Vacations mean different things to different people. Some go to relax and soak in nature while others go to enjoy the flavours of the world. Yet there are few others who choose comfort and luxury over everything else.
Live life king size…everyone wants to have that motto in life but only few get to really experience it. If you are one of those few who can afford to relish the delights of a luxurious vacation, these stunning presidential suites at hotels around the world are for you.
1. Royal Penthouse Suite at Hotel President Wilson, Geneva – Topping the luxury chart of most expensive five star suites, the Royal Penthouse Suite at Hotel President Wilson offers all the luxuries of the world at $65000 a night. Taking up the entire top floor of the hotel, the suite gives you a magnificent view of the city of Geneva, Lake Geneva and Mont Blanc. Private elevators will lead you the suite which includes four bedrooms, six bathrooms (with mosaic marble floors), and a terrace. Security will be the least of your concerns as the windows and doors are bulletproof, making it an ideal place for world leaders, celebrities or visiting heads of state. If you are a party animal then the living room of the suite is the right place to host your guests. It can accommodate around 40 guests and has a billiards table, library and even cocktail lounge. Luxury served on a golden platter.
What you will love – 24 hour room service, private elevator (you don’t have to press any buttons), drinks served on arrival by in-house butler and the ability to lockdown and watch suspicious hotel guests on closed-circuit TV
2. The Presidential Suite, The Raj Palace Hotel, Jaipur – The palatial Raj Palace hotel in Jaipur which was once the home of a former Maharaja, overlooks gardens and an inner palace courtyard. The Maharajah’s Pavilion Presidential Suite can be booked at a price of $45,000 a night. It comprises a four-floor apartment lavishly decorated in gold leaf, stucco, ivory and mirror work. Guests can have the privilege of a private gold-panelled elevator which leads them to the Suite. At nearly 1,600 square meters, it is one of the biggest in Asia.
What you will love - A private roof terrace offering panoramic views of the pink city, swimming pool, jacuzzi, private spa and lounge with home theatre and private museum.
3. Ty Warner Penthouse Suite at Four Seasons Hotel, New York – Standing at 800 ft (244mtrs) above the street, the Four Season Hotel is the tallest single hotel building in New York City. This nine-room suite can be yours for $41,836 a night. With lacquered walls bathed by the glow of a four-foot chandelier its exclusive suites occupy the entire 52nd floor giving you some of the most spectacular views in Manhattan. Created by visionary architects I.M. Pei and Peter Marino, it has four separate glass balconies and floor-to-ceiling bay windows. You will be enthralled by the multi-layered work of art inside the room and the Thai silk canopy bedspread woven with 22-carat pure gold.
What you will love – Magnificent views of Manhattan, chauffeured Rolls Royce or Mercedes Maybach, 24-hour butler, personal training, spa treatment and dinner at L'Atelier de Joël Robuchon.
4. Penthouse Suite at Hotel Martinez, France – Overlooking the Bay of Cannes, with uninterrupted views of Lérins Islands and Estérel Range, this Penthouse Suite also known as Exceptional 7th Floor Suite and is a two terrace apartments, each covering 500 square meters, with living room, dining room, two bedrooms, two bathrooms, shower, spa bath, dressing room and sauna. It is a favourite with celebrities, especially during the international film festival who think nothing shelling out $37,500 a night for a luxurious stay.
What you will love – View of the Mediterranean from your private terrace, piano bar, huge private beach, 24 hour butler service, plasma screen, computer and high-speed Internet
5. Hugh Hefner Sky Villa Palms Resort, Las Vegas – Named after the founder of the Playboy magazine, the Hugh Hefner Sky Villa is the fifth most expensive suite in the world. Set atop the Palms Fantasy Tower, it offers villas at $35,487 a night on the 34th and 35th floor of the Palms Fantasy Tower Suites. A private glass elevator leads private guests to the 9,000 square feet villa which has two floors, two bedrooms and two bathrooms. The villa can accommodate as many as 250 guests. With floor-to-ceiling windows, it offers a spectacular view of Lag Vegas. An indoor heated swimming pool, living room, dining room for eight, fire place, and poker table is private and exclusive.
