Top 10 of the world's best hotel bathrooms

Wash away mediocrity with these dazzlingly decadent hotel bathrooms.

1. UNDERWATER SUITE, ATLANTIS THE PALM, DUBAI

Watching TV in the bath is so old hat. At Dubai's Atlantis The Palm, you can watch rays and sharks gliding past your windows. The hotel's two underwater suites look directly on to the hotel's private lagoon, home to 65,000 marine specimens. The bedroom offers the same view. 

From $6900,  atlantisthepalm.com

2. SANCTUARY BAINES CAMP, BOTSWANA

Safari can be a dusty business. At the end of a long game drive, there is nothing better than retreating to your suite and sinking into an open-air bubble bath on your private deck. Need more  alfresco relaxation? Your deck also includes a comfy bed.

From $960, sanctuaryretreats.com

3. COMO SHAMBHALA SUITE, COMO SHAMBHALA ESTATE, BALI

If the yoga and meditation classes and spa treatments at this wellness retreat aren't enough to bliss you out, check into the COMO Shambhala suite. As well as the regular bathroom, there is an enchanting Japanese water garden, complete with an outdoor tub and jacuzzi. 

From $2600  twin share, comohotels.com  

4. THE YEATMAN, PORTO, PORTUGAL

Nothing about this five-star, wine-themed hotel is understated, but the top-of-the-line Bacchus Suite is truly special. The open-plan suite has a private terrace with sunbeds and a fountain, a rotating bed, and a dramatic fireplace with a round copper tub strategically positioned in front of it. Up for extra soaking? At the hotel spa, you can submerse yourself in grape extract in a unique barrel bath.  

From $1590,  the-yeatman-hotel.com

5. FOXHILL MANOR, THE COTSWOLDS, UK

Now, here's a genius idea. Let's say you have snuck away for a romantic weekend in the picturesque Cotswolds. Bubble bath and champagne are naturally on the agenda; if you book yourselves into Foxhill Manor's Oak suite, you each get a tub of your own. 

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From $990,  foxhillmanor.com 

6. FOUR SEASONS HOTEL GEORGES V, PARIS

Paris' grand hotels have always known how to spoil their guests, but the bathrooms at the Georges V take indulgence to a new level. Amid full floor-to-ceiling marble surrounds, the tub is equipped with a colour therapy system so you can match the colour of the water to your mood. 

From $31,000,  fourseasons.com/paris

7 GORA KADAN, HAKONE, JAPAN

You haven't stayed in Japan until you have stayed in a ryokan: simple lodgings, often with access to healing mineral water baths. Among the most memorable is room 702 in Gora Kadan ryokan, south of Tokyo, which has an open-air tub in a zen garden. Sweet dreams.

From $950,      twinshare. See gorakadan.com

8. BANYAN TREE SHANGHAI ON THE BUND

For a bright lights, big-city vibe, Shanghai is hard to beat. To wring every ounce of excitement from your visit, check in at the Banyan Tree Shanghai on the Bund where every room has a signature round tub with a view. Prefer to stretch out? The Banyan Suite has a stretch-limo tub perfect for reclining. 

From $355;  Banyan Suite from $24,700,  banyantree.com

9. QUALIA, HAMILTON ISLAND

There is a reason so many guests in qualia's Windward Pavilions opt for the in-room breakfast; it's hard to tear yourself away from that spectacular Whitsundays view. Fortunately, you can enjoy it from every part of your pavilion, including the glamorous egg-shaped tub. 

From $1675, qualia.com

10. ROME CAVALIERI WALDORF ASTORIA

Check into the 200sqm penthouse at this Roman luxury lodging and you will have a choice of bathing options. There is the aromatherapy shower, the indoor tub with a view of St Peter's and fibre optic "stars" twinkling in the ceiling, or the sprawling alfresco roof garden where you can bathe under real stars. 

From $14,200,  hilton.com/Rome

The writer was a guest of Atlantis the Palm and qualia.