A 1-hour full body massage is undeniably a blissful experience, but when compared to the experiences on offer at these unique day spas, the massage does seem a little less memorable. From wine baths to a healing bath in an abandoned brewery, these are some of the world’s day spas you just have to see to believe.
If you’re going to stay in luxury, you may as well shower in it too. Find yourself in one of these incredible hotel bathrooms around the world, and you’ll be taking your most memorable shower (or bath) ever.
Six Senses Ninh Van Bay, Thailand
A tub with a view is the epitome of opulence. The deep, wooden bath in Six Senses Ninh Van Bay’s ‘Rock Pool Villa’ is a step above, being no less than the ultimate luxury. Built into the boulders on the very water’s edge of Ninh Van Bay, the villa and its open design bathroom boast unbroken views of the South China Sea. An hour in this tub gives all new meaning to the age-old term ‘soaking up the view’.
Solitaire Lodge, New Zealand
Outdoor bathrooms aren’t for everyone, but Solitaire Lodge’s ‘Executive Suite’ bathroom has the ability to bring anyone around to them. Each of the Executive Suites faces the pristine Lake Tarawera just out from Rotorua, with freestanding tubs on the balconies to really make the most of the calming view. It’s the perfect spot to sit, soak, and enjoy the health benefits of a steaming hot bath.
Lion Sands Game Reserve, South Africa
Spaciousness, a freestanding tub, and a view are the holy trinity of any luxurious bathroom. The bathrooms in the four ‘River Lodges’ at Lion Sands Game Reserve tick all those boxes and more. The sleek, natural hued bathrooms are large enough to play host to a herd, even with the sizable tubs taking centre stage. Positioned in front large french doors that lead to the private deck, a soak in these baths come with a side serve of African Wilderness views.
Six Senses Laamu, Maldives
The magic of the Maldives is too beautiful to ignore, even if just for a showering moment. Book a stay in one of Six Senses Laamu’s luxury ‘Water Villas’, and you won’t have to take your eyes off the water for any reason. Perched over the sparkling turquoise waters of Laamu atoll, the Water Villas make the most of their one-of-a-kind views from every room. Not even the bathroom is shut off from the blisteringly bright blues, with a window-side glass tub and an outdoor rainfall shower just nearby.
Silo Hotel, South Africa
The good news is that no matter which room you book at the Silo Hotel in Cape Town, you’re guaranteed to be bathing in one of the world’s most incredible bathrooms. Every single room - from the entry-level silo room right up to the penthouse - has a bathroom worthy of any Instagram feed. Featuring ornate floor to ceiling windows that look out over Cape Town, freestanding tubs, button-tufted benches, chandeliers, separate makeup vanities, and a fun, bright colour palette, these bathrooms are in a league of their own.
Gora Kadan, Japan
No holiday to Japan is complete without spending a night in a traditional ryokan. While they’re often quite simple in design, Gora Kadan ryokan can confidently claim that it’s a level above the rest. Located in the town of Gora, south of Tokyo, the ryokan is home to one of the most zen hot spring experiences in all of Japan. Book the ‘Kakou’ room, and unwind in peace in you very own outdoor stone bath (with water straight from the spring), surrounded by lush Japanese gardens.