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Increasing numbers of self catering holiday houses are offering incredible extras such as saunas and hot tubs. Here are a few of our favourites located all through the Highlands.

Saunas and hot tubs were for many years viewed as the epitome of luxury, they conjured up images of palatial mansions and elite health clubs. Times have changed and they are now accessible to a much larger section of the population with many luxury properties in the highlands offering them included in the rental. The added bonus is that you don’t have to be a millionaire to enjoy the million dollar views that go with them.

Skylarks was built in 2015 to give magnificent views over Ben Wyvis. Although easily accessible from the A9, the house is a peaceful and secluded retreat and boasts all the latest amenities. Perhaps the most attractive of these is the spacious cedar wood barrel sauna. The massive curved window enables you to take in your surroundings while you relax while the tinted glass ensures privacy at all times. It is especially impressive in winter when the horizon is dominated by snow-capped mountains and the heat of the sauna contrasts with the frosty ground outside.

Glen View Lodge is a luxurious house for 6 just a short drive from Loch Ness, constructed with the living room on the top floor to give stunning panoramic views from the balcony over the surrounding countryside. The house features its very own built in sauna with a dedicated wet room for unwinding after a long day sightseeing.  You are close enough to the Cairngorms here to go skiing in the winter and so it also makes for the perfect way to ease those tired muscles after a long day on the slopes.

South Erradale is an idyllic coastal crofting community on the west coast. The attractions here are mainly outdoors with beaches, mountains and wildlife all easily accessible. After a day outside the warmth and comfort of Croft 23 is especially welcoming. How about a sauna followed by an evening in front of a real fire and stargazing from the glass atrium? The holiday fun doesn’t end when the sun goes down.

Watching the sun set over one of the most amazing beaches on the islands is a truly magical experience. Now imagine what it would be like while sitting in a hot tub and sipping your favourite single malt and you are part of the way to see the attraction of Clachan Sands Cottage. The majestic beach here is an often overlooked gem, with the white sands stretching for miles. It doesn’t get the same kind of attention that somewhere like Luskentyre does but it is all the better for it. You can almost guarantee the place to yourself whether it is sea kayaking, kite surfing or sandcastle building you are in the mood for.

Meall mo Chridhe is a thoroughly modern house ideal for large get-togethers. In addition to the bespoke summer house, and large decking area for entertaining there is a brand new hot tub. Not only does it come with some of the best views on the west coast but it features an integrated TV and mood lighting. Watch the football then catch the sunset without having to move, it’s the perfect blend of modern technology and old fashioned charm. With the lights off you can often spot birds flying overhead, you feel a part of the landscape rather than just an observer.

Tamana Cottage is one of the most northerly cottages available with a hot tub. In practice this means that due to the latitude and low light pollution in the area your chances of seeing the Northern Lights are greatly increased. It’s a truly special experience and one that should be on everyone’s bucket list, of course nobody can give any guarantees of a sighting but you can maximise your chances by timing your holiday correctly and by downloading the aurora watch app which will alert you to any potential activity in your area. There are worse places to wait for the heavens to shine than kicking back in a hot tub by the water’s edge, the frustration at chasing this elusive natural occurrence more than mitigated by the comfort of your surroundings.