Whether endless ocean views, gold accents fit for a queen, or going nude in the great outdoors turns you on, a skin-to-skin soak with your sweetheart (or tub time to yourself!) is one surefire way to heat things up. Here are some of the most luxurious hotel baths in the world.
Bathe in the soothing sounds of the rainforest and river from your open-air tub at Pacuare Lodge, located on the Caribbean side of Costa Rica. Birdsong, rushing water, and the earthy aromas of the jungle create an immersive experience to elevate your senses and naturally inspire your primal instincts.
Insider tip: If you’ve only got time for a stay near the capital city of San José, you’ll find another noteworthy, handcrafted, spring-fed bath (and some of the best organic coffee) with sweeping views from the tub to ceiling windows in the Rosa Blanca Suite at Finca Rosa Blanca Coffee Farm and Inn. The eco-luxury property is located just 20 minutes from the San José international airport.
Sip sake or champagne while you watch the sunset over the Seto Inland Sea from your private, open-air balcony bath at Bella Vista Spa & Marina. Book the Bella Vista Spa Suite where you can get your blood flowing with an in-room couple’s massage, heat things up in your stone sauna, and cool off under the rain shower
This restored palace hotel will have you feeling like royalty. To stand out in such a sexy city, you’ve got to have a certain level of allure. The gold and marble bath in the Belle Etoile Penthouse Suite at Le Meurice exudes opulence, inviting you to soak up the sensual vibes in this city of love. Step out onto your private terrace for 360-degree views of Paris and the iconic Eiffel Tower. And if you desire a direct view of the tower without leaving the tub, check out Eiffel Suites at the five-star Hôtel Plaza Athénée, another Dorchester Collection hotel.
There is something undeniably arousing about stripping down when you’re out in the open. After an afternoon game drive in the Maasai Mara with Cottar’s 1920s Safari Camp, rinse the dust off in a throwback style “canvas bath” set up on the savannah. Indulge in some vintage luxury and rustic romance while you enjoy the wide-open space, canapés, and bubbly in your birthday suit.
Slip out of your resort wear and into Sandals’ new outdoor Tranquility Soaking Tubs™, designed specifically to fit two people. Book an Over-the-Water Bungalow at Sandals Royal Caribbean in Montego Bay, Jamaica and leave the prep to the experts; your personal butler can set the scene by drawing the bath, adding rose petals, chilling the champagne, and more.
Australian sparkling wine pairs perfectly with One KI’s outdoor bush bath. Lay back and let the views of bush gardens, active wildlife, and the electric blue Southern Ocean seduce you. If you prefer to get your sexy tub time on behind closed doors, indoor tubs with floor-to-ceiling windows offer the chance to soak inside and still enjoy the scenery.
Cozy up indoors in your very own private hot spring bath inside the Well House log cabin. This retreat — surrounded by majestic views of 14,000-foot mountain peaks, aspens, rivers, and meadows — was built for tub love: the cabin was erected around a naturally occurring hot spring source. For an especially steamy treat, visit in the winter months when you can crank up the heat while snow falls outside your door.
Tap into your wild side at this stylish and secluded bush camp set in a remote part of the South Luangwa National Park. Nearby natural springs attract large herds of game, including elephants, buffalo, flocks of birds, and prowling lions. Freestanding copper tubs and outdoor showers facing the plain and Kapamba River afford guests incomparable views of wildlife by day and the enchanting starry African sky by night.
Take your pick of Japanese ofuro (deep soaking tubs), plunge pools, Watsu pools, and hidden hot tubs tucked into Sensei Lanai’s Onsen Gardens and 10 private spa hale (“house,” in Hawaiian). Immerse in this serene and sensual sanctuary — located in Ko’ele, the spiritual uplands of Lana’i — bathed in the sexy-soft glow of tiki torches, while you stargaze amongst swaying palms.
Sabi Sabi’s multiple eco-luxury properties in this private game reserve mean you can lather up with locally-made bath and body products and choose your own erotic adventure. Outdoor tubs and showers — including the stone baths at Selati Camp and the signature spa bath on your private wooden deck at Little Bush Camp — offer the thrill of being intimately close to the wilderness and each other. Luxury indoor options — like the bushveld-facing deep soaker at Earth Lodge and the twin tubs in the Mahlatini and Tumbela Luxury Villas at Bush Lodge — provide a sense of security without sacrificing the views. And you can still play with privacy, leaving the curtain of your indoor bath at Selati Camp open if you’re in an exhibitionist mood.
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