Glamping with hot tubs can be the secret pièce de résistance of travelling: you’ve ambled, hiked, ran, swam, played and very likely, drank – evening sets in, and you deserve a soak beneath the stars. When we first started, hot tub holidays were a rare treat, a difficult find, but now there are more treehouses and cabins with hot tubs than ever. If you’ve experienced this for yourself, you know the benefits are significant and innumerable, but for the rest of us still waiting to try a hot tub holiday – what are we missing?
The history of hot tubs, surprisingly, runs deep. Real deep. Hot thermal baths have been recorded in use since 4th century BC, across multiple cultures. They were usually outside, immersed in nature, making a lush green backdrop the perfect pairing to a dip in sultry water. They’re the perfect opportunity to stay outside through the evening and into the night, stress floating away on the steam.
Choose between our selection of hot tub holidays we’ve personally visited, and made the great sacrifice of going glamping with hot tubs to ensure they’re special.
Who are we, who are so wise in the ways of hot tubs? If there was a qualification for having experienced treehouses or cabins with hot tubs – we’d have it. We may be a small, independent travel company, but no one knows unique like us. We champion sustainability and strive to make a positive impact on the world with all our choices. We’ve travelled to and tried every option we have for hot tub holidays, and most importantly, said no to some. We only select properties from owners we love to work with, who’s heart and soul obviously in the space, even, perhaps especially, when going glamping with hot tubs.
These are some of ours, and our guests, favourite outdoor hot tubs and baths
If you’re after a wild romantic moment, here some of our favourite places to do just that in Scotland. For us, romance means the outdoors - reconnecting through afternoon chats in sighing woodland, and evenings spent in starlit hot tubs.
Who we are Glamping with hot tubs, sadly, is not the entirety of what we do. In fact, it gets better. We are a small, employee-owned, independent travel company as well as a charitable trust. We live to share experiences, love the outdoors and inspire others to value the wild wherever they can find it.
Why choose glamping Even if it weren’t a more sustainable and affordable way to travel, it’s the only way to benefit from luxuries you’d expect at a boutique hotel whilst experiencing the natural world as it comes - with breath-taking backdrops including wildflower meadows, peaceful forests, mountains, hillsides, and heathland. Take the opportunity to ditch the tech, and reconnect with family, friends or your partner.
Our glamping places with hot tubs Mercilessly forced to always stay the night, our inspectors struggle through the brutal task of personally vetting every hot tub holiday space we own. We reluctantly shed our clothes, and worries, to ensure your treehouse hot tub or cabin with hot tub meets your exacting standards. Traditional or wood-fired, you know it’s up to scratch.
We care about responsible travel Like every important change in history, it’s little changes that add up, get the ball rolling, and set the bar so it can be set again higher. We’re part family-owned, part owned by employees, who’ve established a charitable trust that sees a percentage of our profits spent to help combat climate change. Sustainability is vitally important to us, and we strive to make a positive impact with all we do. What do we do? Well, read all about it here.
Can you go in a hot tub when pregnant? Unfortunately it is advisable to avoid hot tubs during pregnancy due to the high temperatures. Having a quick dip may affect your baby, so it's best to be careful. Don't worry though, as there are plenty of other things to do whilst glamping, such as stargazing by the fire, connecting with nature and bringing drinks to the people in the hot tub.
Can babies go in hot tubs? It's recommended that children under five years old do not go into a hot tub. The depth of water (many hot tubs have only low benches on the inside) is a safety risk even if you consider the high water temperature to be safe for your child.
How hot should a hot tub be? Not sure what temperature to aim for? The ideal hot tub is about 40 degrees Celsius (104 Fahrenheit). Most hot tubs have a thermometer bobbing around in them so you can check the progress. Remember to stir though! The rising heat can fool you into thinking it's hot all the way down. Then when you jump in and mix the hotter surface water with the colder depths, you've got a lukewarm tub.
Is sitting in a hot tub good for you? Soaking in a hot tub does have some physical benefits, such as relaxing muscles and improving circulation, but the steam and heat can be a hazard for people who have circulatory or respiratory system problems so it's always good to be cautious. There's a definite psychological benefit that comes from bathing under the stars too.
What are the benefits of being in a hot tub? The benefits of being in a hot tub can include relieving tension and stress, lowering blood pressure and inducing a solid night's sleep. When you combine this with glamping outdoors and connecting with nature, the benefits are immense! Some people say an icy cold dip is just as invigorating and while we love a bracing wild swim, it's much harder to hold champagne while you're shivering.
How long to heat up a wood fired hot tub? It can take around 3 hours to get your hot tub up to the temperature you want, so make sure you fire it up in good time before you're planning to take a dip. The actual time it takes will depend on the temperature of the water to begin with, the size of the hot tub and what the weather's like outside. For a new year's eve soak as the snow falls, start early! And, as we've said before, remember to stir!
We’re majority employee owned, with a shared commitment to fair, ethical business practices
Our Charitable Trust uses 24% ownership of the company to support environmental causes
We plant a tree for every booking through the charity Treesisters and get our hands dirty in many local initiatives