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15 luxury hotel suites in Europe from Amsterdam, Edinburgh, Copenhagen, Geneva and Berlin

The Royal Penthouse Suite at Hotel President Wilson. Image courtesy of Hotel President Wilson

The Royal Penthouse Suite at Hotel President Wilson. Image courtesy of Hotel President Wilson

We think that where you stay makes half the trip. After all, it is the place you return to after a day of activities and exploring the locale. That is why we have rounded up some of the most comfortable and lavish suites across Europe in cities across the Northwestern region of the continent. Your suite would be the choice space from which to foray into adventures at the Wordsworthian, awe-inspiring natural landscapes of Scotland and explore the city said to have inspired the Harry Potter series. In your suite, you can turn over in your mind the arts, culture and history closely connected with places like the Berlin Wall, the Kronborg Castle, and the Museum Square in Amsterdam. Here are the list of suites that challenge the very definition of suites and luxury.

Amsterdam

It comes as no surprise that hotels in the city keep potential guests informed of their proximity to the Museum Square. After all, the Square houses the key reasons for art fans to visit and revisit the city – the Van Gogh Museum, the Rijksmuseum, and the Stedelijk Museum. Amsterdam is a city known for its arts and culture, but it does not come short in terms of luxury. As the most expensive suite in the city, The Imperial Suite at Hotel Okura fetches a price of over 10,000 euros per night.

The Imperial Suite at Hotel Okura Amsterdam

The Imperial Suite at Hotel Okura Amsterdam

The Imperial Suite at Hotel Okura Amsterdam. Image courtesy of Hotel Okura Amsterdam

We begin with the most exclusive suite in the city, which also promises privacy. The two-storey, 485 square metres space boasts two spacious bedrooms and two unique bathrooms, a cinema with a 84-inch screen that seats 12, equipment to excite gaming enthusiasts, walk-in closets, and to top it off, a private entrance so you and the people you care about can enter and leave discreetly.

Hotel Okura Amsterdam, Ferdinand Bolstraat 333, 1072 LH Amsterdam, Netherlands, +31 20 678 7111

The Presidential Suite with a view and terrace at NH Collection Amsterdam Grand Hotel Krasnapolsky

The Presidential Suite with a view and terrace at NH Collection Amsterdam Grand Hotel Krasnapolsky

The Presidential Suite with a view and terrace at NH Collection Amsterdam Grand Hotel Krasnapolsky. Image courtesy of NH Collection Amsterdam Grand Hotel Krasnapolsky

If you are looking to bring an animal friend on the trip, it might interest you to know that this very hotel is pet-friendly, and offers guide dogs at no additional cost. The two-level suite houses two bathrooms with a walk-in rain shower and a hot tub, and a rooftop terrace, all of which you can enjoy while admiring views of the Royal Palace and the city’s characteristic symbol: the canal.

NH Collection Amsterdam Grand Hotel Krasnapolsky, Dam 9, 1012 JS Amsterdam, Netherlands, +31 20 554 9111

The Penthouse Suite at The Conservatorium Hotel

The Penthouse Suite at The Conservatorium Hotel

The Penthouse Suite at The Conservatorium Hotel. Image courtesy of The Conservatorium Hotel

Just two words — Piero Lissoni — alone would make this suite worth the stay, and it has indeed housed many celebrities during their stay in Amsterdam. The 170 square metres suite is the top-tier of three suites that make up the hotel’s Signature collection, all three of which are designed by the Living Divani Italian designer. Expect Persian rugs, a LCD mirror TV in the bathroom and a super-size 80-inch monitor screen in the dining room, easily convertible to an entertainment space. It helps that all this is happening in a building with a history that dates back to the late 1800s.

The Conservatorium Hotel, Van Baerlestraat 27, 1071 AN Amsterdam, Netherlands, +31 20 570 0000

Berlin

In 1946, Winston Churchill gave his iconic ‘Iron Curtain’ speech, with this line that went down in history: “From Stettin in the Baltic to Trieste in the Adriatic, an iron curtain has descended across the Continent.” Nowhere was the Cold War made more clear than in the division of the German capital until the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989. With hotel brands known for luxury staking their claim in the capital, it is safe to say that centuries-old Berlin is a city where the upmarket meets history, arts and culture.

The Royal Suite at Hotel Adlon Kempinski

The Royal Suite at Hotel Adlon Kempinski | ©moritzhoffmann.com | Image courtesy of Hotel Adlon Kempinski

The 185 square metres suite literally lives up to its name. By selecting the suite, you lodge where Queen Elizabeth II stayed during her visit to Berlin. The suite is furnished with a separate living room and bedroom, a dining room and an entertainment centre, and the elaborate bathroom comes with a jacuzzi and a sauna. There is, of course, also the winning factor that the hotel sits in sight of the Brandenburg Gate.

Hotel Adlon Kempinski, Unter den Linden 77, 10117 Berlin, Germany, +49 30 2261 0

The Presidential Suite at The Regent Berlin

The Presidential Suite at The Regent Berlin

The Presidential Suite at The Regent Berlin. Image courtesy of The Regent Berlin

This is a fantastic opportunity to learn why celebrities like Tom Cruise, Nicole Kidman, and Bruce Willis chose this exact suite during their stay in the German capital. Situated on the eighth floor of the hotel, the 140 to 220 square metre expandable two-room suite provides a fine view of the pretty-as-a-picture Gendarmenmarkt from the balcony. The Gendarmenmarkt square is a must-visit for architectural aficionados, and considered by many locals as the most beautiful spot in Berlin. If there were an award given out for best views in Berlin, The Presidential Suite at the Regent Berlin would likely nail it.

The Regent Berlin, Charlottenstraße 49, 10117 Berlin, Germany, +49 30 20 33 8

The Bel Etage Suite at Das Stue

The Bel Etage Suite at Das Stue

The Bel Etage Suite at Das Stue. Image courtesy of Das Stue website

Like to be spoilt by space? Here is what you can do at Das Stue: ask for The Bel Etage Suite to be connected with three other suites and the Bel Etage Salon. That makes the total space you have to roam about 400 square metres large, with ceilings that are five metres high. Reserve the suite at full price and drive around Das Stue and the rest of Berlin in an Audi limousine or sports car, available for your time in the city entirely free of charge. Be sure to stopover at the nearby beloved park Tiergaten, which houses the Berlin Zoological Garden.

