I’m writing this post from my hotel room in Bali. It’s a lovely balmy evening, the kind of weather I grew up in and feel at home with. Outside, I can hear a live band singing an extra lively cover of Sublime’s Santeria.
It’s this kind of temperature and music combination that makes one a little bit more uninhibited and so tonight, I’ll be a little intimate with you guys and confess that:
I’M RATHER OBSESSED WITH HOTEL BATHROOMS.
It’s the first thing I head to right away when I enter a hotel room. And to some extent, I enjoy using the bathrooms much more than the sleep itself!
Do you find it Loo-dicrous? So do I, so do I 🙂
But here you go, among hotels that I’ve stayed at and visited, the top 10, in no particular order:
1.) The Ritz Carlton Singapore
It doesn’t matter how many other newer hotels have been sprouting in Singapore. The view from the bathroom at the Ritz-Carlton is probably the best there is. I’m not normally a fan of bath tubs but I did enjoy this particular tub + view.
2.) Intercontinental Fiji Golf Resort & Spa
So this is really more of an ‘extension’ of the bathroom. The internal bathroom has a bath tub, and on the balcony lies what the hotel calls the “Cleopatra Tub”. I liked it as it’s rather unusual (most resorts would normally have a mini plunge pool, not a tub)
3.) HOTEL FOUQUET’S BARRIERE, PARIS
That’s part of the Eiffel Tower that’s faintly sticking up in the view. This bathroom is also one of the most spacious I’ve seen (This is a separate area just for the toilet). The size of the bathroom can easily fit another bedroom and I loved the spaciousness of it. Of course, a loo with a view will definitely be high up on my list.
4.) Shangri-la’s Villingili Resort & Spa, Maldives
First of all, that tub can fit in 6 people. It actually reminded me of a witch’s cauldron that perfectly fits people for cooking (er , yes these were the kinds of fairytales I read!). And then, the massive expanse of the entire bathroom with not just a side by side double sink, but a double sink opposite each other. 2 couches too, in case you want to hold a conversation in the bathroom. And best of all, as this is a Presidential Overwater Suite, the outdoor shower looks down to the ocean.
5.) Park Hyatt Abu Dhabi Hotel & Villas
This is the lead-in category room at the Park Hyatt Hotel & Villas. What I really loved and found amazing was the drainage system of the shower. It was almost invisible, and the shower floor was almost flat. The bathroom floor was also continuous with the bedroom floor so it was always cool to shower and feel that the water may flow through the bedroom and other open spaces of the bathroom but it remained neat!
6.) Huvafen Fushi Maldives
This is one of the best designed hotel bathrooms I’ve seen. It’s not humongous compared to other Maldives bathrooms, but the way everything is laid out, including the huge open windows overlooking the Indian Ocean makes the experience really unforgettable.
7.) Hyatt Capital Gate, Abu Dhabi
The hotel itself is an iconic, crooked ‘transparent’ tower famous in Abu Dhabi. So some of the bathrooms have a floor to ceiling open glass that over looks the city.
8.) Crown Melbourne Hotel
The word “dazzling” comes to mind whenever I think of this bathroom. Nicely placed (and shaped) mirrors, what I liked most was the pull out vanity seat that transforms the sink in a vanity table , complete with great lighting too.
9.) NIYAMA Maldives
This outdoor bathroom is so pretty it deserves 2 photographs! You will feel like you just walked in a personal outdoor spa with this one. Love the white coloured theme with the lush greenery. This is the bathroom for a beach bungalow type. It may not be overwater, but the outdoor bathroom will make you feel over the moon.
10.) DOUBLE SIX HOTEL, SEMINYAK (Bali)
My current location, where I also just spent a luxurious amount of time in the shower (As I’m travelling solo at the moment, there’s something quite indulgent with having the bathroom ALL TO YOURSELF 🙂 I love the couch area which to me, served very useful in placing clothes.
11.) The LANDMARK MANDARIN ORIENTAL HONG KONG
I just had to open this list again and add this magnificent hotel bathroom.
The bathroom takes up more space than any other parts of the room — and I love it that way. It seems like I had checked in a hotel that totally understood how much I feel about hotel bathrooms, and fulfilled my ultimate ideal bathroom to room ratio (in terms of size and ‘grandeur’)
The list is still growing and soon I will write a Part 2 segment of the topic.