Suite sophistication: The world’s most luxurious hotel suites
KISHORE AND SMITA IYENGAR celebrate bespoke opulence and platinum class signature lifestyle at the world’s handpicked grand luxury five and seven star hotel and resort suites.
THE PRESIDENTIAL SUITE – THE TRIDENT BANDRA KURLA – MUMBAI, INDIA
This lavish 2,400 sq.ft. Presidential Suite at this award winning luxury address is amongst the largest in Mumbai city. This numero uno haven accessible by a separate elevator from the Trident Club is reserved for residents and their personal guests only. This highest floor of the hotel has only five guest rooms and the Presidential Suite, making it possible for the entire floor to be cordoned off for visiting heads of state and dignitaries.
The expansive area envelops an entrance foyer, a large living room, a dining room with a fully equipped service pantry, a study area and a spacious master bedroom with a luxurious bathroom.
We sized up the uber contemporary, naturally lit spacious living room with bright and cheerful décor elements, a sumptuously comfortable seating area furnished with sofas, chair, a large coffee table and side tables. A well stocked reference library and a wall mounted 40 inch (101 centimeter) LCD television and a DVD player add to the appeal. The large dining room, with an adjoining service pantry and directly accessible from the entrance foyer seats eight guests. There’s a cozy study area that’s designed to provide a relaxed and tranquil workspace with necessities like wired and wireless Internet access.
A sense of calm permeates the minimalistically appointed master bedroom graced by a king size bed flanked by bedside tables, a relaxing sofa and chair arrangement with a side table and a walk in closet. The tranquility we experienced is accentuated by the floor to ceiling windows that overlook a terrace garden that runs along the entire length of the suite. A 32 inch (82 centimeter) LCD television recessed inside a credenza operates on modern electronic controls. The bedroom also includes a fully stocked personal bar.
The luxurious glass walled bathroom with an electronically controlled roller blind for privacy is finished in Italian Botticino marble. It features a double vanity counter, a separate shower, separate water closet and a large free standing bathtub placed next to a picture window that frames views of the terrace garden. A wall mounted 22 inch (56 centimeter) LCD television is also provided.
Guests staying in the Presidential Suite enjoy all the enhanced privileges of the Trident Club including express in room check in and check out, breakfast daily, round trip car transfers between the domestic or international airport and hotel and 24 hour butler service. The Presidential Suite also offers an interconnecting Trident Club Room with twin beds, which can serve as suitable accommodation for members of the family or accompanying guests. Another inviting feature is the world class, award winning, innovatively modern Italian fine wining and dining haven Botticino, with it’s premium world wine collection and incomparable signature cuisine by erudite and talented Chef Sivakumar who takes fine dining to an exalted level altogether. The experience here is truly out-of-this-world and is an attractive enhancement of an unforgettable stay at The Presidential Suite.
For the safety of resident guests, enhanced security features have been packed in, including a dedicated security control room adjacent to the Presidential Suite that features a working area with CCTV monitoring facilities and an attached bathroom, and is ideal for housing security personnel or a personal valet.
DELUXE TWO-BEDROOM SUITE – THE BURJ AL ARAB – DUBAI, UAE
This is ultimate, incomparable decadence we discovered first hand at the world’s most luxurious seven star hotel on its own private island. The 335 sqm. two bedroom spectacular suite commands two lavishly immaculate levels and opens out to marvelous ultramarine views of the Arabian Gulf all around. Including two lounges, two gilt-edged bedrooms with ceiling mirrors, signature design and custom crafted décor elements, a private dining room, two spacious master bathrooms, a private bar and a butler’s kitchen in right royal seven star opulence.
Boasting the world’s largest array of well-trained 24X7 butlers, in-suite check-in and check-out, upstairs and downstairs personalized private bars, a separate spacious dining room for six guests and daily sumptuous breakfast buffet for four guests in Junsui or Bab Al Yam or as a choice in the privacy of your suite and oh! yes…separate staff entrance with private butler’s kitchen, this is the very crest of grand luxury beyond compare.
