There comes a time when great is no longer good enough. Some occasions call for grand. Nowhere is this truer than with high-end hotel suites, where the plush beds and marbled baths that previously defined an opulent stay have given way to wine cellars, 103-inch television screens, personal saunas and all sorts of other elevated extras.
Floating by itself in the Maldives’ turquoise expanse, the hideaway offers an outdoor infinity pool, a speedboat, and a gym and bathroom with ocean vistas. But descend the spiral staircase for the real stunner: more than 16 feet below sea level, the domed master bedroom surrounds you with underwater views.
Manhattan Sky Suite
Soak up breathtaking 59th-floor views from New York’s highest suite overlooking Central Park. But there’s much to look at inside the brand-new retreat, too. Spanning 4,200 square feet, the lofty space has three bedrooms, 3 bathrooms, a full kitchen with Miele appliances and a living room with a glass-enclosed fireplace.
Abu Dhabi Suite
Among the United Arab Emirates’ top properties, brushed gold faucets and brilliant chandeliers seemingly come standard. To stand out, this Four-Star Abu Dhabi hotel presents this 12,056-square-foot jewel that goes beyond the usual trinkets by having hand-tufted wool carpets, a state-of-the-art spa and a five-person theater.
The Presidential Suite
The pinnacle of one of Shanghai’s most exquisite addresses, this Presidential Suite captivates in a host of ways. If you’re a fan of contemporary design done with a traditional touch, you’ll be awed by the space’s furnishings and light fixtures. Vino connoisseurs will appreciate the private wine cellar. And most everyone staying in the 8,482-square-foot palace will be enamored by two rooftop gardens that provide tremendous views of the cosmopolitan city.
The Royal Residence
When a simple suite won’t do, check into this eight-bedroom behemoth in Zurich. Occupying the hotel’s entire fourth floor, Europe’s largest suite (all 21,258 square feet of it) boasts a 360-degree terrace, an 18-seat dining room (call your private chef to make use of it), eight bedrooms and bathrooms and a shisha lounge.
Sprawled across nearly 20,000 square feet of indoor and outdoor space, the recently unveiled Seven South is the Caribbean’s largest luxury hotel suite. It takes over the seventh floor with nine bedrooms, a movie theater, a living room with a dining area, a kitchen and a wrap-around terrace overlooking Seven Mile Beach.
Named for the famed Beanie Babies founder, this recently debuted Santa Barbara suite is anything but child’s play. An oceanfront plunge pool, outdoor rain shower, a croquet lawn and two alfresco entertaining terraces make it tempting to stay outdoors, but a one-of-a-kind bathtub carved from a single piece of French limestone might just lure you back inside. And the striking scenery is never far from view: the master bedroom’s floor-to-ceiling windows overlook the sweeping coastline
Dubai meets Versailles within this 8,400-square-foot, two-bedroom accommodation that houses a gilded marble staircase, an in-suite elevator and a private cinema.
Suite Lalique by Patrick Hellmann
In honor of its 90th anniversary in 2019, this Four-Star Paris property unveiled a brand-new, art-deco-inspired accommodation named after storied French glassmaker Lalique. Envisioned by renowned designer Patrick Hellmann, the two-story escape oozes Parisian art-deco decadence with a sleek and shiny palette of black, gold and white. It also boasts crystal artworks, an enchanting black marble bathroom with Eiffel Tower views.