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35 Outstanding outdoor bathroom ideas

By Elise Hodge

Updated: May 5th, 2020

Soak, relax and enjoy the tranquility of mother nature...

When I think of outdoor bathrooms, I think of relaxing in a tropical place, being surrounded by plants, watching the stars appear one by one or just the convenience of being able to wash off after a dip in the ocean. Outdoor bathrooms are both tranquil and functional. And the beauty of building an outdoor bathroom is that you don’t need a big budget or a massive space to create one.

One of the great benefits of creating your outdoor bathroom is that you can make use of your existing plants and walls for privacy. And, as we all know that items left outside can perish, you can reuse old baths and fittings so that it doesn’t matter if your set up gets a little beaten up.

All in all, an outdoor bathroom is something you should definitely consider as your next house DIY project. Check out these dreamy outdoor bathrooms for some ideas!

1. Repurposed bathtub

Scrub a dub dub, how cute is this tub?! What a great idea for a hot day or just some outdoor water fun with the kids. Use your outdoor shower to fill up a large tub for the kids to splash around in. Or you could even use it to wash your furry friends outside. Bonus!

Outdoor bath
Source: heeeyitsmariah

2. Hampton’s coastal

Check out this perfect coastal Hamptons outdoor area. I love the red door and striped towel that just feel like holidays are near! Plus, having your surfboard by the door makes things easy in the morning when you just want to run out the door and catch a wave!

Plus, having outdoor lights next to your outside shower is a great idea for those long days at the beach when you’re coming home at dusk.

Outdoor bathroom
Source: Rethink Design Studio

3. Indoor-outdoor bathroom

Enjoy the best of both worlds with a bathroom where you can easily walk from the inside into the outdoors and in this case, enjoy a soothing bath. The green tiles on both walls also add to the natural outdoorsy vibe that the designer is going for here.

indoor-outdoor-bathroom
Source: Domino

4. Black privacy screening

Privacy is everything and modern screening like this in a black keeps everything chic.

outdoor-bath-black-wall
Source: Domino

5. Country chic outdoor bathroom

What a stunning rustic space to chill out. From the infinity pool and massive verandah to the non-interrupted views – I love how relaxing this house would be to live in.

rustic-outdoor-bathroom
Source: Domino

6. Circular haven

This circular alcove looks like such a relaxing haven to wash off in. The wooden shower fixture and grated circular drain area work in perfect harmony with the cement walls that meet the greenery. And the way the greenery is growing down towards the shower area really merges the two elements together seamlessly.

outdoor bathroom
Source: Design Rulz

7. Magical mosaics

Wow, how magical is this outdoor mosaic wall feature?! While the green tones fade beautifully into the green trees behind the recess, the wall still provides added privacy with a touch of elegance. The green bottle to the left of the area is also a cute little decor piece that decorates the space, providing a homely feel.

Outdoor shower
Source: Alle Ideen

This mosaic tiling would look stunning inside too if you wanted to put it in your internal bathroom. If you want to see some other amazing wall options, here are the best bathroom tile ideas.

8. One with nature

Feel like a goddess and be one with nature in this divine shower area. The tree trunk stand is such an innovative execution when you’re wanting to create an outdoor space to wash off without making it too noticeable. The tree trunk fades into the environment so well that if the shower was turned off you would barely notice it!

Tree shower
Source: Bees and Roses

9. Yellow tub time

If you’re wanting to make your outdoor bathroom a feature of your garden, using a bright colour for your tub will do the trick! My eyes are immediately drawn to this bright yellow tub that looks oh so inviting. Even if it was a rainy night, you could still enjoy an outdoor bath under the shelter with the blissful sound of raindrops on the roof.

Yellow bathtub
Source: Improvised Life

It’s actually a really great idea to have some shade (and privacy) covering your outdoor bathroom area. If you want something like in the image above, get a pergola expert to help get the supplies and make sure it’s sturdy.

10. Simple stone

This shower area is super simple with the slated stone, yet also so effective. The rustic shower head along with the stone-look concrete column and slab to stand on really work together beautifully with the greenery that surrounds. And no wonder the vegetation is so lush and green with this beautiful shower installation!

