Around the world in eight spectacular bathtubs

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For your viewing pleasure, we’ve assembled some of the most opulent, elegant bathtubs in our 300-hotel global collection. So as winter sets in (at least for those of us in the Northern Hemisphere), let this serve as inspiration to soak.

The journey begins in the renowned French winemaking region of Burgundy, where our first tub (1) occupies a bathroom in the Château de la Resle, a six-guestroom art hotel in a converted ivy-wrapped manor house originally built in the 17th century. Next, we move to the Netherlands, where this white marble tub (2) sits on a raised platform in one of the guestrooms of Parc Broekhuizen. Located in a castle on lush parklands near Utrecht, the hotel (and the bathtub) look out onto a landscape of heathlands, forests, meadows, shifting sands, and floodplains. 

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Leaving Europe completely, we arrive in the megalopolis of Shanghai, where architects Neri & Hu, among the most important forces in contemporary Chinese aesthetics, converted a 1930s riverside warehouse into a stylish next-wave boutique hotel, The Waterhouse at South Bund (3). Here, you can take a bath in a deep soaking tub within a glass cube, looking out onto the spectacular Shanghainese skyline.

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Now back to Europe, home to two lovely properties with equally lovely bathtubs. First, there’s the mirrored tub at G-Rough (4), a hotel set within a 400-year-old family home in Rome’s Piazza Navona. Staging 1940s Italian designers’ pieces with original vintage spaces, G-Rough creates a Fellini-esque visual landscape that meshes fantasy and baroque. Then, move eastward to the peninsular Greek beach town of Halkidiki, where Ekies All Senses Resort (5) offers a contemporary spin on traditional Greek aesthetics.

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Now we jump to the other side of the world, where Kenoa – Exclusive Beach Spa & Resort sits on the phenomenal, sunny beach of Brazil’s Barra de São Miguel. Using the land’s vegetation as a aesthetic jumping off point, architect Osvaldo Tenório brought in retro-rustic design features like this freestanding wooden tub.

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Now we travel from the beaches of Brazil to the powdered slopes of Crans-Montana, Switzerland, where the ski-in, ski-out resort of Chetzeron sits 2,112 meters above sea level. Not only the hotel, but each and every bathtub, looks out on a stunning landscape of the Alps and Rhone valley. Which brings us finally back across the Atlantic to Mexico City, where the minimalist-chic Distrito Capital offers a bath to remember. Located in the skyscraper district of Santa Fe—the highest area of Mexico City—the bathtub looks down onto one of the biggest, hippest, most happening cityscapes in the world.

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Monday, December 3rd, 2018