Das Stue, Drakestraße 1, 10787 Berlin, Germany, +49 30 311 722 0

Geneva

Being one of the two cities on the list where you can marvel at the beautiful expanses of natural beauty, Geneva stops time with its famed fountain: the Jet d’Eau. The iconic water feature brings out the charm of Lake Geneva, and serves as an entrance point to the resident mountain of Geneva, Mont Salève. The highest peak in the European Union, the renowned Mont Blanc, is a weekend trip away at the Chamonix Mont Blanc resort. Switzerland is known for its hospitality schools, so expect top-notch service for the amount you are paying.

The Royal Penthouse Suite at Hotel President Wilson

This happens to be the most expensive suite in the world, literally speaking, and we think we know why it costs as much as it does: expansive space. The entire suite spans 12 — indeed, you read 12 — bedrooms and bathrooms, and covers 1,680 square metres over the entirety of the eighth floor. Guests can have a private dinner in the suite’s large terrace overlooking Lake Geneva, take in views of Mont Blanc, work out at a private fitness centre, charm their loved ones with classical music played on a Steinway Grand Piano, and surf through the channels with the Bang & Olufsen BeoVision 4-103 LCD screen. If shopping and dining are your prime activities on travels, it might be worth bringing this to your attention: you do not have to leave the hotel to shop Tom Ford or to have Michelin-star fare.

Hotel President Wilson, 47, Quai Wilson, Geneva, 1211, Switzerland, +41 22 906 66 66

The Royal Armleder Suite at Le Richemond

The Royal Armleder Suite at Le Richemond. Image courtesy Le Richemond

The Royal Armleder Suite at Le Richemond. Image courtesy of Le Richemond

The spacious and extravagant penthouse suite is made up of three bedrooms, a living room with a fireplace, a dining room fashioned for private entertaining, a Hamman and rainforest showers. Having a good lookout is important in Geneva, and the suite gives beautiful views of Lake Geneva, Brunswick Gardens, the Alps and Mont Blanc from its terrace. We appreciate the fine touches, like the canapés served in the evening, the bottle of Krug champagne and L’Occitane en Provence toiletries.

Le Richemond, 8-10, Rue Adhémar-Fabri, 1201 Geneva, Switzerland, +41 22 715 70 00

The Royal Suite at Four Seasons Hotel des Bergues

The Royal Suite at Four Seasons Hotel des Bergues. Image courtesy of Four Seasons Hotel des Bergues

The Royal Suite at Four Seasons Hotel des Bergues. Image courtesy of Four Seasons Hotel des Bergues

The Four Seasons arm of hotels is known for its service with a keen attention to detail, and this hotel is no exception. Guests of the Versailles-inspired Royal suite could ask for the recommendations of a multilingual concierge on experiences in Geneva, or stay in and browse through a 300-movie, 3,000-song entertainment library. Like the previous two suites in Geneva, the Royal Suite promises views of the city’s iconic lake from its terrace. If you are planning on inviting several loved ones along, the suite can be expanded to house five bedrooms.

Four Seasons Hotel des Bergues, 33, Quai des Bergues, 1201 Geneva, +41 22 908 70 00

Copenhagen

We are certain that by now, hygge needs no introduction, and this is the city to experience the Danish way of life alongside world-renowned Danish design. With the Danish knack for smart ideas and invention, it is no wonder we are left wondering why other cities do not have wifi in their cabs yet. Watch your pace of life slow as you frolic in the Tivoli Gardens, stop at the must-see The Little Mermaid sculpture and walk round the Kronborg Castle of Hamlet fame. Before and after you step out to these sights, here are some places which spell comfort that you can lounge in.

The Royal Suite at Hotel D’Angleterre

The Royal Suite at Hotel D’Angleterre

The Royal Suite at Hotel D’Angleterre. Image courtesy of Hotel D’Angleterre

Hotel D’Angleterre is lauded as an institution alongside the Royal Danish Theatre and the Charlottenborg Academy. Expandable to 400 square metres to become the largest presidential suite in Copenhagen, the Royal Suite provides views, of course, of the Kongens Nytorv square and is in close proximity to the Nyhavn, known for its signature colourful houses. Again, the finer details stand out to us – guests can expect champagne and handmade chocolates, as well as complimentary airport transfer.

Hotel D’Angleterre, Kongens Nytorv 34, 1050 København K, Denmark, +45 33 12 00 95

The Executive Suite at Nimb Hotel

Suite Louise at Nimb Hotel

The Executive Suite at Nimb Hotel. Image courtesy of Nimb Hotel

If you are looking for a boutique option that is small-dog-friendly, this is the one to go for on the list. Otherwise, being in close proximity of the grounds of Tivoli is good enough reason to stay here. The 1,431 square feet suite of the highest tier in the palatial building is one of only 17 rooms and suites in the hotel, which was voted the world’s top Small Luxury Hotel in 2015. The Executive Suite boasts an open fireplace, a balcony, and a BeoVision 10 television.

Nimb Hotel, Bernstorffsgade 5, 1577 København V, Denmark, +45 88 70 00 00

The Royal Suite at the Copenhagen Marriott Hotel

The Royal Suite at Copenhagen Marriott Hotel. Image courtesy of Copenhagen Marriott Hotel

The Royal Suite at Copenhagen Marriott Hotel. Image courtesy of Copenhagen Marriott Hotel

Set on a private access floor so you and your loved ones can have the space to yourselves, the 170 square metres presidential suite has a separate living room and dining room, a walk-in closet, a library and a study, complete with views of the Copenhagen Harbour Canal. Enjoy round-the-clock room service, access to the executive lounge, and generous food and beverage selections without additional cost, including hors d’oeuvres, continental breakfast and dessert.

Copenhagen Marriott Hotel, Kalvebod Brygge 5, 1560 København V, Denmark, +45 88 33 99 00

Edinburgh

The Scottish capital features beautiful hills such as the Calton, the breathtaking extinct volcano Arthur’s Seat, and quaint cafés  The Elephant House and Spoon  where JK Rowling did some of her writing for the Harry Potter series. If someone you know is not quite sold on the city yet though we trust that you are — scan its festival calendar. Edinburgh is known for festivals covering a diverse range of intellectual pursuits, with highlights such as the Edinburgh Art Festival, the Edinburgh International Science Festival and the Edinburgh International Festival.

