The Suite Life

Ever wanted to know how the folks on the top floor live? Hotels take their Penthouse Suites very seriously and these leading houses of slumber boast the most lavish and palatial playpens around.



The pinnacle suite at the newly reimagined Lotte New York Palace hotel, an icon on Madison Avenue that recently underwent a US$140 million facelift, the Tower Champagne Suite is exactly where well-heeled world wanderers should unroll their LV-stitched swag bags. Located atop the 55-storey Tower wing, an exclusive hotel-within-a-hotel, this opulent suite is as ideal for indulgent recluses as it is for ballers looking to celebrate in style. At 5,000sqft, the two bedroom urban retreat is spread across three floors and accommodates up to six guests amidst black and bronze modern deco interiors that include a Nouveau Nero polished marble foyer and a 29-footwide mural by French artists Alex et Marine. Arrive far from prying eyes via chauffeur-driven Mayback limo and plush private elevator; throw another log on the wood burning fireplace (just joking, your maître d’étage will do it for you); sip a martini on the terrace shaken by mixologists from acclaimed cocktail divan Trouble’s Trust; and have the culinary team create a bespoke degustation menu, served in the private dining room. Afterwards escape the evening chill in the private Jacuzzi, perhaps with a few new-found friends. From US$25,000 per night.



One of the city’s newest luxury enclaves, the infinitely-elegant Shangri-La Bosphorus brings touches of the Orient to the gates of Europe. A short walk from Dolmabahce Palace and the boutiques of Nisantasi, the hotel is home to the expansive, regal Shangri-La Suite, which occupies half of the hotel’s top floor and boasts a total of three expansive terraces to ensure the best views of the city’s seven silhouettes. With two sumptuous guest rooms, separate living and dining rooms, and a spacious marble-clad master bathroom, this stylish 3,940sqft suite is sophisticated luxury without being OTT; beds are dressed in 800-count linens, walls are a patchwork of curated art pieces and 42-inch LCD televisions, and the bathroom features heated floors, a deep soak tub and Bvlgari amenities. Be sure to leave time to match Old World wines with authentic Cantonese fine dining (using the suite’s antique silver cutlery, naturally) from the hotel’s signature Shang Palace restaurant at an intimate private dinner party under the stars, or greet the evening with an intimate in-suite spa treatment, conducted by therapists from world-renowned CHI The Spa. US$28,000 per night.



If three is a crowd, 12 is a party, which is just as well, because that’s how many the Two Story Sky Villa at Vegas’ Palms Casino Resort caters to. Located atop the aptly-named Palms Fantasy Tower, this incredible suite boasts two master bedrooms and a duo of doubles for sleep-overs, as well as a total of five and a half bathrooms, each with spa tubs that can accommodate more than a London black cab. Explore your new home-away-from-home via a private glass-encased elevator, which opens onto 9,000sqft of palatial living that includes a glass-enclosed cantilevered plunge pool, an expansive private terrace with views of the Strip, a private spa suite with sauna, and hot and cold running butler service. There are 11 LCD and plasma televisions (almost one per guest), including three found in the media room, a personalised concierge service, and nightly bespoke turndowns. Other perks include VIP club access across the city, and round trip limo transfers. Alternatively if you’re looking for something a little different, the hotel’s 10,000sqft Hardwood Suite features its own indoor basketball court with NBA-sized fold out beds, a pool table, wet bar and its own club lounge.



For something distinctly more OTT you can’t go past the top suite at what is regularly regarded as the most luxurious hotel in the world. At 8,395sqft, the Royal Suite at the Burj is opulence epitomised, with a price tag to match. With enough colour to give you a LSD flashback, the two-bedroom suite features Rolls Royce transfers, a private elevator, a standalone dining room for 12 in which guests can enjoy bespoke menus from one of the hotel’s seven world class restaurants, an Arabic-styled, harem-esque lounge, a private cinema for impromptu movie nights, a private library for when you’re feeling more philosophical, and as much marble and gleaming gold as you could shake an Amex black card at. The four poster bed in the master bedroom rotates, naturally, and features a 12 option pillow menu and Egyptian linens, while bathrooms come complete with marble Jacuzzis, Kelly Caleche and Terre d’Hermes toiletries and medusa’s head showers. You can control your temporary palace via a gold-dipped iPad, while techies will love the twin 21-inch iMacs, interactive HD televisions, and Bose surround sound system. A platoon-strength team of butlers will ensure even the most outlandish request is catered to while you play Sultan for a Day. US$23,000 per night.



A little close to home but with all the regal finesse associated with the British capital, the 5,000sqft Royal Penthouse at the Corinthia Hotel is spread across two levels, connected by a sweeping staircase and internal elevator. Enter via a Chinoiserie-styled lobby dressed in grey Marquino marble floors and gessopanelled walls; beyond is a dining room, complete with a gleaming Makassar ebony dining table catering to ten lucky souls, while there’s another for four in the expansive lounge, home to a working gas fireplace, a fully stocked cocktail cabinet, and oak parquet floors. The help remain unseen in the butler’s pantry, home to a walk-in wine cellar, while guests can secrete themselves in the cozy study, with its large workspace, fireplace and concealed flat screen televisions. You’ll find it understandably hard to leave the master bedroom upstairs, which comes decked out in honey onyx and yellow Skiros marble, and boasts its own Apaiser stone bath, walk in shower and gas fire, but if you do you’ll discover a spacious master bedroom, a guest bedroom and ensuite in taupe and chocolate, a private spa suite, a separate living room, and a roof terrace with panoramic views and its own gas fire pit, a must for those Amedei Porcelanalaced smores. From GBP18,000 per night.

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