Ponta Dos Ganchos
Hotel bathrooms can inspire serious envy. Here are nine that boast incredible views, spa-level toiletries, and more square footage than your cramped city apartment.
The Mark, NYC
The Mark Hotel
It probably won’t come as a surprise the The Mark, a 1927 landmark building that’s now a decadent Manhattan hotel, is home to the world’s most expensive hotel suite. Its 12,000-square-foot, two-level penthouse is home to no fewer than six bathrooms, one with its very own steam room. The master bath has heated floors lined with the black-and-white stripes that are a hotel signature, a flat-screen TV and heated towel racks, plus a deep-soak infinity bathtub and a separate glass shower enclosure—both of which have polished nickel fixtures by renowned British maker Lefroy Brooks. The toiletries— Hermès—are custom-made for the hotel.
Le Meurice, Paris
All the bathrooms at this palatial Louis XVI-style hotel are distinctive, featuring the same rare Pyrenean red and ochre marble that was used in the Château de Versailles. Still, it’s the 270-square-foot washroom in the top-floor Belle Etoile Royal Suite that really stands out. There’s a round Jacuzzi tub in its own alcove, toiletries from luxury British brand Penhaligon (and special Le Petit Prince products for children), and a spectacular 360-degree view of Paris—enough to encourage guests to linger much longer than intended. Not to be outdone, the hotel’s sixth-floor Marco Polo Suite also has its own unique appeal, with a triangular shaped ceiling inspired by a tent from the Napoleonic period. Here, beyond an entrance framed by soft blue draperies, you’ll find an antique-style bathtub and stone marquetry floor made from Portuguese rose marble and boxwood.
Calistoga Ranch, California
This 50-room resort, tucked away in a private canyon in Napa, takes full advantage of its forest surroundings. Each bathroom has a wooden deck with an outdoor shower garden built—literally—around existing trees (some of which make it inside the wood walls). You’ll also spot vines crawling up the artful metalwork and fresh rosemary, lavender and eucalyptus bouquets by the copper rain showers, hung by staff as a form of natural aromatherapy. Prefer more of a hotel-room feel? Glass doors separate the showers from indoor bathrooms, whose natural palette (slate floors, rich mahogany fixtures, earthtone vases from nearby Calistoga Pottery) still blends perfectly into the setting.
Lion Sands River Lodge, South Africa
Lion Sands Game Reserve
It’s not what’s inside the bathrooms in this luxury lodge that’s mind-blowing—it’s what you can see through their windows. Lion Sands is located in the Sabi Sands Game Reserve, adjacent to Kruger National Park and one of the world’s best places for heading out on safari in a jeep. But you could just take a shower instead: the bathrooms in the lodge’s wood and glass tree houses, which rest high up in the canopy, straight out into the bush, where lions, buffalo, leopards, zebras, elephants and giraffe roam freely. Just remember to bring your binoculars.
Vivanta by Taj Coral Reef, Maldives
Vivanta Hotels and ResortsThis all-villa resort already occupies its own private island in the Maldives, surrounded by the clear turquoise waters of the Indian Ocean. Want to go straight from brushing your teeth to jumping in the sea? Request a Premium Indulgence Water Villa, whose bathroom doors open directly onto the deck, where you can grab a sun lounger or go for a morning swim. There’s no shortage of ways to get clean here: take your pick between your deck’s outdoor rain shower or the bathrooms themselves—a spacious 118 square feet—have additional showers and deep-soaking tubs that offer views of the warm, clear and inviting water.
Ponta dos Ganchos Resort, Brazil
Ponta dos Ganchos
A private island on Brazil’s Emerald Coast is home to Ponta dos Ganchos, a secluded property with the combined allure of a rainforest and beach setting. In its Esmeralda Villa, you could easily mistake the bathroom for a miniature spa: its floors and walls are lined with garapeira wood, there’s bright white bathrobes, and daybeds are placed right in front of a floor-to-ceiling glass window that looks out over the sea. The whirlpool bathtub, big enough for two and with a built-in stereo, occupies a similar spot, while a dry sauna and plush tatami mats for in-room massage treatments complete the experience.
Le Royal Monceau Raffles, Paris
Le Royal Monceau
This historic property is just steps from Paris sights like the Arc de Triomphe and the Champs-Élysées, but would it be wrong to just stay in the bathroom instead? The Royal Monceau suite boasts custom Philippe Starck furniture, an acoustic guitar, and a curated selection of art, while its 320-square-foot salle de bain is a work of art in itself—all gleaming silver, an abundance of mirrors, and a healthy dose of natural light that keeps it bright and futuristic-feeling. Madonna, Robert De Niro, and Michael Jackson have all stayed here and taken advantage of the Clarins bath products (there’s organic Bonpoint skin care for kids) and plush terry bathrobes.
The Peninsula Hong Kong, China
The Peninsula Hong Kong
Built in 1928, the oldest hotel in Hong Kong remains one of the city’s most luxurious—thanks in no small part to some seriously fabulous bathrooms. The marble-clad one in the Peninsula Suite, at the top of the Peninsula Tower, features high-tech amenities like a hands-free wireless telephone, a TV, and a digital radio system, but it’s the view of Hong Kong Harbor (and the tiny boats scurrying across it) from 26 floors up that steals the show. Our suggestion? Adjust the mood lighting, add a dash of Oscar de la Renta bath product, and luxuriate in the glow of the city’s lit-up skyline during a nighttime dip in the oversized multi-jet tub.
Burj Al Arab, Dubai, UAE
The bi-level Royal Suite at this most decadent of Dubai hotels spares no expense: with 24-karat-gold iPads, a private cinema, personal butlers, uninterrupted views of the Arabian Gulf, and a menu of 13 different kind of pillows, it’s enough to make even the most jaded of travelers feel like a sheik. The largest of its three bathrooms, a jaw-dropping 1,163 square feet, has marble floors and gold finishings throughout, plus a rotunda-style tub with a pillar-supported roof and an abundance of seating areas. Bath products and fragrances are Hermès and—an added touch—full-size.
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