SOAK IT UP
The best hot tubs are often found where you wouldn't necessarily expect them to be. Some are found at the bottom of snowy mountains, or even housed within igloos. Some rest in treehouses, others on top of cliffs. No matter the locale, the best hot tubs take luxury to the next level by giving your lodging something that's both practical and social. To find out more, check out our list of 50 incredible hot tubs around the world.
BLUE LAGOON | REYKJANES PENINSULA, ICELAND
The Blue Lagoon is Iceland's largest geothermal spa and one of its most-visited tourist spots. It's located above a lava field and next to a geothermal power plant, and some think the minerals found in the 98 to 104 degree Fahrenheit water have healing properties. Standard admission to the spa starts at $57.
VELASSARU RESORT | MALDIVES
THE TERRACES OF PAMUKKALE | TURKEY
ELSA'S KOPJE | MERU NATIONAL PARK, KENYA
DREAM DOWNTOWN | NEW YORK
The 2,500-square-foot GuestHouse at Manhattan's Dream Downtown hotel comes with an indoor glass-bottom Jacuzzi that can fit 12 people. However, booking the exclusive two-story digs will cost you a pretty penny — starting at $7,500 per night, to be exact. If that's a little beyond the budget, consider some of these free things to do in the Big Apple instead.
THE LODGE AT TARRALEAH | TASMANIA, AUSTRALIA
AQUA DOME SPA | LÄNGENFELD, AUSTRIA
THE KEATING | SAN DIEGO
There's no need for gorgeous scenery when your hot tub is a sight unto itself. That's the case with the Keating's uber-sleek Alpha Morphosis Jacuzzi tub, whose designers were also behind some of Ferrari's car designs.
KIMPTON HOTEL VINTAGE | PORTLAND, OREGON
Those who book the Urban Soak Suite at Kimpton Hotel Vintage can spy the streets of Portland from the comfort of the outdoor hot tub, which accommodates two people.
LITTLE PALM ISLAND RESORT | LITTLE TORCH KEY, FLORIDA
The Island Romance Suite at this Florida Keys resort features a private outdoor deck with a large "hut tub." Ocean views and an outdoor shower are just steps away.
SIERRA GRANDE LODGE & SPA | TRUTH OR CONSEQUENCES, NEW MEXICO
You might say this resort rests atop a giant hot tub, considering it was built above a natural geothermal spring with waters that reach up to 107 degrees Fahrenheit. The spring's "pure, untreated" waters are used to fill the hot tubs and pools.
L'APOGÉE COURCHEVEL | SAINT-BON-TARENTAISE, FRANCE
THERME BAD AIBLING SPA | BAD AIBLING, GERMANY
This luxurious German spa doesn't just have hot tubs — it offers a "thermal landscape," complete with more than 18,000 square feet of water and a variety of covered and uncovered thermal pools.
THE ST. REGIS LHASA RESORT | TIBET, CHINA
The saltwater Golden Energy Bath at the St. Regis Lhasa Spa features water jets, gold tiles, and a serene ambiance. It's kept at about 82 degrees Fahrenheit, so it's more of a heated pool than a hot tub. But with views of the centuries-old Potala Palace (former home of the Dalai Lama), the Golden Energy Bath offers an experience like no other on our list.
THE RESIDENCES AT THE LITTLE NELL | ASPEN, COLORADO
NIMMO BAY WILDERNESS RESORT | BRITISH COLUMBIA, CANADA
HOTTUG | LONDON, UK
Not all of the world's best hot tubs are located in resorts — or on land, for that matter. Case in point: HotTug, a Netherlands-based company that provides trips in floating hot tubs, which fit seven people. Packages start at about $295 for 90 minutes.
SLATES HOT SPRINGS AT THE ESALEN INSTITUTE | BIG SUR, CALIFORNIA
Slates Hot Springs have been used for healing and rituals for more than 6,000 years. Today, the springs are open to the public for $35 per person from 1 a.m. to 3 a.m. by reservation through the Esalen Institute.
MOLORI SAFARI LODGE | NORTH WEST PROVINCE, SOUTH AFRICA
BLANCANEAUX LODGE | NEAR SAN IGNACIO, BELIZE
REGENT PALMS | TURKS AND CAICOS ISLANDS
BANYAN TREE LIJIANG RESORT & SPA | LIJIANG, CHINA
Jetpool villas at the Banyan Tree Lijiang Resort & Spa come with views of Jade Dragon Snow Mountain and private jet pools, each tuned to 100.4 degrees Fahrenheit.
THE SKI DREAM HOME | DEER CREST, UTAH
HOTEL VILLA HONEGG | LUCERNE, SWITZERLAND
Built in 1905, this mansion-turned-hotel features an oversized steam tub in its backyard that overlooks Lake Lucerne. It's a relatively small hotel, housing just 23 rooms. Spa reservations start at about $90.