Outdoor shower
Source: Dishfunctional Designs

11. Open and freeing

Living on acreage definitely has its perks, especially when you can have an open outdoor shower onsite looking out to the wide rolling hills of green grass and forest. This setting is absolute bliss with the little man statue with a bar of soap in waiting while he balances a towel on his head for you.

Outdoor bathroom
Source: Cottages Gardens

12. Green improvisation

If you have an area that doesn’t have much natural greenery, improvise by using green in other ways! The designer of this clever courtyard has utilised green through the paint on the wall as well as using a green granite for the tub and the green foliage. With simplicity, this outdoor bathroom would be extremely low maintenance and super easy to clean.

Outdoor bath
Source: Frenchy Fancy

13. Towels within reach

This glorious outdoor bathroom design uses wooden wall divider for privacy between the door and the shower, and also to hang up towels for easy access. This wall would also be a great place to hang up towels after the beach instead of bringing sand inside which would work really well for a busy and active family.

Outdoor bathroom
Source: Inspirations Deco

14. Privacy screens

This bathroom has the privacy and convenience of an indoor shower with the black slatted privacy screens. And it also has the essence of an outdoor bathroom due to the open roof, rocky terrain and greenery surrounding. Talk about making the best of both worlds!

Outdoor bath
Source: Regard Set Maisons

15. Weeping willow

Doesn’t just looking at this outdoor space make you feel relaxed? I feel like this bath is something that Jane and Tarzan would use with monkeys climbing through the trees and elephants passing by.

Jungle bath
Source: inbedwith.me

16. Bathing with the bougainvilleas

This outdoor bathroom looks like it could belong in the pages of Vogue Italia located in the Italian countryside. The vertical shower stream gives the effect of rain, which would feel so refreshing. And I especially love the stunning pink flowering bougainvilleas. Imagine how spectacular it will look when it gets longer and completely covers the roofing.

Outdoor bathroom
Source: One & Only

17. Just the basics

How simply genius is this set up? It’s pretty much just a bath with absolutely no fuss. Simple and effective. And I love the addition of the wooden plank to place your book and bubble bath liquid. Also, the log table holding the mug is such a simple yet handy touch. You could easily recreate a setup like this, even if you have limited space.

Bath tub
Source: Improvised Life

18. In the tropics

What a lush, tropical paradise this outdoor bathroom is. I love how this garden has been transformed for sole use as an outdoor bathroom. You could wash off in the shower, or lay back and relax in the bath. The greenery is overgrown yet is still neat and allows access to the shower and bath areas.

Outdoors
Source: Golden Eye

19. A deck with a view

This amazing outdoor bathroom is part of a safari resort in Africa. I can imagine relaxing in that bath and watching the incredible animals of Africa just casually strolling past. What an absolute dream. I love how the natural elements of wood have been used for this instalment so that the outdoor bathroom really blends in with nature.

Outdoor bathroom
Source: Belmond Khwai River Lodge

20. Feature wall

This feature wall of the angel is such a beautiful but sombre image. It makes me think that the water from the outdoor shower is representative of her tears but in a beautiful way. The creative tiling that has been used is not only functional to protect the wall, but the bathroom tiler has created a work of art that really stands out which makes this bathroom extremely memorable.

Outdoor bathroom
Source: The Greenhouse

21. Bucket storage

This beachy outdoor shower has many thoughtful touches, including the bucket storage. I love how simple it is, yet so functional. You could keep all your essentials in such as your shampoo, conditioner and soap or even a few water-friendly toys for the kids to enjoy while you are scrubbing all that salt water and sand out of their hair!

Outdoor bathroom
Source: Hotel Azucar

22. Countryside living

Rolling hills, the sound of cows mooing in the distance and a place to unwind – it doesn’t get much more country chic than this! I would love to step into this makeshift shower area whilst enjoying all the beautiful surroundings. This is literally just a round tin tub with a tri-stand shower attached to it. Perhaps you could put a hole in the bottom to drain the water and double it as a watering system for your plants under the deck.

Outdoor bath
Source: Graine & Ficelle

23. Serene surroundings

Oh to be able to go from crystal clear ocean straight to your own shower to wash off all within your own private villa. This outdoor shower seems so secluded and almost like you’re showering in the middle of the ocean.

Outdoor shower
Source: COMO Maalifushi

24. Cleansing corner

This beautiful cleansing corner is the perfect place to wash off. It’s so private that you could even have your daily showers out here! The little floating shelf is the perfect addition to keep your favourite products ready to go. I also love the little stool that has a towel on it ready and waiting.

