The Scarlet Hotel

Sultry soaks

The Scarlet Hotel is an uber sexy hotel that oozes naughtiness. All guests have access to Soda – a small outdoor Jacuzzi. But for a really awesome soak, get a room. While all the rooms are bewitching, no room is naughtier than Passion. This sumptuous suite of burgundy, fuchsia, silver and black comes with a four-poster bed and your very own outdoor Jacuzzi. Now, while we never like to spoil your fun, be warned that splashing about in the nude might not be a great idea, unless the idea of possible voyeurs in the multi-storey carpark opposite turns you on. But, darling, don’t let the rather underwhelming view dampen your spirits. This is going to be one memorable frolic in the water because of the air of sensuousness and ardour that surrounds this boudoir. You just can’t help but have a seductive soak.

Hangout @ Mt. Emily

Standing room only

hangout@mt. emily is in our humble opinion, quite possibly the coolest budget hotel we’ve ever seen. This newbie in Upper Wilkie Road takes clean and cheap fun seriously, providing cheerful rooms, a cafe and one very unique pool. At their rooftop terrace snazzily christened The Look Out @Level 7, there are barbecue pits, and deck chairs for those who want to barbecue themselves in the sizzling tropical heat. When things get too hot, just walk into the standing shower pool. Yes, walk, not plunge. Just stand in this pool of this prettily landscaped deck and let the sprays soothe you. The best part of this cool cool facility – you don’t have to be a room guest to use it because it’s open to public!

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A buffet of baths

The Spa Botanica is the place for pools to end all pools. It has a gorgeous pool with big floats so you can feel rather glamorous floating about in your bikini and shades. Or should you choose to relive the joys of childhood, there’s mud to play with by the pool. Volcanic mud that is good for your skin.

So slather it on, get your hands dirty! Mummy would approve. Just remember to wash it all off in the mud pool. There’s also the King’s Bath if you want some royal treatment. There’s enough room for two in this huge tub hand-tooled from cast bronze. Then there are the private baths in each of the six private outdoor pavilions set in the verdant gardens.

You can feel like a nymph having a bath after your spa treatments. Choose The Galaxy Steam Bath signature treatment and you’ll get to use the steam room with a domed ceiling emulating a starry night sky. After the herbal steam, a warm ‘rain shower’ body rinse will fall from this sky. You can take a dip in the cold plunge pool before your aroma massage. Quite heavenly, you will agree.

Baths at The Ritz-Carlton, Millenia Singapore

Baths at The Ritz-Carlton, Millenia Singapore

For those who like to be at the top, a stay at this hotel is a must for bath aficionados. Absolutely amazing ablution experiences are guaranteed in the huge marble bathrooms. The panoramic view from the enormous octagonal windows is just stupendous. Step into the bath, lie back on the little pillow and if your worries don’t ebb away, see a shrink.

Or perhaps, summon the bath butler. The bath butler will draw you special baths such as The Gentlemen’s Bath or The Second Honeymoon. If the boy in you never quite liked baths, the former will convert you. Never mind the musk and sandalwood scented water, it’s the bath accompaniment of Cohiba cigar and cognac that will win your manly approval.

The Second Honeymoon is sweetly fragrant with the essence of flowers and fruits. The butler will also bring Tuxedo strawberries to lick and nibble and roses for the lady. And if all these do not get you giddy, there’s the champagne. You could sip it or perhaps, you could pour it into the bath for some serious rock star-style decadence. Either way, we are sure you’ll have a real bubbly bath.

Tub Facts

Bathing is a very old custom, practiced by the ancient Babylonians, Egyptians, and Romans. For a long time, bathing was a common and welcome part of every-day life. As these ancient empires fell and Europe entered the Middle Ages, bathing suffered a decline. Cities were now being built without sewers or a water-delivery system, which made bathing a very difficult task. Bathing was widely discouraged by the church, which regarded it as a sinful pleasure of the flesh, as well as a vehicle for the spread of diseases such as plague and syphilis. Throughout the Middle Ages and into the eighteenth century, few people bathed regularly, if at all.

During the nineteenth century, ideas about bathing began to change. From the Middle Ages through the renaissance, doctors warned against bathing, saying that it washed off a protective layer of filth. In the late 1700’s, many doctors began to believe that regular baths would help cure the sick. In the mid 1800’s, the discovery of germs demonstrated the benefits of cleanliness. Bathing gained popularity, and people began to take regular baths.

Taking a bath was not easy, however. Water had to be carried from rivers or public fountains to the house, heated on the stove, and poured into a large portable tub. For the wealthy, servants would carry out this difficult work, but the rest of the population had to do it for themselves. A bath was a major undertaking, and many families made a habit of bathing only once a week; usually on Saturday nights, so they could be clean on Sunday.