When I travel, I’m pretty open to anything. I’ve stayed in amazing historic hotels, castles and villas — and I’ve stayed in rustic Crimean Tatar villages where the government turned off the water and power whenever they wanted to. My one requirement is a bathtub. (Of course, having a bathtub doesn’t really matter when the water gets turned off, but it was still something I checked on before I traveled.) I’m not a shower girl – I’m a linger in the bath girl and I think you can tell a lot about a place by the bath room. I’ll take a small bedroom and a larger bath any day.
Some of my favorite bathrooms have been: 1) the all-white marble and mirror bathroom at the Ritz-Carlton Hong Kong, with the television mounted above the tub and the butler call button (that I didn’t use); 2) the large, country casual bath room above, at the Maison de la Pre in Valence, France; 3) a huge, vintage, dark-green tiled bathroom (shared) with cathedral windows at an old villa we rented with friends in Italy; and 4) the gorgeous Moorish-style bathroom overlooking the lake, at Villa Crespi in Lago di Orta, Italy.
Oh…and I really love my bathroom at home, too. When I return from a trip, I start anticipating a bath in my own tub even before the plane comes to a stop – and I start running the water as soon as I get home.
Bathing is definitely a part of my travel ritual – the first thing I do when I arrive in a new place, and the first thing I do when I get home.