What beats soaking in a romantic bathtub with a glass of bubbly in hand? Answer: very little! Here are 12 luxury hotel bathrooms with views that really make a splash
In the UK
1 Number Thirty Eight, Bristol
Location: Bristol Price: Rooms from £130
Thisluxe B&B in the heart of Bristol has stunning bathtubs in several rooms, some deep copper affairs, others classic rolltops. Soak up sweeping cityscapes as you bathe: the leafy Downs and Bristol’s rainbow-hued streets are just past your toes.
Indulge: For an extra dose of decadence, ask for a room-service breakfast (no extra charge). The bacon, avocado, chillies and cherry tomatoes on sourdough is divine.
2 Lime Wood, Hampshire
Location: Lyndhurst, Hampshire Price: Suites from £345
This is the ultimate country-house hotel with a world-famous spa and fabulous service. But if you’re after ultimate romance, book the secluded Lake Cabin. Tucked far away from everyone else, its dreamy interiors combine beautiful grey and pink mosaiced floors with a green velvet Chesterfield, but outside is extra-special: the terrace holds a deep alfresco bathtub for 2 and a wood-burning stove. Soak by candlelight as you gaze across the lake (and at each other – there’s plenty of room!)
Indulge: Borrow bicycles and cycle through the gloriously beautiful New Forest.
3 Chapel House PZ, Cornwall
Location: Penzance, Cornwall Price: Rooms from £150
All bedrooms in this sociable Cornish sanctuary have exquisite bathrooms, but Room 6 is the knockout. Its vast tub is set under a sliding glass roof: open it up and as you gaze at the stars it feels like you’re bathing outside. Unforgettable.
Indulge: Try the sizzled cods’ roes at breakfast (a west Cornish speciality). There’s also smoked haddock, buttered samphire, and eggs any way you want them.
4 Croft 103, Scotland
Location: Sutherland, Scotland Price: Cottages from £271
The glass walls of these cool boltholes at the very tip of Scotland will allow you to drink in views of water, mountain and sky from the warmth of your bed. But you’ve come this far (literally), so a lavish soak in the clawfoot bathtub on your huge private terrace is the ultimate treat. Croft 103 is extremely popular, so book well in advance
Indulge: Go in winter and there’s a good chance you’ll see the Northern Lights.
5 Forsthofalm, Austria
Location: Leogang, Austria Price: Rooms from £204
This piste-side wellness retreat in the Austrian Alps is as much about relaxation as it is about mountain activities. And what could be more relaxing than a petal-filled romantic bathtub with an Alpine view? You’ll be topping up the hot water again and again.
Indulge: Take a sunrise vinyasa yoga class (included in the rates).
6 Casa Angelina, Italy
Location: Praiano, Italy Price: Rooms from £325
This sleek, modern hotel is as white as a sunlit snowdrift – but beyond the enormous windows all you’ll see is the endless shimmering blue sea that wraps around the Amalfi Coast, seducing all who visit. Drink in the azure views from your sleek bathtub as you luxuriate in lotions and potions by L’Occitane.
Indulge: Take a boat trip along the peninsula’s rugged coast: the hotel has a ‘Sea Gem’ speedboat for up to 10 people.
7 Village Castigno, France
Location: Assignan, France Price: Rooms from £100
This off-radar wonderland spread across an authentic French village has acres of vineyards and enchanting bedrooms inspired by wine hues: bold pinks, purples and blushing reds. It’s not for the faint-hearted, but we loved its dazzling style. Book a Junior Suite for a fabulous freestanding bathtub at the end of the bed with views of distant mountain peaks. Best enjoyed with a glass of their exceptional sparkling rose.
Indulge: Rent a classic Citroën or Vespa to explore the gorgeous Languedoc countryside.
8 Le Grotte della Civita, Italy
Location: Matera, Italy Price: Rooms from £268
Staying here is an extraordinary experience, full stop. It’s a cave hotel, in the UNESCO-listed underground town of Matera. You open your gnarled wooden door to find a 6m-high vault flickering with candles, but there’s no sense of roughing it. Beds are adorned with handmade linens, there’s underfloor heating, and the biggest rooms have egg-shaped Starck bathtubs.
Indulge: The hotel serves apertivi at 5.30pm daily: Aperol spritzes accompanied by spicy salamis, juicy olives, tomato crostini or focaccia with a broad bean and chicory puree.
Around the world
9 Six Senses Ninh Van Bay, Vietnam
Location: Near Nha Trang, Vietnam Price: Villas from £648
You arrive by boat to find a 2km crescent of white sand. You step ashore and your very own butler whisks you off to your private villa. Each one is out of this world, with every imaginable luxury, including metre-deep wooden bathtubs that overlook the South China Sea. You’ll wallow for hours.
Indulge: Take a meditation or Tai Chi lesson and learn to slow down – a true life skill.
10 Bambu Indah, Bali
Location: Ubud, Bali Price: Houses from £76
This extraordinary eco retreat in Ubud is enchanting for so many reasons: amazing bamboo architecture, beautiful organic gardens and fabulous eco credentials. Best of all is the accommodation – a clutch of antique Javanese houses, restored with all mod cons (even Japanese washer-drier loos!). Our favourite was Afrika, with its enormous handmade copper bathtub, which we filled with marigold flowers then gazed out at paddy fields as we bathed.
Indulge: Ask to eat dinner on the deck overhanging the ravine – the views across the Ayung river gorge are an unforgettable lush lime green.
11 Sayari Camp, Tanzania
Location: Northern Serengeti, Tanzania Price: Trips from £1,099
More like a boutique hotel than a campsite, this luxurious safari lodge in the northern Serengeti is heaven for a honeymoon. Located on the doorstep of the legendary annual Great Migration route, there’s a high density of wildebeest, zebra, big cats and elephants, plus hippos and crocodiles in the nearby Mara River. After a day’s game spotting, retreat to your stunning ‘tent’ for a soak in the freestanding bathtub that faces out across the plains. We lazed in bubbles and watched zebras grazing just outside.
Indulge: Take a walking safari with a guide. We discovered leopard claw prints and rhino tracks, and learnt loads about bushcraft.
12 The Outpost, South Africa
Location: Kruger National Park, South Africa
Price: Spaces from £297
One sink into your standalone bathtub at this architect-designed eco lodge in the Kruger and you’ll never want to climb out. Before you lies breathtaking 180-degree views over the bush, all the way to Mozambique! Birdwatchers will be especially enthralled: there are 350 species flitting about, so keep your binoculars by the bath! When your skin begins to prune, take a drive to see prides of lions or white rhino, then enjoy an exceptional dinner (ostrich, impala and springbok steak) before returning to your incredible room for another moonlit soak.
Indulge: The Outpost’s bathtubs are perfectly positioned to watch the sunrise over the valley. As is your bed, if you’re feeling lazy.