Holiday and Hotels
11 sensational hotel baths with a view
As designer bathrooms are quickly becoming a highly sought-after interior design trend, the world’s most luxurious hotels have announced their own bathroom eye candy. Imagine yourself sinking into the bubbles looking at the azure sea or enjoying a swim with a chilled glass of champagne over the cityscape.
Look no further, as we round up the eleven best hotel bathrooms with a view.
Camp Noka, Lepogo Lodge, South Africa
Lepogo Lodges is one of Africa’s few not-for-profit safari lodges, secluded in the 50,000-hectare, malaria-free Lapalala Wilderness Reserve, home to the ‘big five’.
Noka Camp’s five stilt villas, including one specially designed for families, are perched atop a 30-metre cliff, overlooking the meandering Palala River and endless bushland below. The villas are connected to the headquarters, which includes a dining room, a bar, a lounge and a large outdoor terrace. The track is completely off-grid and generates all of its own energy through a custom 250-meter solar-powered walkway.
After a long day of gaming, relax in the window-side sunken tub or take a dip in their private heated pool with panoramic views of the surrounding terrain and wildlife. Each villa also features a unique outdoor mattress with glass-floored balcony overlooking the canyon, offering guests the ideal opportunity to stargaze under the incredible African night sky before drifting off to a peaceful sleep.
12 Apostles Hotel & Spa, South Africa
Forget whale watching from the hotel’s Leopard Bar Terrace and ignore the private cinema – Twelve Apostles Hotel & Spa is all about the view while swimming. The hotel is flanked by the Twelve Apostles mountain range and the majestic Table Mountain, which offers the most breathtaking views of the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Cape Floral area while you bathe.
InterContinental, Hong Kong
Hong Kong is known for its stunning skyline, with an impressive array of skyscrapers, surrounding mountains, beach-lined beaches and Victoria Harbour, which separates Hong Kong Island from Kowloon. However, the royal city comes alive at night when the impressive buildings shine in many colors and the harbor hosts a Symphony of Lights every day. Where better to look than from the large round bathtub at the InterContinental Hotel? It comfortably fits two people – the perfect setting to share a bottle or two of champagne.
Chalet Grace, Zermatt
At best, advanced skiers have trouble breaking away from the powdery slopes and breathtaking mountain scenery. If reluctantly curling up in a log cabin at the end of each day isn’t your thing, a stay at Firefly Collection’s Chalet Grace might be just the tonic. Zermatt’s hidden gem opens onto the valley and offers breathtaking, unobstructed views from its luxurious bathroom – the perfect place to melt.
Lotto Praslin, Seychelles
With nearby Anse Lazio beach often listed as one of the world’s most beautiful beaches, you’d be hard-pressed to find a bathroom with a better view of the sand than Raffles Praslin in the Seychelles. Each villa has a carefully placed bathtub where you can gaze at the stars at night or drink amidst the green hills, powder white beach and opal colored ocean during the day.
Lake Vyrnwy, Wales
Part of the Welsh Rarebits collection of unique hotels, Lake Vyrnwy Hotel & Spa surprises and delights with a view that wouldn’t be out of place in the middle of New Zealand. If ever there was a reason to visit Wales, this is it. The hot tub overlooks a beautiful lake surrounded by mountains; there really is no better place to shrink in the UK than a plum.
Pier One Sydney Harbour, Australia
Pier One Sydney Harbor is a beautiful boutique hotel overlooking Bath directly above the Sydney Harbor Bridge. A nod to the Oire Autograph Collection’s tagline, “Exactly like Nothing Else”, the hotel is a prime example of Marriott’s trendy boutique hotel group. Book a Harbor View Balcony Suite and enjoy a swim overlooking Sydney and its famous bridge, the perfect way to start your trip to Australia.
Singita Boulders Lodge, South Africa
Did you know that you can soak in the open-air bath while watching the elephants enjoy a light refreshment? Neither did us until we came across this 12 bedroom South African lodge in a nature reserve. Take the stress out of admiring the Sandjoke and you may be lucky enough to see herds of elephants drinking on the banks.
Hideaway Beach Resort & Spa, Maldives
There are few better places than the Maldives when it comes to sea views. Most of the overwater villas in the island’s collection offer unsurpassed views of the Indian Ocean as far as the eye can see. Hideaway Beach Resort & Spa offers a slew of them after a recent $50 million renovation, even offering personalized butler service. This popular honeymoon destination is the perfect place to order a bottle of Bolly to enjoy in the rose petal bath.
Eastern Mandarin, New York
There’s probably no better skyline than New York City, and Mandarin Oriental’s offerings in the US offer unparalleled panoramic views of Manhattan. Book an oriental suite and enjoy a bath with not only breathtaking views of the glittering Big Apple, but also the city’s beloved greenery. There’s no better place to enjoy bubbly in the city that never sleeps.
Villa Kalisha, Bali
Nestled in the verdant jungle of Bali, Villa Kalisha almost hangs around a steep gorge, overlooking spectacular greenery and Bali’s volcanoes. The dramatic open-air bathroom opens in three directions and tropical views surround your eyes whether you look out from your pampering copper bathtub. You never feel further from home or civilization than here, perfect for ultimate relaxation.