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Shower baths are an ideal so­lu­tion; they have a chunky bit at the end near­est the fix­tures giv­ing the user more space for show­er­ing, while re­tain­ing the clas­sic bath fea­tures for when a soak in the tub is on the cards.

Sim­i­larly, Swiss bath­room de­signer Laufen of­fers a space- sav­ing bath when room is tight.

This fab­u­lous bath grad­u­ally widens from one end to the other so you can still en­joy a re­lax­ing soak, with­out the bath tak­ing over your en­tire floorspace.

How­ever, if you are af­ter a true slice of lux­ury Vic­to­ria + Al­bert Baths of­fer some out­stand­ing baths per­fect for un­wind­ing.

This in­spi­ra­tional brand has a range of gor­geous free­stand­ing baths crafted from volcanic lime­stone and high per­for­mance resins – and all have been hand- fin­ished.

With both tra­di­tional and mod­ern mod­els mak­ing up the col­lec­tion there re­ally is some­thing for ev­ery home.

How­ever, for a truly lux­u­ri­ous soak I would highly rec­om­mend the Amalfi.

Not only does it look glo­ri­ous with its sweep­ing sides, but the ex­tended back­rest pro­vides full head sup­port.

We have one on dis­play in our Cardiff show­room and it ex­udes com­fort and so­phis­ti­ca­tion from its ev­ery curve.

When I look back to some of my ear­li­est cre­ations it is amaz­ing to see just how much bath­rooms have moved on.

I’m not just talk­ing about aes­thet­ics – although who isn’t glad to see the back of avocado suites?

Bath­rooms have come a long way when it comes to tech­nol­ogy too.

One of the brands lead­ing the way is Ital­ian firm Teuco.

Teuco boasts a wealth of gor­geous tubs, with ev­ery­thing from the free­stand­ing Siena – a beau­ti­fully sim­ple tub that is as el­e­gant as it is im­pres­sive – to the Sea­side col­lec­tion; square baths packed with the lat­est whirlpool and light­ing tech.

Per­son­ally, I love Mia& Me – a tra­di­tional rec­tan­gu­lar bath com­plete with the firm’s Hy­dro­line tech.

What is Hy­dro­line? It’s Teuco’s own whirlpool tech­nol­ogy, which re­places chunky, un­sightly noz­zles with dis­creet, thin slits packed with pres­sure like that ex­pe­ri­enced dur­ing a mas­sage.

It’s also noise­less, mak­ing it per­fect for those who want a truly re­lax­ing bathing ex­pe­ri­ence.

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