 1
0615 - Board Kuo Kwang (國光客運) 1819 Bus to Taipei Train Station
0730 - Reach Taipei Train Station (台北火車站)
0745 - Check-in CityInn Hotel Taipei Station Branch III (新驛旅店)
0800 - Metro to Dongmen Station (東門捷運站)
0900 - Breakfast @ Ding Tai Fung (鼎泰豐)
1000 - Mango Desert @ Smoothie House (永康街思慕昔)
1130 - Visit Little Three (小三美日)
1300 - Metro to Shilin Station (士林捷運站)
1330 - Bus RED 30 to National Palace Museum (国立故宫博物院)
1400 - Visit National Palace Museum
1600 - Tea Break @ San-hsi-tang (三希堂)
1700 - Bus RED 30 to Jiantan Station (劍潭站)
1730 - Metro to Taipei Train Station
2030 - Back to Hotel

Day 2 - Sun (Jan 18)

0630 - Rise and shine
0700 - Check-out CityInn Hotel Taipei Station Branch III (新驛旅店)
0740 - Board Puyuma (普悠瑪號) 408 Train to Hualien
0830 - Breakfast on Train
0939 - Cab Pick up at Hualien Train Station (花蓮車站)
0950 - Check in Hotel Bayview Hualien (七星潭渡假飯店)
1000 - Taroko Gorge (太魯閣國家公園) 1 Day Tour
           - Qingshui Cliff (清水斷崖)
           - Shakadang Trail (砂卡礑步道) + Lunch
           - Eternal Spring Shrine (長春寺)
           - Swallow Grotto (燕子口)
           - Buluowan Recreation Area (布洛灣)
           - Seven Stars Lake (七星潭)
1700 - Drop off for Dinner @ Hualien City
1800 - Visit Jin San Jiao Shopping Area (金三角商圈鬧)
1830 - Visit Zi Qiang Night Market (自强夜市)
2100 - Cab Back to Hotel

Day 3 - Mon (Jan 19)

0715 - Rise and shine
0730 - Breakfast @ Hotel Bayview Hualien
0810 - Transfer to Hualien Railway Station
0845 - Board Puyuma 211 Train to Taipei Main Station
1050 - Reach Taipei Main Station
1100 - Check-in Cosmos Hotel (台北天成大飯店)
1130 - Metro to Beitou Station (北投站)
1200 - Reach Beitou
1230 - Complimentary Shuttle to Grand View Resort Beitou (北投麗禧溫泉酒店)
1300 - Enjoy Hotspring
1500 - Metro to Taipei Main Station
1530 - Metro to Taipei 101 Station (台北101站)
1600 - Shopping at Taipei 101
1800 - Dinner @ Shin Yeh (欣葉101食藝軒)
1930 - Metro to Zhongxiao Fuxing (忠孝复兴站)
2000 - Shopping
2200 - Back to Hotel

Day 4 - Tue (Jan 20)

0730 - Rise and shine
0800 - Breakfast @ Cosmos Hotel
0900 - Tze-Chiang Limited Express (自強號) 416 to Ruifang
0935 - Reach Ruifang Train Station (瑞芳火車站)
0945 - Cab from Ruifang to Jiufen Old Street (九份老街)
1000 - Walk around Jiufen
1115 - Cab back to Ruifang
1205 - Train 4722 from Ruifang (瑞芳) to Pingxi (平溪)
1300 - Visit 平溪
1523 - Train 4727 from 平溪 to Shifen (十分)
1535 - Visit Shifen Waterfalls
1700 - Release Sky lanterns
1753 - Train 4733 from 十分 to 瑞芳
1829 - Reach 瑞芳
1905 - Chu-Kuang Express (莒光號) 527 to Taipei Train Station
1955 - Reach Taipei Station
2100 - Back to Hotel

Day 5 - Wed (Jan 21)

0800 - Rise and shine
0830 - Breakfast @ Hotel
0900 - Free and Easy
1200 - High Speed Rail Train 649 from Taipei Main Station to Taoyuan Station
1219 - Reach Taoyuan HSR Station
1230 - Ubus 705 to Taoyuan Intl Airport Terminal 1
1245 - Check in Flight
1330 - Lunch @ Airport
1545 - Board Flight TZ 201 to Singapore
2015 - Reach Singapore


We hope our itinerary do help you in your planning for a quick getaway trip to Taipei. Do share with us if you have any comments on the itinerary! :) 




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