Worlds Most Expensive Bathrooms
Following our article on celebrity bathrooms we’ve been thinking that we’ve not quite hit the peak level of luxury yet. Yes, Kanye West might have had a fish tank in his bachelor pad, and so what if Kendall Jenner has a gold-tipped bath tub? There are some people out there who have elevated the meaning of bathroom bling to even greater heights. If you’re looking for luxury inspiration for your next big bathroom project, look no further than our compilation of the world’s most expensive bathrooms…you’re welcome. Here, we’ll start with some of the bathrooms only billionaires can afford and end with, for your delight, the MOST expensive bathroom in the world…and it’s truly out of this world!
Into the wild: the treehouse bathroom
Safaris are a luxury treat – cruising the Serengeti, walking among some of the most endangered species on the planet, chasing the footprints of lions and elephants. But you wouldn’t want to stay overnight with them, would you? Of course you would! And now you can in ultimate luxury. With many companies setting up five-star hideaways during a safari tour, this puts a new spin on glamping. And you could also experience such luxuries with the likes of the Lion Sands game reserve in South Africa. Their treehouse bathroom is perched high above the trees, meaning the views while you err...do you business...are second to none. The walls are made of glass so everything is on show…just as well the treehouse is totally secluded. And all this ‘privacy’ is yours for the tiny sum of £800 at night.
The million-dollar bathtub
Dubai is famed for its opulence – I mean, its home to the world’s most luxurious, seven-star hotel after all - not to mention the world’s tallest building and the world’s largest shopping mall. So it’s only fair that the bathrooms of this regal country reflect this. The ultra-luxurious XXII Carat Villas at the Palm Jumeirah in Dubai have been kitted out with numerous decadent furnishings, but perhaps the most extravagant thing is the marble master bathrooms, which each contain a bathtub carved from a single piece of 23,000 lb Amazonian rock crystal bathtub worth a staggering $1 million (£765k). The villas themselves all start from $11 million (£7.6m). It’s certainly the crown jewel in each of the villas.
All that glitters is gold
A glamorous washroom was created by Chinese jewellery mogul, Law Sai-Wing for his famous Swisshorn Gold Palace in Hong Kong - a tourist attraction advertised as a luxury hotel. The whole thing cost £2.7 million to build, but the pièce de résistance has to be the solid gold toilet. The toilet, listed as the most expensive toilet in the world by the Guinness Book of Records, was crafted in solid 24-karat gold. And the razzle dazzle doesn’t end there – the Palace also housed another bathroom with a bathtub made from 24-karat gold and gold ingot walls. And the cost? A whopping £29.5 million. Now that’s bling.
Bathing with the fishes
We have two aqua-inspired bathrooms we’d like to celebrate here. The first, features a glass-bottomed bathtub in the super luxurious, Anantara Kihavah Sunset Villa in the Maldives. And this bathroom is an absolute dream. The over-water villa is perched over the ocean and offers spectacular views of the Maldives. Slip into the sunken bathtub and watch as the sunset turns into a starry night sky all around you. In addition, their breathtaking infinity pool makes it feel like you’re really swimming with the fishes – the ultimate stress-busting retreat.
Second is the underwater bathroom at the Floating Seahorse Villa in Dubai. Each villa contains an underwater marble bathroom with floor-to-ceiling windows where you can watch the calming underwater world go by while to relax in your private room. The amphibious homes do not come cheap – they went on sale in 2016 for £2.1 million.
Finally, while its not necessarily luxurious – it certainly is one of the most expensive! And it’s not even on this planet. The space loo was installed in the International Space Station which is currently orbiting the Earth. It is thought to have cost an epic £15 million to build due to the state-of-the-art technology it features and unlike your average toilet, it comes complete with leg braces to hold astronauts in place in zero gravity conditions, as well as suction fans which vacuum the waste into holding tanks. What is more, the tanks extract water from liquid waste and purify it, making it safe for use as drinking water on board. The Space Station crew even have a choice of loo rolls to use depending on the nature of their business and just how luxurious they’d like to feel at the time. Truly out of this world.
By Sian Yates