A Bath With A View

Foto: Hotel Jungbrunn

“There must be quite a few things that a hot bath won’t cure, but I don’t know many of them.”
… said Sylvia Plath, one of the most renowned and influential poets, novelists, and short story writers of the 20th century.

Well, I’m a firm believer in the benefits of a hot bath, too. Looking for a way to relax? Increase circulation? Boost immunities? Would you believe me if I said you could accomplish all of that with something as simple as water? It’s amazing how much benefit we can get from such little things like taking a good soak in a hot bath. You just need to know how to use it. That said, be attentive to your body – don’t have a soak every day, keep your bath to a maximum of about 38˚C and limit your stay to no more than 15 minutes. And don’t take a bath if you have a fever.

Soaking in hot water is more powerful than you might think—these are the pleasures and benefits of a hot bath:

Improved Health & Relaxation…. There is no better way to relax and unwind than taking a good soak after a strenuous, long day. Life is full of stressful events, and sometimes a hot bath is that shoulder I need to cry on. There are days when all I want to do is get home, turn on the taps and let life get along without me. I step into deep, warm water with a glass of sparkling wine, well within reach. Candlelight and music by Enaudi or Cafe del mar set the mood. Taking a long soak in hot water really is the pinnacle of rest and relaxation! On a cold day, nothing warms the body and soul to the core like a soothing bath. It doesn’t get much better than a sudsy soak in the tub, drifting away in a heavenly haze of steam and bubbles. And in fall, when I feel symptoms of a cold, I enjoy a therapeutic eucalyptus soak that makes my internal environment less hospitable to cold-causing viruses and bacteria.

Happiness & Wellbeing…. To me, happiness is a long, hot bath! Soaking in warm water makes me feel better about myself. It makes me a happier me. I treat me to a relaxing bath whenever I’m angry, or sad or need to reboot. The warm, small, quiet space I create for myself to just exist in for a moment… It’s about giving me a pleasant time-out, an excuse to indulge in myself. I see life in a whole new light after a soothing dip. Adding natural oils to the bath moisturizes and improves the appearance of radiant glowing skin. Increasing the happiness level, too.

Romance & Harmony…. The couple who soaks together, stays together: There is something incredibly romantic about sharing a bath with your significant other—and you don’t even need wine or candles (but they certainly won’t do any harm…). As long as you have a two-person tub (it can often feel a little cramped in a small tub). If your partner is more of a shower type, enjoy your bath with a good book. And ask him to refill your wine glass. Won’t do any harm, either.

A Tirol mountain view makes your bathing a lot more pleasurable!
Of course, bath lovers like me can’t do without a tub while on vacation. And I’m not speaking of a tiny tub in a dark and gloomy bathroom with old fashioned tiles. I’m talking open-plan bathrooms with oversized soaking bathtubs and floor-to-ceiling windows. Imagine sinking into a freestanding bathtub in a carefully constructed and impeccably designed space, overlooking the majestic mountain scenery. After all we’re in Tirol, and a mountain view makes your bathing a lot more pleasurable, doesn’t it?

Here are some of Tirol’s most stunning hotel bathrooms, each featuring deep soaking tubs with Instagram-worthy views to brag about. Turning something as ordinary as brushing your teeth into an unforgettable experience, these alluring bathrooms will induce relaxation, warm your body, and satiate an appreciation of exquisite design. In these places, a bathtub is more than just a bathtub!

(By the way … do you know any more hotels with a bathtub by the window in Tirol? Please do share them in the comments section for future reference.)

