Imagine relaxing in steaming neck-high water, with extra added bubbles and candles around, after a long day of work or exploring? For centuries, bathing in outdoor natural hot springs was the method used to rejuvenate and cleanse the body, so it’s understandable that the desire to soak oneself in warm calming waters has become more appealing over the years, especially when it's inside your room or bathroom!
Ofuro, meaning ‘bath’ in Japanese, has been a popular tradition for generations and has a significant importance in the Japanese culture to cleanse the body and the soul. These deep, hot soaking traditional bathtubs were designed to be able to place as much of your body under water as possible to achieve a full cleanse. Taking inspiration from these ancient tubs, many of us have become more accustomed to these ‘free-standing baths’, inviting us to plunge into complete relaxation.
Whilst hotel lovers alike tend to base their choice on convenient or desired locations, star-ratings, the in-house restaurant, luxurious spa amenities or even the dreamy bedrooms themselves, what about basing it on the gorgeous tubs themselves located in the room or bathroom? Many of the world’s most magnificent hotel rooms boast some equally impressive baths! From flower petal covered baths overlooking the jungle foliage of Bali to Notting Hill’s famous bathtub known for Kate Moss and Johnny Depp’s champagne baths, these are our top 8 hotels with outstanding bathtubs.
Escape to the neoclassical city of Edinburgh and lose yourself in Scottish culture in the charming Dunstane Houses. A family-owned boutique boasting innumerable bags of personality, what better way to soak up the gorgeous views over the Pentland Hills and Edinburgh’s cityscape than from a deep, freestanding, roll-top copper soaking tub beside enveloping bay windows?
This elegant Scottish boutique is sprawled across two charming Victorian townhouses and the chic, contemporary design within its walls makes for the ideal, unpretentious retreat. From peacock patterned wallpapers to traditional heritage tweeds, if you’re looking for the perfect bath to soak in, be sure to check-in to the glamorous Dunstane Suite or the Scapa Suite. Indulge in the abundance of aromatic Noble Isle bath products; free from parabens, vegan friendly, cruelty-free and environmentally friendly, all made with a fine fragrance within the British Isles; enjoy a complimentary bottle of Joseph Perrier Champagne that awaits you upon your arrive and then cosy up inside one of their luxury fluffy bathrobes. For an intimate and cosy stay, The Dunstane Houses is your perfect retreat!
Discover one of the coolest bathtubs in South America. Nestled within the wine paradise of Chile’s San Vicente de Tagua Tagua, discover this magnificent tub inside the architectural beauty of Vik Chile (formerly known as Viña Vik). Part of the collection of private South American resorts designed for the discerning traveller seeking a unique and unrivaled experience, the architecture (designed by Uruguayan architect Marcelo Daglio) and furnishings within the Vik Retreats are utterly spectacular.
Perfectly situated on a hilltop with 360-degree views of rolling vineyards and gorgeous landscapes, check yourself into the VIK Suite and relax inside the futuristic-looking bathtub created by UK-based manufacturer, Splinter Works. The Vik Vessel (the tub even has a name) is made from a special carbon fiber and mimics the form of a relaxing hammock, completely suspended in the air with incomparable views from the floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking the gorgeous surrounding landscapes. Enjoy a glass or two of their famous homemade Vik wine, soak in some of their gorgeous bath products made from wine polyphenol within this extraordinary bath and revel in the gorgeous surroundings that envelop your vision.
Can you imagine anything better than soaking in a tub filled with colourful flower petals whilst you’re fully immersed in Bali’s jungle foliage? We certainly can’t.
Situated off the beaten track in the middle of downtown Ubud, discover a welcoming retreat that makes you believe that heaven on Earth really does exist. Villa Cella Bella is home to four fantastic villa suites, gorgeous infinity pools, waterfall showers amongst the wilderness, private breakfast balconies and more. However, if there’s one thing this fantastic five-star accommodation is renowned for, it has to be its lavishing flower pools and baths. Boasting 180 degrees of magnificent views over a jungle paradise, a stay here really is a once-in-a-lifetime adventure.
Rejuvenate the mind, body and soul whilst you soak inside a gorgeous circular stone bath, decorated with patterned flower petals, listen to the calming sounds of cicadas, breathe in the aromatic smells of incense and let the panoramic vistas over the breathtaking jungle, river valley and waterfalls envelop your vision of the tranquil surroundings. If there’s one thing that Villa Cella Bella does right, it’s the true feeling of utter bliss.
If there’s one bathtub that screams luxury and history in West London’s trendy neighbourhood of Notting Hill, it’s inside the Curious Group’s characterful Portobello Hotel. This charming hotel has long been known as the ultimate rockstar hangout, checking in many famous faces since 1971 — Tina Turner loved it so much she even bought the house next door!
