April 21, 1997 12:00 PM

Actress Traci Bingham, 29, who gets all wet every day on Baywatch, doesn’t stray very far from the water during her off-hours. “I spend most of my time in the bathroom,” she says. “I’m putting on makeup. I’m getting massages, reading or just sitting there. When my girlfriends come over we’ll usually have conversations just sitting on the counter with a glass of champagne.” Bingham strongly believes that sharing the light-filled master bath in her new Studio City, Calif., condo is important for her two-year relationship with live-in beau Robb Vallier, 27, a musician. “It gives us an opportunity to spend more time together,” she says. And to communicate. “I get up before my boyfriend does. I write love letters to him in the mirror with lipstick and soap.” The recreational possibilities in a bathroom are unlimited. “We once put about 20 gallons of milk and two jars of honey and a little bit of hot water in the tub, then took a bath. It was very romantic and very fun,” she says. But a lavish latrine is important for another reason. “Traci always smells like seaweed and suntan lotion when she comes home,” complains Vallier. “I’m like, ‘Oh, God, get in the bath.’ I can’t stand the smell.”

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