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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.

Royal Suite Burj Al Arab

10 Most Expensive Middle East Hotels

You can be sure that the guests filing out of the Burj Al Arab hotel in Dubai don’t count their pennies. Because according to a new ranking, the luxury property is the most expensive in the region.

After crunching the numbers, editors at luxury-hotels.com came up with a ranking that lists the most expensive hotels in the Middle East based on room rates during the month of November when hotels post the highest average daily rates.

At the Burj Al Arab, instantly recognizable from a distance for its sail-like design, the minimum room rate is $1,928, making it the most expensive hotel in the region.

Prices reflect the cheapest available rate for a double room between November 1 and 30.

Rounding out the top three spots is the Al Maha (Dubai) at $1,776 and Six Senses Zighy Bay (Oman) at $1,330.

The list shows that Dubai – the city of superlatives, where opulence comes to bask – is home to the most expensive hotel rooms, dominating the top 10 list with eight addresses.

 

Looking to travel to the Middle East? Here are the hotels that will set you back the most:

Greece, Italy Top Luxury Hotel List

London and Geneva may boast Europe’s highest costs of living but when it comes to luxury hotels, Italian and Greek cities are in a league of their own. According to a Luxury.Hotels.com study published Monday, the most expensive place in Europe to take a holiday this summer is southern Greece. At €1,779 a night, the Amanzo’e in Kranidi, Greece tops this year’s summer chart.

In second place is Le Dune in Cagliari, Sardinia, Italy (€1,645 a night) and while the Cap Estel on the French Riviera rounds out the top three (€1,596 a night) it is the only hotel located anywhere other than in Greece or Italy to make this year’s top 10.

Beyond the top three, 12 of the top 20 hotels in this year’s list are in Italy, three can be found in Greece and a further three in France leaving just 16th place for the Belmond Le Manoir Aux Quat’Saisons in Oxford, in the UK and 18th place for the Mandarin Oriental in Bodrum, Turkey. This seems perfectly in line with what we discovered in our own story recently. We’ll be delving into the good times to be had on the Greek islands soon…

St. Regis Abu Dhabi Opens Brunch in Top Suite

The luxurious $40,480 a night suite at the St. Regis Abu Dhabi hangs suspended in the middle of the 48th and 49th floors of the two towers making up the whole hotel. It is precisely this position that warrants its exclusivity and that somewhat exorbitant price, other than the money spent in tailoring up the interior design and amenities to their finest quality of course. This very note makes it the kind of thing only accessible to the 1% of the 1%… at least, until now.

For a limited period of time, St. Regis will open the suite for a series of brunch events aptly named ‘Brunch in the Clouds’. For a comparatively lesser cost of $110 (or US$180 with bubbly), you can gain access for a brief moment to the highly vaunted interior of the suite.

Abu-Dhabi-Brunch-02

The interior of the Abu Dhabi suite is 1,120 square metres, with various aspects like a cinema, a spa, and two-storey majlis (Arabic salons or lounges). The décor has cascading crystal and 24-carat gold leaf accents. From the windows you can view a panoramic view of the Arabian Gulf, the Corniche, and the city skyline. While watching that view and enjoying the atmosphere, you’ll be able to taste the different courses served in different rooms, like the oyster room, cheese and dessert space, caviar ice-bar, candy room, and private bar for champagne-spiked brunch cocktails. The private spa will be accessible for shoulder massages, or a manicure.

Abu-Dhabi-Brunch-04

The first brunch will be held on April 29, but monthly events will follow on the final Friday of each month (except for June, due to Ramadan). For those who want a tingle of what it’s like to cross the threshold, this makes the perfect opportunity.

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

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.

DON’T MISS: THE WORLD’S MOST OUTRAGEOUS HOTEL SUITES

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.

DON’T MISS: A MILLION DOLLAR WEDDING IN ROME

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

AND ALSO…

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.

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

Aerial view luxury Burj Al Arab

The most luxurious suites in the world: 10 extravagant hotel bedrooms to book for your vacations

For globetrotters who only stay at the very best hotels and suites, a website has created a package that includes stays at 10 of the most lavish properties around the world.

Aerial view luxury Burj Al Arab

Launched by VeryFirstTo.com, the 21-day trip circles the world from New York, Paris, Dubai and Hong Kong for the princely sum of £359,000. At the Burj Al Arab in Dubai, for instance, couples will be booked for the Royal Suite, which comes with a personal butler and a solid gold iPad.

Burj Al Arab gold ipad

At the Westin Excelsior in Rome, couples stay at the Villa la Cupola, the largest hotel suite in Europe, which stretches across 1,100 square meters. The Presidential Suite at the Intercontinental in Hong Kong offers views of Victoria Harbor and a rooftop infinity pool and Jacuzzi, while the Ritz Carlton Suite in Tokyo is located on the 53rd floor of the city’s tallest building.

intercontinental hong kong

The cost includes business class flights, airport transfers and accommodation.

