These Beautiful Hotel Bathtubs Are Proof You Should Switch Up Your Shower Routine on Vacation
As if we need a reminder of the delights of a warm bubble bath, National Bubble Bath Day is celebrated on Jan. 8. Well, perhaps a reminder might be in order as we rush through a shower instead of taking the time to luxuriate in a frothy tub. So, thank you, National Bubble Bath Day!
To be honest, it does look as if showers are taking over as the daily cleansing routine for most of us. Hotels are recognizing this with ever larger shower stalls, huge rain shower heads, and hand-held sprayers. They’re great, but when it comes to relaxing and pampering ourselves, there’s nothing like a warm bubble bath.
There are health benefits too, like soothing tired muscles, de-stressing, and enhancing sleep. It has even been suggested that warm baths boost immunity, reduce inflammation, lower blood pressure, and increase circulation. For most of us, the motivation for a bubble bath is just the sheer pleasure and perhaps nostalgia of warm, scented water and rainbow-tinged bubbles.
Not all hotel rooms have gone the way of showers-only bathrooms. We have gathered a few examples of places to stay where a bath is an experience to be anticipated along with the other pleasures of a night away from home.
Banyan Tree Phuket, Thailand
This luxury beachfront resort offers spacious villas with Thai-inspired décor and private pools. Villas also feature inviting open-air oval bathtubs for an exotic bubble bath surrounded by tropical gardens.
LaPeer Hotel, West Hollywood, CA
This contemporary hotel, a relaxing oasis in walkable West Hollywood, features gorgeous tubs and a customized Bath Ritual curated by the hotel’s spa partner, Ole Henricksen. Three different rituals are offered along with optional champagne or rose petals.
Mulia Villas, Bali, Indonesia
On a white-sand, private beach with breathtaking views of the Indian Ocean, the Mulia Villas offer expansive indoor-outdoor areas that include luxurious elevated bathtubs. Their butler is available 24/7 to draw a bubble bath paired with champagne for the ultimate relaxing experience.
The Ritz-Carlton Bal Harbour, Miami, Florida
Floor-to-ceiling windows with views of the Atlantic Ocean, aromatic candles, and a special mixture of bath salts and lavender essential oils make a bubble bath in this luxury hotel a relaxing, memorable experience.
The Brando, Tetiaroa, French Polynesia
This luxurious resort along the coast of a private island features 35 villas, each with deluxe amenities that include a private pool and outdoor bathtub set behind a wooden screen amid lush tropical landscaping, the perfect place to relax in a tub of bubbles.
Mountain Shadows, Paradise Valley, AZ
This upscale boutique resort offers a new Bath Butler Experience to debut on National Bubble Bath Day for guests staying in its Immense guestrooms. The resort’s bath butler will arrange bubble bath, candles, wine, and chocolate-dipped strawberries for an indulgent bath with views of Camelback Mountain.
The Delta, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Choose a corner skyline room for a bathroom boasting floor-to-ceiling windows and a modern deep soaking tub. It’s the perfect place for a relaxing bubble bath with views of Lake Ontario, the glittering city, and CN Tower with its nighttime light show.
The Lodge at Kukui’ula, Kauai, Hawaii
These luxury vacation homes with indoor-outdoor lanais offer breathtaking views and outdoor garden showers as well as huge tubs for luxurious bubble baths for a relaxing ending to a day of tennis, golf, or water sports at the resort.
Buri Al Arab Jumeirah, Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Guests of the Royal Suites at this iconic sail-shaped luxury hotel are offered a special bath menu with relaxing treatments such as Lavender Light Relax Bath, Rosemary De-Stress Mind Bath, and Sandalwood Deep Relax Bath for the ultimate bubble bath.
Hotel Valley Ho, Scottsdale, AZ
This downtown Scottsdale resort features beautifully designed Philippe Starck bathtubs in its Studio Guest Rooms, offering the unique opportunity to enjoy a bubble bath in the middle of the room. Guests can choose wine or champagne, chocolate-dipped strawberries, candles, and a LUSH Technicolor bath bomb for plenty of bubbles.
Four Seasons New York Downtown, New York City
In the heart of Tribeca, one block from One World Trade Center, this chic hotel offers modern décor, spectacular city views, and spa-inspired bathrooms with tubs that beckon guests to a relaxing bubble bath.
The Chanler at Cliff Walk, Newport, Rhode Island
At this vintage Newport mansion turned luxury boutique hotel, each of the 20 uniquely decorated rooms features a stunning bathtub perfect for a bubble bath. The Chanler’s bath menu includes Aromatherapy essential oils that relax, de-stress, and rejuvenate.
Banyan Tree Mayakoba, Riviera Maya, Mexico
At this luxury resort nestled along the exotic Mayan jungle, Mexican culture and Asian hospitality blend flawlessly. Its elegantly designed private villas feature outdoor bathtubs big enough for two, along with private pools and spacious outdoor areas.