A room with a view is so 1985…these days hotels need to offer something more to stand out from the crowd. Some offer a free giraffe with every room; some include a string quartet in each minibar. Others do their best to provide fetching views from not only their boudoirs and balconies, but also from their bathrooms. Here’s a list of some of the most stunning.
Hyatt on the Bund, Shanghai
This luxurious hotel has a suite with a beautiful bathroom that includes a marble bathtub, a rain shower and a jetted spa tub…oh yes, and an almost unparalleled view of the Shanghai skyline.
Parco dei Principi Grand Hotel and Spa, Rome
Thanks to the position of this bathroom you’ll still be able to enjoy the city even when you’re soaking in the tub. From this bathroom in Parco dei Principi Grand you can look over the Vatican and St Peter’s Basilica.
Tongsai Bay Koh Samui, Surat Thani in Thailand
This hotel offers al fresco baths on a spacious terrace that also enjoys an unobstructed view of the Gulf of Thailand.
InterContinental Bora Bora Resort and Thalasso Spa, Bora Bora (French Polynesia)
The bathrooms of this hotel sit right in front of the blue lagoon and Mount Otemanu, affording you a unique, heavenly view from your bathroom.
Oberoi Amarvilas, Agra
The striking view of the Taj Mahal directly in front of your window is likely to distract you from the elegant marble and granite bathroom you’re standing in, courtesy of the Oberoi Amarvilas.
Trump Soho, New York
Depending on your orientation in Trump Soho, these deep baths give you a view of the Empire State Building to the north, the city skyline and Williamsburg Bridge to the east, the Statue of Liberty to the south, and the Hudson River to the west.
Jade Mountain Resort, St Lucia
Maia Luxury Resort and Spa, Mahe Island, Seychelles
This almost absurdly luxurious resort has a beautiful open plan, allowing you to imagine you’re at one with the jungle behind or the ocean in front.
Rayavadee, Krabi in Thailand
The baths of this hotel are deep and are raised slightly off the ground. They are also big enough for two people, giving you an excellent opportunity to enjoy the romantic view with your partner.
Hard Rock Hotel, San Diego
The outdoor Jacuzzi at Hard Rock makes for a spectacular bathroom. From here you’re able to see the lights of San Diego City, the stars in the sky, and the full moon, all whilst having a warm bath. What more can we ask?
Hotel Caesar Augustus, Capri
Caesar Augustus Hotel is perched on the edge of a cliff 1,000 feet above the sea, allowing you to enjoy unique and spectacular views of the Bay of Naples from the bathroom.
InterContinental, Hong Kong
This hotel is very famous in Hong Kong for showing the best views of the city (Victoria Harbour and Hong Kong Island). The presidential suite of the InterContinental Hotel is the largest room in Hong Kong.
One&Only Reethi Rah, Maldives
Enjoy a warm bath at Reethi Rah while viewing the Indian Ocean in a quiet and peaceful environment.
Tsukudu Bush Lodge, Pilanesberg National Park in South Africa
This stunning bathroom gives you the opportunity to bathe close to nature without becoming lunch. Pilanesberg has incredible views to offer, some of which you can enjoy whilst having a soak.
The Peninsula, Chicago
The Peninsula’s bathrooms were voted by Forbes to be among the top five in the world. If you’re a real bathroom connoisseur, you might be chomping at the bit to take some comfort at the Peninsula; the whirlpool bathtubs in some rooms have a picture window. The bathrooms also include a separate shower and a steam-free flat screen TV.
Trump International, Las Vegas
This gorgeous bathroom provides you with excellent views over the Vegas Strip, from a perch high up in Trump International.
The Upper House, Hong Kong
At the Upper House in Hong Kong you can take a relaxing and warm bath from the top of the city, whilst looking down on Victoria Harbour.
Hotel Indigo, Shanghai
Enjoy a relaxing bubble bath with a stunning view of this beautiful city, thanks to the large windows of Hotel Indigo.
St Regis Princeville Resort, Hawaii
The bathrooms of the 5-star St Regis Princeville Resort have excellent views of the Pacific Ocean.
The Standard Spa, Miami Beach
At this hotel in Miami Beach you can enjoy the sun, get some fresh air and take a bath at the same time…with the best view of Miami Beach.
Puli Hotel and Spa, Shanghai
Another 5-star Shanghai hotel, where you can have an amazing view of the city while having a nice bath. Remember, you can always use the curtains if you feel a bit shy.
Portman Ritz Carlton, Shanghai
This is the view that President Barack Obama had when bathing in the Presidential Suite on the 44th floor of the Portman Ritz Carlton. A great view of the Jing`an skyline full of new towers.
Soho Metropolitan Hotel & Residence, Toronto
This four star Toronto hotel houses a splendid penthouse with a bathroom that gives you fantastic views of the city.
The Twelve Apostles Hotel, Cape Town
Another South African hotel offering amazing views of its surrounding natural environment.
Mandarin Oriental, San Francisco
At this hotel your bath is not only relaxing but is also an amazing experience, giving you possibly the best view of San Francisco.
I’m off to have a cold shower. Have you ever enjoyed a bathroom with a spectacular view? Feel free to let us know in the comments below. Thanks to Sandrine for all this wonderful research. As they say in Montpellier: cleanliness is next to godliness.