10 hotel bathrooms you’ll never want to leave
A bathroom is a hotel room necessity, of course. Yet when done well—with elevated design and next-level pampering—a bathroom can feel like your own private spa. These over-the-top suites go above and beyond to deliver grooming spaces that feel more like sanctuaries to enhance your overall travel experience. These suites—with massive square footage, one-of-a-kind artwork, and even the best views in the house—are taking robe-clad travellers to new heights.
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With both a walk-in shower and bathtub, the all-marble bathroom inside the 185-square-metre Manor House Suite (which also has its own library) at Rosewood London is luxurious in its own right. Yet upgrades like aromatic Czech & Speake bath oils and soaps and Dyson hairdryers make it the ultimate space to groom. Even though you’ll look like a million bucks, you may never want to leave your suite, which is accessible via a separate entrance and private elevator—and the only suite in the world to have its own postcode. Thanks to personalised butler service, guests get assistance with everything from unpacking to arranging meals.
Waldorf Astoria Las Vegas
The view from the sunken standalone tub in the Penthouse Panorama View Suite at Waldorf Astoria Las Vegas rivals the best along the Strip. Situated at the apex of the sleek, sophisticated hotel (formerly under the Mandarin Oriental umbrella, it joined the Waldorf Astoria Hotels & Resorts portfolio in August), the entire bathroom is enclosed in glass and proffers a signature 20-piece collection of Salvatore Ferragamo bath amenities. Experience total rejuvenation away from the neon lights in the room’s steam rain shower before dressing for dinner at Twist, the only US restaurant from Michelin starred French chef Pierre Gagnaire.
Hotel Grande Bretagne, a Luxury Collection Hotel
Courtesy of Hotel Grande Bretagne, a Luxury Collection Hotel
Watching television in the bathroom may no longer be a novel concept for a luxury hotel, but when you’re doing it in the sprawling fifth-floor Royal Suite at Hotel Grande Bretagne, a Luxury Collection Hotel in Athens, Greece—surrounded by decadent blue marble covering everything from the oversized soaking tub to the chaise longue in the steam shower—it feels like the most indulgent thing you’ve ever done. Amenities from Acqua di Parma and a sparkling chandelier above the tub add further touches of elegance, making this palatial space truly fit for royalty. (And, unsurprisingly, as everyone from Winston Churchill to the Kennedys have stayed here).
The Muraka at Conrad Maldives Rangali Island
Courtesy of The Muraka at Conrad Maldives Rangali Island
If you’ve ever wanted to brush your teeth underwater, now’s your chance. The two-level The Muraka at Conrad Maldives Rangali Island, debuting this month, features an undersea level with a king bedroom, living area, and bathroom providing a panoramic view of coral and marine life through a curved acrylic dome. With Aesop amenities and a large walk-in shower, the entire bathroom is encased in glass, providing the feeling that you’re one with the sea. Above water, the luxury continues with a private infinity pool, a relaxation deck, and an ocean-facing bathtub in the king bathroom.
Photo:Courtesy of The Silo
Famous for its signature architecture of billowing glass walls, The Silo hotel in Cape Town—which opened last spring and now sits atop Zeitz MOCAA, the largest collection of contemporary African art in the world—is magnificent in all room categories, but its grandeur is especially apparent in the 132-square-metre Royal Suite. Its vibrant bathroom is punctuated with bursts of colour, opulent mirrors and chandeliers, and a collection of African art curated by the hotel’s owner. Should you opt for privacy over views of the Victoria & Alfred Waterfront, simply push a button to close the blinds.
Hôtel de Crillon, a Rosewood Hotel
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Following an extensive four-year renovation, the 18th-century Hôtel de Crillon, a Rosewood Hotel reopened last summer in Paris, unveiling Karl Lagerfield–designed signature suites called Les Grandes Apartments. No expense was spared in the magnificent bathrooms of these suites, which incorporate an astonishing 40 variations of marble and feature heated floors and Buly 1803 amenities. The pièce de résistance is a two-tonne bathtub made from blocks of Arabescato Orobico dark marble sourced from Carrara, Italy. It’s no wonder the hotel recently received the prestigious Distinction Palace designation from Atout France, the France Tourism Development Agency.
Viceroy Central Park
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Plenty of New York City hotels claim to have great Central Park Views, but only one has a marble-clad bathroom with unobstructed views of the beloved green space. Viceroy Central Park’s 28th-floor Suite 57 has made the park its focal point, whether you’re lathering up in the glass-enclosed shower or sipping Champagne in the plunge tub. Thanks to the hotel’s partnership with Nomi Beauty, guests can also request park-view in-room spa treatments like collagen masks and massages.
Photo: Il Salviatino
Feel like you’re stepping back in time in the Affresco Suite at Il Salviatino, a newly renovated boutique property housed in a restored 15th-century villa just outside Florence, Italy. Open up the doors inside the space to connect the bathroom with the sleeping suite, providing another vantage point from which to view the spectacular 1886 ceiling fresco by Augusto Bruschi and two oil canvases by Dutch painter Gabriel van der Leeuw. An ancient Roman stone bath provides a bathing experience like none other, especially if you take advantage of the Ultimate Bubble Bath amenity, where the tub is be filled to the brim with Champagne.
Rome Cavalieri, a Waldorf Astoria Resort
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The marbled bathroom of the Penthouse Suite at the revered Rome Cavalieri, A Waldorf Astoria Resort is on point with the aristocratic reputation of the rest of the hotel, which lays claim to Rome’s only Michelin-three-star restaurant, La Pergola. Taps made of Swarovski Bohemian crystal make something as mundane as washing your face feel like a special experience, as does the scald-proof shower, which provides revitalising sessions of chromotherapy and aromatherapy. Optic fibre lights twinkle above a raised whirlpool offering views of the Eternal City, while steps outside the bathroom, a private gym awaits.
Photo: Courtesy of Laucala Isaland
Designed to maximise views of the emerald-green waters while allowing guests to maintain a sense of seclusion, the tranquil Overwater Villa at Laucala Island is the most luxurious accommodation at this private-island resort in Fiji. The indoor bathroom features a bathtub carved from a single slab of polished wood, and an outdoor shower continues the one-with-nature experience. The bespoke experience is enhanced with Laucala’s unique bath products—the on-site spa kitchen hand-mixes everything from conditioner to soap from ingredients found on the island.