Taking a dip alongside some of the planet’s most beautiful sights is a decadent and delightful treat. Doing so from the privacy and intimacy of your own bedroom in some of the world’s most amazing hotels is pure luxury. Your perfect soak might be in a candlelit tin tub on a veranda overlooking Botswana's plains or with a birds-eye view of Manhattan from a penthouse suite, ideally with a coupe de champagne in hand. Take a glance at our roundup of the world’s most amazing bathtubs. It’s ideal for those looking for luxury teamed with more than a little relaxation.
A bath in the African wilderness
Sanctuary Baines' Camp has only five luxury suites in a low environmental impact camp, each with their own “star bath”. These are aptly named because from your own private viewing deck and tub you can watch the stars and planets at your own leisure. Should you want, your bed can be moved out there after your bath so the star-gazing never ends in this effortlessly romantic retreat.
Stunning ocean views
At Six Senses Zil Pasyon, you can enjoy an exotic escape from the everyday. All villas feature unparalleled views of the ocean. So no matter how you start you day – whether it is with a stroll along the beach or a stretch on the sand with your yoga mat - end it with a calming cooldown in a perfect bath, enjoying the dramatic sunset over the island and overlooking La Digue and Praslin.
Nothing stands between you and fabulous views of the Pitons at Jade Mountain – a truly unique hotel in St Lucia. Here, each room has only three walls – leaving you wonderfully exposed to the environment and spectacular landscape. This all is part of architect owner Nick Troubetzkoy’s philosophy of building in harmony with the nature of the Caribbean. Staying here is a ticket to a stage-like setting from which to embrace the full glory of St Lucia. The baths are designed around an ethos of chromatherapy - combining light and colour for a more relaxing bathing experience - so you can see the area at its best.
The best view of the Taj Mahal
All rooms at the The Oberoi Amarvilas in Agra have an uninterrupted view of the Taj Mahal but to really do bathe and balm the body in style, the Kohinoor Suite is the place to be. This is a completely unique location to experience a completely unique historical and religious site. The richly detailed interiors of the rooms and hotel reflect an era of Emperors and Princes and a stay in this room will leave you feeling like a king. Should you bore of the panorama from the tub, switch to the glass panelled walk-in rain shower which opens onto a private terrace. Here you can relax on sun loungers in complete privacy taking in the view.
Closer to nature
Experiencing Mexico’s history and nature is part and parcel of any stay at Imanta on the Riviera Nayarit. The stone bath tubs here are handcrafted from boulders quarried on the hotel’s site and as such command respect while delivering relaxation. Proudly settled into the amazing casitas at the hotel, these tubs have an elegant rugged finish, with views over the Pacific Ocean and into the jungle. A soak here will ensure you feel cocooned in complete luxury in unimaginable surroundings and nature.
The most luxurious bath
The Umaid Bhawan Palace is lavishly decorated in Art Deco style making a stay here a truly memorable experience. Originally designed for, and indeed once graced by, the beautiful and charismatic Maharani Badan Kanwan, the Maharani Suite is rather appropriately dominated by a Stefan Norblin mural of the Goddess Kali etched on shining black glass. Designed in pinks, blacks, chrome and mirrors, this suite is indeed worthy of the queen for whom it was built. Its pièce de résistance must be the bathtub, also designed by Norblin, carved out of a single piece of pink Italian marble and quite simply one of a kind.
Lost in a tropical forest
Pacuare Jungle Lodge in Costa Rica must be one of the best ways to experience the most pristine rainforest environment in a superb eco-retreat. Surrounded by nature in its purest and most primitive state, the lodge runs a great many initiatives designed to in minimising the environmental impact of local tourism - from recycling and renewable energy to community initiatives. It is recognised by the World Tourism Organisation as one of only sixty-five examples throughout the world of good practice in sustainability and ecotourism. Its standout room to enjoy this eco-luxury is the Linda Vista Site which affords spectacular jungle canopy views. This standalone roll top bathtub allows you to soak away the day’s activities, enjoy the jungle and the views in complete comfort, safe in the knowledge you are also helping the local environment.
For another eco-friendly yet luxurious experience with a natural design that blends with the island's lush vegetation, the ultimate in bathtime bliss has to be at Six Senses Laamu in the Maldives. Surrounded by crystal clear waters and entirely built in sustainable wood and glass, the bathrooms open onto the bright blue lagoon and the deck of the water villa. Sinking into a bath itself made of glass, you can be at one with the marine life swimming around you, but you won’t need to worry about any nibbles on your toes.
Effortlessly romantic and set amongst shady trees and huge termite mounds nestles the small and intimate Sanctuary Baines' Camp
Located on the private island of Félicité, considered one of the most vividly beautiful islands in the Seychelles, Six Senses Zil Pasyon provides an exotic escape from the everyday
The Oberoi Amarvilas is recognised as the leading luxury hotel in Agra
The Umaid Bhawan Palace is set amidst lush, peacock filled gardens and has 94 lavish rooms decorated in Art Deco style - a stay here is a truly memorable experience
Pacuare Jungle Lodge is a superb eco-retreat tucked away deep in the heart of Costa Rica's most pristine rainforest environment, on the banks of the Pacuare River