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The 17 Most Luxurious Hotel Suites in the World

The former seaside mansion of billionaire Ty Warner, an otherworldly nature villa upstream from thundering falls, the royal suite that housed Kate Middleton the night before her wedding… there are some accommodations so glamorous and over-the-top that have to be seen to be believed. Read on for our list of the most jaw-dropping suites and villas the world over—with pricetags to match.

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The Cuixmala Suite, Cuixmala, Mexico

Why it’s special: Once the private quarters of British-French billionaire Sir James Goldsmith, who developed the Cuixmala property in the 1980s, it’s no surprise the Cuixmala suite is the most sprawling, luxurious suite on-property. A verdant garden courtyard lies on one side of the suite while a private terrace with sumptuous lounge chairs and a jacuzzi overlooking the ocean lies on the other. Large archways cut from white-washed walls offer stunning views, while the high ceilings, worldly throws and minimal but opulent furniture make guests feel as though they’re residing in a palace.

The Grand Riad, The Royal Mansour, Marrakech

Why it’s special: A central patio and private garden await upon entering the Grand Riad, where crystal, cedar and sumptuous draperies are complemented by the artfully carved archways, marble columns and abundant plant life. But the true gem of the property is the rooftop terrace with its pool, dining room and elegant tented lounge, all framed by romantic pale-pink walls and sleek tiled walkways with views of the Atlas Mountains and the Koutoubia Mosque. The extraordinary attentive staff complete the stay, with butlers, maids, artists and chefs all committed to creating an experience worthy of dreams.

Royal Suite, The Goring, London

Why it’s special: Truly fit for a royal, this is the site where Kate and Pippa Middleton stayed the night before Kate’s wedding to Prince William. And though the personal footman, daily deliveries from the pastry chef and complimentary airport transfers are certainly highlights, the regality of the suite lies in the details, from the lavish silk lining the master bedroom walls—the same silk that once hung in the First Class Dining Room of the Titanic—to the portrait of Queen Victoria protected by glass in the double shower of the master bath.

Singita Serengeti House, Tanzania

Why it’s special: Travelers can live out the ultimate Out of Africa fantasy at Singita Serengeti House, a four-bedroom villa in the iconic plains of Tanzania. Game drives are the highlight of any safari, but Serengeti House is a sight to behold, too: the exclusive-use property has a gym, tented spa suite, 80-foot infinity pool (from which you can see animals grazing) and a private tennis court. Unlike many safari lodges, Serengeti House also accepts children of all ages and offers activities such as archery, arts and crafts, cooking classes and a Mini Rangers course for aspiring safari guides.

Villa 31, Amanzoe, Greece

Why it’s special: The top accommodation at Greece’s serene Amanzoe resort, Villa 31 is home to Sky Plain, a daring installation by American artist James Turrell. Meant to inspire peace through light, the piece is composed of a 2000-cubic-foot building with a large rectangular ceiling aperture that opens to the sky. The the one-bedroom villa also has a private 72-foot pool and views of the Peloponnese Peninsula. Lucky guests of the villa can stay put or unwind at Amanzoe’s stunning beach club or Greek amphitheater, where open-air music shows and dance performances are staged throughout the summer.

Harbour House, Rosewood Hong Kong

Why it’s special: There is no better place to take in views of Victoria Harbour in Hong Kong than from one of the two outdoor lap pools at the Harbour House, which occupies the entire fifty-seventh floor of Rosewood Hong Kong. In-suite, guests will find their own fitness studio, library and bar as well as an impressive art collection, and with floor-to-ceiling windows throughout and a wraparound sky garden, the suite brings the cityscape of Hong Kong inside—without all the hustle and bustle of the city streets.

Les Grands Appartements, Hôtel de Crillon, Paris

Why it’s special: These two Karl Lagerfeld–designed suites can be combined into one sprawling, 3,600-square-foot accommodation that looks directly onto Paris’s Place de la Concorde from the fourth floor of the iconic Crillon hotel. The late fashion designer put his mark on every aspect of the Louis XVIII–style Les Grands Appartements, from the custom canopy beds to the marble bathtub, which was carved from a single block of Carrara marble. For a little extra space, the suites can also be combined with the adjacent Choupette room—named for Lagerfeld’s beloved cat and featuring a more modern aesthetic—to make a three-bedroom suite.

Shambhu Prakash Suite, Taj Lake Palace, Udaipur

Why it’s special: Named for the progressive Maharana Shambhu Singh, one of Udaipur’s most accomplished kings before his untimely death at age 27, this suite, set within the dreamy Taj Lake Palace that seems to float atop Lake Pichola, is fit for royalty. This west-facing suite offers beautiful sunset views off the private balcony, and the décor reflects a fusion of Indian and European influences, with embroidered satin cushions and sweeping red and gold draperies matched with tall archways and elegant columns.

