Luxury hotels around the world offer over-the-top suites that come with many advantages: Better views, larger living spaces, bespoke services and amenities, and a host of privileges. They up the "wow factor" in luxury travel and put the "away" in getaways.
The suites at these five hotels give royal treatment a whole new meaning, offering extras and special features that make for truly one-of-a-kind stays.
The PuLi Hotel and Spa
Guests staying in one of the 36 suites in Shanghai’s chicest hotel not only enjoy exceptional city views and uncompromised luxury—they also are given a host of extra treats. Those staying in a suite or Club Floor room receive complimentary airport transfers, daily laundry, and breakfast. For service truly worthy of royalty, the PuLi’s Club benefits come with perks that include 24-hour personal GuanJia (butler) service, a complimentary (and always-replenishing) wet bar, specially-curated menus with wine pairings, daily in-room aperitifs, and more. The only problem: With service like this, guests find it very difficult to leave.
Grand Hotel Tremezzo
It’s hard to imagine anything at this stately, uber-luxurious palace hotel hugging Italy’s Lake Como can top the views and the location, but somehow, their suites manage to match the beauty of the natural surroundings. Eight private, lavish rooftop suites each offer huge terraces with outdoor Jacuzzis and incredible panoramic views of the lake, and even the bathtubs provide those incredible views. Ensuring you don’t have to lift a finger (except maybe to raise your glass of Prosecco), guests of the rooftop suites have the services of a private butler, who ensures you are treated like the celebrities who flock to Lake Como.
InterContinental London Park Lane
For those who literally want to sleep, eat, and play like royalty, their Royal Suite is THE place to do it. The décor, amenities, and personalized service that come with the suite pay homage to the hotels location on the site of 145 Piccadilly, the childhood residence of Queen Elizabeth II. In addition to magnificent panoramic views of the Royal Parks, guests are treated to 24-hour butler service (but of course), complimentary access to Club InterContinental, and one of the coolest hotel perks: access to the Sunseeker Superhawk, James Bond’s boat from “The World is Not Enough.”
Condé Nast Traveler’s readers voted this swanky Miami Beach stunner “Best Hotel in Miami” in November 2013, and that was before the introduction of their Ocean Suites at The Setai—officially launching on April 23, 2014. These multi-bedroom, ultra-luxe accommodations provide guests with private airport transfers, daily breakfast, a spa treatment, packing and un-packing assistance, unlimited en-suite movies, access to their luxury courtesy car, spirits and snacks upon arrival, and more. The specialty suites feature over 1,500 square-feet of luxury, and the 10,000-square-foot Penthouse Suite occupies the entire 40th floor and features a 4,000 square-foot rooftop terrace (with private eternity pool). Welcome to Miami.
Le Royal Monceau, Raffles Paris
When in Paris, why not do as the Parisians do, and live la belle vie (and très chic)? Each of the classic hotel’s suites is pretty incredible, but the pieces de resistance are the Privé (meaning “private”) Presidential Suites—three spectacularly luxurious suites that happen to be the largest in Paris (at 3,767 square-feet each). Designed like elegant yet understated Parisian apartments, they offer private, secure entries and a private elevator with direct access to the hotel’s Spa My Blend by Clarins. If that’s not enough luxury for you, enjoy your private gym and hammam (with personal trainer), home cinema, on-hand florist, and the Michelin-star chef who will whip up whatever your Parisian palate desires. Oh la la!