You would never book a hotel just because of its luxurious guest bathrooms… Or would you? Whether you’re looking to unwind in an over-sized tub filled with bubbles or are hoping to ogle a sweeping panorama from the shower, these bathrooms are so luxe and so filled with enviable amenities (not to mention, tidied up by housekeeping), they might be worth making the trip for.
Best for Bathing Down Under: Osprey Pavilion at Southern Ocean Lodge
Kangaroo Island, Australia
That's a hand-sculpted granite tub, set atop a heated limestone floor and overlooking the coastal beauty of Kangaroo Island. This open-concept bathroom has a big visual impact but it's just a small part of the 1,292-square-foot Osprey Pavilion at the sleek and exclusive Southern Ocean Lodge.
Best for Romance: Infinity Pool Sanctuary at Jade Mountain
There's nothing to stop you from soaking in the view of St. Lucia's stunning Piton peaks from everywhere in your airy Infinity Pool Sanctuary at Jade Mountain—even the bathroom. That's because the hotel's design pairs a missing fourth wall with an open-concept bath that includes a chromotherapy tub for two. Add in an infinity pool and room service (even the spa comes to you) and there's no reason to leave.
Best for a Sunset View: Upper Pacific Suite at Post Ranch Inn
Big Sur, CA
Time your bath right and you'll enjoy a view of nothing but the sun setting behind the blue horizon from your Upper Pacific Suite perched atop 1,200-foot cliffs at the sublime Post Ranch Inn. Cozy rustic-contemporary elegance—curved wood walls, wood-burning fireplace, heated floors, stainless-steel outdoor hot tub—extends to the indoor deep-soaking spa tub and organic bath products.
Best for Exotic Allure: Maharani Suite at Taj Umaid Bhawan Palace
Designed for a queen, the Maharani Badan Kanwan, this Art Deco gem of a suite at the Taj Umaid Bhawan Palace (built between 1928 and 1943) measures a massive 4,850 square feet; is decorated in pink, black, chrome, and mirrors; and features a bathtub carved from a single piece of pink marble, plus a steam room and Jacuzzi.
Best for Indoor/Outdoor Bathing: Beachfront Villa at Viceroy Anguilla
With a total of 4,817 square-feet of living space, there was no need to skimp on bathroom amenities in the four-bedroom Beachfront Villas at Viceroy Anguilla. The two upstairs bedrooms each have a roomy bathroom with a large walk-in shower and deep soaking tub—plus a private outdoor shower/relaxation area.
Best for a Big Apple Bubble Bath: Penthouse at Trump SoHo
An unobstructed view in New York City is many a hotel guest's fantasy and the one from the Penthouse Suites in the Trump SoHo is also a bath-lover's delight. West-facing floor-to-ceiling windows offer up expansive vistas of the Hudson River—so plan to pour in some bubble bath and pop open some bubbly at sunset for an exceptionally scenic soak.
Best for Relaxation: Emerald Villa at Ponta Dos Ganchos
Santa Catarina, Brazil
It's impossible to feel uptight in this one-of-a-kind setting: You are on the coast of southern Brazil, far away from the bustle of Rio and overlooking the green-blue waters of scenic Santa Catarina. You have checked into a 2,475-square-foot Emerald Villa at Ponta Dos Ganchos Exclusive Resort and this is your private Jacuzzi tub. Hang the "Do Not Disturb" sign and dream of staying here forever.
Best for Rock Stars: Freddie Mercury Suite at Eden Rock
Designed with music legends in mind—there's even a private recording studio and a Glen Affric Whiskey Bar stocked with 40 whiskeys—16,000-square-foot Villa Rockstar at Eden Rock—St. Barths features four butler-serviced suites, including the indulgent Freddie Mercury Suite with its lavish bathroom decorated with hand-cut white-gold tiles.
Best for Eternal Bliss: Penthouse Suite at the Rome Cavalieri
Not only will you feel heavenly in the 2,115-square-foot Penthouse Suite at the Rome Cavalieri, Waldorf Astoria Hotels & Resorts, but you'll be seeing stars: faux ones in the seductively lit bathroom Jacuzzi tub and real ones from the alfresco Jacuzzi located on the suite's private rooftop deck with its view of the Eternal City.
