Lather, rinse, relax. How can you not? When you’re surrounded by the sights and sounds of nature, time slows to a drip, and stress seems to melt away. Stripping down out in the open can even feel a bit liberating (that’s half the fun!) Here are seven sensational bathrooms you’ll step out of feeling more refreshed and invigorated than ever.
137 Pillars House, Chiang Mai
‘Sheer heaven’, ‘delightful’ and ‘sexxaaay’ are few of the words guests use to describe the spacious outdoor showers at this boutique hotel in Northern Thailand. Spend extra long soaping up under jumbo shower heads, in the shade of leafy bamboo trees.
Fivelements Puri Ahimsa Retreat, Bali
Hard-core nature lovers (if there’s such a thing) should make a beeline for this magical retreat outside of Ubud. The outdoor shower itself is enough to elicit ‘oohs’ and ‘aahs’, but it’s the sunken bathtub overlooking the Ayung River that will put you into a swoonworthy state.
Amiana Resort, Nha Trang
It’s a deep, deep soak in the outdoor bathtubs of Amiana Resort in Vietnam. Rinse away all the salt and sand from the beach, and enjoy the breeze and rustling palm trees above. We love how earthy this bathroom feels, with its stone tubs, rock walls and smooth footpaths.
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Tejasuara COMO Shambhala, Bali
Outdoor shower don’t come more dreamy than this. Thatched roofs, wooden floor beams, fluffy towels and the green of the jungle all around — if you never wanted to leave the shower at COMO Shambhala, we really couldn’t blame you.
Victoria Beach Resort and Spa, Hoi An
It’s attention to detail that makes Victoria Hoi An the ideal base for exploring this UNESCO Heritage Town. Enveloped by verdant vines, ferns and plants, the outdoor showers in the beachfront suites have the perfect balance of openness and privacy.
Koyao Island Resort, Koh Yao Yai
Koyao Island Resort goes back to nature in style. The open bathrooms in the Beach Villas star a covered wooden bathtub on its own raised platform, and there’s also a brick-walled rainshower waiting for you under the open sky.
Ayana Resort, Bali
Alright so this isn’t really an outdoor bathroom — it’s a very open indoor bathroom with a first-class view. We can easily see ourselves spending an hour or two dipping below the petals in this tub, watching the breeze sweep over the ocean. Bliss!
Alexander Grootmeester is an copywriter/online media expert living in South-east Asia for the better part of a decade. Asked what he likes best about living there, he usually answers that it’s “the tightly organized anarchy”.
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