Luxury Hotels


Girlahead wrote yesterday about the gloriously sparkling bathroom in suite 1027 of  THE ROYAL LANCASTER in London.  Goodness, even the toiletries were white – by The White Company. Well, as we know all places to stay need bathrooms. Even the fabulous FOUR SEASONS TENTED CAMP in Northern Thailand’s Golden Triangle gives you a proper free-standing tub-on-legs in the tent, and a shower on a private deck just outside. Ablutions in Thailand, looking over both Laos and Myanmar.

At THE RITZ-CARLTON NOMAD in New York, above, you look out over the Manhattan skyline. When Mandarin Oriental – now FOUR SEASONS EMBARCARDERO – opened up in San Francisco in 1987, the main publicity for the 48-floor pointed-pyramid building seemed to be for bathrooms in the 155 bedrooms.  When Girlahead stayed there, in 2007 and 2009, she was in 4704 and she was almost giddy from the top-of-tower view from the tub.There are splendid views, too, from window-set tubs at THE RITZ-CARLTON MILLENIA in Singapore. Look across Marina Bay to the unique standing-on-legs massive-C, MARINA BAY SANDS.

Wherever, could designers please note that bathtubs are no good unless there are grab rails to get in and out – and we need a really handy heated rail for towels. Procurement presidents, please choose taps that clearly indicate hot and cold, and drains with old-fashioned plugs. Engineers, keep the water hot. Housekeeping, provide bathsalts, and double the amount you anticipate. Of course there’s a bath-butler tray across the tub, not for books, which always get wet, but to hold the chilled Riedel holding the Dom P.  Soak it up, guys….