10 great places to stay with a hot tub
There’s something undeniably lovely – and rather romantic – about soaking up the atmosphere of a wonderful place to stay whilst soaking in a hot tub. Whether they’re inside, cosseted away, or outside where you can gaze on rolling hills or endless stars, they add a certain something.
Here we’ve chosen 10 welcoming and beautiful places to stay where you can indulge your love of the hot tub:
1: La Vie de Cocagne, Normandy
Surrounded by apple orchards and with donkeys as your nearest neighbours, a soak in this tub just outside of you converted barn for four is the ultimate escapism. Head in afterwards for a night by the fire or lay back and check out the stars. Either way a glass of cider works nicely.
2: Bethnal&Bec, Hertfordshire
These three eclectically styled luxury retreats for two each have an outdoor tub in their private gardens. The whole feel is one of personality and character – matched by your charming hosts – and we love the retro touches like record players and a collection of vinyl. The embodiment of “fun”.
3: Athina Luxury Suites, Santorini
The word “luxury” in the name here really is the correct adjective to describe the vibe of this unforgettable place to stay. High up, overlooking the sea the views are stunning. The rooms incredible. The service amazing. The private hot tubs wonderful. Is that enough adjectives..? You get the drift.
4: The Woodsman’s Treehouse, Crafty Camping, Dorset
Cool and individual this is no kids’ treehouse. The interior features a revolving wood burner and glass floors looking onto the forest below, whilst outside there’s this super copper hot tub as well as a sauna on the very top. You really feel like you’re in the treetops and a million miles from the “real” world.
5: Tuddenham Mill, Nr Newmarket, Suffolk
The Rookeries, dotted along the river bank in the gardens of this converted mill, are quirky and fun and two of them have the added bonus of private hot tubs. Have a soak before heading into the award-winning restaurant. The hotel often has great “stay and dine” packages so always check what’s available.
6: Domaine de Terrac, The Pyrenees, France
A walker’s heaven, this intimate and incredibly friendly guest-house is surrounded by stunning countryside. Just five lovely bedrooms and in the garden there’s a wooden hot tub and sauna to soak away the strains after you’ve done your exploring.
7: Nant Awen, Powys, Wales
These highly individual and romantic cottages for two in deepest Wales, come with the ultimate mood enhancer of a private hot tub in your courtyard garden. Designed to be a place to escape and reconnect, it’s hard not to be a little bit more in love when you leave.
8: Cuq en Terrasses, SW France
A brand new spa is a fab addition to this hotel with superb restaurant in a tiny hamlet 40km from Toulouse. On top of a hill the hotel has amazing views which you can enjoy from the hot tub before a massage ahead of dinner on site. Perfect. Full details of the Spa are here.
9: St Michael’s Spa Hotel, Falmouth
A stay at St Michael’s Resort is, for many of us, the ideal combination of indulgence (great rooms, fab bars and restaurants), exercise (amazing walking routes right from the door plus a health club) and relaxation – which is where the spa comes in. We particularly love the outdoor hot tub – even in a sometimes rainy Cornwall it’s lovely. Full details of the spa are here.
10: Manoir Laurette, Nr Bordeaux
The Apple Barn Spa at Lora and Rob’s wonderful French B&B has a holistic, wellness focus designed to help you detox and fully relax. After your treatment – of which there’s a range to choose from – you can make use of the eco hot tub. Full details of the Spa are here.