A dip, a soak—whatever you call it, bath culture is booming. And, whether you prefer salts or bubbles, just looking at these beautiful soak situations can provide a bit of grounding, even from dry land.
There are only 16 rooms at the almost always sold-out KAI Sengokuhara boutique hotel in Japan, but each one boasts both a “wow-worthy” bathroom, as well as a private outdoor onsen (aka, personal hot spring) on the terrace. The million-dollar views are not only incredible, but also interactive: Mountain springs from the nearby Mount Kintoki feed the onsens as cherry blossoms, ginkgo trees and water gardens provide unparalleled privacy. It’s truly a setting of natural beauty, making for an almost completely secluded retreat. hoshinoresorts.com
South Beach may not be synonymous with a long soak—or, to be more accurate, anything remotely associated with relaxing—but updated wellness touches all throughout town may sway perceived opinion. First on the list: The Standard’s spacious open-air spa with dedicated real estate for signature treatments, mud therapies and unrivaled views. For guests interested in a more private outdoor dip, the hotel’s large suites now have well-appointed bath terraces. standardhotels.com
Force of Nature
01. Panoramic desert views and an en-suite bathroom and extra-large tub await at the unexpectedly luxe two-room tents at the new Zannier Hotels Sonop in Namibia. zannierhotels.com 02. The color blue is the theme at the Six Senses Zil Pasyon in the Seychelles, where the stunning villa accommodations feature floor-to-ceiling windows and a bathtub that overlooks the sparkling waters of the Indian Ocean. (Bonus: There’s even a hanging swing if you prefer to dry off there after a soak). sixsenses.com 03. Simply chic and secluded, the private outdoor tub at the Garden Spa Suite at Sonoma’s iconic MacArthur Place delivers a unique and meditative take on the basic bath experience. macarthurplace.com 04. Natural vegetation and intricate design touches meet at the Amanyara in Turks & Caicos, where every villa has a free-standing tub, rain shower and wooden sun deck. amanresorts.com
05. The Baron Suite at Hotel Château du Grand-Lucé in France’s Loire Valley is home to an opulent bathroom that offers views inspired by the gardens at Versailles. The marble-clad room even comes complete with Versailles-patterned oak floors and gold finishes in the bath. chateaugrandluce.com 06. Space and seclusion take priority at the private pool villas at Bali’s Four Seasons Jimbaran Bay, a special place that has oversized antique-style tubs and what the resort refers to as “romantic, spa-like” bathrooms. fourseasons.com/jimbaranbay
Bath + Beyond
These must-have essentials take a standard soak and the post-bath skin-care step to the next level.
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