What to expect in some of the best hotel suites in the world

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Many travelers, especially those traveling with family or on business, opt for a suite for more space. But the extra space isn’t the only reason to upgrade your digs. In some cases, booking a suite unlocks special, swanky perks like private guides, access to your own speedboat, unlimited champagne and VIP dining experiences, not to mention bragging rights. From a designer suite on the Venice Simplon-Orient-Express to the largest overwater villa in the world, here are five splendid suites worth having. Take out your passport!

andBeyond Phinda Mountain Lodge Family Suite

Designed to strike the right balance between privacy and time together, the family suite at andBeyond Phinda Mountain Lodge, South Africa is smartly appointed to help you get the most out of your group safari getaway. A central living room connects the two wings of the suite, each with bedrooms, adjoining bathrooms and outdoor showers, and connecting children’s rooms. A private verandah next to the common living room offers panoramic views of the surrounding bushland (keep your eyes peeled for the Big Five) and connects directly to the lodge pool. But that’s not all – book the Family Suite and you’ll get your own dedicated private guide and vehicle to explore the lodge’s 70,560 acres of protected land, where wildlife like cheetah, black rhino and nyala roam . The cost? Keep your AmEx: $41,400 per family per night.

The Marylebone

Get the royal treatment in London by booking the sumptuous Marylebone Suite. Offering 860 square feet of living space, it’s like owning your own stylish home in the heart of the city, just steps from Hyde Park and Manchester Square. The best place to take in the view is the suite’s Scandi-style terrace, with a retractable roof and blinds, plush couches, a fireplace, and a TV. Or relax indoors, where a Julian Chichester dining table, marble bathroom and whirlpool tub, fresh cut flowers and a complimentary selection of alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages will make you feel right at home . Other benefits of booking the Chic Suite include VIP airport pickup (London City and Heathrow only, one way), suite check-in, and access to a dedicated liaison who can help you. connect with dinner reservations, in-room dining or anything else you might need. The cost? £3500 per night.

Venice Simplon-Orient-ExpressA Belmond Train

In June 2023, eight new suites will be unveiled aboard the legendary Venice Simplon-Orient-Express, A Belmond Train. Two original carriages from the 1920s and 30s, sleeping only four suites on each car, will be carefully restored, their design inspired by European pastoral landscapes and featuring fabrics and plush furnishings from renowned brands and manufacturers such as Majorelle, Dufrene , Leleu, Rousseau and Lalique. La Forêt suites will evoke the German Black Forest, while La Campagne suites will be adorned with rich velvet greens and intricate floral inlays in homage to the pastures and vineyards of northern Italy. Les Montagnes Suites will reflect the mountain peaks of Austria and Les Lacs Suites will reflect the serene beauty of lakes such as Lake Zug in Switzerland and Lake Como in Italy. Suites are portals to the golden day of train travel, with luxuries like marble en-suite bathrooms and lounging areas that convert to double or twin beds at night. Additional amenities may include 24-hour personal cabin stewards, complimentary kimonos and slippers, and unlimited champagne. Cheers! The price is 5500E per night.

Gili Private Game Reserve

A Robinson Crusoe fantasy come true, the beautiful Gili Lankanfushi Private Game Reserve in the Maldives is the world’s largest overwater villa, stretching across the Indian Ocean on multiple levels. Guests spend their days lounging by the infinity pool and in the on-water catamaran nets; work out in the air-conditioned gym; be pampered with treatments at the private spa for couples (with a hammam and indoor/outdoor treatment rooms); and slide down the upper deck waterslide through the turquoise waters. Late on dinner reservations? Luckily, Gili Private Game Reserve guests have access to their own speedboat, which they can use to get around the resort or further afield. At night, catch movie screenings in the private cinema and retreat to the bedrooms (of which there are two en-suite master bedrooms and a guest suite), which have doors that open onto landscapes breathtaking. Other perks of the Private Reserve include a fully equipped kitchen and the ability to craft your own selection of wines in the 400-label cellar. Prepare to spend US$13,870 per night.

Master Casita at Paradero Todos Santos

Guests at Paradero’s indulgent Master Casita can do as much (or as little) as they want, enjoying access to the resort’s entire immersive experience, from energizing morning yoga to taco tours, to farming tutorials, cliffside champagne tastings and sunset walks. No matter what activities they partake in, guests will return to the ultimate hideaway in Todos Santos, a small Mexican coastal town in Baja, California. Spread over three floors and designed to feel like a luxurious home from home, the Master Casita features a kitchenette, spacious dining area, plunge pool and suspended “star net” with 360 views degrees on the mountains. , the beach of Las Palmas and the agricultural fields of La Mesa. Like all Paradero suites, the Master Casita adopts triangular geometries – a sacred symbol of Mayan culture – to promote a sense of balance and well-being. Embrace wellness – and all the wonders – for US$1,440 per night.

No matter which of these suites you stay in, one thing is for sure: EXCELLENT turndown service!

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