There’s nothing quite like a warm bath in winter to ease the bone-chilling cold on a fundamental level. Better yet, bathing rituals are rich institutions that date back centuries (not just for cleansing), and exploring them offers a beautiful glimpse into various cultures.

The bath is deeply entrenched in Japan, from the communal sento bathhouses in every city to the onsen hot springs that dot the snow-topped peaks of Hokkaido. Traditional wooden ofuro tubs are built tall and deep—designed for a long, warming soak, rather than a practical splash—while a small hinoki wood bucket and soft-bristle brush kept tub-side are used for the actual scrub.

Japan—Rituals Samurai Bath, $19, us.rituals.com; Fresh Sake Bath, $82, neimanmarcus.com; Shiseido Eudermine Revitalizing Essence, $56, shiseido.com; Tamahada Handcream March/Cherry Blossoms Hand Cream, $20, barneys.com; Kiso Lifestyle Labo Hinoki Copper Bath Bucket, $100, shop.nalatanalata.com

Far more utilitarian is the Korean bath, which centers around an ultra-abrasive cloth that viciously sloughs off dead skin. At the local jjimjilbang, it’s best followed by a series of naps—shifting between dry heat and cold, your hair tucked into a folded towel—and a plate of spa-boiled eggs and roasted barley tea.

South Korea—Jane Iredale Magic Mitt, $15, dermstore.com; Mizon Honey Black Sugar Scrub, $16, peachandlily.com; Shhhowercap The Covet Shower Cap, $43, shhhowercap.com; Tony Moly Peach Hand Cream, $12, tonymoly.us; Manefit Beauty Planner Cucumber Sheet Mask Set, $10, sokoglam.com

The Russian banya acts more like an offbeat social club—shots of vodka are often involved as bathers unwind in steam rooms, while dried white birch or oak branches are famously bundled into a venik and smacked across the body to boost circulation (who knew?).

Russia—Kilian Addictive State of Mind Vodka on the Rocks Mini Fragrance Carafe, $780, nordstrom.com; Bath House Vodka Bath Salt Cassis Cocktail, $6, smallflower.com; Jo Malone Vitamin E Body Treatment Scrub, $98, neimanmarcus.com; Aesop Sage & Zinc Facial Hydrating Cream, $40, barneys.com

Stretching from Morocco to India, Turkish baths or Islamic hammams put rituals like hot stone and Argan oil rubs at the forefront, alongside dimly lit, ornately tiled relaxation pools and glasses of tea.

Turkey—Senteurs d’Orient Hammam Sap Jasmine of Arabia, $38, net-a-porter.com; Kahina Giving Beauty Moroccan Beldi Soap, $38, net-a-porter.com; Red Flower Orange Quince Steam Mist, $38, redfloweer.com; REN Skincare Moroccan Rose Otto Bath Oil, $48, net-a-porter.com

For the modern-day pleasure-seeker, a tropical island like Fiji is unrivaled: a plunge pool with a heady dose of hibiscus petals, sea salt, and warm air. What could be better?

Fiji—Pure Fiji Coconut Sugar Rub, $44, purefiji.com; NARS Monoi Body Glow II, $59, net-a-porter.com; Amaki Flowers and Salts Bath Soak, $25, amakiskincare.com; Fig & Moss Premium Bath Soak, $14, urbanoutfitters.com

Here, five global soaks to re-create this winter and whisk you far away.