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Sweet space: the best hotel suites around the world

Take your next hotel stay up a notch with facilities such as a butler, private lift, and views over the world's most beautiful cities

Terrazza Redentore Suite, Gritti Palace, Venice

This suite may not be the biggest on the list, but it is certainly one of the most spectacular. Its biggest draw is the rooftop terrace, which overlooks some of the most beautiful attractions in Venice, from the Grand Canal to the Santa Maria della Salute church. Soak in the Italian sun with the outdoor Jacuzzi, sundeck and alfresco dining area, while a pair of Leica binoculars is provided to make the most of the view. Just as much attention to detail has been paid to the interiors, resplendent with historical frescoes, Rubelli design fabrics and grand chandeliers made from Murano glass.

From €9,100 per night, thegrittipalace.com

The Apartment Suite, Mandarin Oriental, Paris

This summer, Mandarin Oriental, Paris will launch its massive new 430 sq m Apartment Suite, one of the largest in the French capital. The suite’s design has been overseen by Gilles & Boissier, who, alongside landscape designers Christophe Gautrand & Associates have created a unique space with an authentic 230 sq m terrace inspired by the great French gardens. Given the room available, the suite features several different environments - each with its own ambiance - which will change with the seasons, as well as with the whims and desires of its guests.

POA, mandarinoriental.com

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Mark Five Bedroom Terrace Suite, Mark Hotel, New York

Scott Frances

Almost a decade ago, acclaimed French designer Jacques Grange put his own contemporary spin on what was one of New York's most iconic hotels. This year he returned to the Mark to revamp two of its suites in his signature style, the largest of which is an impressive five-bedroom, 455-plus square metre space on the 14th floor with enviable vistas across the heart of the city. High-end interior design touches include bathrooms fitted with a black-and-white marble bath and deep-soaking tub, where you can relax using fine Italian toiletries specially formulated for the hotel. And while there's also a custom kitchen, kitted out with all the mod cons from the likes of Gaggenau, Miele and Sub-Zero, why cook when you can order up room service from the Jean-Georges Vongerichten restaurant below? 

POA; themarkhotel.com

Presidential Suite, Twelve Apostles, Cape Town

Located within the Table Mountain National Park, this exclusive hideaway is just a 10-minute drive from the heart of Cape Town. Take a helicopter transfer to the Waterfront or watch whales, dolphins, and seals from the Leopard Bar terrace, as the hotel boarders a marine sanctuary. The nightly rate for the presidential suite includes afternoon tea for two, a mountain walk with picnic, massage treatments, and a wine tasting with the hotel’s sommelier. The suite is a beautifully open-planned room that includes a panoramic views of the Atlantic Ocean with the wrap-around terrace, that is also the perfect place to take a meal or have a drink. A personal butler is also on hand to meet your every need.

From £3,442 per night; www.12apostleshotel.com

Sterling Suite, The Langham, London

Michael Weber Photography

At 450 square metres, this suite is one of the largest in London, accommodating 12 guests in utmost comfort across its six bedrooms. A bolthole for the discreet traveller, benefits include a 24-hour personal butler and access via a private lift, while the extensive amenities on hand mean there's no need to venture beyond its walls should you wish. Highlights include the spacious drawing room, complete with piano, bespoke fireplace and bar, while further spaces for in-suite entertainment include a dining area and private media lounge.

From £25,000 per night; langhamhotels.com

The Penthouse, Four Seasons George V, Paris

With 360-degree views over the French capital, you need not venture from your suite to take in some of its most iconic sights. The expansive terrace looks out across its most famous landmarks, including the Eiffel Tower, Sacre-Coeur Basilica and the Pantheon, while there's a more intimate, second outdoor space directly leading off the master bedroom. A home-away-from-home feel has been created through careful design touches: curl up and read a book from the fully stocked bookcase in the cosy Knoll armchairs, or kick back in the infinity bath complete with chromotherapy system.

From €22,500 per night; fourseasons.com. Image copyright Gregoire Gardette.

Laucala Island’s Hilltop Estate, Fiji

This private tropical paradise offers elegance with a heavy dose of luxury. The main residence offers a breathtaking, 360-degree panoramic view of the island as well as tropical gardens, a thatch-roofed library, and a private kitchen - not to mention two swimming pools. There are also a variety of activities on offer here from playing golf on the 18-hole championship course to exploring the beaches on the back of one of Laucala Island’s eight Fijian horses. Elements of the island are also incorporated into your stay from locally grown and produced food to spa products made right on Laucala Island. And for a night of pure indulgence, sit back and be pampered by your own personal chef and chauffeur while your nanny looks after the kids.

From $43,800 per night; laucala.com

 
Jumeirah Vittaveli’s Royal Residence, Maldives

Situated in a Maldivian hideaway at the far side of the island, this resort offers pure tranquility throughout its 3,500 square-metre five-bedroom residence. Enjoy your very own private beach, two swimming pools, a spa, massage room, and teppanyaki-style restaurant with award-winning chefs. Sea adventures are also on offer, with water sports and excursions departing directly from the Royal Residence, allowing you to enjoy your stay in complete privacy. A celebrity photographer will also document your journey, adding to the memories you can take home from the trip. Plus, your very own personal astronomer can take you through the marvels of the night sky, which, given the location, twinkles most evenings with bright stars. 

From £20,264 per night; jumeriah.com 

Sabi Sabi Private Game Reserve’s Amber Presidential Suite, South Africa

For the past 40 years, Sabi Sabi Private Game Reserve has offered visitors from around the world a unique experience as well as unforgettable game drives. Located in the world-renowned 65,000-hectare Sabi Sand reserve in Greater Kruger National Park, guests are able to observe animals in their natural habitats with knowledgeable rangers and trackers on hand to introduce them to the wonders of the bush. The presidential suite adds elegance, sophistication, and no shortage of indulgence with a private pool, dining facilities, and lavish decor that captures the spirit of nature and all the luxury you could possibly wish for.

From ZAR 43,800 per night; sabisabi.com

 
Ocean Residence, Milaidhoo Island, Maldives

Experience a traditional island adventure from the comfort of this outstanding room that offers spectacular views of the ocean. The 380 sq m overwater villa is at once modern and elegant yet authentic and steeped in Maldivian culture. Take in the views with a glass of wine from your very own private loft deck. Swim in your personal infinity and freshwater pool with steps that descend straight into the sea, complete with a swing chair and sun loungers. Guests have a dedicated chef at hand for all meals, prepared according to their preference, as well as a 24-hour butler. Set over the spectacular Unesco Biosphere Reserve, you can also enjoy water sports, fitness classes, and three world-class restaurants.

From £3,567 per night; www.milaidhoo.com

The Beach House, Legian Seminyak, Bali

The hotel’s villa provides a level of privacy and luxury that anyone looking for a proper escape will adore. With three bedrooms and a 16m private infinity pool, this chic house is designed by Indonesian architect Jaya Ibraham. Two butlers and a personal chauffeur will be on hand as you enjoy complimentary afternoon cocktails and canapés while sunbathing and taking in the magnificent views at this luxurious beach home away from home. Legian Seminyak also provides access to one of Bali’s best beaches, which includes a beach club, shopping, and restaurants.

From £2,660 per night; www.lhm-hotels.com

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