What you will love – An eight foot rotating circular bed, mirrored ceiling, indoor pool and spa bath, jacuzzi, poker table, indoor waterfall, extra-large show tub, fully-equipped gym and Playboy art collection.
6. The Royal Villa, Grand Resort Lagonissi, Athens – Hidden beautifully in a 72 acre peninsula in Athens is the Grand Resort Lagonissi. The stunning Royal Villa overlooks the Aegean Sea. Boasting a contemporary design, artwork objects and decoration features, it has two master bedrooms with king size beds, spacious living room with fireplace and dining table, two oversized marble lined bathrooms, one in each bedroom, as well as guest bath. With an indoor heated pool and outdoor pool offering fancy hydro massages, it allows you to savour a stunning view of the sunrise at the large private wooden terrace. A favourite is the private path leading to the beach and a private deck at sea level. For $34,356 a night, its an unforgettable experience where you can be surrounded in the lap of modern luxury against the backdrop of a rich and vibrant history.
What you will love – A 24-hour staff retinue of butler, private chef, personal trainer and pianist, fully equipped kitchenette and grill and BBQ facilities by the outdoor heated pool, here you are pampered like a king.
7. Presidential Suite, Hotel Cala di Volpe, Italy – This magical beach resort faces the famed emerald green waters of the Mediterranean. Hailed as one of the most gorgeous suites in the world, the three-bedroom suite is by far, the most magnificent at the Italian island of Sardinia. Well decorated, keeping in mind the charm and romance of Sardinia's cultural history, it has its own pool on the private roof terrace, along with a wine cellar, solarium and fitness area. With multiple balconies and a rooftop terrace, you can relish the outdoors which stretch out, almost exclusively for you. The price of $32,736 for a night, is well worth the experience.
What you will love – Wine cellar, private swimming pool on the terrace and steam room.
8. Villa La Cupola Suite, Westin Excelsior, Rome – With magnificent décor inspired by Roman villas and palaces, this is the largest suite in Italy. Located on the 5th and 6th floor of Westin Excelsior in Rome, it covers 1100 square meters, comprising two bedrooms, rich panelled dining room that seats ten, private fitness room, boardroom and private eight-seat theatre, sauna, steam bath, and Jacuzzi. The centre of attraction is the 12 meters high domed living room, which has been entirely hand frescoed. The colour scheme of red, gold and pale grey was chosen to give emphasis to the blue sky beyond the round windows at the top of the vaulted ceiling. The living room of this two-floor suite which comes at $30,000 a night, is panelled in elegant Italian oak wood.
What you will love – Eight seat private theatres with Dolby surround system, private wine cellar, private kitchen with 24-hour butler service, private limo air transfer and cigar selections.
9. Ritz-Carlton Suite, Ritz-Carlton, Tokyo –If you wish to enjoy a breathtaking view of Mount Fuji and want to treat yourself to royalty, book yourself at Ritz-Carlton Suite on the 47th floor. The hotel is Tokyo’s tallest building where apart from the usual luxuries like marble bathrooms and 40-inch flat screen, this 120 square meter suite offers club use and concierge services. There are seven types of suites available which includes two genuine Japanese Suite rooms. Fine woodwork, hand-tufted carpets and drapes, Japanese Chiyo-gami Pattern wall coverings add to the glam appeal and at a relatively lower price than others in the league, at $25,050, this is value for money, at least in this genre.
What you will love - Complimentary limousine service, Club Lounge access with refreshments, beverages and newly launched traditional British afternoon tea-set.
Shruti is a freelance feature writer based in Delhi and is fond of travelling. She loves meeting new people and during her leisure time, surfs the internet on destinations that are untouched by tourists.