A great view continues to be a valuable asset for any hotel or lodge, and can play a huge role in setting the mood for any venue. A view over the city skyline can make you feel like a king over all you survey or a view of the plains that stretch out to meet the horizon can make you feel like a lone explorer discovering Africa for the first time.
Venues that are fortunate to have great views go to great lengths to capitalise on their location and this can include floor to ceiling windows or foldable glass doors that connect your accommodation to the outside world. Increasingly, we are seeing the bathroom dragged from its status as an ablution in the back and taking a front and centre role in capitalising on great views with stunning effect.
Many luxury lodges now feature both indoor and outdoor bathroom options, and in the process introduce some gorgeous scenery to the act of getting clean. Of course, these lodges and hotels have so much to offer that you probably won’t be spending that much time in the bath, but here is a collection of our favourite tubs with a view that are sure to capture your imagination and leave your hands reaching for the taps.
With only ten luxury suites scattered amongst ancient Tamboti trees, your privacy is assured at Madikwe Hills as the only prying eyes likely to see you soaking in this tub belong to wildlife wandering past. With sliding doors that open your suite from floor to ceiling, you’ll enjoy an elevated view over the surrounding plains.
The view across Houtbay from this 5-star boutique hotel just begs to be enjoyed with a long flute of bubbly. Considered one of Cape Town's hidden gems, Tintswalo Atlantic is nestled between the Table Mountain Nature Reserve and a pebble beach under Chapman's peak. It's location, and exquisite views, make it a firm favourite amongst those looking for an exclusive enclave for their special occasions.
We love the design of the Okahirongo Elephant Lodge. With only eight suites, and all buildings designed to appear as if the desert flows through them, a stay here connects you to the Namibian landscape in a unique way. Unobstructed views like the one from this tub abound and as the name implies an encounter with the desert-adapted elephants that roam these plains is highly likely.
If you have to ask how much it is, you can't afford it. Let's just say that the cost of a night in the Villa at Como Maalifushi is steep, even by Maldivian standards. To be totally honest, if you are forking out the big bucks for a stay at this resort with all it has to offer, you probably won't be using the tub all that much, but we can only imagine the mesmerising view over the Atlantic from this type makes for the ultimate in serene bathing experiences.
The Belmond River Khwai in the heart of the Okavango Delta in Botswana will force you to take all your pre-conceived notions of tents and throw them out the window. These tented suites come with exquisite furnishings and all the 5-star indulgences you could desire. It has a heated plunge pool where you can enjoy watching antelope dash only metres away, has an alfresco shower allowing you to witness the Savannah coming to life at dawn, and a gorgeous copper bath for you to enjoy a sunset soak as you watch the day melt away on the horizon.
We return to Cape Town for a cosmopolitan take on a tub with a view. The Silo Hotel and Zeitz MOCAA have had no shortage of accolades since opening in Cape Town. Beyond its celebrated architecture, the Silo offers stunning views over the mother city which are pretty hard to match. Enjoy a bath as you watch the hive of activity in the city below.
Sanctuary Baines' Camp is set in a grove of trees and surrounded by papyrus beds in a private concession bordering the Moremi Game Reserve in Botswana. Built on raised platforms high above the Boro River, each of the five suites offers both a star bed and an open-air bath on their private decks. Interestingly the backbone of the camp's infrastructure is built from recycled cans collected by the local community.
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