16 incredible hotel rooms with bathtubs

No matter whether you’re on a fast-paced city break or an idyllic rural escape, respite and relaxation are always key at the end of each day – and you’ll find fewer more satisfying and romantic ways to unwind, than with a freestanding tub in the privacy of your room. Prepare to soak your cares away with our pick of 16 glorious guest rooms with baths around the world – from the heart of London‘s vibrant Notting Hill, to the depths of South Africa’s wilderness.

Image courtesy of Château Rhianfa, Anglesey, North Wales

Château Rhianfa, Anglesey, North Wales

Nowhere in North Wales exudes classic romance and grace quite like Château Rhianfa, a stellar 22-room, five-star hotel on the island of Anglesey. This fairy-tale hotel is impressive both inside and out, as a Grade II-listed grey stone façade gives way to unrestrained opulence across the communal spaces (don’t miss the gourmet fine dining at restaurant Le Dragon Rouge, complete with vintage options from the property’s own wine caves) and plush modern rooms. Book yourself in for an all-frills stay in the Duchess suite where a raised freestanding bath, overlooking the Menai Strait through large bay windows, quite clearly steals the show.

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The Portobello Hotel, London

This boutique abode in London’s sought-after Notting Hill is a feast for any design-lover’s eyes, with guest rooms exuding a mixture of elegance and colourful eclectic touches. Chic, individually designed and eccentric – a perfect reflection of the hotel’s location in one of the city’s most vibrant neighbourhoods – the higher-category guest rooms are your go-to for a sensorial treat, with open baths framed by rich colour schemes, heavy drapes and plush furnishings. We love the Exceptional room in every shade of sunshine yellow and gold, though our personal favourite is the Better room – awash in lavender hues and subtly exotic decor.

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The NoMad Hotel, New York

Understated sophistication meets hip modern style at the five-star NoMad Hotel in New York’s Midtown Manhattan, where you’ll long to retire to your room after a day of pavement-pounding (Madison Square Park and Korea Town are right next-door) and feasting on casually elegant fare, delightfully paired with fine wine at the hotel’s atrium-style restaurant. Opt for the extra-large, city-facing Grande or Atelier room for a freestanding clawfoot bathtub spilling with character, as well as Argan bath amenities, cosy bathrobes and all the classic NYC staples – mahogany writing desks, deep leather club chairs and walls dotted with intriguing custom artwork.

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San Luis, South Tyrol

An unmissable Italian gem for relaxation-lovers is San Luis, a South Tyrolean abode which beautifully meshes its surreal mountain setting with ultra-luxe chalet-style rooms. From the soft lighting and spacious open-plan layouts to the calming colour schemes of white, beige and greyscale, all is perfectly in place across this hotel’s accommodation for one to kick back, feel at one with nature, and do absolutely nothing. Streaming with light and offering outstanding vistas, these are true sanctuaries after a day of hiking, biking or slicing through snow on the slopes. The Loft Chalet suite A is generously sized and offers a terrace with sauna and hot tub, as well as a freestanding bathtub at its heart.

Soho Farmhouse, Oxfordshire. Image: Soho Farmhouse

Soho Farmhouse, Oxfordshire

A private members’ club set amid 100 acres of glorious Oxfordshire countryside, Soho Farmhouse offers a rural getaway quite unlike any other. Its character-packed facilities are well worth exploring, and include a Cowshed Spa, an indoor-outdoor swimming pool, a sleek all-day dining venue housed in a spacious barn, plus tennis, horseback riding and boat rental services. But whilst these all stand out in equal measure, the accommodation is truly the most breath-taking feature. Opt for the Large Studio cabin for an away-from-it-all retreat that combines wood walls and floors, a wood-burning stove, plush furnishings and, last but certainly not least, a freestanding bathtub peacefully set up by the bedroom window.

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Cal Reiet Holistic Retreat, Mallorca

Style meets serenity at this Spanish four-star on the Balearic Island of Mallorca. A peaceful and mature air reigns throughout the guest rooms and suites, where chic refinement meets traditional rural décor with panache. You’ll want to bed down in the unique Luxury Romance room – a sleek and spacious, beige-grey and white affair in the main house, featuring beamed ceilings and access to a large terrace. When you aren’t busy lounging in the privacy of your spacious in-room bathtub, surround yourself with soul-soothing treatments, yoga sessions, mindfulness workshops and healthy cuisine, made with ingredients plucked from the hotel’s own gardens.

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Thyme, Cotswolds

Retreat to Southrop on the edge of the Cotswolds for a stay at Thyme, a luxury, quintessentially English hotel that delivers boutique country charm with flair. Opt for a Suite to make the most of a freestanding bathtub that blends beautifully with a thoughtful design theme, featuring beamed ceilings, botanical wall art and perfect shades of olive and duck egg blue. If you somehow manage to escape the blissful comfort of your room, you’ll find home-grown and produce-driven dining at the restaurant, as well as a cookery school and garden tours for those looking to hone their culinary skills or fill up on fresh air.

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Sextantio Albergo Diffuso, Abruzzo

The medieval Abruzzo village of Santo Stefano di Sessanio sets the bar high for a historic getaway, one which could only be complete with a stay at Sextantio Albergo Diffuso. Built into a wonderfully preserved stone building, this hotel puts an irresistibly traditional and modest spin on the concept of luxury hospitality – so irresistible, in fact, you’ll have little trouble forgoing your phone to fully immerse yourself in its ancient spirit. A fireplace, hand-woven bedspread, antique furnishings and dim lighting set a refreshingly authentic, back-to-basics setting throughout the guest rooms – opt for a Superior room to enjoy a divine freestanding bathtub.