The Scone & Crombie Suite at The Balmoral Hotel

The Scone & Crombie Suite at The Balmoral Hotel

The Scone & Crombie Suite at The Balmoral Hotel. Image courtesy of The Balmoral Hotel website

JK Rowling chose this hotel as the place from which to complete Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, and the exquisiteness of the interiors might be a great reason why. There are two words we would use to describe the interior of the suite designed by Olga Polizzi: intricately beautiful. With a copious amount of space, the Old Town in sight, elaborate furnishings, and a working fireplace, this suite is where royalty meets fantasy. Guests can enjoy an undeniably Scottish bespoke experience, which could mean a Whisky Journey in Scotch, or convenient fast-track access to the Edinburgh Castle.

The Balmoral Hotel, 1 Princes St, Edinburgh EH2 2EQ, UK, +44 131 556 2414

The Suites at Nira Caledonia

One of the only 17 rooms and suites at Nira Caledonia. Image courtesy of Nira Caledonia

The hotel has six plush suites, each with its own unique character. Be sure to ask for one with an in-room jacuzzi. To enjoy nature alongside contemporary amenities and comforts, we suggest a suite with a garden terrace from which you can take in views of the Edinburgh Botanical Gardens. For literature aficionados, the hotel has an added attraction. Romantic poets’ William Wordsworth and Samuel Taylor Coleridge’s friend, magazine writer John Wilson, once resided at the address that is now Nira Caledonia.

Nira Caledonia, 6-10 Gloucester Pl, Edinburgh EH3 6EF, UK, +44 131 225 2720

Garden Paradise Suite at G&V Royal Mile Hotel Edinburgh

Garden Paradise Suite at G&V Royal Mile Hotel Edinburgh

Garden Paradise Suite at G&V Royal Mile Hotel Edinburgh. Image courtesy of G&V Royal Mile Hotel Edinburgh

For an exemplary experience of Scottish design, lodge in this suite by Edinburgh-based artist and textile designer Hatti Pattisson. The suite promises panoramic views of the Scottish capital. Apart from the hotel’s commitment to a truly Scottish experience within the suite, the hotel is situated near iconic attractions like the Edinburgh Castle, The Royal Mile and The Museum of Scotland. For a luxurious shopping experience, head over to George Street nearby.

G&V Royal Mile Hotel Edinburgh, 1 George IV Bridge, Edinburgh EH1 1AD, UK, +44 131 220 6666

Correction: In the previous edition of the article, it was stated that the Imperial Suite at Hotel Okura  Amsterdam has two master bedrooms, two spacious ensuite bedrooms and three bathrooms. However, the Imperial Suite has two spacious bedrooms and two unique bathrooms. The accurate number has been reflected above.

Most Beautiful Island in the World Revealed

Not all islands are created equal, it seems. This year, Maui edges out thousands of the planet’s other islands to claim top spot on TripAdvisor’s annual list. An island in the mid-Pacific and part of the Hawaiian island chain, Maui is beyond paradise with its stunning azure waters and stretches of powder-white sand.

TripAdvisor determines its award winners based on an algorithm that takes into account the traffic and quality of reviews and ratings for the attractions, restaurants and hotels there throughout the year. This year’s award winners are largely contenders in Europe, the Caribbean and Asia.

This year, Santorini clinches top spot for most beautiful island in Europe while Jamaica and Bali top the category in the Caribbean and Asia respectively. Here, we bring you the rest that made the list, with some accommodation ideas that will have you booking that long-awaited holiday, pronto.

Warning: these images will give you serious vacation envy.

 

TripAdvisor’s Top 10 Most Beautiful Islands:

1) Maui, Hawaii

2) Santorini, Greece

3) Jamaica

4) Providenciales, Turks and Caicos

5) Bali, Indonesia

6) Majorca, Spain

7) Mauritius

8) Phuket, Thailand

9) Bora Bora, French Polynesia

10) Fernando de Noronha, Brazil

 

Montage Kapalua Bay, Maui

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This sprawling 24-acre beach-front hotel is set atop the picturesque Kapalua Bay, with sweeping views of Maui’s northwest coast and neighboring islands. The resort’s many activities range from spectacular helicopter tours of the island to lounging by the Kapalua Beach so there’s something for everyone. Each of the subdued residential-style accommodations feature contemporary island-inspired décor, complete with private lanais so you can experience the spirit of aloha in true luxury.

Andronis Luxury Suites, Santorini, Greece

Nestled within the jigsaw of houses in Oia, Andronis Luxury Suites boasts an unrivalled view of the Aegean Sea and volcanic islets of Santorini. Inside, the Cycladic-style villa promises unrivalled luxury, with amenities ranging from private waterfalls to a heated infinity pool with incredible views of the Caldera.

Uma by COMO, Ubud, Bali

Surrounded by Tjampuhan Valley’s lush greenery, Uma by COMO exudes the charm of a traditional Indonesian village despite its contemporary interior and modern conveniences. The 46-room estate sees narrow paths defined by tall planted walls, private tropical gardens and plenty of light-filled spaces for an authentic Balinese escapade. With holistic, Asian-inspired treatments at the COMO Shambhala Retreat and nutritionally rich menus at Uma Cucina, this resort is a dream for the health-conscious jetsetter.

QE2 Birthday Bash: 4 Best London Hotel Suites

Now holding the title as the longest reigning monarch in British history, Queen Elizabeth II is set to celebrate yet another milestone in her life. Starting from April all the way through to June, Britain will be partying it up in the most regal way possible for the Queen’s 90th birthday. The celebrations will be located in the Queen’s home base of London and is set to attract tourists from around the world. From May 12 to the 15, Home Park in Windsor Castle will host a pageant dubbed The Celebration that pays tribute to the reigning monarch. Each night will see a 90-minute performance by more than 900 horses and 1,500 horses and performers just for her.

