8 Bathtubs With Beautiful Views
Picture this: you’ve had a jam-packed day exploring a new region, seeing the sights and stocking up on all the gourmet produce you (and your hire car) can carry.
Now, you’re looking forward to heading back to your holiday house and popping the cork on that bottle of local wine you picked up. You could pour yourself a glass and flop on the couch, but we think sinking into a hot bath is a much more tempting alternative, especially when the tubs have views like these (BYO bubble bath and rubber duck).
Briars Cottage, Victoria
Daylesford has earned a notable reputation as Victoria’s premier spa destination, so it’s little surprise that Briars Cottage has everything you’d need to spend the weekend (or longer) soaking, soothing and spoiling yourself. Exhibit A: the outdoor spa bath, which sits on a covered verandah and looks out onto the tree-dotted Doctors Gully. The cottage is an easy five-minute drive from Daylesford and Hepburn Springs, but you’d be forgiven for thinking you were in some far-flung location – it’s that peaceful. Inside, Briars Cottage has all the mod cons needed to make your stay comfortable; there are two bedrooms on the upper floor, as well as an ensuite (complete with another bathtub) and a separate shower room.
Jamala Wildlife Lodge, ACT
Lions and tigers and bears, oh my! Sorry, we couldn’t help ourselves, and you won’t be able to either when you catch your first glimpse of the digs at Jamala Wildlife Lodge in Canberra. A stay here is your opportunity to spend the night next to animals you’d otherwise have to take a flight to see. Imagine soaking in one of the freestanding bathtubs while locking eyes with a Malayan sun bear or cheetah. The Jungle Bungalows have been cleverly woven between the animal habitats, while the uShaka Lodge features seven stunning rooms, plus a pool, spa and gardens exclusively for guest use. Put simply, these digs are high on the David Attenborough feels and your experience here will become your go-to dinner party topic.
Barossa Pavilions, South Australia
Sure, the spa baths at Barossa Pavilions may not be your traditional indoor bathtubs, but we have a feeling that won’t make you love them any less. There are six chalets on the property, and each has a luxurious double spa bath in a private wet room. The tubs even come with souvenir rubber duckies. From your bath, you’ll have one of the best views in the house: a sweeping panorama across hills and farmland. The Premium Pavilion has a double-sided bio-ethanol fireplace separating the bedroom and bathroom; light a spark to create a cosy ambience for an evening soak.
Rocky Cape Retreat, Tasmania
Rocky Cape Retreat on the north west coast of Tassie could have stopped at just having an outdoor tub, but this property has taken their al fresco bathing game up a level by throwing in seriously gorgeous ocean views, too. Plus, the retreat is surrounded by 200 acres of secluded bushland, so when you're in the mood for a soaking session (warning: it’ll happen a lot) you won’t have to worry about nosy neighbours disturbing your peace. There are two studios – dubbed ‘This One’ and ‘That One’ – and a stay here encourages a get-back-to-nature approach. That means leaving your phone behind and getting out to explore the stretch of pristine coastline or lush national park.
The Cassowary, Queensland
Views of the Daintree Rainforest don’t get much better than the ones from The Cassowary, a palatial architect-designed retreat near Port Douglas. The views are stunning no matter which room you’re in, but the ones from the contemporary bathrooms are hard to beat. The soaking bathtubs here are the scene-stealers, all boasting panoramic vistas that you won’t tire of any time soon. When your fingers and toes do start to prune, but you can’t bring yourself to give up that view, setting yourself up in the tub sans water and bubbles might even cross your mind. For more underwater thrills, The Cassowary also has a sleek wet-edge pool.
Kamala, New South Wales
It’s true, the views of the Byron Bay hinterland look good from every angle inside Kamala. But bath-devotees will gravitate towards the vistas granted with a sudsy spell in the tub. The curved bath looks out across manicured gardens and patches of lawn, and will tempt guests as the go-to for some me time after a day of exploring the local area. You might simply move to the tub from one of the poolside daybeds, or use a chilled-out soak as your way of rinsing off salt water following a dip in the ocean. The list of reasons to love Kamala extends far beyond its bath credentials though, a win for guests that sit in the ‘Not Bath People’ camp. Think beautifully styled bedrooms, airy design, a pool with an epic view over the Byron hinterland, and even an in-ground trampoline.
Berkeley River Lodge, Western Australia
Berkeley River Lodge is the sort of place you go when you want to go off the grid – in the most luxurious way possible, of course. This remote wilderness getaway boasts a string of divine villas, each with its own freestanding bathtub perched on the view-blessed timber deck. The open-air bathrooms do have privacy screens, however the villas with a higher vantage point have cutaway screens by the tubs. This means bathers can ever-so-slightly crane their necks and look out across the Kimberley landscape. Of an evening, direct your gaze upwards to bathe while gawking at the stars above.
Grey Gardens, Victoria
Grey Gardens in Chewton, central Victoria, wouldn’t look out of place in a glossy interior design magazine, but that probably won’t be much of a surprise when you find out that this impeccably-appointed retreat has a stylist for an owner. This luxe bolthole boasts a mix of antique, industrial, salvaged and contemporary furniture, from the vintage record player (complete with epic vinyl collection) and retro cocktail-making kit to the quirky artworks and plush furnishings. Green thumbs are also taken care of, with a help-yourself vegetable patch out the back. If you can’t decide what to pick, we suggest making a beeline to the outdoor clawfoot bathtub to ponder your choice (it overlooks the veggie plot). Inside, there’s a 1950s mint green tub that looks out through tall windows to the neighbouring valley.