By Mel Webster
A large part of the novelty of checking into a luxurious hotel is checking out a decadent bathroom that doesn’t have anything in common with your bathroom at home. Super high thread count bedding is lovely, but what can be nicer than a room with a view, especially when the jaw-dropping view is from the tub?
Here are some of our picks for over-the-top luxury soaking in 2015.
Mandarin Oriental, San Francisco
Sitting on top of the bay with 151 rooms and 7 suites, it’s hard not to snag a room with a killer view at this remarkable hotel. With in your-face views of the bay and the city from many of the bathtubs in suites and deluxe rooms, this is our pick for a romantic city escape.
Hyatt On The Bund, Shanghai
Offering show-stopping views of the Bund and Pudong, you know you are not in Kansas anymore. While the Hyatt amenities are familiar to travelers, the view from the tub is something to write home about.
Aman Group’s first US property lives up to their business model of creating extraordinary hotels in
mind-blowing locations. The Amangiri set on 600 rugged acres delivers a level of understated opulence with breathtaking views that will stay with you long after you have returned home.
Atlantis The Palm, Dubai
In a country that invented six and seven star luxury, this hotel kicks the bar up pretty high in terms of a room with a view. The underwater Poseidon suite is beside a lagoon with more than 65,000 marine life waiting to watch you take a bath!
The Standard Hotel, New York
Only a hotel that is anything but standard could brand itself the Standard Hotel. With Statue of Liberty, Hudson River and towering Manhattan skyscraper views, the Standard is brought to you by Andre Balzac, who overhauled and relaunched the once again chic, Chateau Marmont in LA. It’s cool, it’s hip, it’s also fun to spend a lot of time in a bathroom like this one.
Peninsula Hotel, Hong Kong
The grand old lady of Hong Kong still ranks as one of the best hotels in the world, despite stiff local competition, in a city with more fabulous hotels you can shake a stick at. Shop until you drop, then recuperate with a cocktail in your soaking tub, with a view, of course.
Views Boutique Hotel + Spa, Wilderness Beach, South Africa
First tip-off you’re in for some extraordinary views, is the hotel name. Yes, indeed, it has views. Smack on the Indian Ocean, with only five incredible suites, book well ahead to get secure your bathroom with a view. It also comes with a room.
Andara Resort and Villas, Phuket
Overlooking the Andaman Sea and about 30 minutes from the airport, the Andara is an excellent choice for couples and families wishing to experience gracious Thai hospitality with inimitable modern Thai design style.