This deluxe space packs in two master bathrooms with full-size Jacuzzis full size Hermes amenities and latest tech-backed features that include complimentary Wi-Fi, a 21-inch iMac, a range of 42-inch and 32-inch widescreen interactive HD TVs, Bose iPod/iPhone docking station and media hub, remote controlled environment including curtains, TV, in-suite music and lights and a private all in one printer, copier, scanner and fax.
There’s more. A liberal selection of 14 types of pillows, Eiderdown duvets, superlative Egyptian cotton linen and an ultra-deluxe, personalized super king bed makes for extra special attention. Our personalized experience scaled further with complimentary sparkling fruit and date juice, our butler serving in-suite chilled premium white wine with hors d’oeuvres by sunset capped with choicest assorted Arabian sweets. For discerning gourmands, the rooftop contemporary restaurant Al Muntaha with jaw dropping vistas, offers delectable international fusion gourmet paired with top wine labels over a relaxed five course dinner.
PETIT MONT BLANC SUITE – AUBERGE DE LA MAISON –COURMAYEUR MONT BLANC – VALLE D’AOSTA, ITALY
The stunning Auberge chalet is ringed by endless marvels of the towering Alps from every window and balcony offering unbeatably spectacular views of the nearby grasslands, the valley of Courmayeur and the imposing Mont-Blanc massif. The magical icefall of Brenva and the Alpine village of Entrèves glow in seasonal colors at all times.
The charms of our grand Petit Mont-Blanc Suite is graced with large glass windows looking out to magnificent views of Mont-Blanc, Europe’s tallest peak. The inviting Alpine log-designed lounge with antique furniture is separate from the bedroom, with wood-covered walls and natural fabrics with warm, natural tones, creating a genuine Alpine atmosphere of cheer.
This suite is ideal for couples and families alike and the spacious environs in an enchanting setting add up to a memorable high-end vacation.
The choicest lifestyle options here entice guests with a lingering comfort that we found were unique. Gazing out to the towering peaks from the adjacent wooden balcony, guests can relish a fine goblet of local Valle D’Aosta red wine or a crisply chilled white wine with the famous Italian Alpine valley cheeses and canapés. As shadows lengthen across the snowcapped summits, exotic Valdostan cuisine awaited us at their fine Alpine gourmet restaurant below with local cool climate wines as pairings.
ECO DESIGNED HERITAGE POOL VILLA SUITE – EVOLVE BACK CHIKKANA HALLI ESTATE – COORG, KARNATAKA, INDIA
This is classical Kodava (traditional Coorgi heritage) architecture at its luxurious best. This exalted hill getaway in southern India in the Nilgiris (Blue Mountains) is redolent of traditional charm and contemporary flair married into luxurious villas for ultimate privacy and peace.
Our Heritage Pool Villa at this global multi-award winning five star resort was planned with separate living room and en-suite bedroom, with a foliage-rich courtyard and our very own personal swimming pool with deck chairs. Two intimate sit-outs complete with planters’ chairs to laze on with an absorbing book or a fine glass of wine, recreate the endearing hill station legacy of India.
The interiors in rich teakwood and intricately carved wood crafted elements like pillars and columns, handcrafted traditional chairs and a fine dining table, hand-woven durries, huge metal urns, hand-plastered and polished red earth flooring in Kodava style, traditional Mangalore tiles for roofing, a quaint porch sit-out for small chats makeup the indelible charms of this eco-friendly haven in the hills in the district of Coorg, or Kodagu in local lingo, often called the Scotland of India.
The hospitality privileges include fine, freshly ground internationally acclaimed pure coffee, choicest teas, nuts and cookies, fruits and safe, indigenously filtered drinking water on tap and diverse fine wining and dining options at Machan –their one-of-its-kind treetop all-grills experience for couples and Peppercorn lakeside dining.
THE VICTORIA HARBOR SUITE – THE RITZ-CARLTON HONG KONG – HONG KONG, CHINA
Spectacular harbor-and-beyond views stop you at the extra large windows instantly. Club and Suite guests are escorted directly to their rooms and privately checked in to their new hyper luxury haven. At this oceanfront panoramic suite par excellence, guests can revel in the finest crème-de-la-crème privileges that stand out as simply superlative.
