Top 10 suites
Your own butler, the most stunning views, vast lounge areas and private pools... we have pulled together a list of our favourite suites from around the world. We tried to cut down our favourites, but couldn't, so here are our top 13 suites!
Nestled in a lush oceanfront garden enclave with direct access to the beach, CUBE is a sanctuary set in a world of its own. There is an open-plan interior with floor-to-ceiling glass doors looking out to the shaded pool garden and yoga pavilion. With a Bose surround sound system, plasma screens, DVD players and a personal butler on call 24 hours a day throughout your stay.
Ask for one of the Galaxy Sanctuary suites at Jade Mountain, which are the most spacious (over 2000 square feet in size) and on the highest level in the resort, commanding 270 degree views over the Caribbean Sea and the famous Piton mountains. The front of these suites has neither wall nor windows - being entirely open to a magnificent panoramic views and each has an infinity 900 square foot pool stretching from the room onto the balcony.
The two breathtaking Presidential Suites offer an almost unsurpassed level of luxury in the bush. With their own infinity swimming pools and terrace overlooking the reserve and equipped with a telescope, Bose iPod system, espresso machine, wireless internet, air conditioning and fully stocked minibar… they offer the most luxurious safari experience in South Africa.
Sprawling over two floors, the Glade Suite offers views of Whistler Mountain and the Creekside Gondola. The large living room has floor to ceiling windows and a large stone fireplace. On the first floor there is a kitchenette, an oversized balcony, entertainment centre with 40" LCD television and DVD player. There is also a separate bedroom with a king-sized bed and a full luxurious bathroom. A grand staircase leads up to the upper level master bedroom, which has a four-poster king-sized bed, walk-in closet and a gorgeous en-suite bathroom with double soaker bathtub and plate glass rain shower.
The Infinito Suite at the historic Palazzo Avino, Ravello, is one of the largest and most beautiful suites in southern Italy. Situated on the top floor of the medieval building, this bi-level suite is composed of one large living room including a dining area, a bedroom and a large bathroom with both a Jacuzzi bath and separate large shower. There is also an additional guest bathroom in the living room area. On the top floor, there is a relaxing area that leads onto a very large private outdoor terrace (with Jacuzzi and outdoor dining) with a breathtaking view over the Amalfi coast.
The ultimate in sophistication, the luxurious Villa Emerald Bungalow at Ponta dos Ganchos features integrated bedroom and living areas, a day sauna, a whirlpool bathtub with sea view and a spa area with massage tatamis. Outside there is a private deck with chaise lounges and a private lap pool with sweeping views over the emerald ocean. The villa also has its own wine cellar and private fitness centre.
There are 6 Loft Suites at the Portetta, sleeping between 4-6, so they are ideal for families or small groups. Our favourite is Loft 6 - suitable for four adults and two children and the only Loft on the very top floor of the hotel. With plenty of space; the two main en-suite bedrooms are unique in their design and have stunning views. The third bedroom contains two large single beds with en-suite shower room. This apartment feels more like a small house with its large open living area, dining table and kitchen. Guest can also benefit from the Scott Dunn Mini Explorers club.
With a deck suspended a thousand feet above the crashing waves on California’s Big Sur coast, the ultra-private Cliff Suite at Post Ranch Inn literally defies gravity. You enter the suite through a private courtyard to be instantly met by the gob-smacking ocean panorama through the glass walls. With a wood burning fire place, wrap around balcony and radiant-heated slate floors and luxurious indoor spa tub.
With a unique curved floor plan in excess of 120m², the Osprey Pavilion features a magnificent king bedroom with generous walk-in wardrobe, separate sunken lounge with lavish custom furnishings, EcoSmart fire, state-of-the-art audio visual system and laptop computer. The open bathroom commands views to the horizon, and boasts a hand sculptured granite bath, heated limestone floors and deluxe rain shower. An awe-inspiring outdoor terrace with sun lounges and private plunge spa extends into the coast for incredible uninterrupted, panoramic views of the wild Southern Ocean.
Udaipur’s Lake Palace is surely one of the world’s most iconic and romantic hotels. If you are looking to experience the opulent lifestyles of the Maharajas, then opt for the Khush Mahal suite. Hidden away at the rear of the hotel, this was once the private suite of the Queen and is one of the most fascinating rooms in the Palace. With its elegant, understated design and authentic details, the suite brings alive 18th century Rajput luxury.
This enormous 175m² suite consists of a large bedroom, large separate sitting room with dining area (and kitchenette). Sliding doors from the living areas lead out onto a terrace with private 12m pool complete with sun loungers, outside dining area and Jacuzzi. For additional guests/family, the Presidential Suite can be connected to 1 or 2 Superior Deluxe Rooms. All 3 rooms share an inner courtyard, which can be closed off and made exclusively available if one party books all 3 rooms.