Outdoor shower
Source: Inspirations Deco

25. Sunken tub

What a perfect place to relax after a long day! Instead of just plonking a bath in the middle of your courtyard, you could talk to your bathroom renovation builder about cutting into your deck and inserting a spa bath into your space. This area looks so tranquil with the lanterns either side and warm lighting which emphasize the other relaxing places to relax.

Sunken tub
Source: Soneva Kiri

26. Indoor-outdoor balcony

Here is another beautiful outdoor bathroom looking out across the ocean. I love how this design utilises outdoor roofing which really gives it that indoor-outdoor feel. The candles on the bath really set the mood whilst the rolled-up towels add a level of luxury and hotel vibes.

Outdoor bath
Source: Anantara Sanya Resort & Spa

27. Safari luxe

I feel like if I was to experience this place in real life I would be absolutely speechless. It really doesn’t get much better than sipping on champagne in a bubble bath with a family of elephants strolling by.

I would seriously need someone to pinch me a million times over if I was lucky enough to relax in this area. I love the added detail through the ornate feet on the bath along with the vintage details of the faucet.

Outside bathroom
Source: The Luxury Safari Company

28. Caved alcove

This irregular shaped alcove wall reminds me of a cave, so this outdoor bathroom definitely feels cosy, warm and welcoming. The lanterns hanging off the stonework along with the tea light candles dotted around the place ensuring maximum relaxation.

Outdoor bath
Source: Garonga Safari Camp

29. Sanctuary courtyard

How divine is this sanctuary courtyard?! It looks like it could be right out of a resort in Bali where the rainforests are lush and the mood is nothing but relaxing. Drop a few rose petals in the bath, get yourself something yummy to sip on and you won’t want to leave this pleasant paradise.

Outside bath
Source: Cotsura Cursopin

30. Bamboo forest big tub

Who else needs to curl up in this tub right now?! Looking over a bamboo forest, this big bath could easily fit the whole family in. I love the large and emphasised bath tap that curves around in a semi-circle that imitates the same roundness of the tub.

Outdoor bathroom
Source: Four Seasons

31. Coastal haven

Wow, I can only imagine the extravagance of the property looking out onto this coastal haven. The white bath is so simple sitting out on the vast deck. I love how the bath is placed in the perfect direction facing the rolling waves.

Outside bath
Source: Thalia Haven

32. Outdoor hut vibes

What a beautiful courtyard to get some much-needed rest and recuperation. Nestled under a Bali style hut, this square bath is every bit luxurious as it is functional with the wood plank topped off with all your bathing essentials. And, the perfect essentials are all within your reach – a good book, a selection of bath products and a towel to dry off with!

Outdoor bath
Source: Anantara Dhigu Resort & Spa

33. Natural elements

This design utilises many natural elements that really enhance the small space. The pebble flooring along with the tiled slates to stand on are a great idea as the stones give a softer look to the area, whilst the tile provides a smooth place to stand on so you aren’t stepping directly on sharp rocks.

I also love the hanging plants that have been strategically placed so that they look like they are growing from the external garden beyond the walls.

Outdoor shower
Source: Janni Olssondeler

34. Double up

If you have the room for it, placing two bathtubs in the one place means that you and your loved one can enjoy a bath next to each other whilst still having your own space. Also, the addition of the fire pit is such a great idea as it provides warmth and an added touch of relaxation into the space.

Outdoor baths
Source: Glen Oaks

35. Desert escape

Give me a tub among the trees and I’ll be very happy. The hexagonal deck that has been built into this vast space provides the perfect surface to place your bath on. And I love the ornate feet on the bath that bring a luxe touch to this outdoor area.

Bath tub in desert
Source: Venue Report

There you have it, 35 outdoor bathroom ideas for your next house project! My personal favourites are the bathrooms that incorporate candles and lanterns for added relaxation and, of course, the bathrooms that have glorious views to look out onto! Which ones stood out to you? Would you be game to create an outdoor bathroom yourself? Let me know below!

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Elise H

I've recently moved into a new home and I've been having so much fun decorating it with pretty wall prints and Scandinavian-inspired furniture. So as well as being a freelance writer, I'm always on the lookout for new design pieces for my home!

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