So you’ve travelled the world, stayed in the best hotels and you’re rapidly checking off the key items on your life’s bucket-list. It’s getting much harder to impress you now, or so you think. But the world’s best hotels are going above and beyond to do just that. We’ve seen a growing trend in designer, concept suites this year – from the opulent to the whimsical – top-tier rooms to fulfill our needs for the ultimate escapes, or playgrounds when we travel. Drawing from a heritage of upscale luxury, suites are the very best rooms in the house, traditionally the biggest, or with the best view, or containing the latest technology, even. But today, hotel suites have evolved to become whole experiences in themselves, creative, collaborative and experiential – creating memories of a hotel that lasts long after you leave.
Picking up on this trend, we sat down with our friends at Preferred Hotels & Resorts, the collection of upscale and luxurious properties across the world, to talk about today’s best suites. We figured that if anyone would know which they are, they would. And not surprisingly, we came up with dozens of fancy options, but we picked out our favourite eight suites to share with you.
At the Pulitzer Amsterdam in the Netherlands, there are five extraordinary suites, each custom crafted with a sense of adventure at their hearts. When we travel, we collect things – antiques, art and books for example. So to give us explorers that home-from-home feel in the city, they’ve themed these suites accordingly. I liked the Music Collector’s Suite best, as I agree with the suite’s philosophy that every adventure has a soundtrack. Here I found a huge, enviable vinyl collection (and a vintage record player to play them on), a guitar in case my creative juices started to flow and a wall adorned with trumpets. The suite has two rooms with all the amenities offered to all suite guests and nods beautifully to the period architecture. It even has its own separate canal entrance for the true rock and rollers.
In Tuscany, Italy, the Il Salviatino, boasts the Affresco Suite – a dream come true for art and history buffs like me – the quintessential renaissance room is centred around an 1886 fresco by Bruschi and features two oil canvases by Gabriel van der Leeuw, otherwise known as ‘Il Fiammingo’. The room is truly inspirational, providing guests with a step back in time to Italy’s most illustrious age, but fusing it with 21st century sensibilities and sleek technology, not to mention palatial accommodations. You’d think you’d be hard pushed to find something more romantic, but the hotel’s Melodia Suite provides a luxurious, antique elegance, known as one of the world’s most romantic hotel rooms.
Nobody needs an excuse to visit romantic Paris, but the Buddha Bar Hotel Paris is a pretty good one. The hotel pairs Parisian living with neo-Asian opulence, in a luxurious boutique concept set in an 18th century mansion in the city’s stylist 8th Arrondissement. The 182 square metre Suite De Gagny is its grandest dwelling space, situated in heritage apartments and pays homage to King Louis XV’s art collector and treasurer, Augustin Blondel de Gagny. Gagny was responsible for the rise in fashion of oriental art in France and this boudoir suite certainly does him justice, with lovingly restored frescoes and mouldings, gorgeous Asian ornaments, historical paintings, pink granite fireplaces, crystal chandeliers and a voluptuous gold bath.
The eyes of the hotel world turns to Stockholm, Sweden this month for the eagerly anticipated opening of this concept property, At Six. You know that the suites here are going to be a stunners, with all that impeccably tasteful Swedish design sensibility. And despite that Swedish desire for understatement so rooted in the country’s DNA (they call it ‘lagom’) even they couldn’t help but call this suite a Masterpiece. This contemporary penthouse has its own private rooftop terrace, a lavish living room and kitchenette – the ultimate pad in the Scandinavian capital – complete with an amazing view over downtown Stockholm.
I’ll let you into Spain’s Finca Cortesin’s little secret – every single room is a suite – so that’s already a big win for guests. But for the ultimate indulgence, the largest is an 180m2 “palace” (with ceilings looming to an astounding 4m). With a nod to the area’s rich history and an uninterrupted view of the exuberant gardens and the Mediterranean sea, the suite features an enormous lounge that melts into two living areas and two opulent bathrooms. To top it all off, the suite features Roman Travertine marble floors, Persian rugs, Egyptian cotton linen and an impressive collection of east and west antiques.
You got me at Mykonos, Greece – it is one of my favourite places on earth. I’m completely sold when it comes to the Mykonos Princess this luxurious lifestyle property on the shore of the crystal clear waters of Agios Stefanos is all the rage among OutThere travellers. Here, everybody talks about the Mykonian Traditional Maisonette, a traditional Cycladic house built on 3 levels, consisting of 2 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms. From the veranda on the upper level, you’ll enjoy breathtaking views of the island and the Aegean Sea.
At the Capri Tiberio Palace on the infamous isle of the divas, 1950s Hollywood glamour has been recreated in its new Bellevue Suite. Expect absolute privacy and unrivalled elegance in this escape of the rich-and-famous, complete with sea views throughout, the most breathtaking from its private terrace overlooking the island and the Mediteranean Sea. It has its own fitness area (unique to Capri) and a heated splash pool, totalling an astounding 250 square metres.
One to set Jaguar fans (or any petrol-head’s) hearts racing, the Hotel Sans Souci’s Jaguar suite is an homage to the legendary car marque. Stylish imagery, furnishings and fittings pay tribute to classic Jaguar models, a bit of British charm amidst the panache of Vienna – which is all totally on brand – considering the hotel’s motto is “Greatness comes from paying attention to the little things”. Outside the suite, the hotel features a great collection of original artwork from Roy Lichtenstein and other world famous artists.
As if you’ll need any further incentive to check out the very best suites from Preferred Hotels & Resorts, the portfolio offers up to 30% off the top rooms in the top hotels in their Preferred Suites programme. Book today to experience some of the world’s best.