If you were one of the 30,000 people who managed to snag a ticket of two for the event, then you would certainly need to find some accommodation in London. It being her Majesty’s birthday and all, we thought it would only be appropriate for you to live it up like the royals do and nothing less than the best will do. From the perfect bathroom to the finest views, we scoured through the luxury hotels of London to bring you the perfect suites to cater to your every need. We bring you our four picks of luxury hotels and their finest suites fit for a queen.

The Goring HotelThe-Goirng_The-Royal-Suite---Drawing-Room

From the Apsley House to the Victoria Albert Theatre, Westminster Abbey and even Buckingham Palace, The Goring is a stone’s throw away from every major attraction near the Palace. The most luxurious room at The Goring? Well, it happens to be The Royal Suite. This two bedroom, two-reception room suite that offers you some impressive views of London. Glamour is mixed with history in here as every room is decked out with interesting elements from all around Britain. With the help of The Gainsborough Silk Company from Suffolk, the suite is decked out in silks that were commissioned by designer Russell Sage, including one that was originally woven for the Dining Room of the Titanic. Guests can feel cosy in an opulent yet comforting environment.ROYAL-SUITE-MASTER-BEDROOM

With large French doors in every room, guests can enjoy a view of the sunset and the rooftops of London, all from the balcony that runs the entire length of the top floor. My personal favorite aspect of the hotel is the Pintrest-worthy shower that is said to be able to fit six people, which has a near life size portrait of Queen Victoria to keep you company — Royal audience, anyone?The-Goring-Hotel-Royal-Suite-Bathroom

The antique four-poster bed from one of the great houses of Britain is another piece of British history that awaits in the Master bedroom. Proving that the little details go a long way, other antiques such as a Georgian decanter, wooden tea caddies and Nailsea Glass paperweights are also on display.

The CorinthiaRoyal-Penthouse-Lounge-Corinthia-Hotel-London

The Royal Penthouse, that sits on the roof terrace, is one of the many penthouses that The Corinthia. With a panoramic view of London, its no wonder that this is an editorial selection to which we return regularly. Featuring two floors that are connected via a private internal lift, the accommodation seems more like a home than a hotel. From the expansive entrance hall, to the living space, study and oval dining room that can seat 10, the penthouse seems to be made for luxury, with its palatial theme.Royal-Penthouse-Master-Bedroom-(crop)-Corinthia-Hotel-London

Make your way up the grand staircase and you will be greeted by two bedrooms that house king-size beds, with continuing doors that allow you to open-up to two further bedrooms. Apart from the honey onyx and Skros marble of the bathrooms, there are many other features, fixtures and amenities in the penthouse that would make it perfectly suited for a royal encounter. Forget walking down to the spa when you have a private spa suite of your own. It even has a walk-in wine cellar, meaning that you would be able to select only the finest that The Corinthia has to offer right there in your suite.Royal-Penthouse-Main-Bathroom-(landscape)-Corinthia-Hotel-London

The Connaught

From London’s Mayfair district, we bring you The Apartment. This suite spells opulence from the moment you walk through those grand hand-carved doors. The dominant theme that runs through the space is the use of shades associated with royalty. From a personal butler who will be on hand for your every need, to a welcome bottle of Krug champagne, suitably chilled, upon your arrival, guests can expect to be pampered during their stay.

Should the suite be too small for your stay, then simply occupy the whole sixth floor as an exclusive nine-bedroom suite. Timing is never an issue here, with your personal barman, daily breakfast and personal trainer available at any time you choose. In fact, forget about time at all. Even the check out is without a time limit. If that doesn’t impress you, then watch the tour of the suite below, and you’ll be convinced — we know we were.

The LanghamThe-Sterling-Suite-Media-Room

The Sterling Suite at The Langham is another that boasts a private lift. Located at Portland Place, the private lift entrance is one of the two entrances to the secluded Lobby of the suite — which is perfect if you happen to have an Idris Elba, Chris Evans or Angelina Jolie stay at the hotel. Apart from the two main bedrooms with en suite bathrooms, standalone bathtubs and dressing areas, the suite also features a luxurious drawing room, a dining area as well as a Home Theatre lounge for guests.The-Sterling-Suite-Master-Bedroom

The Drawing Room, which sits at the heart of the suite, features a unique dual-tone piano, bespoke fireplace and Butler’s bar. The Master Bedroom, which is described as the pièce de resistance, is made up of a Master Salon living area, Master Bathroom and spacious Dressing Room. Attention to detail is an important part of the suite with hand-painted chinoiserie on silver leaf panels, verre eglomise glass with gilded age details and gold and silver leaf hand-painted finishes as well as marble and antique mirror work. Joining the hand-blown Murano glass fixtures is a 24-hour butler service that will cater to your every need.The-Sterling-Suite-Master-Bathroom

St. Regis Dubai Opens $20,420 Suite

The $20,420-a-night Imperial Suite is the latest addition to the St. Regis Dubai and is actually larger than the hotel ballroom at 913-square-feet (85 square meters). To put it into perspective, that is around $7,000 more than the two-bedroom Royal Suite offered by the Burj Al Arab, which offers everything from butler service, a private beach, and 24-carat, gold-plated iPads.

What sets the St. Regis Imperial Suite apart are two floors worth of elegant, stately furnishings linked together by an in-room spiral staircase. The staircase leads up to the central dome of the hotel where there is a rooftop plunge pool and majlis (which in Arabic means “a place of sitting”) that offer panoramic views of landscaped gardens. Along with three bedrooms, the suite also features a living room, 12-seater dining rooms, a study, and lounge area.

St-Regis-Dubai-Pool

On the technology side, the suite provides complimentary Wi-Fi (who doesn’t these days) and two HDTVs. There’s also a well and carefully stocked mini-bar and butler service. Ample dining for 12 people will be provided.

The St. Regis Dubai is located in Al Habtoor City and has 234-rooms. The hotel is styled with French beaux-arts architecture and neo-classical interiors and opened last year. There’s even a one-bedroom Bentley suite for car aficionados upholstered in leather finishes, colors, patterns and wood veneers reminiscent of the Mulsanne, the brand’s flagship performance luxury car.

St-Regis-Dubai-Exterior

Hello Kitty themed suite

Japanese hotel opens Hello Kitty-themed suites

Hello Kitty themed suite

A hotel in Japan has created two -themed rooms as the sun sets on the feline character’s 40th anniversary year.

