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James Lo­han, founder of web­site Mr & Mrs smith (mrandmrs­smith. com) of­fers an in­sight into the hottest trends in ho­tel bath­rooms.

* spa fa­cil­i­ties. some ho­tels, such as Gi­dleigh park in devon, are bring­ing the spa ex­pe­ri­ence into the bath­room with steam rooms and saunas.

* sunken baths are be­com­ing fash­ion­able again. Great for mak­ing a room feel big­ger, eas­ier to step into – not to men­tion reach­ing for your glass.

* High-im­pact wall cov­er­ings, such as mo­saics or prints. A great ex­am­ple is pal­i­house santa Mon­ica in cal­i­for­nia, where the bath­rooms have fea­ture prints on the walls – who says you can’t have pa­pered walls in a bath­room?

* Free­stand­ing baths in the bed­room are still very much on-trend – sa­nará on Tu­lum Beach in Mex­ico does this with aplomb, as does Fox­hill Manor in the cotswolds, with side-by-side tubs set by the win­dow.

* Thought­ful de­tails, such as the heated, steam-free mir­rors in the bath­rooms at The Beau­mont in Lon­don are ge­nius, while the swivel mir­rors lo­cated ei­ther side of the dou­ble sinks at Uxua casa Ho­tel & spa in Brazil are guar­an­teed to find the best light.

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