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The New Outdoor Bath: 10 Open-Air Tubs for Summer Soaks

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The New Outdoor Bath: 10 Open-Air Tubs for Summer Soaks

July 25, 2017

An outdoor bathtub is the ultimate luxury. We’ll travel anywhere from Bali to Tasmania (and lay over in Big Sur, after they clear the road slides) for a soak. Here are our 10 favorite open-air baths:

California Desert

Photograph via HomeAway.
Above: Photograph via HomeAway.

For rent in the southern California desert: A secluded adobe house on 2.5 acres (less than 3 miles away from Joshua Tree National Park), outdoor tub with views of jackrabbits included. For more information, see HomeAway.

Tuscan Countryside

A Swedish style tub and two sun beds (made from recycled palettes) take in the views of distant hills in a Tuscan retreat. Photograph by Julia Speiss.
Above: A Swedish style tub and two sun beds (made from recycled palettes) take in the views of distant hills in a Tuscan retreat. Photograph by Julia Speiss.

For more of this project, see Il Baciarino: An Off-the-Beaten-Path Retreat in Tuscany on Remodelista.

Big Sur, California

Photograph via Glen Oaks Big Sur.
Above: Photograph via Glen Oaks Big Sur.

Twin tubs sit next to a wood-burning fire pit to fight the chill when the fog rolls in at Big Sur, California. For more information, see Glen Oaks Big Sur.

Lilydale, Tasmania

Rent an eco studio &#8\2\20;on the slopes of Mt. Arthur, overlooking the village of Lilydale in Northern Tasmania.&#8\2\2\1; Photograph via Airbnb.
Above: Rent an eco studio “on the slopes of Mt. Arthur, overlooking the village of Lilydale in Northern Tasmania.” Photograph via Airbnb.

Bathe on the deck on a secluded 50-acre property; for more information see Airbnb.

Napa Valley

The Carneros Resort and Spa has a &#8\2\20;rustic farmhouse vernacular vibe,&#8\2\2\1; writes Sarah.
Above: The Carneros Resort and Spa has a “rustic farmhouse vernacular vibe,” writes Sarah.

For more of the Carneros Resort and Spa’s “eco-conscious landscaping, and understated (yet subtly luxurious) aesthetic,” see Hotels & Lodging: Solage and Carneros Resort and Spa in the Napa Valley.

Los Angeles

At a Los Feliz guesthouse by Los Angeles-based designer Alexandra Angle, galvanized metal trough serves as a plein-air tub. Photograph courtesy of Alexandra Angle Interior Design.
Above: At a Los Feliz guesthouse by Los Angeles-based designer Alexandra Angle, galvanized metal trough serves as a plein-air tub. Photograph courtesy of Alexandra Angle Interior Design.

For more of this project, see Outbuilding of the Week: A Study in Black by LA Designer Alexandra Angle.

Bali, Indonesia

Photograph via Ministry of Villas.
Above: Photograph via Ministry of Villas.

“Where rice fields meet the bustling town center” on Bali; for more information about these accommodations see Aria Villas.

Jamaica

For a family compound on Jamaica&#8\2\17;s west coast, designer Sean Knibb envisioned several small cottages, their own outdoor baths. Photograph by Art Gray.
Above: For a family compound on Jamaica’s west coast, designer Sean Knibb envisioned several small cottages, their own outdoor baths. Photograph by Art Gray.

For more of this project, see The Tropical Life: A Family Camp on Jamaica by Designer Sean Knibb.

Bali, Indonesia

Photograph via TripAdvisor.
Above: Photograph via TripAdvisor.

About a 10 minutes’ drive north of Ubud on the island of Bali, the resort at Chapung Se Bali has dramatic views of the Osh Valley. For more information, see Chapung Se Bali.

East Coast, Tasmania

Photograph via Thalia Haven.
Above: Photograph via Thalia Haven.

Go for the views of Great Oyster Bay; stay for a soak. See more information about Tasmania’s east coast at Thalia Haven.

N.B.: For more bathing with a breeze, see:

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