Here’s a list of the 10 destinations

1. The Penthouse Suite, Four Seasons George V, Paris

george v penthouse

2. Royal Suite, Burj Al Arab, Dubai

Royal Suite Burj Al Arab

3. Bridge Suite, The Atlantis Resort, Bahamas

Bridge Suite The Atlantis Resort

4. Ritz-Carlton Suite, Ritz-Carlton, Tokyo

ritz tokyo

5. Villa La Cupola, Westin Excelsior, Rome

Villa La Cupola

6. Two Story Sky Villa, Palms Casino Resort, Las Vegas

Palms Casino Resort, Las Vegas

7. Ty Warner Penthouse, Four Seasons Hotel, New York

Ty Warner Penthouse

8. The Royal Suite, Madarin Oriental, London

Royal Suite Madarin Oriental London

9. The Sultan’s Suite, Çiragan Palace Kempinski, Istanbul

Sultan suite Ciragan Palace Kempinski

10. The Presidential Suite, InterContinental, Hong Kong

InterContinental Hong Kong infinity pool

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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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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Top 10 most expensive hotels in the world

The North Island Lodge, located in the Seychelles, is the most expensive hotel in the world. That is the main takeaway of a new survey from Luxury-Hotels.com.

North Island Seychelles

The survey was conducted in June and July and is based on double occupancy for the month of August. Resorts surveyed had a minimum 20-guest capacity.

According to those criteria, the private island sanctuary of North Island Lodge is the world’s most extravagant, at $5,843 a night per couple. Part of what makes the resort so expensive is due to the fact that guests are helicoptered into the site, which sits 30 km off the coast of the main island of Mahé.

North Island Seychelles spa

With 11 guest villas at North Island, the private paradise is also described as a modern-day ‘Noah’s Ark’ for a massive conservation program which aims to protect and rehabilitate local flora, fauna and wildlife like the Hawksbill and green turtles and Seychelles blue pigeons.

Luxury villas meanwhile, are built using scavenged, natural materials from the surrounding area and invite guests to lounge in “barefoot luxury.”

North Island Seychelles room

Photos show white sand beaches leading into azure waters, palm tree-fringed villas decorated in sumptuous yet natural materials like stone, recovered wood and wicker furnishings.

The most luxurious hotels list is dominated by resorts and lodgings in Africa, remote islands and destinations in Oceania, and a handful of listings in Italy, France and Canada.

North Island Seychelles outdoor dining

Here are the Top 10 most expensive hotels around the world

1. North Island Lodge, Seychelles $5,843 USD per couple
2. Laucala Resort, Fiji, $5,040
3. Khwai River Lodge, Botswana, $4,060
4. Savute Elephant Camp, Botswana, $4,020
5. Eagle Island Camp & Spa, Botswana, $3,970
6. Singita Grumeti Reserves, Tanzania, $3,570
7. King Pacific Lodge, Canada, $3,249
8. Mnemba Island Lodge, Tanzania, $3,100
9. Hotel Cala di Volpe, Italy, $2,939
10. Queen Charlotte Lodge, Canada, $2,800

For the full list, visit www.luxury-hotels.com/press/survey-2013.html.

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 World’s 10 Most Expensive Hotel Suites – 2008

Royal Suite, Burj Al Arab


Demand for the top end of the luxury hotel market has been unaffected by the credit crunch, keeping prices for the best rooms at very high levels : the superrich are still willing to spend huge sums on staying at the best hotel rooms in the world, paying as much as $34,000 a night to lodge at the most luxurious suites, according Wealth-Bulletin’s survey of the Top Ten Most Expensive Hotel Rooms in the World.

Also worth noting is the appearance of Dubai (the Burj Al Arab’s Royal Suite, above) and Moscow hotels on the list, which would have been unheard of just a couple years ago. Here are the Top 10:

1. The Warner PentHouse, Four Seasons; New York, $34,000 per night.
2. Royal Penthouse suite, President Wilson Hotel, Geneva, $33,000 per night.
3. The Presidential Suite, Hotel Cala Di Volpe, Costa Smeralda, Italy $21,000 per night.
4. Royal Suite, Burj-Al-Arab, $18,000 per night.
5. Royal Armleder Suite, Le Richmond, Geneva, $17,500 per night.

6. The Ritz Carlton Suite, The Ritz Carlton, Moscow; 16,500 per night
7. The Royal Suite, Four Seasons George V, Paris; $15,500 per night
8. The Imperial Suite, Park Hyatt Vendome, Paris; 15,500 per night
9. Brook Penthouse, Claridges, London, $10,000 per night
10. Penthouse Suite, Hotel Martinez, Cannes, $9,300 per night (During the Cannes film festival week in May the price rockets to $48,000 a night).