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The World’s Most Luxurious Hotel Bathrooms

Forget a lavish lobby, sumptuous bedding, and the novelty of having practically anything you want only a phone call away – to many, the best feature of a luxury hotel is the room’s bathroom. And, if you’ve taken a peek at any recently, it’s not hard to see why.

Often boasting floor-to-ceiling windows, fitted with soft, relaxing lighting and occasionally showcasing freestanding tubs that seem to be begging to be filled with bubbles, the bathrooms can be nothing short of heavenly. Around the world, these are the hotels with the best.

Six Senses Laamu

Three words: glass-bottomed bathtub. That alone should be enough to make you want to book a stay in a water villa at the Six Senses Laamu. Not only is each villa equipped with said tub, but they have separate glass-bottom toilet rooms that let you see the fish swimming underneath too.

And because the resort itself is super secluded – it’s the only one in Laamu Atoll – the bathrooms are deliciously silent. In fact, the only sounds you’ll hear while soaking in the tub are the whisper of wind, the gentle lapping of the sea, and perhaps the slurp of your cocktail.

Las Ventanas al Paraiso

Mentioning that Los Cabos’ resort Las Ventanas is a Hollywood A-listers’ favourite, and that Jennifer Aniston has been known to visit five times a year, should give you a good indication of the calibre of its offerings.

While its villas in general ooze opulence, their bathrooms really are something else. Stepping into one, with its Bulgari-provided soaps, shampoos, and skin cleansers, and its indoor and outdoor showers, you’d be right to question whether you were in fact in a villa bathroom and not, as it may seem, at a day spa.

Hotel de Paris Monte-Carlo

If you’ve visited Monaco before, it’s more than likely you’d have heard of the Hotel de Paris. Located in the centre of Monte-Carlo, the hotel is a city institution. And in January this year, it became even more talked-about when it unveiled its two-storied Princess Grace Suite.

Though the suite’s two large bedrooms and private infinity pool are impressive, it’s its downstairs bathroom that will leave you speechless. With marble floors and glass doors opening up onto a balcony overlooking the Mediterranean, the washroom manages to be both elegant and inviting. Sink into its sea-facing bathtub; de-stress in its Turkish bath; or sweat out toxins in its sauna.

Solitaire Lodge

New Zealand is known for its otherworldly vistas, and the ones surrounding Solitaire Lodge Rotorua have to be up there among the country’s best. The lodge sits alongside Lake Tarawera, which in turn is fringed by natural bush and volcanic landscape.

The views from the balconies of its six executive suites are the best spots to soak it all in – literally. Each deck is equipped with a tub big enough to comfortably accommodate two. After a long day of hiking or driving, place a few lit candles around it and sink in.

Mulia Villas

One of three neighbouring Mulia properties in Bali’s exclusive Nusa Dua area, Mulia Villas is many a celebrity’s resort of choice. It has attracted everyone from Lupita Nyong’o to Millie Bobby Brown.

Each villa comes with a 24-hour butler who can help you with everything from unpacking your suitcase to preparing a bubble bath in the massive Jacuzzi. The villa bathroom’s other features include indoor and outdoor showers, an automatic toilet seat, and his and hers sinks.

Atlantis The Palm

Most resorts in Dubai are larger than life, and Atlantis The Palm is one of them. The five-star accommodation – best described as an adults playground – has 1,539 rooms and its Royal Bridge Suite will set you back $35,000 per night. It’s the resort’s two Underwater Suites, called the Neptune and Poseidon, however which are most in demand.

The floor-to-ceiling windows in their bathrooms let you look out at the aquatic life in the resort’s aquarium called the Ambassador Lagoon. If you’re lucky, you may even spot a shark or sting ray swimming amongst the 65,000 other marine animals.

The London West Hollywood

Perfectly placed at the crossroads of trendy Los Angeles neighbourhoods West Hollywood and Beverly Hills, The London is the epitome of California cool. It’s chic without being uptight; elegant without the fuss.

On its top floor is a penthouse created by British fashion designer Vivienne Westwood that features not one, but two oversized bathrooms. Both have a black-and-white colour scheme and are roomy enough to easily spend an hour or three in while getting ready for a night out on the town.

Published 12 April, 2018