The Keio Plaza Hotel Tama in Tokyo has decked out two of its suites in all things cute, one designed to evoke the concept of a city break with images of Hello Kitty visiting amusement parks and department stores, while the other is themed around ‘Princess Kitty.’

Designed to make guests feel like a princess, the room is unapologetically pink and girly, with pink ribbons, roses and even ‘high-heeled’ chairs.

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Hello Kitty has enjoyed a banner year, with pop-up events held around the world to pay homage to the mouthless, triple-whiskered character.

The Hello Kitty cafe at the Shibuya Parco shopping center in Tokyo, for instance, will be serving sandwiches and cakes in Hello Kitty cut-outs.

SEE ALSO: WORLD’S BIGGEST HELLO KITTY UNVEILED

Hello Kitty plane

Taiwanese airline EVA Air flies a Hello Kitty jet on routes such as Taipei to Paris, Tokyo, Seoul and Hong Kong that includes everything from Hello Kitty-themed seats and soap to foods and flight attendants.

And on January 1, a new Hello Kitty theme park is set to open in Anji, east China’s Zhejiang province, according to Xinhua.

New York Palace suite dining room

Top Five Most Romantic Honeymoon Suites

Here’s a look at some of the most extravagant and outrageous honeymoon  in the world, aimed at those for whom tens of thousands of dollars is chump change when it comes to celebrating their love.

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New York Palace

New York Palace suite dining room

It may sound extravagant to throw in a diamond ring with a hotel reservation, but given that the Jewel Suite at the New York Palace costs $25,000 a night, the ring could be construed as a courtesy amenity.

While some hotels offer their VIP guests a complimentary bottle of bubbly, fruit basket or box of chocolates, the New York Palace comes with a gem worth $2,500, designed by jeweler to the stars Martin Katz.

Jewel Suite Stair case

The ‘Ultimate Proposal Package’ includes a private consultation with Katz for a custom-designed band and private, rooftop dinner.

Burj Al Arab Dubai

helipad Burj Al Arab

Couples for whom there is no mountain high enough can book the hotel’s helipad as their wedding reception venue. For $55,000 USD, couples can select the hotel’s ‘Wedding in the Skies’ package for an unforgettable ceremony 212 m in the sky.

Couples will exchange their vows on the same site where Tiger Woods teed off, and where tennis legends Roger Federer and Andre Agassi engaged in a friendly tennis match. Instead of a horse-drawn carriage, couples can also hire out an Italian twin engine Augusta 109 aircraft.

Couples booked in at the Royal Suite will also get a personal butler and an iPad plated in 24-carat gold.

InterContinental Geneva

The Residence at the InterContinental Geneva

For the sum of a middle-income salary, you too, can book a one-night stay at the world’s most expensive hotel suite, The Residence at the InterContinental Geneva: Putting your head down in the 7,000-square foot apartment will set you back $56,000.

With 11 rooms including a library, gallery, hammam, gym and sauna, the apartment is ideal for those who may be feting their wedding with out-of-town guests — along with those couples who may need their space after the festivities.

Four Seasons Hotel George V Paris

george v penthouse

For a fairytale honeymoon that plays into all the clichés — but in an elegant and luxurious way — incurable romantics may want to consider inaugurating their lives as husband and wife in the city of love, at the Four Seasons Hotel George V which offers wedding and honeymoon packages.

Activities include private limousine tours of some of the city’s most iconic sites; a river cruise along the Seine; a day trip to the Loire Valley (chateau country), couples spa treatments; champagne tasting in the hotel’s cellar, and privately escorted tours of the Louvre after hours.

Splurge for The Penthouse and you can share a kiss when the Eiffel Tower erupts in her fairytale lights on the hour, as the balcony offers 360 views of the Iron Lady.

InterContinental Hong Kong

InterContinental Hong Kong infinity pool

In Asia, the most extravagant honeymoon suite can be found at the top of the InterContinental Hong Kong, the largest suite in the city and one of Asia’s most impressive rooms.

Its most stunning feature? A 2,500-square-foot rooftop terrace with a private infinity pool and Jacuzzi that offers dizzying views of the Victoria Harbour and city skyline. Expect a welcome that includes glasses of Dom Pérignon bubbly, rooftop dinner, and around-the-clock butler service to help you navigate around the 7,000 square-foot duplex.

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Tswalu Game Reserve

12 incredible places to sleep under the stars

There’s no time like a vacation for taking the time to contemplate the night sky, especially with a supermoon and Perseid meteors set to be visible in some places this month. If the idea of observing the celestial bodies as you drift off to sleep sounds appealing, this selection of hotels is for you.

Tswalu Kalahari – South Africa

Tswalu Game Reserve

This private game reserve, located in the South African desert, allows nature lovers to sleep while surrounded by the sounds of the bush, all while contemplating the night sky. Guests can sleep on a luxurious terrace built high above the ground to ensure protection from the occasional wild animal.

Prices start at around $500 per night

Albereta – Italy

Cabriolet suite at the Albereta

The Cabriolet suite in this hotel, a member of the prestigious Relais & Châteaux network, allows guests to sleep under the stars thanks to its retractable roof. At the push of a button by the bed, the roof can be opened and closed as desired.

Prices start at around $615

Amangiri – USA

Amangiri open-roof suite

Located in the desert of southern Utah, this resort boasts no less than six open-roof suites. Each is shielded from the wind by three walls and provides an unmatched view on the vast desert sky. These suites also have a pool, for those who enjoy midnight swims.

Prices start at around $1500

Las Ventanas al Paraíso – Mexico

Las Ventanas al Paraíso hotel

Each of the penthouse suites at this luxury hotel has a wide terrace where a king-size bed has been set up. Guests can begin their evening admiring the night sky from their outdoor bed and end it in the other bed inside, or just stay on the terrace to watch the sunrise.

Prices start at around $1600

Elqui Domos – Chile

spherical dome with removable roof

A reference among astronomy enthusiasts, this small hotel park invites travelers to stay inside one of several canvas domes.

Each of these unusual dwellings contains a loften bed under a roof that opens partially to offer a view onto the heavens. Far from the luxury of the above destinations, the domes are simple and sparsely furnished but provide all the basics. Stargazers will also appreciate the dedicated astronomy observatories located on site.

