We don’t know about you, but when we decide to luxe out on a holiday, there are a few key things we look for in our accommodation and a beautiful bathtub is one of them. After all, what better way to bliss out than soaking in a gorgeous tub surrounded by spectacular views? We recently teamed up with Luxury Escapes to track down the most heavenly bathtubs around Asia, and trust us—these babies will blow your mind. From standalone tubs on decks overlooking the ocean to sleek soaking sanctuaries next to huge windows framing city skylines, these are our top picks for the most beautiful bathtubs in Asia.
Anantara Uluwatu Bali Resort, Indonesia
Anantara Uluwatu is the perfect base to explore Bali’s beautiful Bukit area. Spend your days surfing world-class surf breaks, discovering hidden beaches and visiting exotic Hindu temples, then retreat to your room and have a soak in your private jacuzzi on a balcony overlooking the Indian Ocean. The villas are one step above with private pools and stately bathtubs next to huge windows that look out to sea.
Anantara Uluwatu Bali Resort, Jalan Pemutih, Labuan Sait, Uluwatu Bali. p. +62 361 895 7555
Avista Hideaway Phuket Patong, Thailand
Set on a verdant hilltop overlooking two beautiful bays, the rooms and suites at Avista Hideaway offer plenty of peace, privacy and opportunities for pampering. Book into one of the jacuzzi suites and you can zen out in your oversized jacuzzi on a private terrace surrounded by trees. The executive suites are also ultra enticing with standalone bathtubs open to the sky and private pools.
Avista Hideaway Phuket Patong, 39/9 Muen-Ngern Road, Patong, Phuket, Kathu, Phuket 83150, Thailand. p. +66 76 681 681
Banyan Tree Shanghai on The Bund, China
Trust us when we say you’ll have a hard time dragging yourself out of the bathtub at the Banyan Tree Shanghai on The Bund because the round tubs here not only jumbo-sized, but also perfectly positioned for you to gaze out at the Huangpu River flowing past the striking city skyline. If you really want to splash out, book the Bund Oasis and you can enjoy your own in-room dipping pool.
Banyan Tree Shanghai on The Bund, 19 Gong Ping Road, Hong Kou District Shanghai, China 200082. p. +86 21 2509 1188
The Danna Langkawi, Malaysia
With a stunning beachfront location and the biggest infinity pool on Langkawi, The Danna Langkawi is a pretty sweet spot for a seaside getaway. Every room, suite and villa at the hotel has a spacious ensuite bathroom with a standalone soaking tub that is separate from the rain shower. As you go up in room category, the bathrooms get bigger and better, some with floor-to-ceiling windows that offer views of a private garden.
The Danna Langkawi, Telaga Harbour Park, Pantai Kok, Langkawi, Kedah, Malaysia 07000. p. +60 4 959 3288
The Datai Langkawi, Malaysia
The Datai Langkawi makes it easy to explore the spectacular nature surrounding the resort with treks, tours and snorkelling excursions guided by the resort’s resident naturalists and marine biologists. However, we wouldn’t blame you if you just wanted to luxuriate in your room all day because the digs here are ultra plush. Think gorgeous hardwood floors, balconies that look out over the rainforest or beach, and marble-accented bathrooms with huge stone soaking tubs.
The Datai Langkawi, Jalan Teluk Datai, 07000 Langkawi, Kedah, Malaysia. p. +60 4 9500 500
Fairmont Maldives, Maldives
The island of Sirru Fen Fushi is named after the local saying for ‘secret water island’, and it’s easy to see why as soon as you enter the Fairmont Maldives. Not only does the resort fringe a 600-hectare lagoon, but each villa here has a private pool and a stunning bathroom where round tubs take centre place amid tropical greenery or overlooking the ocean. Then there is the five-star spa with a 25-metre long serenity pool. If it’s pure bliss you’re after, this is it.
Fairmont Maldives, Sirru Fen Fushi, Shaviyani Atoll, 20209, Maldives. p. +960 654 8888
The Mulia Bali, Indonesia
Skirting a brilliant white sand beach in Nusa Dua, The Mulia Bali offers three different types of suites overlooking either the beach or gardens, and each boasts a luxurious bathroom with a huge stone bathtub. Big windows allow natural light to pour in during the day, and at night you can open the windows to let the sea breezes flow in. The Earl and Baron suites also have outdoor jacuzzis to take your soaking to the next level.
The Mulia Bali, Jl. Raya Nusa Dua Selatan, Kawasan Sawangan, Nusa Dua, Benoa, Kuta Sel., Kabupaten Badung, Bali 80363. p. +62 361 302 7777
Pangkor Laut, Malaysia
Set on a rainforest-cloaked private island in the Straits of Malacca, Pangkor Laut offers up the ultimate Robinson Crusoe experience with beautiful villas set in the jungle and gardens, on the white sand beach, and on stilts over the ocean. Each villa boasts a beautiful ensuite bathroom with an oversized tub that overlooks either the jungle or sea. The most luxurious is in the massive open-roofed bathroom in the Pavarotti Suite where you can bathe under a canopy of stars.
Pangkor Laut, Pangkor Laut Island, 32200 Lumut, Perak, Malaysia. p. +60 3 2783 1000
Six Senses Ninh Van Bay, Vietnam
You can always count on a Six Senses property to have awe-inspiring architecture and design features, and the Ninh Van Bay location is no exception. The villas here are scattered amongst rock formations in a rugged bay and each has a private plunge pool and a spectacular ensuite bathroom with a handcrafted wooden tub. Our favourite is the Rock Pool Villa where the tub sits on a wooden deck facing the East Vietnam Sea.
Six Senses Ninh Van Bay, Ninh Van Bay, Ninh Hoa, Khanh Hoa, Vietnam. p. +84 258 3524 268
Uppala Villas & Spa Umalas, Indonesia
Slip into the oversized bathtub at your private villa in Uppala Villas Umalas and let your stress slip away as gentle breezes flow in from the open window overlooking terraced rice paddies. Each of the one, two or three-bedroom private villas here is a sanctuary of serenity where you can escape from the stress of everyday life and get in some serious rest and relaxation. Yet at the same time, you’re only a short drive to the stylish shops, restaurants and nightclubs in Seminyak.
Uppala Villas & Spa Umalas, Jl. Bumbak Dauh, Kuta Utara, Kabupaten Badung, Bali, Indonesia 80361. p. +62 361 8475039
This article is written in conjunction with Luxury Escapes
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