The Handbook
The Handbook

There are few day-to-day tasks as mundane as washing yourself. However you try and spice things up, you’re just going through the motions with little more view than the black mould on the grouting. Well not from these bathtubs! Forget everything you know about bathrooms, you’d be a douche if you don’t love these bathrooms…

Madikwe Hills Safari Lodge, South Africa

If you’re self conscious being naked around animals, an elephant will probably make you doubly so, because you’re sat in a bathtub a matter of yards away. At South Africa’s Madikwe Hills Safari Lodge, set within 75,000 hectares of safari park, guests can while away an evening scrubbing away or reading a book while the cast of the Lion King mill around.

Set among boulders and ancient Tamboti trees, the 24 room private game lodge is ideal for experiencing 66 species of camel (including cheetah and giraffe) not to mention over 300 local and migrating bird species. And with so much nature to experience, the luxurious surroundings are simply the mood music for the real spectacle.

Where: Madikwe Hills Game Reserve, North West Province, South Africa
Website: www.madikwehills.com

Shangri-La Hotel, At The Shard, London

That’s not bubble bath, it’s clouds stretching as far as the eye can see. Shangri La at the Shard, London, is so high up sometimes you’re sat in the clouds, surreal at the best of times, not least when you’re in a deep tub high above the capital.

The hotel, up London’s iconic Shard, is the height of luxury in all senses of the word and a dip in the bath is only matched by a swim in Europe’s highest infinity pool.

Where: 31 St Thomas Street, London SE1 9QU United Kingdom
Nearest station: London Bridge (0.1 miles)
Website: www.shangri-la.com

Atlantis, The Palm, Dubai

Swimming with the fishes doesn’t have to mean debt to the mob and concrete wellingtons, it can also involve lying back in five star luxury surrounded by creatures of the deep in Dubai. Atlantis, The Palm is one of the only places that’s neither on a flood plain or in a nuclear submarine where you can stay in an underwater suite. The £6,000 -a-night Neptune Suite affords one of the most incredible views from any hotel in the world, looking into the famous aquarium that the restaurant also enjoys, not least bath-wise, but also sits within one of Dubai’s leading hotels, the iconic Atlantic, The Palm.

The St. Regis Maldives Vommuli Resort

It’s a given that looking out across the Indian Ocean you could be in the rustiest tin bath in the world and still be experiencing paradise. But just for good measure, the St Regis Maldives Vommuli Resort have sculpted a stunning bath and the view speaks for itself. Step out into your private plunge pool or dive into the sea beyond.

Located in the Dhaalu Atoll in the Maldives, it can only be reached by seaplane and the luxury huts sit either on the white sand’s edge or on stilts above the luscious green sea.

Where: Vommuli Island Dhaalu Atoll, 13080, Maldives
Website: www.marriott.com

Jade Mountain, St Lucia

Soaring 1,800 feet above the Caribbean, the majestic Jade Mountain, St Lucia resort is nothing short of stunning. With its infinity pools, plunge pools and, of course, bathtubs, the far-reaching views are best enjoyed shoulder deep in warm water, and preferably with bubbles (of both the soap and Champagne varieties). Each bathroom is individually designed within the bedrooms (they’re called ‘Sanctuaries’ here) and feature what the hotel describe as ‘dramatic faucets’.

The beautiful resort is a honeymooners’ favourite, for obvious reasons, but is also great for nature lovers, St Lucia is a haven for birdwatchers and when not twitching they can enjoy scuba diving or dining at one of the resort’s restaurants.

Website: www.jademountain.com

Hotel Punta Tragara, Capri, Italy

Another sea view and this time the rugged but stunning coast of Capri. The Italian outpost plays host to a range of Italy’s most gorgeous hotels, but when it comes to baths with views, you want to book into the Art Suite and gaze at the crevices and hollows of the Faraglioni rock formations.

Built in 1920 as a villa for a wealthy engineer and the elegant surroundings still resonate with guests as they live la dolce vita.

Where: Via Tragara, 57, 80073 Capri NA, Italy
Website: www.hoteltragara.com

Oberoi Amarvilas, Agra, India

If you thought scattering a few tea lights and getting something hideous from Lush is the height of romance in the bath department, Oberoi Amarvilas sees your bath bomb and raises you the Taj Mahal. The most romantic building in the world, a declaration of eternal love and gawping at it while you bath is literally the only way to sanitise your armpits.

The five-star Oberoi Amarvilas brings unfettered luxury to Agra, the home of the Taj Mahal, and sits just 600 yards from the site itself. Incidentally, I used to be able to see the Taj Mahal from my bathroom. Great for takeaways, but not really the same thing…

Where: Taj East Gate Rd, Paktola, Tajganj, Agra, Uttar Pradesh 282001, India
Website: www.oberoihotels.com