Luxury bathrooms: of golden thrones and gemstone canoes


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Luxury bathrooms: of golden thrones and gemstone canoes

The world's finest bathrooms are made from all things glamorous and grand. From golden bathtubs to crystal covered toilets, these bathrooms are the pinnacle of luxury and comfort.

Are you thinking about renovating your bathroom? Even if your budget won't allow you to spend millions on black onyx tiles, a gemstone bathtub or golden toilet paper, it's still fun to browse through the most exquisite, luxurious and extravagant bathroom features and materials out there.

Some bathrooms are the pinnacle of luxury and comfort.

Tiles

Understanding the importance of a beautiful tile, Italian company Pietra Firma use only the finest materials in the creation of their products. The LuxTouch tile is as opulent as it sounds; the tile features a floral pattern, with each petal made from a mother of pearl inset inlaid with black agate pieces and precious-cut diamonds. Each square metre of LuxTouch features over 1,000 diamonds, 2,400 pieces of mother of pearl, 400 pieces of abalone shell and 500 pieces of black onyxi - all for a cool $1 million per square metre.

Bathtubs and washbasins

Popular television show 'The Block' this year produced one of the most exclusive bathrooms with Kyal and Kara's design scoring a perfect ten from the judgesii. Their eye-catching $8,000 bathtub especially caught the judges' attention, with its perfect positioning in front of the window overlooking the cityii. However, you won't be surprised to hear that $8,000 is pocket money compared to some of the most luxurious bathtubs ever created.

For example, bathtub 'Le Grand Queen' would set you back $1.74 million. It is carved from a rare gemstone called Caijou that is found in Indonesiaiii. The bathtub is shaped like a 'bangka', a type of Indonesian canoe, and was presented at the 16th International Jewellery Week in Dubai in 2011. The second most expensive bathtub in the world is a golden bathtub, worth $1.21 million, originally located in the Kominato Hotel near Tokyo. Given the fact that the tub is made of 18 karat gold and weighs 80 kilograms, it remains a bit of a mystery how thieves managed to steal it from the hotel's shared bathroom, and disappear without a traceiv.

Who wouldn't like a bathtub with a view? Credit: Guillaume de Laubier - Southern Ocean Lodge

Covered with 24 karat gold and diamonds to boot, the world's most expensive sink would cost you the spot price of $80,000v. Of course, the 23kg round washbasin, designed by Stockholm based Luxury Edition & Gallery, comes complete with nine diamonds set in white gold.

Toilets

Although it's not the most expensive toilet in the world, Jemal Wright's Swarovski toilet is not something to say no to. Coming in at a breezy $75,000, the chrome-plated toilet is completely covered with Swarovski crystals, making for a brilliant commodevi. Upping the ante is the Hang Fung Gold Toilet, valued at $5 million. The 24 karat gold toilet is located in the 'Hall of Gold' of the Hang Fung Gold Technology Group in Hong Kong, which is filled with luxurious bathroom accessories like a golden sink, telephone and bidet - there are even solid gold bars that line the floorvii!

Matching the golden throne perfectly, Australian company Toilet Paper Man offers the 22 karat gold toilet paper rollvii. Worth $1.3 million, the 3-ply golden roll will be delivered personally with a bottle of champagne. Cheers!


iPietra Firma, Works of Art: LuxTouch, viewed 1 May 2014,
http://pietrafirma.com/

iiEvans, L 2014, 'Perfect 10s! The Block's Kyal and Kara blow the competition out of the water winning $10k while the explosive twins threaten to walk', Daily Mail, 2 March, viewed 16 April 2014,
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/tvshowbiz/article-2570177/The-Block-2014-Kyal-Kara-marks-bathroom-week.html

iiiFlooring Hunter, The 10 Most Expensive Bathtubs in the World, viewed 1 May 2014,
http://www.flooringhunt.com/the-10-most-expensive-bathtubs-in-the-world/

iv'Golden bathtub stolen from Japanese hotel', The Sydney Morning Herald, 31 May 2007, viewed 1 May 2014,
http://www.smh.com.au/news/travel/gold-bathtub-stolen-from-hotel/2007/05/30/1180205329470.html

vDivirgilio, A 2012, 'World's most expensive sink covered with 24 karat gold and diamonds cost $80,000', Bornrich, viewed 1 May 2014,
http://www.bornrich.com/worlds-expensive-sink-covered-24-karat-gold-diamonds-cost-80000.html

viSaid, S 2013, 'The Most Expensive Toilets', The Richest, viewed 1 May 2014,
http://www.therichest.com/luxury/most-expensive/the-most-expensive-toilets/

viiEaluxe 2013, Most Expensive Toilet Paper in the World, viewed 1 May 2014,
http://www.ealuxe.com/most-expensive-toilet-paper-world/