“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.)