|The Imperial Suite at Fairmont Dubai, of which there are three, has two floors and views as far as the Palm Islands.|
An array of luxe suites that are fit for a king—literally.
Gazing over the humming Sheikh Zayed Road, the Fairmont Dubai is fast becoming an icon in the city’s financial district. Its three Imperial Suites are fit for any jetsetting financier or celeb (the hotel has hosted such notables as Virgin mogul Richard Branson, rapper Kanye West and former prime minister of Canada, Jean Chrétien. Each three-bedroom Imperial Suite boasts 5,900 square feet in a duplex setting, complete with a roof terrace, a private indoor Jacuzzi, sunroom and personal gym. Note: Although the Imperial Suites are the largest in the hotel’s Penthouse Collection, the Fairmont Dubai also offers two Presidential Suites, each with two bedrooms and a five-piece en-suite bathroom with panoramic views. VIP guests can also take advantage of Fairmont Gold, a series of amenities meant solely for Imperial Suite occupants (think private check-in/checkout, 24-hour personal butler service, an exclusive lounge and complimentary cuisine, including a deluxe breakfast and evening hors d’oeuvres).
|The Ritz-Carlton Suite at Ritz-Carlton L.A. Live is on the hotel’s 25th floor and has both mountain and Pacific Ocean views.|
At the spa, where treatment rooms spread over 40,000 square feet of space, the most decadent treatment is rumored to be the 90-minute Willow Stream Signature Travelers Massage. Facilitated by Kazumi Miyamoto, the most requested masseuse, the treatment is a combination of body exfoliation and massage using pink grapefruit and rosemary essential oils. Contact Spa Manager Marni Endik ([email protected]) to book a rejuvenating repose for your client, especially a steamy foray into the Turkish hammam.
Fairmont Dubai offers 10 dining and enteryainment venues. The Exchange Floor includes the Exchange Grill, which is noted for its selection of grilled specialties and extensive wine list. True oenophiles and cigar aficionados will appreciate Cin Cin, a wine bar with more than 400 global labels and cigar bar with a handcrafted, walk-in humidor.
Peak seasons at the hotel include March, June, September and November, so be sure to book your clients’ suites three to four weeks in advance, allowing at least three days’ reservation notice for The Exchange Grill. Luxury travel advisors can contact Alexandra Murray ([email protected]), executive assistant to the general manager, who can arrange any and all A-list needs.
The Taj Mahal Palace Resort, India
Named after Indian industrialist and founder, Jamshetji Nusserwanji Tata, the 5,000-square-foot Tata Suite at The Taj Mahal Palace Resort in Mumbai is ideal for a client on the lookout for excitement, exoticism and a touch of the extravagant. The suite is on the sixth floor of the Palace Wing and has 15 rooms, which, in addition to three bedrooms, three baths, a study and a full kitchen, also includes a private Jiva Spa, with sauna and steam room. Spa Director Althea Roy ([email protected]) can give you the lowdown on the several ancient treatments, including Samattva Balance, Pehlwan Malish and Ventoz Indian Cupping.
|The Tata Suite at Taj Mahal Palace Resort is named after hotel founder Jamshetji Nusserwanji Tata and has its own spa.|
Post pampering, guests can take in the views of the Gateway of India and the Arabian Sea from the two different balconies, or wander over to the Ravi Shankar Suite, which can be connected to accommodate your clients’ retinues.
The Tata Suite also has a 12-seat business center, outfitted with state-of-the-art technology, including a plasma TV and speaker system by Bang & Olufsen. The suite also has a 10-seat dining room, adorned with mosaic ceilings and crystal chandeliers..
Notable Sightings: The Tata Suite has hosted a slew of dignitaries and celebrities through the years, including John Lennon, Hillary Clinton and, most recently, President Barack Obama. Not surprisingly, the suite is secluded, and security and surveillance is drum-tight. General Manager Gaurav Pokhriyal can be reached at [email protected], but it is suggested that luxury travel advisors contact Sumit Chatterjee ([email protected]).
The Fullerton Bay Hotel, Singapore
The Presidential Suite at The Fullerton Bay Hotel Singapore represents a fusion of the highest form with various ethnic cultures, urban influences, colonial history and Eastern and Western aesthetics represented. With 1,600 square feet of space, floor-to-ceiling windows throughout the bedroom, living and dining areas, the suite comes with impressive, unobstructed views of the famed Marina Bay waterfront and the Singapore skyline. Guests also have two private balconies to gaze out from. Note: The suite accommodates eight and includes private butler service.
While a suite of this magnitude is tough to leave, if your client prefers to eat out, there are three different options to choose from at the hotel, including Lantern, a rooftop bar serving gourmet tapas in a tropical setting with a resident Latin band and DJ. For a more serious cuisine scene, guests can also settle into Clifford, a chic brasserie serving such unique dishes as watermelon and basil tomato-avocado salad with lobster tail.
|The Presidential Suite at Fullerton Bay in Singapore.|
Emulating the bygone days of the old British concession and the birth of the colonial era in Singapore, The Landing Point’s 40-foot bar is the ideal sipping spot to watch the sunset and sailboats stream by. The hotel is packed with holiday revelers, so if your client wants to celebrate in December, be sure to book at least three months in advance. Also, let them know that the Singapore Grand Prix race weekend in September is a not-be-missed event and, since the hotel is trackside, guests have a bird’s-eye view of the careening cars below. Luxury travel advisors sending VIPs can contact Director of Sales and Marketing Elsie Chew ([email protected]).
The Ritz-Carlton, Los Angeles at L.A. LIVE
Catering to presidents and playboys alike, The Ritz-Carlton Suite at The Ritz-Carlton L.A. Live provides panoramic views of the Santa Monica Mountains, the Pacific Ocean and the pretty party people carousing on the city streets below. With a foyer of marble and mahogany hardwood floors leading into a vast entertainment area complete with a 50-inch high-definition flat-screen TV, wet bar and multiple seating areas, the suite serves up more than enough entertainment—an imperative for any L.A. hotel. The formal dining room, flanked by a butler’s pantry with a separate service entrance, can host up to 10 for dinner. The suite also has an oversized Roman tub in the bathroom; if your clients need more in the way of pampering, an 8,000-square-foot spa awaits downstairs. Be sure to give Spa Director Kimberly Rossi (213-743-8800) a call to book the signature treatment, a customized Swedish massage infused with organic aromatherapy.
Although the eponymous suite only has one bedroom and one-and-a-half baths, Karina Sahatjian (213-765-8627), executive reservation coordinator, will be glad to connect it to an adjacent deluxe bedroom. She can also arrange to block off the surrounding rooms for a rollicking entourage or heads of state or secure the entire 25th floor wing by cordoning it off.
Wolfgang Puck also just opened his new fine-dining restaurant, WP24, which overlooks the L.A. skyline and serves contemporary Chinese cuisine (try the Peking Duck and the foie gras bao buns). Note: Make reservations three to four weeks in advance. In case your client is a little over the libation-fueled L.A. scene, ask Jeanine Spencer (213-765-8681), executive assistant to the general manager, about booking a customized gallery tour of the city’s top artistic offerings, or shopping with a savvy stylist.