Prices start at around $150

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Lion Sands Game Private Reserve

Chalkley Tree House

Over the past 60 years, this tree house—built as a photographer’s platform —has been reinforced and adorned with a cozy double bed, a hot-water bottle, dressing gowns, and a basin.

Loisaba Wilderness Lodge, Nanyuki, Kenya

Loisaba Wilderness outdoor bed

Inspired by a Mukokoteni handcart and built on an old Land Rover axle, each bed is on a large platform set about ten feet off the ground and 100 feet apart, ensuring privacy.

Adrere Amellal: Desert Ecolodge

Outdoor Hotel Suite

Situated at the foot of the White Mountain, Adrere Amellal is a secluded desert ecolodge made of earth buildings that blend naturally into the landscape. Its pristine location offers direct access to the salt lake as well as the Great Sand Sea.

Each one of their hand-built 40 rooms is unique. All the furniture and crafts pay tribute to nature and to talented local artisanship. With no electricity, the rooms are softly lit with a dozen beeswax candles and the starry sky.

Tswalu Kalahari, South Africa

The Malori Deck

The Malori Deck shown here is a raised deck in the middle of 100,000ha private game reserve in Tswalu Kalahari, South Africa’s largest private game reserve.

AKA. Central Park, NYC, NY

AKA Central Park

Located just west of Fifth Avenue, aka Central Park’s sprawling penthouse suite includes an outdoor bedroom complete with a queen-size bed and wood-burning fireplace.

Sabuk Lodge, Nanyuki, Kenya

Amazing outdoor hotel suite

Sabuk Lodge is located in the North Central Kenya set on the plateau along the Ewaso Nyiro river in the outskats of Nanyuki.

Nkwichi Lodge Mozambique

Nkwichi Star Bed

A hand-built lodge by the shores of Lake Niassa in Mozambique, Nkwichi Lodge stands by a 600 sq km game reserve that houses sable, elephant, reedbuck, leopard and more than 300 species of bird.

After a day’s exploration, guests here can fall asleep in the Nkwichi star bed, afterwards being collected by boat for a bush breakfast by a Baobab tree.

InterContinental Hong Kong infinity pool

The most outrageous hotel suites in the world

From suites that come with a rotating dance floor, a diamond ring, and a price tag equal to a middle class yearly salary, a newly released list of the most extravagant 101 hotel suites in the world is a telling look at how the rich and famous travel.

InterContinental Hong Kong infinity pool

For some, Elite Traveler’s Top 101 Suites of the World could be used as a shopping catalogue for their next hotel booking.

For most of us, however, the list is a jaw-dropping glimpse into extravagance the likes of which we’ll never see.

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Unless, that is, you have $56,000 to spend on a one-night stay at the InterContinental Geneva (below), the most expensive suite on the list.

Royal Penthouse Suite at the President Wilson Hotel Geneva

Dubbed The Residence, the suite is split into two wings and features floor-to-ceiling windows that overlook the city.

It also includes a grand salon, library, gallery, massage room, hammam, tub room, living and dining rooms, and a fitness room and sauna.

W Hotel Leicester Square EWOW suite

At the W Hotel in Leicester Square, London, guests staying at the E WOW suite have their own DJ station at their disposal, and can either lounge relaxingly on the giant revolving chesterfield sofa or turn it into a dance floor under a giant disco ball dome.

In addition to a sumptuous stay in a gemstone-inspired suite, the New York Palace will throw in a diamond ring designed by jeweler to the stars Martin Katz with every booking at the Jewel Suite.

Jewel Suite Living Room

Spanning 5,000 square feet (465 square meters) the suite extends over three levels atop the 53rd floor.

If you travel with a grand entourage or just need space — lots of it — Straffan House at The Kildare Hotel, Spa & Country Club, located about 30 minutes away from Dublin, may be what you’re looking for, as the villa sprawls across 34,000 square feet (3,160 square meters).

Straffan House

In addition to the 10 bedrooms, the apartment comes with an indoor swimming pool, cinema, spa, wine cellar, private concierge and chef.

Straffan House at The Kildare Hotel

Overall, the list is represented by 35 countries. The US dominates with 20 hotels, followed by China (10), UAE (9), Mexico (6), England (6) and Switzerland (5). The top cities are Dubai and London, with 6 each.

Jewel Suite Stair case

The full list is published in the July/August issue of Elite Traveler magazine, the in-flight magazine for private jetsetters.

Andaz Maui at Wailea

Ice Hotel 2013/2014, suite by Natuski Saito and Shingo Saito

Sweden’s Ice hotel to let guests design their suites

Sweden’s famous Ice Hotel, known for its individually designed suites carved out of ice and snow, is offering guests the chance to design their own bespoke suites for winter 2014.

Ice Hotel 2013/2014, suite by Natuski Saito and Shingo Saito

The suites, set to be available starting in December, will be made exclusively to order and guests will be involved in the design process, getting the chance to work closely with the ice and the resort’s ephemeral art.

Prices will start from SEK 1,485,000 (US$ 231,000), making them some of the most expensive hotel rooms in the world.

Up There suite Ice Hotel

“We want to create a forum in which guests can express their own design ideas and experiment with ice as an art material,” said Arne Bergh, Creative Director of Ice Hotel. “The beauty of ice is that it only exists briefly and then goes away, it unleashes an incredible creativity in people.”

The suites will be made from the exclusive natural ice from the river Torne and feature original handmade art work.

Paris suite Ice Hotel

Once the client has left, the suites will be left to melt into the river with the spring. Guests will be given a bottle containing some of the melted ice, along with the sketches and blueprints for the design, and photographs of the suite.

Located 200 km north of the Arctic Circle, the Ice Hotel has been a pioneer in ice art since its launch 25 years ago.

Ice hotel Jukkasjarvi

For more information or to design a suite see icehotel.com

Frozen Suite

Disney Frozen Themed Suite At Hotel De Glace

Quebec City’s iconic ice hotel has carved out a bedroom fit for a snow queen in a collaboration with Walt Disney Studios with their “Frozen”-inspired suite.

Frozen Suite

The Frozen Suite is modeled after the royal bedrooms of sisters Anna and Elsa featured in the film. The Suite features an ornate, ice-carved bed, armchair and bench, and will be open through March 23.

