How much is too much to spend on the bathroom of your dreams? When it comes to redesigning your family bathroom, ensuite or downstairs loo, most of us will have a realistic budget to work with. Whether you put aside 5K or 50K for the refurbishments, a new bathroom will add to the enjoyment of your home as well as to the capital value of your property, so it’s money well spent.
But what if money is no object? Take a look at the bathroom indulgences below, provided by interior design specialist Lloyd Wells – working with The Bathroom Discount Centre – to see how the other half lives.
- The most valuable toilet paper in the world
You may have heard of Simon Cowell’s divaesque preference to use nothing but black toilet paper in all his bathrooms in his many houses. As extravagances go, it’s small potatoes compared to this 22 carat gold toilet paper made by an Australian company costing just a shade over £1 million per roll!
According to the manufacturer, it’s a ‘quality 3 ply toilet paper with 24 carat gold through the roll. As you use the toilet paper, 24 carat gold flakes will fall onto the floor and your behind, taking you to another level of sophistication.’
They add, ‘we have been able to produce one roll at this stage. Naturally, it comes gift wrapped. This is 100% usable and safe and made proudly in Australia.’
Let the good times roll.
- The rock crystal bath
Then again, if you have £1 million to spare, you might like to splash out on a new bath tub. The Ecclestone ‘Formula One’ family isn’t known for holding back on lavish spending, proved again in 2011 when Bernie’s daughter Tamara bought a bathtub carved from a single piece of rock crystal. The most expensive tub in the world, it is certainly unique and beautiful, and also very heavy.
‘It’s costing £1 million because I’ve got to reinforce the floor and I’ve had to pay for everyone’s travel and the hauling back and polishing of the crystal. But I spend a lot of time in the bath so it’s worth it,’ she said.
And when your London pad is worth more than £70 million, the logic is crystal clear.
- Bathe with the fishes under the sea
Dubai is known for its grandeur and excess, and no more so than with this extravagant underwater bathroom. The Atlantis Hotel is part of the luxury undersea resort on the manmade Palm Jumeirah Island. There you will find the Poseidon Suite which sleeps up to 5 adults on 3 floors. The bathroom has floor-to-ceiling windows, allowing you to watch Manta Rays cruise past while you recline royally in the tub.
At over £15,000 per night, it doesn’t come cheap but then the old rule applies: if you have to ask you can’t afford it. The good news is that breakfast is included.
- Gold is all around you
This Hong Kong bathroom looks like it belongs to King Midas – everything is golden! This includes the solid gold toilet and toilet seat, the washbasin, the wall tiles and door. The floor is studded with gold bars and even the bathroom dustbin is made from gold!
This most decadent of bathrooms is part of the Hang Fung Gold Technology showroom. Valued at somewhere around £32 million, it is widely thought to be the most expensive bathroom in the world.
Judging by the state of the global economy, it is also likely to be one of the safest investments on the planet.
- Out-of-this-world spaces
It should come as no surprise that the most expensive bathroom of all time can be found in space. Costing £15 million to engineer and design, it’s situated on the International Space Station orbiting 400km above the Earth at over 17,000 mph – meaning it’s also the fastest and most remotely situated bathroom from home.
State-of-the-art technology means that it comes with leg braces to hold the user in place while on the loo, defying gravity. Suction fans transport the waste into holding tanks, while water is extracted from liquid waste and purified for drinking water for the space crew.
Money may be no object, but needs must.