Back from a day of leisurely activities on a holiday or break-neck work meetings on a business trip, a comfortable space to sink into and reboot for the next day is just what you need. Add to that wish list an indulgent bath with a stunning view, and you may just decide to spend the rest of the trip soaked in. Feet up, the sweet smell of candles, music on point and bubbles steaming over – get set to plan your next sojourn around luxurious bathtubs. We bring you five of the best baths around the world that are as soothing to the eye as they are to your mind and body.
Mystique, Santorini, Greece
Let your eyes search for the horizon over the Aegean Sea as you luxuriate in the outdoor jacuzzi at Mystique hotel. Right at the edge of the cliff, the hotel fits the bill for that quiet getaway you’ve always wanted. Pretty as a picture, the turquoise waters it faces are embellished with Santorini’s caldera cliffs – the remnants of a volcanic eruption. As you romance the raw beauty of the island, make sure you explore the hotel’s 150-year old ‘secret’ wine cave. It goes without saying, don’t forget to catch the famous Santorini sunset as you dip in.
Taj Lake Palace, Udaipur, India
Crafted in a 150-year old royal barge, the Jiva Spa at Taj Lake Palace enables you to revel in a bath as you sail on Lake Pichola. Take in the view of the serene lake and the hotel sitting in its middle as you dip in the hot tub on board. A spa boat, it is replete with a suite, steam room and shower, dining lounge, and a day bed.
Sanctuary Baines’ Camp, Okavango, Botswana
With only five luxury suites, the Sanctuary Baines’ Camp is a luxury oasis in the midst of wildlife. Set on raised platforms above River Boro, their star baths are set amongst Papyrus tree grooves and border the lush habitat of Moremi Game Reserve. While you immerse yourself in the bath (and nature) on the outdoor private deck, keep your eyes peeled as you may just get acquaintaned with hippos, elephants, and the cat family.
Intercontinental, Hong Kong
Famous for its suites and the views those look over, the Intercontinental in Hong Kong will allow you to lay back into a peaceful bath as you gaze at the bustling city below. Central to the entertainment, business, and shopping districts, the hotel presents views of an eclectic landscape, not to mention a front row access to the city’s nightly laser and light show. Let the vibrant colours and activity of Victoria Harbour play out before you like a silent movie as you sink into that bathtub.
Fogo Island Inn, Newfoundland, Canada
Situated in Eastern Canada, Fogo Island Inn opens up to surreal views of the Great White North. Overlooking what is called the Iceberg Alley, this 29-suite boutique hotel has baths with floor to ceiling windows, which open out to the Arctic icebergs dancing (albeit at a glacial pace) right in front of you. With as many as 700 of these 10,000-year-old bergs floating in the ocean during spring, this pristine view is truly one of a kind.