It’s the weekend, and this means two main things: 1) we’re relaxing and chillaxing in our comfy pants, and 2) we’re indulging in some self-love and care.

If the latter is super up your street, settle this for us: in 2020, are bubble baths still relevant? Are they still cool? Do you take a bath regularly? Or are you #TeamShower?

As we ponder inside yet another stunning stand-alone marble bathtub at our favourite weekend hotels, we decided to soak it all up and draw up arguments both for and against taking a bath. Read on for our thoughts, and pick your side.

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The case for taking a bath

  1. You don’t just take a bath, you draw a bath, and that has a beautiful ring to it already
  2. It’s a great way to put your Jo Malones and Diptyques to use
  3. Also your bath bombs
  4. It is ~relaxing~ and goes beyond mere cleansing
  5. Is there a better place to read? Or to think? Or to just be?
  6. Sleeping after taking a bath reminds us of being a baby without worries again
  7. It is romantic and you can throw in cute stuff like petals
  8. Baths = the closest we can get to a Japanese onsen at home
  9. Bubble baths = golden ‘gram material
  10. “Shower Thoughts” are real, but “Bathtub Thoughts” are deeper.

The case against taking a bath

  1. Have you heard of global warming
  2. Sitting in your own filth
  3. You end up taking a shower after your bath anyway and that seems rather inefficient
  4. Bath bombs are so 2007
  5. If you’re on your phone while you’re in the bath, you’re defeating the ~purpose~
  6. Two words: soggy fingers
  7. Eight words: slipping as you climb out of the bath
  8. A bath takes a century to fill up and cools down within minutes which again seems rather inefficient
  9. Taking a bath with your partner is not as romantic as you think and why would you do that to your limbs?
  10. Human tea bag.

Agree? Disagree? Let’s get bubbly with it?

Lisa Gries
Managing Editor, Bangkok
Lisa loves to travel, and is always on the lookout for the world’s best nap spots. She’s a serious Asian art history nerd, and has a knack for languages and coffee table books. She hopes to publish her own novels one day, one of which will likely be called ‘All The Great Conversations I Had In A Bangkok Speakeasy.’ It’s a work in progress.