“The bathroom is much more than a place where we clean our bodies,” writes Alberto Alessi in the concept statement for Stefano Giovanni’s Il Bagno Alessi One, a tub and fixture collection defined by sensuous curved forms. As Alessi describes it, the bath is also a room that belongs to dreamtime and play.
Captivated by the idea of an oasis for the imagination, we look to faraway destinations for creative design ideas for the bath: a royal suite in Ubud, Bali; an urban hotel “pod” in Rimini, Italy—featuring Il Bagno from Alessi; and a spa room in Paris, France.
While these hotel bathrooms differ dramatically in style, all of the designs embrace simplicity, and every aspect appears considered with care. Although we couldn’t jump on a jet to test the tubs ourselves, we did call on local design experts for materials, fixtures and furnishings similar to some of the design elements shown in these sumptuous spaces.
Get the Balinese Retreat Look
At Shambhala Estate at Begawan Giri in Ubud, Bali, the Royal Suite of the Umabona residence (House of the Earth) beckons with a luxurious stone tub with a hand-carved pergola arching gracefully above it. Designed by interior architect Koichiro Ikebuchi, the room displays an artful mix of Asian and European influences. Earth-toned paint and tile accented with the warmth of wood are perfect in an atmosphere made for rest, relaxation and rejuvenation. According to Shambhala Estate owners, the COMO Group, Ikebuchi took inspiration from the Majapahit palaces of ancient Indonesian kings.