Have you ever checked into a hotel where the bathroom has blown you away? Like: “OMG, honey, you’ve got to SEE this bathroom!”
Singing in the shower takes on new meaning in these 10 best hotel bathrooms in the world
The best hotel bathrooms in the world are absolute stunners. (We’ve been lucky enough to lather up in some of them.)
Check out these luscious photos of 10 of the most decadent and best hotel bathrooms we’ve scouted out. Whether you want to shower in a garden in Bali or gaze at hundreds of fish from a bathtub in Dubai, these hotels are worth booking for their bathrooms alone.
1. Phulay Bay, a Ritz-Carlton Reserve, Krabi (Thailand)
Push open massive teak doors – hand-painted with colorful Lanna-style scenes of Thai dancers and villagers – and you step into your bathing pavilion at Phulay Bay, a Ritz-Carlton Reserve. Most bathrooms have frangipani-shaped, terrazzo tubs and purple-domed ceilings at least 20 feet high. Ornate trays contain Salvatore Ferragamo bath products and mother-of-pearl vanity boxes. We also had a second outdoor bathtub in a desert garden. And oh, how delightful! We returned from dinner one evening to find our bathroom lit by candles, the tub filled with soapy bubbles and sprinkled with rose petals – and even toothpaste squeezed onto our toothbrushes ready for use.
2. Kingston Treehouse, Lion Sands Game Reserve (South Africa)
Now THIS is a loo with a view. The Kingston Treehouse at the Lion Sands Game Reserve in South Africa has a separate glass-and-wood bathroom perched above the trees – surrounded by gasp-inducing views. How fun would it be to spot lions lurking below or a giraffe peering into your shower!
Don’t want to shell out $1,200 USD p.p. a night for the Kingston Treehouse? You can bathe in luxury for less at Simbambili Game Lodge in the Sabi Sand Game Reserve (where we stayed on safari) – for about $560 USD p.p. a night. Gigantic bathrooms have egg-shaped stone tubs and rain-showers (and your bungalow comes with a private plunge pool). Chances are excellent that, like us, you’ll see the Big Five too.
3. Kayumanis Villas, Ubud, Bali
No walls on three sides, just a soaring thatch roof and floor – little wonder the open-air bathroom pavilion was one of our favorite spaces in our 3,000-sq.ft. walled villa at Kayumanis Ubud Private Villas & Spa in Bali. It was surrounded by a garden filled with lobster claws, giant burgundy ginger plants and calla lilies. Hummingbirds zipped in and out, and squirrels jumped in the trees. We could bathe in the free-standing tub. Or we could walk down a stone path to the outdoor shower amid the ferns. Hard choice…
4. Il Salviatino, Florence (Italy)
We’ve only visited Florence for a few hours on a cruise ship stop. One day, we’ll do the city justice and devote at least a few days to exploring its museums and art galleries in a less hurried pace. And when we do, we’d love to soak at the end of each day in the ancient stone bathtub in Il Salviatino’s “Affresco Suite.” We hear guests at the restored 15th century villa are greeted with champagne and strawberries – maybe we could relish this welcome treat in the tub?
5. Reverie, Saigon, Vietnam
With the help of top Italian designers, bathrooms in the 13 “Romance Suites” at The Reverie Saigon are decidedly over-the-top. Think hand-laid mosaic floor tiling, exquisitely carved Asian furniture and glittering chandeliers. But, then, so is the whole hotel – in a tastefully extravagant sort of way. Opening its doors last September, it’s Vietnam’s only six-star hotel. And it has vaulted onto our “must stay at” list when we visit Vietnam. Notice how we say “when” not “if” – after moving to Victoria, we hope to do a lot more traveling :-).
6. Atlantis, The Palm, Dubai
How about gazing at fish, sharks and stingrays while brushing your teeth? The “Poseidon” and “Neptune” suites at Atlantis, The Palm have floor-to-ceiling windows looking into a 3-million-gallon lagoon aquarium which holds 65,000 marine creatures. Oh, and the soap sparkles with 25-carat gold flakes. Just be prepared to dole out a minimum of some $5,400 USD night.
7. Palais Namaskar, Morocco
Every hotel bathroom needs a heated outdoor plunge pool in a private walled courtyard, right? Palais Namaskar thinks so. Book a pool villa (or the three-bedroom Villa Namaskar) – and frolicking in your bathroom’s pool is yours. Set amid gardens blooming with bougainvillea, the hotel’s 41 rooms, suites, villas and, get this, palaces (REALLY opulent three- and four-bedroom villas) are an oasis in bustling Marrakech.
8. Four Seasons Resort Bora Bora, French Polynesia
They know how to bathe in Bora Bora too – at least at the Four Seasons Resort Bora Bora. Bathrooms in the luxurious bungalows (perched on stilts above the water) open onto the deck, so you never have to lose sight of that glorious turquoise lagoon surrounding you. After showering with L’Occitane goodies in big ceramic pots, it was always a treat to step out onto the bathroom’s warm polished wood floors and take in that view. Actually, our whole experience of staying in an overwater bungalow at the Four Seasons in Bora Bora was quite dreamy.
9. &Beyond Benguerra Island or Azura Benguerra Island, Mozambique
We’re itching to visit Mozambique in 2017. We even have a magazine assignment to write about the African country. Now we have the pleasant (but complex) task of planning a trip. If the travel gods bless us, you’ll find us blissing out for part of the time on Benguerra Island, where surrounding waters teem with tropical fish. (Scuba diving: here we come!) Maybe we’ll stay in a thatched roof casinha at &Beyond Benguerra Island – bathrooms have tubs big enough for two and outdoor showers decorated with hand-painted tiles. (We still swoon remembering our barefoot stay at the private-island paradise of &Beyond Mnemba Island Lodge in Zanzibar.)
Azura Benguerra Island – with outside his-and-hers showers – looks equally divine.
10. Sanctuary Baines Camp, Botswana
Any hunt for the world’s best hotel bathrooms usually includes Sanctuary Baines Camp. (We can’t take credit for being the first to write about great loos.) Why does Baines Camp leap onto most lists for best hotel bathrooms? Because you can wash off all that safari dust in a bubble bath on the deck of your eco-chic suite by the light of the moon and candles. Sigh…
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Photos not taken by us are courtesy of the respective hotels.