Badewanne in den neuen Alpen Lodges der Kristallhütte auf 2147 mit Blick auf die Zillertaler Alpen. www.kristallhütte.at

Sweeping views of snow and mountains at Kristallhütte’s new Alpen Lodges, sitting at an elevation of 2,147 meters amidst the Zillertal Alps, may leave you weak in the knees. www.kristallhütte.at (Photo Credit: BESTO.at)


Blick auf die Berge und auf die Hauptstadt: Das Adlers Hotel in Innsbruck hat's http://www.deradler.com/stadthotel/zimmerpreise/zimmer.html?gclid=CLO2lue9v8gCFWjmwgodvWQFwQ

Suds up in one of the hippest tubs in Tirol’s capital Innsbruck at Das Adlers. The muted colours of the bathroom are offset by the wonderful city and mountain views, creating an intriguing spot for daydreaming. aDLERS Hotel Innsbruck



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Absorb the spectacular scene of the mountains while under bubbles at the Lodges of Stock resorts in Zillertal Valley. Stock resort Finkenberg



Freistehende Badewanne und Sauna in der Suite im Ritzlerhof in Sautens http://www.ritzlerhof.at/de/das-hotel/herbst-der-elemente.html#.Vh0IL6RNJ_Q

Ritzlerhof Hotel in Sautens includes a number of high-end features, but the suite’s open bathroom with private sauna and freestanding tub, which looks out onto the mountains of Ötztal Valley, is the real scene stealer. Ritzlerhof Sautens



Badewanne in der Penthouse Suite des Kempinski Hotels "Das Tirol" in Jochberg www.kempinski.com

At the Penthouse Suite of “Das Tirol” Kempinski Hotels in Jochberg, guests look out at the gorgeous mountains from the comfort of their deep soaking tub.
Kempinski Jochberg


Doppelzimmer auf der Venet-Gipfelhütte auf 2.212 m in Zams http://www.venet.at/de/venet-gipfelhuette-zimmer-preise-winter/venet-gipfelhuette-winter-doppelzimmer-komfort.html

It’s hard to leave the mountain to go back to the hotel room during a ski vacation, but at Venet Gipfelhütte in Zams, you’re never too far from the snow-covered slopes. The hotel’s Comfort Double Rooms feature soaking tubs with beautiful views from the mountaintop, at an elevation of 2,212 meters above sea level. Venet Gipfelhütte


Badewanne im "Architektenzimmer" im Das Kronthaler in Achenkirch, http://www.daskronthaler.com/

The “Architect’s Room” at Das Kronthaler in Achenkirch features an open-floor design, allowing for a gorgeous backdrop as you relax in the bathtub. Das Kronthaler Achenkirch


Auch wow: Badwanne im Gradonna in Kals, http://www.gradonna.at/

“Wow” moments everywhere you look: Settle into the tub overlooking the surrounding mountains for stunning views at the Gradonna Mountain Resort in Kals, East Tirol. Gradonna Mountain Resort Kals


Auch direkt am Fenster: die Badewanne im Hotel Hinteregger in Matrei in Osttirol, http://www.hotelhinteregger.at/de/

A soak with a view: Feel free to relax in the tub at Hinteregger Hotel in Matrei, East Tirol, all day long. Hotel Hinteregger, Matrei in Osttirol



Im Hotel Jungbrunn in Mannheim gibt es in den neuen Abendrot-Suiten Badewannen mit Aussicht. Die sind so neu, dass es noch keine Bilder davon gibt. Hier die Wanne im SPA-Bereich, auch ganz schön. http://www.jungbrunn.at/de/zimmer/suiten/room/juniorsuite-abendrot/

At Jungbrunn Hotel in Tannheim, the bathtub in the new Abendrot Suites sits in front of giant windows overlooking the area’s glorious mountain scenery. They are brand-new so there are no photographs available yet. This is the tub in their SPA Area, which isn’t bad, either (pictured as well on the top). Jungbrunn Tannheim


With passion for the detail—and with a twinkle in her eye, Christina Schwemberger takes you on a journey to meet amazing people, visit interesting places, and experience all that Tirol has to offer.

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Jacqui Miyabayashi

Stunning baths! I know this isn't a new article but it came up in a search and I wanted to comment. What do you think about having a bath so close to the bed? in the architect's bedroom? WOW!!

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