Alex van Heeren Cottage, Huka Lodge, New Zealand

Why it’s special: Located on a riverside bluff just upstream from the rushing waters of Huka Falls, this cottage effortlessly blends the cozy lake house vibe with a sumptuous nature villa. The location is dramatic, to say the least, best taken in from the plunge pool on the outdoor terrace, overlooking the deep azure blue of the rushing river, framed by the ferns and bows of the lush greenery. The high ceilings, open floor plan, and floor-to-ceiling windows make the space feel vast and airy while inviting the outdoors inside. The spa pool, garden courtyard with a fireplace and king bedrooms with deep baths and spa amenities only add to the dreamy experience.

Africa House, Royal Malewane, South Africa

Why it’s special: This eclectic villa tucked in the South African bush can house up to 12 guests, making it perfect for a family holiday or a large group of travelers looking for a lavish and private safari experience. Guests of Africa House have their own private chef, housekeeping team, game ranger, tracker and private game-drive vehicle, allowing for a truly individualized and flexible vacation. Each of the six rooms has a private deck and outdoor shower, as well as a large Victorian style bathtub, and there is even an additional room for guests who bring along a private guide, pilot or photographer.

The Bulgari Villa, The Bulgari Resort Dubai

Why it’s special: At 5,810 square feet, the ocean-facing Bulgari Villa nestled in lush greenery is the largest at The Bulgari Resort Dubai. A water-lined wooden walkway leads guests to the stunning oval pool, framed by cabanas and rimmed with candle lanterns. On either side of the walkway, stepping stones across the water provide access to an outdoor dining and lounge area with a massive verdant garden surrounding the terrace. Inside, a private home cinema, indoor hydromassage and hammam await.

Ty Warner Mansion, Las Ventanas al Paraiso, Los Cabos

Why it’s special: From the putting green and cinema room (with a 90-inch flatscreen) to the 328-foot infinity pool (which has dual whirlpool spas and a sunken living area), billionaire toy maker Ty Warner’s mansion on the Sea of Cortez is a wonder to behold. Warner’s carefully selected art, textiles and décor from Oaxaca, Chiapas, Michoacán and Jalisco, the custom antique talvera tile in the kitchen and the tequila library lend an authentic Mexican feel to the property, and the private chef, personal assistant and butler ensure that guests’ every need is met (there is even a fireworks display available upon request).

Hilltop Estate, COMO Laucala, Fiji

Why it’s special: Hilltop Estate, at COMO Laucala Island (which was formerly owned by Malcolm Forbes), is a resort in a resort, and its Delana suite has its own chef, nanny and chauffeur, and a partially glass-enclosed pool. The Hilltop Estate is owned by Red Bull cofounder Dietrick Mateschitz, and guests must be pre-approved to rent it out. With 129,000-square-feet of space and a hilltop location, it also has the best views of any accommodation at COMO Laucala.

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The Mark Penthouse, The Mark, New York

Why it’s special: The largest hotel penthouse suite in the U.S., The Mark Penthouse at The Mark brings modern luxury to a new level. Occupying the hotel’s top two floors, the 10,000-square-foot suite was designed by the French interior designer Jacques Grange and includes five bedrooms, a living room that can be transformed into a grand ballroom, a conservatory, a library and a 2,500-square-foot rooftop terrace with a dining and lounge area looking out over Central Park and the Metropolitan Museum of Art. This suite is so lavish that it served as the location for Meghan Markle’s 2019 baby shower, hosted by tennis star, Serena Williams.

Owner’s Villa, Cheval Blanc Randheli, Maldives

Why it’s special: Part of the nearby Cheval Blanc resort, this four-bedroom private island villa has its own spa with Guerlain products, an 82-foot pool and butlers and chefs available to cater to guests’ every need. Designed by Jean-Michel Gathy, the villa delivers a private island paradise, despite its remote location in the middle of the Indian Ocean—there’s even a grand piano and an open-air cinema for movies under the stars.

The SKYLOFT Suites, MGM Grand, Las Vegas

Why it’s special: Luxuriate in style at the top of the world… or the top of Las Vegas, at least. While the sweeping city views are nothing to gloss over, the devil really is in the details at the SKYLOFTs, all of which come with an immersion shower and infinity tub with champagne bubbles, a pillow menu to perfect your night’s sleep and a butler who will customize your liquor selection to your tastes and serve meals from any of MGM Grand’s decadent restaurants—or for those in a party mood, take advantage of the party entertainment menu and the SKYLOUNGE, which transforms into an exclusive lounge every night.

Kataza House, Singita Kwitonda, Rwanda

Why it’s special: A luxury stone villa surrounded by rolling green fields and Jurassic Park like mountainous jungles, Singita’s Kataza House, set on the edge of Volcanoes National Park, offers a transformative experience for its guests. The color palette is inspired by the molten lava, fire and jungle foliage of its surroundings, as are the sculpture and paintings, which draw in the region’s gorillas, the true draw of Rwanda. Meals are farm-to-table, with produce sourced from the garden on property complemented by wine from the wine cellar and the fire pit outside makes for magical and cozy evenings.

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Published onFebruary 23, 2022

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