The movie itself is set in the dramatic landscapes of a wintry Norway and the film’s fictional town of Arendelle, inspired by the picturesque Nordic town of Bergen.

The hotel is located 10 minutes from the center of Quebec City, which will be hosting the 60th edition of the world’s largest winter festival, the Quebec Winter Carnival between January 31 and February 16.

New York Palace lobby

Martin Katz Jewel Suite at New York Palace Hotel

In lieu of a complimentary fruit basket or bottle of bubbly, a luxury hotel in New York City is giving away diamond rings with your reservation. The catch? A one-night’s stay costs $25,000.

New York Palace lobby

Guests of The New York Palace’s Jewel Suite, designed by jeweler to the stars Martin Katz, stay in a 5,000-square foot, three-level apartment bedecked in gemstones and rich, plush fabrics on the building’s 53rd floor.

New York Palace room

The suite, complete with its own private roof-top deck and garden with an elevated spa, offers an unparalleled view of the NYC skyline.

New York Palace suite dining room

Guests of the Martin Katz Jewel Suite are treated to exclusive amenities including a complimentary, original Martin Katz Diamond Microband Ring, valued at $2,500, a rare private consultation with Katz himself, champagne, white roses, Michel Richard white chocolate diamond truffles, a Maybach house car service, and Maître d’étage service to fulfill guest’s every whim.

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Crystal Serenity

TOP 5 Most opulent cruise ships 2013

Cruises may have become more affordable over the past few decades with the arrival of low-end offers, known for their kitschy shows and all-you-can-eat buffets.

But on the opposite end of the spectrum, certain cruise lines focus on ever more exceptional and extravagant ships for the most demanding vacationers. Below is our selection of luxurious cruise ships offering a level of comfort and service worthy of a five-star hotel.

Crystal Serenity – Crystal Cruises

Crystal Serenity

Repeatedly recognized by the “Condé Nast Traveler Reader’s Choice Awards,” a reference in the luxury tourism sector, the Crystal Serenity is manned by 655 staff members serving up to 1,070 passengers.

A suite on the Crystal Serenity

The ship’s accommodations include 35 spacious and luxurious suites. Guests can even shop while on board the ship, which includes a Dior boutique.

Seabourn Quest – Seabourn

Seabourn Quest

This luxurious cruise welcomes no more than 450 guests at a time, and its staff is comprised of nearly as many individuals (330).

The atrium of the Seabourn Quest

The Seabourn Quest’s suites, including the 125.5 square meter “Signature” suite, are particularly palatial. A private marina allows guests to enjoy water-skiing, kayaking and other water sports, while a spa ensures that guests can relax in the most luxurious way possible.

The Road to Mandalay – Orient Express

The Road to Mandalay

Sailing on the Ayeyarwady, Myanmar’s main waterway, the Road to Mandalay is an exclusive and rather intimate cruise ship, with room for just 100 guests.

The Road To Mandalay restaurant

On the observation deck, tourists can admire the lush landscapes, swim in the pool or sip drinks at the bar.

Seven Seas Mariner – Regent Seven Seas Cruises

Each of the 700 guests aboard the Seven Seas Mariner has a customized experience, as each member of the staff is responsible for the well-being of just two guests.

Seven Seas Mariner

The ship’s accommodations — all suites — range in size from 24 to 110 square meters and are often equipped with marble bathrooms and private balconies.

The Connoisseur Club Seven Seas Mariner

Silver Spirit – Silversea Cruises

The 540 guests aboard the Silver Spirit will enjoy its numerous pools and restaurants and its ultra-luxurious suites.

Silver Spirit

The “Owner’s Suite” includes two bedrooms — one with a surface area of 120 square meters and the other at 150 square meters — each with its own 18 sq m balcony.

Silver Spirit pool

The most demanding guests can opt for the even larger Grande Suite, which one 142 sq m bedroom and a second measuring 175 square meters, in addition to a 65 sq m veranda.

Sea Cloud – Sea Cloud

The most intimate and exclusive ship in our selection, this sailing ship can accommodate just 64 passengers in its 32 cabins.

Sea Cloud

The suites, all impeccably decorated, range from around 10 to 30 square meters. Guests dine in the ship’s fine restaurant and enjoy drinks in the lounge.

A suite Sea Cloud

Corfu Suite Blakes Hotel London

The sexiest hotel bedroom in the world

Inside the suite dubbed the sexiest bedroom in the world, couples are greeted by a four-poster king-sized bed draped in light gossamer nets and a pair of exquisitely detailed mother-of-pearl dressers.

Corfu Suite Blakes Hotel London

The bright airy room with high ceilings and clean, white elegance has made the Corfu Suite at Blakes Hotel London a favorite among honeymooning couples and caught the attention of boutique hotel specialists Mr and Mrs Smith, who named the French Provencal suite the world’s sexiest hotel bedroom.

To mark their tenth anniversary, the online booking site compiled a list of their favorite properties around the world in categories such as best Smith hotel, sexiest bedroom and hottest hotel bar.

Post Ranch Inn

Room 505 at Blakes Hotel London — which bills itself as the first boutique hotel in the world —  was designed by Anouska Hempel, a London-based hotelier and interior designer whose portfolio includes the flagship Louis Vuitton store in Paris and retail stores for Van Cleef and Arpels.

“There’s such a leap of imagination from the streets of London to the bedrooms of Blakes. They’re so exotic, elaborate and escapist. The perfect boudoir” said Mr&Mrs Smith’s head of curation Mary Garvin.

Snagging the title of Best Smith Hotel was The Post Ranch Inn, a boutique property carved 1,200 feet (365 km) above the Pacific Ocean in the rugged cliffs of Big Sur.

Post Ranch Inn bedroom

Designed to maximize the beauty of its natural surroundings, the free-standing Cliff house, for example, features a deck suspended over the cliffs, a glass-walled bedroom and outdoor stainless steel hot tub, all designed to offer sweeping views of the ocean.

Luxurious Tree Houses, meanwhile, are built 9 feet (2.7 meters) off the forest floor as free-standing structures, for an adult-version of the overnight experience that includes a king-size bed, fireplace, and skylight for stargazing at night.

