Luxurious accommodations naturally come with luxuriousamenities, but if you look beyond marble floors and porcelain fittings, you’llrealize why a loo may well be the principal thing to consider when choosing a placeto stay. Sometimes it’s about the incredible view, sometimes it’s the power ofdetail – these hotels make you want to forsake your business or explorationplans and soak the day away in the bathroom.
Ayada Maldives Resort, Magudhuva Island, Maldives
One simply cannot go wrong with the choice of aMaldives vacation, but the bathrooms in Ayada’s Ocean Suites are in a class oftheir own. Given the resort’s unique location amidst the heavenly reef of theGaafu Dhaalu Atoll, these over-the-water suites, complete with a spaciousoutdoor terrace and plunge pool, will make you feel like you want to spend alifetime on your grooming regimen.
Hyatt on the Bund, Shanghai, China
You don’treally need in-room entertainment system if you get a suite with aneastern-facing bathroom at Hyatt on the Bund. The tubs are adjacent toenormous floor-to-ceiling windows, which yieldoccupying views to the super busy Pudong development zone across the HuangpuRiver.
Southern Ocean Lodge, Kangaroo Island, Australia
TheSouthern Ocean Lodge is the ultimate in luxury that remains in perfect communionwith nature. The open bathroom in the super premium Osprey Pavilion, on the onehand, boasts a hand sculptured granite bath, heated limestone floors and deluxerain shower, but on the other, looks so simple and light that it conveys the impression of blending into coastal wilderness andtouching the horizon.
Rayavadee, Krabi, Thailand
Staying inany of the 100 plus accommodations at Rayavadee, nestled amidst coconut grovesand against the limestone cliffs of the Andaman Sea, is an experience of alifetime. But if you have an unlimited budget, make sure you book into theRayavadee Villa, complete with a private free-form swimming pool, jacuzzi and lavishensuite bathroom overlooking the paradisiacal Phranang Beach.
Hotel Seven, Paris, France
Hotel Seven is a blast with its themed accommodations, including the 007 and Alice inWonderland suites. The bathroom in The “Lovez-vous” Suite doesn’t have a stupendous view and doesn’t take the breath away overall, but itscowhide bathtub is that little detail that makes a difference.
One&Only Reethi Rah, North Malé Atoll, Maldives
Sleeklines, natural colors and no overwhelming embellishments – nothing distractsyou from the tropical performance outside the window of the Beach Villa’sbathroom. The oversized tub for two makes you feel like you’ve got a comfy frontrow seat in the glamorous theater of pristine Maldivian nature.
The Oberoi Amarvilas, Agra, India
If you’re planning to spend yourhoneymoon in India, there’s no better place than the Oberoi Amarvilas. Mostrooms here offer enchanting views (the best in Agra) of the greatest monumentof love – the timeless Taj Mahal, and in the KohinoorSuite, you can even watch her bathe in the pinkish rays of sunsetfrom your lavish bathroom.
La Residence, Franschhoek, South Africa
A businessmeeting or a night out are bound to be successful if you do your prep-and-primein any of La Residence’s bathrooms, whose exuberant décor will make you feellike a royal family member and will sure offer a serious boost in confidence. A personal Hall of Mirrors reminiscent of thatin Versailles awaits you in the airy, white marble Frangipani Suite.
Jade Mountain, St. Lucia, West Indies
Soak in a chromotherapy whirlpool tub and take in the unsurpassed view of the Piti and Gros Piton mountains rising from the lustrousCaribbean Sea. Thanks to the open floor design and thefact that the suites are totally devoid of one wall, the bathing area becomes anintegral part of a large sanctuary tucked into an estate of 600 lush tropical acres and remaining in absolute harmonywith nature.
Caesar Augustus Hotel and Hotel Punta Tragara, Capri, Italy
Choosingbetween Caesar Augustus and Punta Tragara when in Capri must be a hard task ifthe bathroom view is a decisive factor. Both hotels are set high on the cliffs,offering the most spectacular vistas you can find on the whole island, so theonly thing that might help you make up your mind is the type of décor. Whilethe Artsuit
e at Punta Tragara is a sophisticated marriage of simplicity andmodernity, the Tiberius Suite at Caesar Augustus is typically Capresian, with afour poster bed, wooden furnishing and classical artworks.
Ponta dos Ganchos Exclusive Resort, Santa Catarina, Brazil
Dry sauna,oceanfront whirlpool bathtub, a sun-flooded Spa area with massage tatamis, aprivate deck with comfy Chaise Longues and infinity plunge pool come with thechoice of the 2460 sq ft (230m²) Emerald Villa, which will set you back around$2000 per night. The price is actually no shocker – Ponta dos Ganchos is considered one ofBrazil’s most exclusive beach resorts and has received numerous awards,including the Most Excellent Hotel in South America and World’s Best HoneymoonResorts.
Clos du Lethe, Montaren-et-Saint-Médiers, France
Clos duLéthé itself is a one-of-a-kind place, so it’s natural that the bathrooms strikewith wonder as well. Given that the B&B is a restored stone farmhouse, therooms (only 5 of them altogether) are reminiscent of Middle Age castle chambers, butthere sure is no compromise on quality and comfort.
The Twelve Apostles Hotel and Spa, Cape Town, South Africa
Soak yourself in the masterbathroom of the Presidential Suite and enjoy views that will soak your soul. The hotel overlooks the UNESCO-protected Table Mountain National Park,with the majestic Twelve Apostles and the Table Mountain proper, which hasrecently gained New7Wondersof Nature status. With a little dose of luck, you can evenspot whales and dolphins performing their playful leaps and spins in the infinityof the Atlantic.