9 bathtubs with ridiculous views
One should never underestimate the power of a good bath.
More than just a means to rid yourself of the dirt and grime of the day, bath time is where we leave our stress and worries behind and surrender, blissfully, to ourselves and that moment alone (not to mention the health benefits to assist with muscle pain and sleep problems).
But taking the whole relaxation thing up a notch (or 10) are these 9 bathtubs in Queensland, where postcard-perfect views of the Whitsunday Islands and towering rainforests add an aesthetic pleasure to the whole experience.
So, ready to dip in?
1. Kingfisher Bay Resort, Fraser Island
What better way is there to wind down after a long day exploring the largest sand island in the world, than by soaking up the bubbles (both the wine and bath’s) in your own private outdoor tub?
Hint: There’s not.
Nestled high in bushland on the western side of the island, the two and three-bedroom Treehouse Spa Villas at Kingfisher Bay Resort boast the best seat in the house for a Fraser Island sunset. Throw in an au naturale soundtrack of native wildlife serenading you as the sun melts into the trees, and that’s nighttime rituals sorted for the rest of your stay.
2. qualia, Hamilton Island
Like every other detail at this world-class luxury resort in The Whitsundays, the tub game at qualia is most certainly on par.
A stay in one of the Windward Pavilions is worth it alone for the uninterrupted views of the Whitsunday Islands and Coral Sea when soaping up. But then again, the private sundeck and infinity-edge plunge pool are pretty big drawcards, too.
3. Kinnon and Co., Longreach
Heads up: You’ll need to keep your bathers on for this one, as all three tubs are open for guests staying in their Pioneer Slab Huts and Homestead Stables. But whether you’re slipping in for a midday cool-off, watching the sunset, or finding the Southern Cross in the night sky, you’ll soon find any time (or excuse) reason enough for a scrub in one of the traditional cast-iron tubs.
4. Lillypilly’s Country Cottages and Day Spa, Montville
Spice up your (love) life with a little help from the double spa bath sitting pretty in the Lakeview Deluxe Cottage of Lillypilly’s.
Set in the sub-tropical Sunshine Coast Hinterland, you’ll feel world’s away gazing out at the countryside stretching over the Conondale Range as you bask (or should I say bathe) in each other’s company, before snuggling down to a cosy wood fire in your matching fluffy bathrobes.
Seriously, should we be planning Bachelor dates or what?
5. Wanggulay Too Treetops, Cairns
Being at one with nature has never rung truer than getting starkers in this tubbable beauty at Wanggulay Too Treetops near Cairns.
It’s not hard to see why this five-star luxe retreat won Queensland’s Best Outdoor Accommodation in Stayz 2015 Holiday Rental Awards; the five-bedroom Balinese-inspired hideaway is totally secluded, sitting 15 metres above the rainforest floor in the World Heritage-listed Wet Tropics of Barron Gorge National Park. But the creme da la creme is the antique white claw-footed bathtub and shower outside with views down to the Barron River.
If you’re staying with family and friends, you’ll want to work out a bath-booking system stat, because hours seemingly fly by as you succumb to the hushed and lush natural surroundings.
6. Spicers Tamarind Retreat, Maleny
Taking a leaf out of Old El Paso’s book, Spicers Tamarind decided their guests should be treated to the best of both worlds: a bathtub that’s both inside AND outside.
“But what do you mean???” I hear you pleading.
Topping off their stand-alone luxury forest villas – which spread across 18 acres of natural forest in Maleny – is a bathroom kitted out not just with underfloor and mirror heating, oh no, but floor-to-ceiling glass bifold windows that slide all the way back and open up into your own private garden. Capped off with a reading nook (and a perfectly-placed spot for your vino, of course) and that, my friends, is one fine tub.
7. Paradise Cove Resort, Whitsundays Coast
Never heard of Paradise Cove Resort? Well, neither had we until recently!
The covert resort, which was once used as the set for the ’90s adventure TV series Tales of the South Seas, was only made available to the public in November 2015 as part of Red Cat Adventure’s Ride To Paradise resort stay.
Catering to a wide range of travellers from couples and flashpackers to families, the two-night-two-day adventure package (which includes day trips to the best bays and beaches dotting the Whitsunday Islands) is the only way you can stay at this exclusive spot on the Whitsunday Coast.
Intrigued? Well, wait ’til you see their outdoor tubs!
The resort is home to not one, but two outdoor bathtub huts: one situated in the middle of the resort for all guests to enjoy and a private hut for those who’ve booked into the Rainforest Retreat Suite (ooh la la).
While you’re mostly sheltered from the elements, the wooden gazebo-style huts still have a very jungle-like feel; open and airy, and surrounded by beautiful greenery.
8. O’Reilly’s Lost World Spa, Gold Coast Hinterland
Overlooking the World Heritage-listed Gondwana Rainforests of Lamington National Park, this hand-crafted wooden tub is basically bath-time relaxation on steroids.
A signature feature of the Lost World Day Spa at O’Reilly’s Rainforest Retreat, the tub has become a sanctuary for couples and individuals in need of a serious pause from the manic pace of everyday life.
While you can opt to add the Vinotherapy Steam and Bath Time upgrade to any spa treatment on the menu (yep, O’Reilly’s turn to the grapes they grow at their nearby vineyard for some of nature’s most powerful antioxidants), why not go all out with The Lost World Ritual, which on top of a warm soak in the tub, includes five-glorious-hours of deep relaxation and rejuvenation. We’re talking steam room sesh, foot soak and full body exfoliation, moisturising body mask, full-body massage and customised facial *sigh*.
9. Daintree Eco Lodge and Spa, Daintree Rainforest
Forget your Spotify relaxation playlist? Not a worry, mate!
Positioned strategically within the world’s oldest rainforest, the recently refurbished Rainforest Bayans at Daintree Eco Lodge and Spa were built around a MasterChef-worthy recipe of stunning rainforest views (with screens protecting you from anything that flies), deep black bathtub, running fresh-water stream just outside the timber louvred windows, and the calls of wompoo fruit doves resonating through the trees.
As relaxed as you might be, keep your eyes open to spot flashes of electric blue as the rare Ulysses blue butterflies float by.
How’s the serenity, indeed.