If you're looking to add a "wow" factor to your next vacation, why not search for it in a suite? When you're celebrating a momentous occasion, imagine surprising your loved one with a suite with a private outdoor pool, your own on-call massage therapist for in-room treatments or a stone-floor balcony with breathtaking views of Paris.
If you're staying at Le Meurice, those panoramic 360-degree views of Paris are a highlight of the hotel's La Belle Étoile suite. Available as either a two- or four-bedroom suite, La Belle Étoile will take you back in time to the early 19th century with its Charles X décor. The eight- to 10-room suite has a Jacuzzi tub, personal butler, private elevator and a 2,960-square-foot terrace. Just ask your butler to bring up an exercise bike on the terrace so you won't miss the view. La Belle Étoile costs about $12,154 (€10,000) per night.
In Tokyo, enjoy some morning laps in the only suite in the city that has its own private, outdoor, heated swimming pool. Complete with a Japanese Zen garden, the Presidential Suite at the Grand Hyatt Tokyo spans the entire 21st floor of the hotel. In addition to five rooms and two bathrooms, the suite has its own kitchen and a custom-made dining room table. The nightly rate for this executive-branch accommodation is approximately $4,926 (JPY 577, 500).
I.M. Pei came out of retirement to complete his vision of the Four Seasons Hotel New York, which debuted its two presidential suites in February last year. The $15,000 per-night price tag makes these suites the most expensive in the Big Apple. Designed with a residential feel, each suite has 10-foot, floor-to-ceiling windows and outdoor terraces to capture impressive views of Central Park and the Hudson River in Suite 5101 and the Chrysler Building, Empire State Building and Statue of Liberty in Suite 5202. With its oversized leather chairs, coffee-colored accents and marble fireplace, Suite 5101 sports a masculine library feel, although you can always tickle the ivories in Suite 5102, which has its own baby grand piano.
Following a $1.5 million renovation, The Peninsula Suite at the Peninsula Palace Beijing incorporates modern elements in its design, which reflects a traditional courtyard house in old Beijing. If you book this $4,500 per night suite, you'll be resting your head in the same place as France's President Jacques Chirac, who was the first guest in the 7,100-square-foot suite. Traditional components such as antiques, Chinese porcelain and paintings blend with such high-tech touches as plasma TVs and DVD players. In addition to a private elevator, the suite has its own gym with an elliptical cross trainer fitness machine, LCD-display TV, weights and a massage bed for in-suite treatments. Of course, after a workout you'll get to relax in your own whirlpool tub and steam room.
At the Mandarin Oriental, Miami, an indulgent stay awaits guests of the Mandarin Suite. With its own spa serenity room, a personal spa therapist is on call for in-suite treatments around the clock. Bamboo, Mexican river stones and Spanish marble create a Zen-inspired, yet international atmosphere in the 2,000-square-foot space. Spa butlers are also available to create a bath ritual in the master bathroom, which has an infinity-edge soaking tub with floor-to-ceiling windows. Rates for the Mandarin Suite are $5,500 per night.
To book any of these spectacular suites, contact your travel professional.