I have to admit to a host of guilty pleasures when travelling – sunset cocktails, morning coffees in bed, exploring local supermarkets, outrageously delicious lunch feasts and late dinners, but my guiltiest is probably the most pedestrian of them all.
Long leisurely soaks in beautiful bathrooms and hot tubs. Oh, following it up by an afternoon nap. The best nap of them all, by leagues. So, for the travel linkup this month, I decided to indulge in a walk down memory lane, and share some of my most memorable soaks – often accompanied by a mountain of bubbles. [NB: Press stays are noted with a double star.]
Marina Bay Sands, Singapore
Setting my alarm for early the next morning (the BEST thing about jet lag) I threw my swimsuit and robe on and made my way back up to the 57th floor of the Marina Bay Sands. Watching the sun break over the horizon from a hot tub was pure bliss. There was a soft warm breeze before the day really heated up, so I made my way over to the pool for a few lazy laps – to be greeted with this pastel perfect city skyline.
Salish Lodge and Spa, Snoqualmie, Washington State
We slept with our Salish Lodge and Spa hotel balcony door slightly ajar, the softly rushing sound of Snoqualmie Falls providing a soothing backdrop to our travel-weary dreams. The smell of our own private fireplace was a rich and spicy quilt to our city senses, the thick carpet of our Salish Lodge King Room was plush beneath our toes and the whirlpool bath was ridiculously alluring…
Chateau Pape Clement, Bordeaux, France **
Surrounded by carefully manicured lawns, thousand-year-old olive trees, a caretaker group of peacocks and a Gustave Eiffel designed folly, Chateau Clement Pape is rather special. It was also incredibly beautiful – we were in love well before spotting our glorious marble bathroom that just ached to have a bath drawn with a glass of wine poured…
Gellért Thermal Bath, Budapest
Sitting on a patchwork of 125 hot springs, visiting the nearly 50 natural thermal baths is often prescribed by the city doctors for helping a litany of ailments. Honestly, I could almost start and finish this list right here. On our second girls trip, we luxuriated in the art deco surrounds of the much less touristy Gellert Spa. It is beautiful, and one of the best places to go in Budapest.
The Langham Hotel, London **
My favourite moment of our luxurious Langham Hotel staycation? Returning from dinner, cozying back into our suite and simply drawing a bath. Sprinkling the bath salts into the warm water I soaked away a fair few of my cares. (And nibbled Macaron whilst reading a chapter of my book.) We had an entire junior suite, but that was my favourite corner. Oh, wait, and the soft as a cloud bed…
Cave Hotel, Cappadocia, Turkey
In our beautiful Cappadocia cave hotel, we had a suite with a full bathroom hewn into the rock, and an extra bathtub for relaxing in, in the corner of the cosy lounge…
The Scarlet Hotel, Cornwall with their infamous cliffside hot tubs **
I lingered for as long as I could in my Scarlet Hotel hot tub. Sitting peacefully listening to the waves on the beach below, watching birds repair their winter-worn nests, the cool air on my shoulders and a hot pot of fresh mint tea aromatically drifting on the breeze, I felt like the real world was a million miles away from our hotel in Cornwall…
What are your guilty pleasures when travelling?