Soak In The Scenery: Australia’s Most Spectacular Hotel Baths
Taking a bath is not just about cleansing; it’s a chance to slowly sink into luxury. A good one can turn a nice hotel stay into an opulent experience but a great one is something to remember for years.
If you’re going to settle in for a soak, you may as well have something to look at and these spectacularly situated tubs offer the perfect spot to lay back and relax while taking in some of the best vistas in the country. So, without further ado, Australia’s best hotel baths.
Thalia Haven, Great Oyster Bay, Tasmania
With 5km of shoreline on Tasmania’s stunning East Coast, there are plenty of bathing options at Thalia Haven. But if you don’t feel like braving the cold waters, the best spot might just be the bathtub on a deck outside the charming off-grid stone cottage. With stunning views over the rocky islands of Great Oyster Bay, even if you do take a dip, you’ll probably end up here (or in the nearby outdoor shower or wood-fired sauna).
There’s no WI-FI or TB and the nearest neighbour is two kilometres away, so there’s plenty of time to take in the views without interruption. And because the property is so isolated, the view is just as good after dark thanks to a night sky filled with stars. If you’re lucky, you might even see the Aurora Australis.
Jamala Wildlife Lodge, Canberra, ACT
If you want to indulge your wild side then Jamala Wildlife Lodge is the place to be. Just don’t expect to have it all to yourself. That’s because the Jungle Bungalows are set in the middle of Canberra’s National Zoo & Aquarium.
And you won’t just be falling asleep to the sounds of wildlife – because the bathrooms are connected to various animal enclosures, just a pane of glass separates you from lions, cheetahs, tigers or bears, who are just as curious about their neighbours as the guests. Easily some of Australia’s best hotel baths.
Kingsford Homestead, Barossa Valley, South Australia
The luxurious sandstone homestead of Kingsford Homestead dates from 1856 and with features like a gothic cedar staircase, it’s anything but rustic. If this former sheep station in the Barossa Valley looks familiar, that’s because it was used as the set for McLeod’s Daughters.
But the most picturesque part of the estate never made it onto the show. Tucked into bushland in a secluded corner of the property is a beautiful claw foot bathtub with room for two. Even better, you can bring an ice bucket and bottle of bubbles to make it an especially memorable experience.
Longitude 131, Uluṟu-Kata Tjuṯa National Park, Northern Territory
Longitude 131 lets you experience one of Australia’s great icons in true luxury, with 16 tented pavilions hidden in the ancient dunes of the Red Centre. The desert camp’s stylish interiors are decorated with indigenous artworks and boast floor to ceiling windows so you can watch the sun rise over Uluru from under the covers. But the cream of the crop is the one of a kind Dune Pavilion.
It’s the only accommodation that has views of both Uluru and Kata Tjuta, and as well as a bath with unrivalled desert views has a spectacular outdoor plunge pool to enjoy after the long, sunny days.
The Darling, Sydney, NSW
If you prefer not to leave the city, this is the spot for you. The convenient location in Pyrmont’s Star complex makes it easy to explore Sydney’s centre but convenience is far from the only thing this hotel has going for it. Sydney’s only boutique hotel with a Forbes 5 star rating, everything about The Darling whispers opulence, from the pillow menu to the eucalyptus-scented pool.
And if you stay in one of the eight Adored Suites, you’ll get a marble bathroom with wraparound windows that give 180-degree views so you can see Sydney Harbour and the bridge day and night from the large circular soaking tub.
Sierra Escape, Mudgee, NSW
Just outside of Mudgee, this luxury eco camping experience is a great place to reconnect with nature. The Sierra Escape property is home to a wide range of wildlife, and there’s no better viewing spot than from the freestanding bath.
Set on an outdoor deck just outside the luxury tent, it’s the perfect spot to watch the sun slip behind the spectacular rolling hills that dominate the 280-acre property. And once the sun sets, this five star luxury steps it up a notch, with a night sky emblazoned by millions of stars.
Hotel California Road, McLaren Vale, South Australia
Made from 21 artfully arranged shipping containers, this sustainably powered cellar door includes a tasting room with imposing views over the surrounding vineyards on one level, and below it three luxury private suites.
A stay at Hotel California Road includes a wine tasting at Inkwell Wines and if you want to see where the grapes come from, each suite has its own private deck thanks to the clever design. Just as good are the views from the floating king bed and the deep soaking tub. Situated in front of a floor to ceiling window, it has a conveniently-placed rack with a wine glass holder and the well-stocked fridge helps to make the view over row upon row of McLaren Vale vines even more special. Try the sweet, nectar-like sparkling skin contact viognier.
(Lead image: Hotel California Road / supplied)
Published 05 July, 2019