Heat up your relationship with the help of some seductive showers in hotels around the U.S. From jaw- dropping views to steamy glass and cocoon designs, these hotel showers lend themselves more to romance than a rinse.
Step inside this "star" shower with floor-to-ceiling views of Los Angeles and the Sunset Strip in Andaz West Hollywood's rooftop penthouse suite. Let the rain shower heat things up between the two of you as you listen to your favorite tunes from the nearby iPod docking station. Andaz West Hollywood is a chic hotel located on Sunset Boulevard with rooftop pool and lounge facing the Hollywood Hills. You'll also find a California fusion restaurant and free, non-alcoholic mini-bar in every room.
Shower with your sweetie in the great outdoors in this seductive open air shower at the Gateway Canyons Resort & Spa in western Colorado about 300 miles from Denver. Enjoy stunning views of the red rock canyons in these rock-wall showers located in the property's private casitas. The resort has lots of amenities for couples, including onsite dining, a spa, private tours aboard luxury aircraft, access to the Gateway Auto Museum and adventure activities.
The sleek and sexy cocoon showers at the Donovan House in Washington are spiral shaped with frosted Plexiglas and a separate oval soaking tub. A Kimpton Hotel, the Donovan House is in the hip 14th Street district in the nation's capital with city views of Thomas Circle, brownstones and church spires. Check out the rooftop bar and pool, as well as the lobby's famous "bubble" chairs.
Get a bird's-eye view of the Lower East Side of Manhattan in this open-air outdoor shower at The Bowery Hotel in New York City. A rare urban outdoor shower, you'll find them in each of the hotel's seven terrace suites. The Bowery features floor-to-ceiling factory-style windows and provides guests with complimentary bikes and Wi-Fi.
You'll get help steaming up this shower in the Star Suite at Andaz San Diego, whose expansive glass can be fogged with just the touch of a button. When you're ready to clear things up, take a glance at the plush king-sized bunk beds and stripper pole in the master bedroom – both within view of the shower. Located between San Diego's historic Gaslamp Quarter and East Village, Andaz San Diego features a rooftop pool and lounge, wine bar and complimentary in-room snacks and drinks.
After a day at the beach on the Kohala Coast of Hawaii’s Big Island, walk directly into your beautiful outdoor shower at one of four beachfront cottages at the Lava Lava Beach Club for a refreshingly romantic experience. The natural outdoor rock wall shower connects directly to your luxurious indoor bath so you can easily transition inside. Lava Lava Beach Club is a collection of free-standing cottages with kitchenette, private covered lanai and a concert-size Koa Ukulele that you can use for a romantic serenade during your visit.
Tap into your inner exhibitionist in this outdoor shower overlooking the Hudson River and Manhattan at the Maritime in New York City. Formerly the headquarters for the National Maritime Union and close to Chelsea and the Meat Packing District, the Maritime Hotel continues the nautical theme with its showers situated on an outdoor terrace featuring white tiling and a porthole window to the city. Enjoy complimentary bikes, an in-room Keurig machine upon request and 126 cabin-inspired rooms.
Designed to resemble Sleeping Beauty's Castle emerging from the sea, the Mondrian South Beach hotel on West Avenue in Miami continues the fairy tale theme with their whimsical and romantic showers. The image of clouds and a blue sky adorn the shower walls, but most striking is the chandelier shower head. The hotel is known for its "floating staircase" in the lobby and fantastic views of the bay complete with its own private marina.
Romance is built into the fiber of The Carneros Inn from its location in the midst of rolling Napa Valley hills to its alfresco showers. The vineyard view is king in these au naturale showers found in each of the Inn's country-rustic cottages. For even more romance, guests can opt for The Fireside Butler, who will prepare a roaring fire, a steaming soaking tub with chocolate, marshmallows and graham crackers for the perfect s'more.
You can't beat the view from this two-person steam shower in the luxury penthouse suite at the Inn at Bowman's Hill. Gaze at a recreation of the night sky on the ceiling complete with 300 fiber optic stars, including a shooting star that appears every five minutes.Just two hours away from New York City, the Inn at Bowman's Hill in New Hope, Penn., is a romantic retreat on a 5-acre estate and a luxury inn.
Lyn Mettler is an Indianapolis-based freelance travel writer who writes for a variety of national outlets. She blogs at GotoTravelGal.com about how to fly free on Southwest, as well as topics like Southwest Business Select and how to get free Southwest Drink Coupons.
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