The ultimate vacation indulgence involves a bathtub, solitude and amenities to enhance the bathtub experience. Bathtubs come in all shapes and sizes, from clawfoot to wooden ones, each offering unique experiences. These hotels across the world boast some of the finest bathtubs for those looking for the most luxurious bath experience ever.
This 40-room hotel lies within a 19th-century mansion in the heart of Paris. In addition to silk damask walls, velvet upholstery and herringbone parquet floors, each room comes with Carrera marble bathrooms. The bathrooms feature standalone, silver-sided bathtubs. In fact, many of the hotel’s tubs boast views of the Eiffel Tower and Grand Palais, leaving guests soaking in not only the bubbly water but also the views.
While any of Royal Mansour’s 53 individual, three-story accommodations provide elegant and luxurious amenities and features, the four-bedroom Grand Riad reigns supreme. This space, often referred to as the “hotel within the hotel,” spans 19,375 square feet and boasts four bedrooms; a private library; two swimming pools; a cinema; Hammam; gym; multiple dining and living rooms; and a glass-enclosed, split-level terrace with a retractable roof. One of the Grand Riad’s guest bathrooms wows all who enter with its floor-to-ceiling pink marble and a freestanding tub complete with a mother-of-pearl inlay over the marble. In addition to a selection of marocMaroc products, Grand Riad comes with its own bath butler service to pamper guests.
Each studio bathroom at Shou Sugi Ban House boasts either a Hinoki ofuru (Japanese soaking tub) or a modern air-massage soaking tub. The Hinoki ofuru replicates an energizing hot spring experience. Beyond the studio’s bathroom lies a private garden patio for meditation or massage. At night, the property offers guests a turn-down amenity of seasonal soak bath salts. This amenity comes with a bowl of magnesium flakes scented with a custom essential oil blend and a bath tea bag filled with wildcrafted and organic herbs. Tea bag ingredients rotate seasonally.
Boasting 14 tented rooms and one private suite, Khwai River Lodge allows guests to experience Botswana’s Moremi Wildlife Reserve up close. The Khwai Suite includes a secluded deck with a heated pool and open-air bathroom. The bathroom features double showers and a copper-framed Victorian bath. Relaxing in the bath means taking in views of the wildlife-rich Khwai River.
The Beaumont takes guests back to the Art Deco era when glamour and glitz influenced all. The hotel’s bathrooms comprise black-and-white contrasts, with floor-to-ceiling marble and vintage photographs of movie stars. The real star of the bathroom is the large, deep tub for an indulgent bubble bath.
UXUA Casa Hotel & Spa’s Casa Seu João suite contains a unique layout, with one entire wall open to the outside to reveal a private garden, wooden deck and swimming pool. This set up draws inspiration from the open house kept by a local fisherman of the same name. Within the suite, an open-air bathroom boasts a sunken bathtub and sinks carved from tree trunks. Enjoy the tub while taking in views of the private garden.
James Bond fans staying at GoldenEye not only enjoy the property’s elegant and tropical amenities but also indulge in the hotel’s unique bathtubs. The original building Ian Fleming designed included three bedrooms — a master suite, a queen-sized bedroom and a bedroom with two twin beds. Each of these bedrooms features its own large, tropical garden bath area with a clawfoot tub and a garden shower.
This river lodge features nine floating suites along the Sand River banks in South Africa’s Sabi Sand Game Reserve. Each suite includes a deep tub overlooking spots to catch glimpses of elephants and buffalos.
Nayara’s tented suites center around the oversized soaking tub in the middle of each suite. The high-backed tub accompanies each suite’s own private deck and plunge pool with views of Arenal Volcano. Guests can enjoy a long soak after a day walking Mistico Hanging Bridges, exploring the property’s sloth sanctuary and tasting the best South American varietals at Nostalgia wine bar.
The UNESCO World Heritage neighborhood of Balat rivals İstanbul’s Old City for its historic significance, with an added splash of color. Its cobbled hilly streets boast a full rainbow of houses, cafés, restaurants and churches painted in pinks, reds, oranges, yellows, greens and blues — parts even surpassing my native San Francisco’s steep, colorful corridors. The most vibrant stretch of homes, dating anywhere from 50 to 200 years old, runs along Kiremit Caddesi.
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