Le Chief recounts 12 of the best private soaks he'd experienced while selecting 100 of the best resorts and hotels across Asia for www.lcoasiatop100.com
18k gilded taps at Wanda Reign Chengdu inject palatial qualities into its already sumptuous suites.
12. Banyan Tree Kuala Lumpur
Many of Banyan Tree Kuala Lumpur's rooms and suites feature a nice bathtub either set in the bathroom or less conventionally, before the bed. In its 1250 square feet Sky Sanctuary Suite is an oversized bathroom so plush it comes with a chromotherapy shower, a sauna and a jet pool with views of both the KL Tower and the Petronas Twin Towers.
11. Ritz Carlton Langkawi
Langkawi is a bio-haven and the architects of the Ritz Carlton invite both sights and light into the interior with some of the best designed villas on the sun-kissed island. Day or night, the tropical rainforest surroundings calm the senses with its lulling, exotic rhythms.
10. Capella Singapore
Singapore's only resort island is home to some of the country's lushest green patches, harbouring a wealth of bird life including resident wild hornbills and cockatoos. The service folks at the Capella Singapore can also make a bath like no others, often bolstered by luxurious touches like scented oil and ice cold champagne.
9. The Peninsula Hong Kong
Many hotels in Hong Kong may have rooms that showcase its famous harbour but not many has a bathtub that features views of the island like the 3-bedroom Peninsula Suite and the Peninsula Hong Kong. Suffice to say, this 4000 square feet residence isn't just anybody's random choice for a weekend staycation.
8. The Datai Langkawi
Fabulous Datai Langkawi is so enveloped by nature that many returning guests migrate there during the winter and summer months to enjoy its wonderful service and rainforest milieu. The 3500 square feet Datai Estate Villa in particular was lovingly refurbished over the renovation period and feature an elegant bathtub in the master bedroom imbued with views of the surrounding forest.
7. Four Seasons Guangzhou
At over 100-storey high, the Four Seasons Guangzhou is at one time the tallest hotel in Guangzhou. Naturally, its spacious suites are all set with an oversized tub with magnificent views of the Pearl River below. These are atmospheric perches that bedazzle with just the view alone.
6. Wanda Reign Chengdu
A statement property of the Wanda group, Wanda Reign Chengdu features plenty of wow factors including 20 m high carved jade walls and cyclopean chandeliers but zoning in on the details, its suites come with bathrooms bedecked with golden taps and arts decoratifs inlaid with mother-of-pearl. One can't help but soak in the riches here.
5. Shangri-La's Rasa Ria Resort Kota Kinabalu
The Rasa Wing at ShangriLa's Rasa Ria Resort in Kota Kinabalu features only suites with expansive balconies set with plush jacuzzis facing the sunset. Naturally, such inviting features provide for countless insta-worthy moments for guests arriving with a beach and bubbles state of mind.
4. Suiran, A Luxury Collection Hotel, Kyoto
The Suiran Kyoto is a heritage address at the city's famous Arashiyama quarter just a stone's throw from the fabled bamboo groves and UNESCO listed temples of the area. Many of the hotel's rooms come with a small yard set with an onsen filled with natural hot spring water but only the singular Gyokuko Suite's onsen is set next to a Zen garden.
3. Naked Retreat Moganshan Zhejiang
A mountainous retreat close to Shanghai and Hangzhou in China, Naked Retreat is a sumptuous escape from the realities of urban living. The stunning views of the surrounding Mogan mountain range aside, the weather here is always cool, providing ample reasons to soak in the wonderful hot tub set right next to these majestic views.
2. Four Seasons Tented Camp Golden Triangle Thailand
The Four Seasons Tented Camp has been setting the grade curve for luxury camping experiences for over a decade now and few can come close to the exclusive natural grandeur and exotic milieu the property still boasts of. The ornate bathtubs set within the tents alone is a most convincing reason to visit, especially for one intent on soaking up the intoxicating ambience of this stunning property.
1. Bensley Collection Shinta Mani Wild Cambodia
The latest luxury camping sensation raised by celebrity designer and budding hotelier Bill Bensley, Shinta Mani Wild has ticks in all the boxes of what constitutes grandeur in the good old wilderness. The most eye-popping feature in the tent, besides the high poster beds and the plush oversized terrace, is doubtlessly the ornate tub set by the tent's edge right next to the cascade's bank. In case you find the bath elements somewhat familiar, Bensley also designed the Four Seasons Tented Camp.