The Handbook
The Handbook

There is something uniquely indulgent about a hot tub, it literally bubbles with decadence. It’s also perfectly suited to almost every weather; if it’s snowing: jump in a hot tub, if it’s 40 degrees: jump in a hot tub, if it’s thunder and lightening: actually maybe don’t jump in a hot tub. But you get the idea.

Here are a selection of some of the world’s best hotel hot tubs…

&Beyond Phinda Rock Lodge

More like Rourke's adrift

Set above a stunning vista across South Africa’s Zululand &Beyond’s Phinda Rock Lodge is built into the actual cliff-face. Set across only six suites, the lodge offers not only a hot tub with a view, but a perfect staging post from which to explore the cultural delights of the region, from safaris to the traditional Zulu villages.

Where: Phinda Private Game Reserve, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa

Spitbank Fort

All at sea

You don’t have to go to the Caribbean to relax in a hot tub (but it helps), there are some brilliant options here in the UK and my first option would have to be Spitbank Fort, in the middle of The Solent. The hotel, one of three to have taken over a Napoleonic era fort, is the height of both luxury and perfectly remote, with a mile of clear blue water between you and the world.

Where: The Solent, right in the middle of it


Water water everywhere, pass me my drink?

With a Hydropool perched over the lagoon, Velassaru offers guests a hot tub with a a view from paradise. Like a pampered Robinson Crusoe, relax in one of the world’s most beautiful locations, a secluded desert island in the Indian Ocean.

Where: 39 Orchid Magu, PO Box 2015, Malé 20-02, Maldives

Kulm Hotel

Swim every mountain

St Moritz is one of the glitziest Alpine resorts, and the Klum one of its smartest hotels. But how to up the style even further? How about a rooftop hot tub with views stretching across Lake St Moritz and the surrounding Engadine mountains.

Where: 7500 St Moritz, Switzerland

Hot Tug

Up, up and ahoy

One of London’s most innovative tourist attractions, Regent’s Canal bustles with not only the canal barges which have chugged its length for a century or so, but now a fleet of Hot Tugs. The boats are floating hot tubs, which can be navigated while up to your neck in hot water by the most novice of helmsmen. Fancy-dress optional.

Where: Regent's Canal, London

Tarraleah Lodge

Whirling like a Tasmanian Devil

The art deco era luxury Tarraleah Lodge sits overlooking Tasmania’s Mount Wellington and Lake Liapootah, which lies in the Gorge below.  The lodge boats five suites and a spa and the clifftop spa is where this hot tub lies, with a truly breathtaking view beyond.

Where: The Lodge, Wild River Road Tarraleah, Tasmania 7140 Australia

St Regis Lhasa Spa, Tibet

But don't expect a golden shower

That most mystical of locations, Tibet, plays host to the St Regis Lhasa Resort, just minutes of the legendary Potala Palace. The ‘Gold Energy Pool’ reflects the thousands of 24 carat gold tiles that give it its unique look.

Where: No.22, Jiangsu Road Lhasa, Tibet (Xizang) 850000 China

Pamukkale, Turkey

Sing it on the terraces

When your hot tub’s also a Unesco World Heritage Site you know you ain’t down Fitness First any more. Pamukkale, in Turkey, is a natural thermal spa that’s been used for hot tubbing since the 2nd century BC. Visitors are still able to use the unique, naturally occurring geological phenomenon for bathing, and over two million do every year.

Where: Denizli, South Eastern Aegean, Turkey

Kasbah Tamadot

Lose your Virginity

When it comes to luxury holidays Sir Richard Branson’s Virgin Limited Edition properties often-as-not pop up and hot tubs are no exception. While Necker Island is, of course, more than well endowed in the hot tub department, our vote goes to Kasbah Tamadot’s Berber Tent. Sit in the hot tub and watch the sun set over the Atlas Mountains, before indulging in all the luxuries you’d expect of a Branson-owned boutique resort.

Where: Atlas Mountains, Morroco

Jade Mountain

Jaded by your normal hotels? Try this...

In a world where every room has its own infinity pool with a view worthy of a Bond film location it’s no surprise that they also come equipped with hot tubs too. The Jade Mountain Hotel, on the paradise island of St Lucia, is a truly remarkable setting on one of the Caribbean’s most beautiful islands.

Where: St Lucia, Carribbean


Alp be seeing you here

Forshofalm is a hotel made entirely of timber! The ski-in-ski-out Austrian alpine getaway,which bills itself as ‘a special place for special-people’, boasts a rooftop spa with a special view. Lie back in the hot tub enjoying spectacular visas across some of the best scenery in Austria, glass of wine in hand, or head inside for some more pampering.

Where: Holzhotel Forsthofalm, Hütten 37, A-5771, Leogang, Land Salzburg, Austria