A room ripe for seduction needs to do more than get the basics right: the hotel you think is home to the Sexiest Bedroom in the World will pull out all the stops to light your fire. There's no stinting on quality; the lighting is just-so; maybe the minibar has a few fun extras, or the view's a corker.
It was a tough category to call, but the judges agreed that Six Senses’ five ravishingly romantic Water Villas were deserving winners: set right on the ocean, overlooking a coral reef, they’re secluded, private and impossible to leave. Water Villa 5 is the pick of the bunch, with an infinity-edge plunge pool set seductively into the rocks, a private ladder leading into the ocean, and rustic-luxe good looks that conjure a cocoon of pure castaway romance…
‘The views alone give Suite 57’s bedroom sex appeal. I particularly love the indulgent bathroom, where you can shower beside floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking Central Park’
Tamara Heber-Percy, Mr & Mrs Smith co-founder
‘The pastels against the ragged ruins, the netted four-poster opposite the huge bath tub… It seems beyond any bedroom you could dream up: the perfect escape for a sexy weekend away’
Jessie Ware, singer/songwriter
Sometimes, size does matter: a small bed is a deal-breaker in this category. Crucially, it has to be super-comfortable and dressed for the occasion, whether you favour billowing drapery, crisp snow-white cotton or tactile, top-quality linen.
Even if your tastes are minimal, a sense of decadence is still important. Are the finishes luxurious? The fabrics refined? Does something special draw your eye (other than your other half)?
Could you happily hole up here for a weekend? Is this somewhere you can shut the door and feel entirely alone together – a romantic retreat in the truest sense?
No stone has been left unturned here to ensure a great experience: the amenities are inspired, the minibar is thoughtfully stocked, and the bath is big enough for two.
The best hotel rooms don't reveal everything straight away: they surprise you with alfresco showers, shutters that hide gob-smacking views, or cabinets containing top-notch tech.
Does this room have that indescribable special something? The Sexiest Bedroom in the World will have you falling in love – it's good-looking, has bags of personality and is a natural charmer. GSOH is an appealing extra.
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