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Jaci’s Tree & Safari Lodges, South Africa

Nestled in an unrivalled location in the Madikwe Game Reserve, Jaci’s Lodges put authenticity at the forefront of a safari-seeker’s experience in South Africa, without ever compromising on fine design. The themed Safari Lodge accommodation is heavenly, from the thatched-roofed Tented suites to the Nare suite with its private pool – but make a beeline for the Safari suite or Starbed suite, for bush retreats oozing modern design influences in bright shades of purple, orange, lime green and red. You’ll yearn to draw a bath after a day spent spotting leopards, lions, rhinos and elephants – and we won’t blame you.

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The Pig at Combe, Devon

Tucked away in the Otter Valley near Honiton in Devon, The Pig at Combe provides a well-rounded, away-from-it-all retreat – from its walled vegetable gardens and ravishing dining scene, to its wine cellar and potting sheds-turned-idyllic treatment rooms. If you’re seeking respite as well as relaxation, its Comfy Luxe rooms and Big Comfy Luxe rooms are perhaps its biggest draws: as well as a super king-size bed and Nespresso machine, staple features include polished chandeliers, delightfully cosy country décor – from the framed paintings on the walls to the dark wood floors – and, of course, those lush, pearly-white bathtubs.

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AdAstra, Florence

Though quite unlike your average Florentine abode, the playfully-styled AdAstra demonstrates an eye for timeless design, uplifted with modern, characterful accents – whether a neon-lit sign in an otherwise sober hallway, or fun art prints joining forces with classic painted portraits in the same room. Overlooking the largest private garden in Europe, it is the result of a collaboration between architect Francesco Maestrelli and brothers Marco and Matteo Perduca, whose prowess shines brightest across the guest rooms with freestanding bathtubs – in these, all is carefully curated to create a high-end experience centred around the tub, and bold colour schemes set the tone for a particularly memorable stay.

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The Old Clare Hotel, Chippendale, Australia

Should good fortune ever place you on vacation in the New South Wales city of Chippendale, don’t miss a chance to stay at The Old Clare Hotel: set in two iconic heritage listed buildings, it’s a boutique Design Hotel base where original features blend with imaginative, modern design trends. As well as an outdoor pool, a Mondrian-inspired bar and innovative cuisine served in warehouse-chic interiors, its guest rooms are particularly photogenic. While the suites are impressive, you’ll without doubt want to opt for the Abercrombie room, where simple interiors and vintage pieces give centre stage to a deep soaking bathtub – it’s strategically placed right by the bed, too, so there’s only a step between you waking from your dreams and finding yourself in heaven.

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Wiesergut, Austrian Alps

Elevate your Austrian Alps getaway to an entirely new level with a stay at this resolutely modern hotel, set right near the ski slopes in the resort town of Saalbach-Hinterglemm. Based in a manor that dates back to 1350, this small retreat stands out in all the right ways. Experience a slow food concept that makes great use of organic produce, fresh wild herbs and home-bred meats, and take some well-earned time out in the floodlit glass-walled spa, where time stands still as you indulge in a ritual or three. The accommodation takes the cake, though: opt for an open-plan Garden or Hideaway suite, complete with a freestanding bathtub, stone feature walls, an impressive fireplace and even an outdoor Jacuzzi.

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Soho House Istanbul

Well located near the riverside in Turkey’s capital, this Soho House members’ club and hotel fully deserves each of its dazzling five stars. Great hospitality and facilities of the highest standard go hand-in-hand with flawless interiors, which combine the building’s historic 19th-century palazzo features with pristine upscale decor. When you aren’t busy pampering yourself at the Cowshed Spa or gorging on locally-influenced European delicacies at the restaurant and lounge-bar, retreat to the plushest of guest rooms; the Mezzanine rooms in the historic Annex are particularly spacious, measuring up to 82 square metres, and offer two floors of refined and traditionally-inspired, cream-toned interiors – the freestanding tub by the bed on the top floor is just the ticket for a relaxing evening.

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No.38 The Park, Cheltenham

Pair a visit to Cheltenham with a suitably chic and suave stay at No.38, a gorgeous Georgian townhouse overlooking quite gardens near the city’s famed racecourse. A home-from-home feel permeates throughout the hotel’s high-end rooms at this Lucky Onion property, alongside an intimate and bespoke atmosphere. From Nespresso machines and iPod docks to the Egyptian cotton linens and mohair throws, the in-room amenities are up-to-date and thoughtful – but bag yourself an in-room bathtub to truly make the most of your laid-back sojourn here.

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The Waterhouse at South Bund, Shanghai

With just 19 guest rooms under its roof, attention to detail is a given at the immaculately-designed Waterhouse at South Bund – a four-star Shanghai sleep by the Huangpu River. Unsuspectingly set within an old concrete corner building, it’s all high design and pared-back minimalism at this contemporary hotel, where the dining scene hasn’t gone unnoticed, either (expect world-influenced modern European cuisine served in a monochrome, industrial-inspired setting). Featuring a freestanding bathtub contained within glass walls, the bright, breezy and well-sized River suite is possibly too sleek to pass up – the river views are just an added bonus.

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