We may think hot tubs are a new idea but they have been around for many thousands of years. The ancient Romans called them Calderiums, and they were rooms where pools of water were heated with hot stones. Now they have been gaining popularity and not only will you find them in hotels but also in many self-catering accommodation. travel2Ireland has picked five unusual places where you can take a hot dip.
Unusual Hot Tubs for Lovers and Friends
A floating hot tub – Lough Ree, Co Westmeath
How about this for an unusual setting for a hot tub, a boat on Lough Ree in Co. Westmeath. The boat Afterglow, has been converted to take up to six people in an onboard tub for a cruise on the lake. Lie back and listen to your favourite playlist from the onboard sound system while sipping a drink. Ninety minutes cruises cost from €250 or why not a weekend sunset cruise from €300. Details here.
Rossharbour, Lough Erne, Co. Fermanagh
This resort is on the shores of Lough Erne and has stunning views over the lake. The frontline glamping pods all have their own private hot tubs. Imagine sitting with your loved one, under a star-spangled night sipping something fizzy. At Rossharbour, you can add in some special couples’ moments. Book a stay from £249, here.
Galtee Art Truck, Kilbehenny, Co. Limerick
Find your inner artist when you stay at the Galtee Art Truck, in the Golden Vale of Ireland. This quaint truck has been lovingly converted into a comfy place with all the home comforts. The outdoor deck has a lovely wooden hot tub, perfect for views of the mountains and countryside. Stays in the Art Truck include breakfast and bicycles to explore the countryside. Book on Airbnb here.
Rosewood Cottage, Clarinbridge, Co Galway
On the Wild Atlantic Way, this charming cottage is perfect for a couple’s escape. Lovingly decorated in Orla Kiely influenced colours, it is a comfy home from home. Pick up some oysters from nearby Clarinbridge, and enjoy them in the tub with some bubbles. Galway city is only 20 minutes away, so this is perfect for a break to the West, book here.
Riverbank Barn, near Skibbereen, West Cork
Peaceful and full of character Riverbank Barn is close to all the top places in West Cork. This 150-year-old traditional stone buildings has been perfectly restored to offer luxurious self-catering accommodation. It is cosy and a great place for a couple to chill out. It has all the comfort you need, great sound system, satellite tv and best of all your own private tub on the deck overlooking the countryside, perfect in summer or winter. There is also a double Jacuzzi bath, book here.