Upper House Hong Kong

Here are the winners:

Best Smith Hotel 2013: Post Ranch Inn, Big Sur, California, USA
Sexiest Bedroom in the World: Blakes Hotel, London
Best-Dressed Hotel: Alila Villas Uluwatu, Bali
Hottest Hotel Bar: Ace Hotel, New York
Best Spa Hotel: Como Shambhala Estate, Bali
Best Hotel Restaurant: Bastide de Moustiers, Moustiers-Sainte-Marie, Provence, France
Best for Families: Soneva Kiri, Koh Kood, Thailand
The Eco Award: Sextantio Albergo Diffuso, L’Aquila, Abruzzo, Italy
Best Budget Boutique Hotel: Brody House, Budapest
The Greatest Outdoors: Dunton Hot Springs, Colorado, USA
Above and Beyond Award: The Upper House, Hong Kong
Best Newcomer: Fogo Island Inn, Newfoundland, Canada

An underwater hotel room

A new underwater hotel room has opened off the coast of Tanzania for intrepid, adventurous and ocean-loving travelers. Set off Pemba Island, also known as ‘the Green Island’ in Arabic, guests of The Manta Resort’s underwater room are dropped off at a self-contained hotel which literally drifts at sea.

underwater hotel room

Guests can sunbathe on the top deck of their private island accommodations by day and dine on a lounge deck at water level. By night, they’ll then dive into the sea to access their hotel room, where they nod off amongst the fishes and their marine surroundings.

For an ethereal effect, the suite, which is built four meters below the surface, is lit by underwater spotlights to provide a backlit projection of the Indian Ocean’s tropical sanctuary.

Part of the experience also lies in its isolation and underdevelopment as a tourist destination. The most reliable way to access Pemba Island is by chartered flights from Zanzibar.

And while interest in the region is growing amongst divers for its unspoiled reefs, the area has yet to be paved by large-scale resorts and tourist crowds.

The Manta Resort

The suite is designed by Swedish outfit Genberg Underwater Hotels, which opened its first underwater property in a Swedish lake near Stockholm in 2000.

The Utter Inn is a single room that lies three meters below the surface and contains twin beds and a table. Room rates at The Manta Resort start at $750 per person a night.

Inside the Largest Hotel Suite in Abu Dhabi

royal suite St Regis Abu Dhabi

At 22,600 square feet, the Royal Suite at the St. Regis Saadiyat Island Resort in Abu Dhabi is being billed as the largest hotel suite in the United Arab Emirates and comes with a private movie theater, game room, spa and sauna, and outdoor swimming pool.

St Regis suite Abu Dhabi Living Room

Unveiled last week, the suite spans 22,600 square feet or 2,099 square meters and takes up the top two floors of the resort’s west wing at a price tag of $35,000 USD a night (130,000 AED).

St Regis suite Abu Dhabi Grand Staircase

Guests are greeted with a Steinway grand piano in the living room, and sweeping views of the Arabian Gulf. Earth tones of beige, sand, teal and blue are used to decorate the suite and evoke the hotel’s sea and desert surroundings.

The dining room also seats 12, and meals can be catered through the hotel’s butler service.

St Regis suite Abu Dhabi Dining Room

After descending the elaborate winding staircase, guests arrive at the master bedroom which takes up the entire lower floor and includes an expansive walk-in closet, dressing area, spa, sauna, and ocean-facing bathroom with double shower and bathtub.

St Regis suite Abu Dhabi Master Bathroom

Meanwhile, the royal penthouse suite at the Hotel President Wilson in Geneva, Switzerland is also known as being one of the largest and most luxurious suites in the world with 12 bedrooms and 12 bathrooms, a fitness center, Steinway grand piano and private elevator. The private terrace alone clocks in at 1,680 square meters. The cost for one night’s stay? About $65,000.

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Le bristol hotel eiffel tower

David Beckham to live in luxury suite

David Beckham Paris Saint Germain

After much speculation as to where David Beckham will rest his head every night in Paris, it seems the newest player for Paris Saint-Germain has chosen the luxury Hotel Bristol, a five-star property that sits along one of the ritziest streets in the city.

Le bristol hotel eiffel tower

Beckham will be housed in the largest suite at the hotel at a cost of an estimated €17,000 a night. The hotel bill will be footed by his new team for the next five months.

Le bristol hotel Luxury suite

At 322 square meters, the 4-room Imperial Suite includes a sitting room, 2 bedrooms and a dining area that overlooks the hotel’s French garden and can seat 12 people. Beckham will get ready for his games in a bathroom made of pink Aurora marble, which features a steam shower and bath.

Epicure gastronomic restaurant

The hotel boasts a triple Michelin-starred restaurant — Epicure helmed by chef Eric Frechon. The gastronomic experience, meanwhile, comes in at astronomic prices for many, with the exclusion of superstar athletes with a bevy of endorsement deals.

Epicure chef Eric Frechon

A first course of crispy asparagus velouté or sauce, light zabaglione and black truffle ice cream, for instance, will set you back €95, while macaroni and cheese with black truffle, artichoke, duck foie gras and mature Parmesan cheese costs €92.

Le Bristol Hotel

Royal Suite Hotel Plaza Athenee

Plaza Athénée’s renovated Royal Suite

Royal Suite Hotel Plaza Athenee

The Hotel Plaza Athénée last month unveiled its renovated Royal Suite by interior designer Mari-José Pommereau.

The Royal Suite tops the list as the most spacious, luxurious and most expensive hotel suite in Paris. Rates in the Royal suite start from €20,000 per night.
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The St. Regis Hotel New York debuts the Bentley Suite

Bentley Suite

After the Tiffany, Dior and Bottega Veneta suites, the St. Regis Hotel is unveiling The Bentley Suite this fall in its New York location.

The theme suite will include décor touches reminiscent of designs by British carmaker Bentley Motors such as black leather tile floors and a sleigh bed made out of Bentley’s signature burled wood.
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The five most expensive hotel rooms in Brazil

Tivoli Sao Paulo Mofarrej suite

Hotel prices in Brazil are some of the fastest growing in the world according to a recent survey. With international events on the horizon such as the FIFA World Cup in 2014 and the Olympic Games in 2016, room rates are set to rise even further over the next few years. Here is a look at the five most expensive hotel rooms in the country.
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