Inspired picks for a weekend break with a hot tub

If you've had a tough week at work and want to soak away your troubles on the weekend, check out our ideas for weekend breaks with hot tubs. Maybe you want the romance of cosying up on a windswept beach in Dorset that pirates once pillaged. Or perhaps lying back in the bubbles and gazing over a valley in the Lake District is more your scene. Or maybe you’d like to wander farther, all the way across the Channel. Wherever your idea of a luxurious soak takes you, we've got tips on destinations just a quick hop away for a relaxing weekend.

Explore romantic hot tub weekend breaks in Dorset

Whatever range of fitness level or attention span your group may have, there’s something for everyone in Dorset, on the beach or inland, on water or on land.

Time-travel on a Jurassic Coast weekend break

Step into a geological time machine when you pick one of Dorset's coastal towns as your hot tub weekend break destination. Active visitors can hike or cycle on the gorgeous cliffs or sail in the breathtaking bays. Whether you're looking for a refurbished 18th-century barn or a posh bungalow, you'll find a holiday rental here to suit every mood and group.

Castle-hop on your weekend break in inland Dorset

For a more low-key day, take a picnic inland and explore the meadows and woods of Thomas Hardy land. From Maiden Castle, an Iron Age fort, to the exquisite Sherborne New Castle that was built by Walter Raleigh in 1594, the architecture and history buffs in your group are bound to enjoy themselves. At the end of the day, going back to a soak in your Dorset holiday cottage hot tub will be nothing short of bliss.

Luxuriate in hot tub heaven in the Lake District

Escape from it all and soothe yourself with the greens and blues of the Lake District. Stuff your laptop into its case and sternly refuse to look at it until you've had your fill of the woods and hills.

Bowness-on-Windermere in Cumbria wows with views and literary history

Home of both the iconic lake and The World of Beatrix Potter, your holiday cottage in Bowness-on-Windermere is a vantage point from which to explore the landscape that inspired writers and artists, from William Wordsworth to Arthur Ransome. While shopping and dining in town are popular activities, you can take a ferry or a leisurely cruise out onto the azure lake waters for a truly relaxing afternoon.

Scafell Pike is a fun challenge for your active weekend break

You can tuck your volume of Coleridge into your backpack to read as you hike up England’s highest peak, but Scafell Pike may leave you too winded to spout poetry. The views, however, will speak volumes for you. Back in your simple wooden cabin or stylish rental cottage, you and your group can gather in the hot tub to swap climbing stories as you watch the stars over the Fells.

Hot tubs and city lights across the Channel

Sometimes when you need to get away, you find yourself longing for a real change of scenery and a switch in language, cuisine and culture. Good thing it’s easy to head next door to the neighbours. Check out holiday lettings in France and Belgium for the ideal pied-a-terre with a hot tub.

Anytime is the right time for a hot tub break in Paris

Trying on the latest fashion at the Galeries Lafayette, taking in an art exhibit at a chic gallery or sampling street food in the Marais – these are all activities that require beaucoup effort. At the end of a busy day soaking in all that Paris has to offer, pass up the restaurant reservation for a table on the balcony of your holiday rental, and end the evening luxuriating in jets of warm bubbles.

Soak up the culture and in a hot tub on your weekend break in Brussels

While there's a vast range of museums, churches and cultural centres to feast your eyes upon in this European capital, it might be enough simply to wander through the medieval squares and tree-lined old streets, taking in the music, stopping for a beer or simply settling down on a park bench to while away the afternoon. You can then cap your day with an invigorating soak in the hot tub at your holiday rental.