PARK HYATT BEAVER CREEK RESORT & SPA | BEAVER CREEK, COLORADO
The "haute tubs" at the upscale Beaver Creek Resort are located outdoors beneath a mountain waterfall, and each can be rented out in one-hour increments. Guests also receive tub-side service, about which Luxury Travel Magazine wrote: "Think Vegas-style, poolside cabana service -with the most enviable location in the Rockies."
FAIRMONT BANFF SPRINGS | BANFF, CANADA
Some hot tubs overlook oceans or mountains. But few are burrowed between the stone walls of a castle — or the "Castle of the Rockies," as the Fairmont Banff Springs hotel is known. The hotel, located in Banff National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, has been hosting guests for more than 125 years.
TWIN FARMS | BARNARD, VERMONT
It's not the biggest hot tub. But considering guests who reserve the Aviary Cottage of this 1700s-era farmhouse will have the tub all to themselves, the size should be perfectly cozy. Floor-to-ceiling windows look out onto the resort's 350 acres of forest.
AWANOYU | SHIRAHONE ONSEN, GIFU PREFECTURE, JAPAN
Shirahone Onsen — which means "white bone hot spring" — is famous for its many natural springs, the waters of which appear milky white (as the name suggests) because of heavy magnesium and calcium sediments. Awanoyu, one of the most popular springs, costs 820 yen (about $7.50) for a dip.
PANORAMA MOUNTAIN RESORT | BRITISH COLUMBIA, CANADA
IGLU-DORF | ZERMATT, SWITZERLAND
VILLA ORIANA RELAIS | SORRENTO, ITALY
RIFUGIO SCOIATTOLI | CORTINA D'AMPEZZO, ITALY
Set on ski slopes overlooking Italy's Lagazuoi 5 Torri Giau ski area is the Scoiattoli refuge's "hot barrel" — basically a hot tub constructed out of fir-wood slats. Guests can reserve the hot barrel for about $205, a price that includes a bottle of champagne.
THE RITZ-CARLTON SANYA BEACH RESORT | SANYA, CHINA
GLENWOOD HOT SPRINGS RESORT | GLENWOOD SPRINGS, COLORADO
The 100-by-40-foot therapy pool at Glenwood Hot Springs Resort is simply massive. It's kept at 104 degrees Fahrenheit and filled with mineral-rich water from the nearby Yampah spring, which produces over 3.5 million gallons of hot water every day. Also on site is the resort's gigantic main pool, which is heated to about 90 degrees Fahrenheit year round. Admission prices vary by season.
MATAKAURI LODGE | QUEENSTOWN, NEW ZEALAND
The Owner's Cottage at Matakauri Lodge might cost a small fortune (about $7,100, depending on time of year), but with it comes a private terrace and infinity-edge hot tub that overlook the stunning mountains of Lake Wakatipu.
TETON MOUNTAIN LODGE & SPA | JACKSON HOLE, WYOMING
This rooftop hot tub that looks out onto the Teton Mountains is a perfect place to relax after a day of hitting the slopes of Jackson Hole. Able to accommodate 22 people, it's the biggest of Teton Mountain Lodge's five on-site hot tubs.
THE OSPREY AT BEAVER CREEK | BEAVER CREEK, COLORADO
CHALET ZERMATT PEAK | ZERMATT, SWITZERLAND
CAMBRIAN HOTEL | ADELBODEN, SWITZERLAND
GENTING HOTEL | BIRMINGHAM, ENGLAND
JOSHUA TREE GREEN HAUS | YUCCA VALLEY, CALIFORNIA
THE SCARLET | CORNWALL, ENGLAND
The Scarlet Spa offers cliff-top hot tubs where guests can stargaze, storm watch, and gaze out across Mawgan Porth Beach to the ocean beyond.
THE SHANGRI-LA BORACAY | BORACAY, PHILIPPINES
CHALET LOTTIE | GSTAAD, SWITZERLAND
AMANGANI | JACKSON HOLE, WYOMING
KATARA SUITE AT EXCELSIOR HOTEL GALLIA | MILAN, ITALY
INTERCONTINENTAL HONG KONG | HONG KONG, CHINA
I-Spa, located within the Intercontinental Hong Kong hotel, features suites that each come with a private Jacuzzi, sauna, and steam room. It's located on the roof, meaning spa-goers will enjoy some great views of Victoria Harbor and the city skyline.
&BEYOND PHINDA ROCK LODGE | KWAZULU-NATAL, SOUTH AFRICA
BANYAN TREE TENGCHONG RESORT | YUNNAN, CHINA
Looking for a "geothermal experience out of the ordinary"? That's exactly what's offered at Banyan Tree Tengchong Resort, which features 43 indoor and outdoor mineral-rich hot tubs in a variety of themes. What's more, the resort's location in southwestern China is known for its many public outdoor hot springs that visitors can also check out.
JAGGED EDGE | QUEENSLAND, NEW ZEALAND
Perched above the waters of Lake Wakatipu amid the Remarkables Mountain Range lies Jagged Edge, a top-of-the-line rental home with massive floor-to-ceiling windows on almost all sides. The property features a massive 16-by-19-foot infinity pool that's kept at about 100 degrees Fahrenheit.