Best for an Apres-Ski Soak: Panorama Suite at The Alpina Gstaad
When you stay in the three-bedroom, 4,300-square-foot Panorama Suite at one-year-old The Alpina Gstaad in Gstaad, Switzerland, you can begin your après-ski warm-up ritual in the master bathroom's free-standing, hand-carved soaking tub before heading to the upper-level, skylight-lit private spa where a sauna, steam room, two open showers, and a balcony Jacuzzi await.
Best for Honeymooners: Four Seasons Resort Bora Bora
Bora Bora, French Polynesia
If the South Pacific island of Bora Bora is the ultimate honeymoon destination then an Otemanu Over-Water Bungalow with Plunge Pool at Four Seasons Resort Bora Bora is the ultimate honeymoon fantasy suite. With iconic Mt. Otemanu framed by the sliding doors and the shimmering lagoon just off your deck, this freestanding tub offers equal parts seclusion and seduction.
Best for Your Inner Narcissist: Presidential Suite at Le Royal Monceau Raffles Paris
If you enjoy looking at yourself in the mirror from time to time, this reflective bathroom in the 3,552-square-foot Katara Presidential Suite at Le Royal Monceau—Raffles Paris in Paris will make you happy—or make you want to hit the treadmill! While this is one of the top suites, all 149 rooms and suites, created by famed French interior designer Philippe Starck, feature mirrored bathrooms.
Best for Desert Daydreaming: Mesa View Suite at Amangiri
Canyon Point, UT
The vastness of the southern Utah desert is framed into a striking rectangular slice as you soak off the dusty remnants of a hike in a Mesa View Suite at luxurious Amangiri, which is designed for optimum views as the sun sets over the splendid orange-yellow rock mesa.
Best for Stargazing a Deux: Baoase
Inspired by Bali but located on the Dutch Caribbean island of Curacao, Baoase, an intimate nine villa, three-suite resort, offers couples the ultimate haven for bathing à deux: the Private Pool Villa. In addition to a spacious indoor bathroom with deep soaking tub and shower, there's also a sensual, lantern-lined outside tub.
Best for That Movie Star Feeling: Penthouse Suite in the Beverly Wilshire
Beverly Hills, CA
The Penthouse Suite and Wilshire Presidential Suite at the iconic Beverly Wilshire, a Four Seasons Hotel, served as inspiration for the suite where Julia Roberts and Richard Gere spend the weekend together in the 1990 film "Pretty Woman" (most of the interior scenes were actually shot on a soundstage). But as this image of the newly renovated 5,000-square-foot Penthouse Suite shows, the bathroom is still a Hollywood-worthy spot for a glamorous bubble bath.
Best for an In-Tub Toast: The Bacchus Suite at The Yeatman
The absolute best spot to savor fine aged Port is in the sexy copper tub adjacent to the freestanding fireplace in the 1,615-square-foot Bacchus Suite at The Yeatman, an elegant wine hotel located near the tasting rooms of Porto and offering inspired views of the city and the striking iron Dom Luis bridge spanning the River Douro.
Best for Playing Peek-a-Boo: Lagoon Water Villa at Six Senses Laamu
Who needs a glass-bottom boat when you have a glass-bottom tub? Play peek-a-boo with the tropical fish (or with each other) in the sunken glass bathtub in a 1,163-square-foot, multi-level Lagoon Water Villa at Six Senses Laamu in the Maldives.
Best for Sudsing Up Post-Safari: Sanctuary Baines Camp
Okavango Delta, Botswana
You'll feel in touch with the sights and sounds of Africa when you overnight in one of the five suites at intimate and eco-friendly Sanctuary Baines Camp in Botswana's Okavango Delta—because in addition to the "star baths" (opulent tubs set on a private viewing deck), you can also sleep in lofty "sky beds" that are draped in netting and open to nature's nighttime delights.