by E.J. KELLEY
From lush indoor-outdoor showers to tubs with a view, these fabulous bathing places have just the right formula to nourish the senses and help you let off steam—all in the comfort and safety of home.
Found on the garden level of a handsome 7,000-square-foot modern townhouse by Tribeca architect Steven Harris—think factory loft dimensions with uptown elegance—is this spacious European-style spa with a sauna and steam room. It’s just a short elevator hop to the full-floor main suite, boasting a luxe double-vanity Calacatta Gold bath with a deep soaking tub, steam shower, and separate toilet room. A reverse osmosis filtration system ensures water purity, and there’s a Savant Smart House system with humidity controls in case things get a little steamy. Our only question: What thread count are you hanging on that heated Italian towel rack?
Other than the towering Herzog & DeMeuron abstraction at 12 o’clock, there’s little about this view that seems urban in nature. But nature—in its rarest, most beautiful New York form—is just what you’ll surround yourself with soaking in the sunken stone tub at this Lower Manhattan penthouse, which tops out its prime corner condominium building less than two blocks from Hudson River Park. The scenic backdrop is owed to the lush terrace that wraps the home’s entire perimeter, planted to feel like your very own rooftop park. A unique stone sink basin, along with radiant-heated floors and a steam shower stall, amplify the inherent zen.
Linden is a rare kind of property, with unrivaled provenance even by south-of-the-highway standards: It’s one of the oldest and largest in Southampton’s coveted estate section, with an 18,000-square-foot manse by McKim, Mead & White alum Grosvenor Atterbury sited on some nine acres of grounds conceived by none other than Frederick Law Olmsted. What you see here, however, is the touch of AD100 interior design deity Stephen Gambrel, whose 21st century renovation of the home brought this classically-elegant bath to the main suite. The clawfoot tub is set mid-room, centered on a lounge alcove with window benches and crosshatched doors on either side—one of which reveals the terrace and its ocean breeze. It’s a place to pamper yourself in every sense of the word.
Let’s be real: Would you expect any less from a home designed by Aston-Martin? The automaker teamed with sustainable design studio S3 to create this cutting-edge country retreat, set on 55 acres equidistant from the haute Hudson Valley villages of Rhinebeck and Millbrook. Included is a 873-square-foot wellness pavilion with two treatment rooms, a hot tub, and a sauna, connected via a gallery that runs parallel to a mood-setting reflective pool (there’s also one of the swimming variety on the opposite side). But this glass-walled bath in the main suite is equally impressive in its own right, beckoning views of the surrounding woods with the most sophisticated of minimalist sensibilities.
There’s something uniquely South Beach about this towering bathing space, pairing its full Calacatta marble wall with a view that’s helplessly evocative of the 18th floor washroom at the Standard High Line. You’ll find it inside a soaring townhouse-like condo at Glass Miami Beach, the iconic south-of-5th high rise that’s true to its name in every possible respect (not to mention just around the corner from all your Joe’s Stone Crab desires). Floor-to-ceiling windows conspire with the fritted glass balcony that wraps the entire unit to take the term “unobstructed view” to new heights—just remember to drop the shades before your robe.
It’s literally written on the door. Beyond the lavish bath in the main suite with an oversized rain shower and soaking tub, this historic double-lot manse on the Intracoastal Waterway has veritable in-home spa facilities, replete with a high-fashion steam room and a large sauna. Committed wellness-seekers will equally relish the cavernous exercise room, fully-loaded with Life Fitness equipment, and the 46 x 23 pool and hot tub that overlooks the dock with chromotherapy lighting.
Why settle for an outdoor shower when you can take the entire bathroom outside? This stunning Big Island contemporary, championing indoor-outdoor living on the 15th fairway of the Keolu links at legendary Hualālai Resort, has accomplished just this feat in a most dramatic fashion. You’ll find this surreal space off the primary suite, which fills the entire north wing of the home. Lush tropical landscaping is welcomed through retractible glass walls, revealing a garden shower that tag-teams with one of the stalled, steam variety and a deep marble soaking tub. We can’t imagine a better setting to transform an otherwise mundane morning ritual into true transcendence—all the better if followed up with a piping hot cup of Kona’s finest.