It’s a sure sign of vacation when even your daily shower feels indulgent and comes with scenic views.
Imagine gazing out over New York City, both exposed and protected. It’s the sensation—and bragging rights—you get from showering on the patio of your terrace suite at the Bowery Hotel.
“We wanted to be able to offer our guests an extraordinary experience,” explains Kirk Wilson, general manager of the Lower East Side hotel. It’s a rare example of an urban outdoor shower, which makes it all the more enticing.
For Alain de Botton, author of The Architecture of Happiness, there is an almost primitive appeal to showering alfresco. “Any time we take something we normally do indoors and do it out of doors, there is a thrill—because it literally symbolizes a victory of the latent fears aroused by nature. So eating outside is more fun than in the kitchen, showering, sleeping, and, of course, that other kind of sleeping too.”
Outdoor showers certainly give you a chance to feel at one with nature, without roughing it. At Hawaii’s Four Seasons Resort Hualalai, outdoor showers take inspiration from their surroundings, incorporating lava rock and tropical plants. And while Arizona’s L’Auberge de Sedona, employs an astronomer, stargazing is infinitely more appealing from the vantage point of your own cedar-walled, roofless shower.
Read on for more luxurious and liberating outdoor hotel showers across the U.S.