As a collection, The Leading Hotels of the World is showing off some of its newest (and newly renovated) suites and villas for VIPs.
Located near the city’s most famous historical and artistic attractions (think the Piazza San Marco and Palazzo Ducale), Luna Hotel Baglioni is housed in an aristocratic Venetian palace that dates back to 12th century. This spring, the hotel unveiled its third-floor 1,600-square-foot San Giorgio Terrace Suite, which has a 1,000-square-foot terrace overlooking San Giorgio Island and St. Mark’s Basin. Designed by architects Rebosio+Spagnulo of Milan, the suite has a living and dining area, two bedrooms and two marble-clad bathrooms. Guests can examine original artwork and hand-crafted antiques from the personal collection of the founder and president of Baglioni Hotels. Top perks: Guests of the San Giorgio Terrace Suite will get complimentary transfers, a private butler, an optional cooking class with the hotel’s chef, a special Venetian gift and a sunset cocktail on the private terrace.
In Monte Carlo, the Hôtel Métropole recently reopened its Carré d’Or Suite. Located on the top floor of the hotel, the suite covers 1,300 square feet and has a 1,100-square-foot terrace, which we hear has top views of the Casino de Monte Carlo, its gardens and Mediterranean Sea. The suite is decorated with Louis XVI furniture and an impressive collection of books. Guests here get a large living room, a master bedroom, a dressing room with vanity cupboard and a marble and gold-accented bathroom. The rate starts at $13,700 per night, and includes roundtrip transfers from and to Nice airport via helicopter or limousine; daily American breakfast; a bottle of 2004 vintage Champagne; mini-bar soft drinks, refreshed daily; exclusive access to the fitness studio and Odyssey, the pool area designed by Karl Lagerfeld; and a Métropole Lifestyle card that provides complimentary access to the Monte Carlo Casino; priority access and transfer to a private beach; priority reservations at the hotel’s restaurants; 10 percent savings at select boutiques; and more. Good for families and groups: The Suite can be connected to deluxe room.
|Hotel de Rome|
Following a recent $340,000 makeover, the Bebel Suite is the largest suite at Rocco Forte Hotel de Rome in Berlin. Located on the third floor, it covers approximately 2,000 square feet and is designed to resemble a classical turn-of-the-century city apartment. Overlooking historic Bebelplatz, the balcony extends the length of the suite and is accessible from all rooms, making it ideal for entertaining. Inside, there's a study area with a work desk; a living room; and a library with over a thousand books, a 65-inch flat-screen TV and a Samsung soundbar with a virtual surround system. The living room leads into the bedroom with a walk-in closet. There's also a dining room with a pantry with a separate service entrance, as well as a guest powder room, making it perfect for family dinners or board meetings. Guests here get in-suite check-in, luggage unpacking and repacking, Internet access, in-house movies, and daily buffet breakfast. For larger families, the Bebel Suite can be connected with up to three more bedrooms and a junior suite.
The Hermitage in Jakarta, one of the newer members of Leading Hotels, has two Presidential Suites: Batavia embodies Indonesian high-colonial style, incorporating batik fabrics and ornately carved wooden furnishings, while Diplomat offers a synthesis of European influences over three centuries in its antiques, artworks and silk wall coverings. Each suite has an oversized bedroom, Carrera marble bathroom, separate living and dining room, guest powder room and pantry. Complimentary butler service is provided around the clock.
|Grand Resort Bad Ragaz|
The new 3,200-square-foot Presidential Suite at Switzerland’s Grand Resort Bad Ragaz is located on the fifth floor of the spa suites building and looks out over the Bünder Herrschaft region. It has two bedrooms; two marble-floored bathrooms with thermal water supply, whirlpool, sauna and television; a dressing room; living room with separate smoker’s lounge and wine cabinet; a dining room, as well as indoor and outdoor seating areas; fully equipped kitchen; and four balconies. Bonus: Guests get a private butler during their stay, and the suite can be combined with four other bedrooms to create a six-bedroom residence on the entire floor.
|Grandhotel Hessischer Hof|
Grandhotel Hessischer Hof in Frankfurt, Germany, has recently unveiled its rejuvenated top-floor presidential suite. The suite has two bedrooms, two bathrooms, a living room, private sauna and an exclusive kitchenette with access to the boardroom with space for up to 20 guests. Guests can relax on the terrace while taking in the views over the city. In addition, the suite can be expanded with two more rooms on the same floor to accommodate family members, employees or security staff. Butler service is provided around the clock.
We saved the biggest for last: The three-story, Golden Palace Villa at the recently opened Golden Savoy in Mugla, Turkey, covers an impressive 21,527 square feet. It has six immense master bedrooms, eight marble bathrooms, private indoor and outdoor pools, a private Jacuzzi and sauna and a traditional Turkish bath. The living room has a dining table, three fully equipped kitchens (for guests, butlers and chefs); canopy swings in the garden; canopy sun beds on the balconies; a terrace, patio and sun-deck; and a private cabana on the private pier. Guests of the Palace enjoy the services of dedicated staff of housekeepers, chefs and a 24-hour butler as well as access to a luxury sedan. Rates start from $60,000 per night.