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Nimmo Bay Resort, British Columbia, Canada
The Setting: At Nimmo Bay Resort, two idyllic red cedar tubs, heated to 104 degrees, are secreted away in a wooded inlet, 200 miles north of Vancouver. After a day of heli-fishing the area’s remote rivers and lakes, rotate between the naturally cold plunge pool and one of the two eight-person hot tubs for an exhilarating hot-cold rush.
Bonus: The tubs are filled by Nimmo Bay’s cascading waterfall, whose clear water trickles down from the top of Mount Stephens.
The Setting: This 40-suite resort’s hot tub clings to the western edge of Jackson Hole’s East Gros Ventre Butte and is a mere 20-minute drive from Jackson Hole Mountain Resort. The slate tub is 103 degrees and was designed, alongside the 35-meter, quartzite-tiled pool, to be the resort’s centerpiece.
Bonus: Since the winds can howl at 7,000 feet, it’s not uncommon for one of the resort’s staff to bring wool beanies to pruney guests—or frozen grapes in the summer months.
Blancaneaux Lodge, near San Ignacio, Belize
The Setting: Spot iguanas from this idyllic, horseshoe-shaped tub designed by Oscar-winning production designer Dean Tavoularis at Francis Ford Coppola’s Blancaneaux Lodge in Belize. Made from thousands of pieces of local granite and built by local stone craftsmen, it sits in a hillside amid the same kind of lush jungle paradise Coppola fell in love with while filming Apocalypse Now.
Bonus: The resort’s ultra-green hydroelectric plant heats the 11,000-gallon hot tub with the excess electricity it generates.
Courtesy of Conrad Maldives Rangali Island
The Setting: Overlook the Indian Ocean from the ultra-private two-person, 104-degree hot tub outside of Conrad Maldives’ Over-Water Spa on Rangalifinolhu Island. The resort is set on two private islands, linked by a bridge, and surrounded by a vibrant coral reef, among miles of idyllic white-sand beaches. Each secluded tub gives guests uninterrupted views of the bright blue water.
Bonus: Hotel staffers provide guests with cool aromatic towels and fresh fruit juices.
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The Setting: The Palms’ multimillion-dollar infinity-edge pool and 10-person hot tub overlook the North Atlantic and sit on the coveted Grace Bay Beach. The 72-suite resort is home to a 25,000-square-foot spa and is just steps away from fine-sand beaches and turquoise waters.
Bonus: You might find yourself enjoying a chilled scented towel next to such high-profilers as Jamie Lee Curtis and U.S. Senator John Kerry (both former guests).
Banyan Tree Hotels & Resorts
Banyan Tree Lijiang Resort & Spa, Lijiang, China
The Setting: At the 122-room Naxi-influenced Banyan Tree, in Lijiang, in the Yunnan province of southwestern China, each Garden Villa features a lush private courtyard complete with its own two-person, 100-degree hot tub that looks out on the famous Jade Dragon Snow Mountain.
Bonus: Ask for local plum wine and Chinese tea while you soak.
The Setting: The hot tub at this alpine cedar-and-schist stone lodge is nestled in native bush on the edge of Lake Wakatipu near Queenstown. Floor-to-ceiling glass doors lift to expose the simple, cedar-timber hot tub to the elements—alfresco access to the garden and commanding views of The Remarkables mountains.
Bonus: It’s just minutes away from fly-fishing, bungee-cord jumping, and glacier adventures.
The Setting: Settle into this coveted cedar hot tub—perched far above the Lower East Side’s bustling streets—with nine of your favorite friends. Visionary developer Paul Stallings (a catalyst for much of the downtown NYC neighborhood’s revitalization) also designed the hotel’s centerpiece tub with lofty extras: cool off in the outdoor shower in summer, or, in winter, toast your toes near the outdoor fireplace.
Bonus: Enjoy the above while sipping the hotel’s delicious Pearadise champagne cocktail.
The Setting: At nearly 8,000 feet above sea level, the 12-person stone hot tub at this opulent ski-in, ski-out home atop Deer Valley Resort’s Little Baldy Peak is ideal for an après-ski cocktail party.
Bonus: Guests can watch the sunset turn the Wasatch Mountain Range purple from the hot tub, which is surrounded by 1,000 square feet of heated outdoor pool, grotto, fireplace, and radiant-heated concrete flooring for below-zero-degree winter nights.