The only thing that could possibly make these beautiful hotel bathtubs better would be a cold bottle of bubbles to sip and a punnet of fresh strawberries to nibble on.
From where we’d rather be… These drop-dead gorgeous bathtubs from around the world are inspiring us to take a sledgehammer to our home bathrooms, stat.
Some take in views of the cities below, others are immersed in nature, but all bring about them the feeling of ultimate relaxation and opulence.
1. An outdoor onsen
Suites in the Amanemu hotel in the Shima Prefecture of Japan include a tranquil private onsen bath that draws nutrient-rich water from the hot springs nearby.
What’s better than a steaming, outdoor bath? One that’s equally as enriching for the body as it is good for your mind.
If you’ve been considering a parents’ retreat in your home, why not take it to the next level with your own onsen-style outdoor tub? Jacuzzis are so yesterday anyway.
2. An Instagrammer’s dream
The Grand Ferdinand in the Austrian capital of Vienna boasts a claw-footed, stand-alone tub to envy.
Complemented by dusty blue interiors, terrazzo flooring, marble benching, rose gold detailing and retro glass bricks, the bathroom as a whole makes for a perfectly balanced space and an even better shot, and will surely rake in the likes on social media.
If, like us, you love this interior blend, why not try recreating it in your own home?
3. Under the sea
Sebastian from The Little Mermaid said it best when he sang: “Darling it’s better, down where it’s wetter”.
At the Atlantis, The Palm in Dubai, you’re invited to take a soak while a sea of fish, stingrays and sharks swim on by.
Sure, you could try and recreate this at home with a very large fish tank or aquatic wall, but we happen to think this tub is worth the trip across the Indian Ocean.
4. A safari soak
The claws on the feet of this jaw-dropping tub are mirrored by that of the wild animals that can be seen from its vantage point.
Imagine sipping on bubbles while watching actual lions and tigers pass by wild elephants… Sounds like a dream, but it’s a reality at the Madikwe Hills lodge in South Africa.
Minus the trunks and manes, this bath would not look out of place upon the balcony of a bush retreat Down Under.
5. Float away
A glass-bottomed bathtub is not a feature we’d ever have considered incorporating in our own homes, but maybe that’s because our place doesn’t sit suspended over crystal clear waters.
Six Senses Laamu in the Maldives invites guests to enjoy a little R&R in a clear tub hovering over the shallow waves below. It’s all the beauty of swimming, without the salty hair and sandy toes.
Sure, you may not have a tropical beach to recreate this look with, but if you have a home on land, why not try including a clear-bottomed tub on a balcony overlooking the eucalyptus trees?
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6. A Tuscan retreat
Nothing says luxe quite like a chandelier. Add a bubble bath, a warm summer breeze and views over the Tuscan hills to the mix and you’ve got a whole new level of elegance and opulence.
Follow in Tuscany’s Relais Borgo Santo Pietro’s footsteps and consider installing a chandelier above your tub at home. You’ll feel like you’re on an Italian holiday year-round, though don’t be surprised if you never want to hop out.
7. A harbour haven
Outdoor tubs are stunning in their own right, but unseasonably warm or cold days – and the question of privacy – can often deter people from wanting to include them in their own homes.
This rounded tub at The Sebel Pier One in Sydney Harbour offers the best of both worlds with a nifty sliding door solution. Those hoping to take in the full extent of the view are able to even when the balcony doors are shut, while those who love a breeze can open up the doors to the elements.
All images courtesy of Expedia.com.au.