With cutting-edge interiors and eccentric design, there are many gorgeous free-standing baths to relax in within the 21 individually decorated rooms and suites. However, nothing compares to the tub in the Signature Room 16. It is rumoured that Johnny Depp and Kate Moss filled it with champagne and bathed in it during their stay, as well as Alice Cooper who let his boa constrictor loose in it. Soak in the revitalising handmade Green & Spring products made from an abundance of natural resources from the British countryside, take in that legendary atmosphere and indulge in the incredible celebrity history that still lingers in the air.
Views? We’re pretty sure this Lower East Side hotel is the physical definition of the word. With cutting edge architecture and design combined in a multi-storey glass building in New York City, what better way to admire the stunning skyline views over Manhattan than from a cosy freestanding tub in the magnificent Hotel on Rivington?
Boasting its own unique style designed by India Mahdavi; chic interiors are complemented by artists’ work, sophisticated rooms combine the perfect mixture between Parisian style and New York practicality and an intimate, vibrantly-patterned 1930’s Shanghai-themed lounge is perfect for a sophisticated evening with refined cocktails. Nothing compares to the views from the King & Speciality suites. After a long day of taking in Manhattan and exploring everything it has to offer, retreat back to your suite that boasts floor-to-ceiling windows, run yourself a bath in one of their gorgeous Japanese-style deep soaking tubs, and relax in some complimentary Davines Italian bath amenities whilst you absorb breathtaking views over the city. Then, cosy up in a BOCA Terry microfiber bathrobe with plush terry lining to fulfill the true meaning of relaxation after taking a bath.
Taking a bath in a luxury hotel that overlooks the Empire State Building in one direction and the Brooklyn Bridge in the other? Yes, please.
Although Bethlehem probably wasn’t on the top of your list of places to indulge in a nice, relaxing bath, we can’t resist the unique Walled Off Hotel.
Perched in front of the Palestinian wall, this hotel truly is a place where art comes to life. Featuring work by some of the world’s finest artists including Banksy, Sami Musa and Dominique Petrin, take a trip back in time to Britain's acquisition of Palestine in 1917 and embrace the strong sense of history, spirituality and emotion in this unique hotel.
From Budget bunkers inspired by Israeli military barracks and Scenic rooms bursting with bold colours, to literally sleeping inside one of Banksy’s artworks in one of the Artist rooms, check yourself into the Presidential suite, located on the top floor, and discover a bath unlike you’ve ever seen before. This plunge bath with stone and jungle-like features can accommodate up to four people and is highlighted by a bullet riddled water tank. Soak in a complete set of Dead Sea bath minerals, enjoy a cocktail or two from the tiki bar within the suite, enjoy the home cinema and roof garden, and indulge in the peculiar surroundings that place you inside The Walled Off — this truly was equipped with everything a corrupt head of state would need!
To be quite frank, nothing is out of the ordinary here.
Escape to the welcoming family-run Hotel & Restaurant Bad Schörgau and revitalise yourself in this alpine-spirited hideaway. Nestled within the Sarentino Valley in South Tyrol, fall in love with the vision provided to reconnect with the spirit and vitality of the tranquil mountainous surroundings.
Although these bathtubs appear a little different and slightly more old fashioned, retreat to the Bauernbadl and take a dip in one of their traditionally homemade baths that resembles a wine barrel theme. From the high level quality of these woods to the pure passion of craftsmanship and attention to detail, nothing else shouts charming sixteenth-century style than this. The natural materials and alpine-inspired features adorn the interiors of the hotel, truly connecting you with the organic natural surroundings of South Tyrol.
Revitalise your body in the inviting wellness spa, boasting wood-heated hot-tubs, an outdoor sauna and swimming pool, tantalise your tastebuds with some exquisite cuisine in the Michelin-starred Gourmet Restaurant Alpes, lose yourself in the remarkable stories that the wine cellar has to offer with over 400 bottles of the finest flavours, and end your evening with a tranquil soak in one of the traditional wine barrel tubs whilst you indulge in the tremendous views over the mountainous summits, humble villas and cool blue lakes. Don’t worry, Bad Schörgau truly is the perfect home away from home.
A place boasting stunning architecture, ornate furnishings, majestic decor and unprecedented character, feel like a royal inside the medina of Marrakech and discover an enchanting world of unparalleled elegance inside the opulent Riad Noir d’Ivoire.
Made up of nine individually decorated rooms and suites, each named after African wildlife animals, be welcomed by the pristine indoor pool surrounded by banana trees and take in the true feeling of Marrakech with all its splendour. From the delightful Gazelle Room to the Junior Cameleon Suite, discover the stunning Moroccan tadelakt columned bathtub in the Master Suite Chameau and indulge in the romantic candlelit settings that surround you. Enjoy a glass of champagne, let the tranquil atmosphere rejuvenate your mind and body and indulge in the exotic world of traditional Moroccan bathing and beauty rituals, leading you into a world of complete relaxation and total well-being.
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