The world class features score on every level of sophistication. Full marble bathrooms featuring a separate bathtub and shower, Rainforest Shower Head, down feather pillows and throws, a gorgeous King Bed, plush terry robes and exclusive Asprey bath amenities, Nespresso coffee and tea making machines, fully stocked mini refreshment bar, 24-hour in-room dining, laundry and valet services, 42-inch flat screen LCD TV, bathroom LCD TV, Blu-ray DVD player, 160GB Classic iPod and iPod docking station Internet Access, wired and wireless high-speed Internet access.
The indoor infinity swimming pool adds to the exotic experience along with an indoor and outdoor Jacuzzi, a 24-hour state-of-the-art fitness center and the fabled 24-hour Club Lounge Access with six complimentary food and beverage presentations daily and dedicated Club Concierge Workstations, meeting rooms, library area and Wi-Fi throughout.
This haloed lifestyle environment comes gilded with another unique offer, guests can avail of a very convenient, complimentary limousine service to get around the destination within the vicinity. Distinctively speaking, The Ritz-Carlton has elegantly restored the art of the handwritten note. Each guest in residence enjoys elegant personalized stationery on high quality letterhead in gold lettering. Perhaps the best-kept secret to guests ‘in the know’ reserving Club and Suite accommodation is the traditional afternoon tea presented with compliments in The Ritz-Carlton Club Lounge.
Elegantly layered on a three-tiered stand complete with scones, sandwiches and at least five specially-selected teas, it is the crowning experience in this truly exclusive and enchanting hospitality address.
THE IMPERIAL SUITE – SOFITEL MUMBAI BKC – MUMBAI, INDIA
Created to resemble a magnificent French villa and an epitome of luxury, the Imperial Suite is the pride of luxury landmark Sofitel Mumbai BKC. Recognized by Travel and Leisure magazine with the accolade of one of India’s Top 25 Presidential Suites of 2013, this heavenly abode occupies over 1,700 sq.ft. of luxurious space, combining the best of French flair and Indian inspiration.
Two bedrooms, an in-suite office and a tres chic living room make this the exemplary address-within a hospitality destination. Cozy décor, intimate interiors and an inviting aroma sets the perfect mood to experience special moments
The Imperial Suite’s spacious and magnificently designed environment created by Ms. Isabelle Miaja, a designer of international repute mirrors the hotel’s innovative interiors in all the living spaces, uplifting lifestyle as a hallmark of classic French luxury.
The living room flaunts gorgeous French windows, the bedroom decor radiates a synergetic waltz of French elegance and endearing Indian culture. The wallpaper in the dining area is a map of Paris that takes you back to the ‘Belle Époque’ era lending character to the prestigious-looking spaces. Opulent elements and striking tones are lavished with flair and flourish adding to the suite’s elegance.
With unconventional color blends, cushion covers from the Victorian era and a strikingly beautiful pink Poodle statue, the living room of the suite has an inimitable design and exquisite coffee table books. The textures, patterns and colors influenced by Paisley motifs integrated with French Baroque style accents translate into a whole new classic look.
Exclusive pieces of art put together by veterans of the industry including well-known artists such as Anoop Kamat, Raghu Naware, Shubra Das, Harendra Shah and Manil Gupta create a memorable aesthete. Gym equipment, a private study table and striking wall artwork of French mimes are highlights.
A stay in the Imperial Suite would also allow guests access to the exclusive Club Millésime Business Lounge on the top floor of the hotel, which offers distinctive cuisine and private business services that create the backdrop for its exclusivity and privacy. The Lounge offers exclusive facilities, the privacy of a separate check-in and check-out desk, use of the Club meeting rooms, 24-hour tea/coffee and soft beverage service, a sumptuous breakfast and a salad bar set-up post breakfast, daily high tea with a selection of French pastries, sandwiches and a bruschetta bar, cocktail hours with a choice of premium beverages, liqueurs and fine vintage spirits with a sommelier-led wine tasting, on-demand personal butler and more. The Club Millésime Lounge also has a library of expensive coffee table books.
Sofitel’s trademark MyBed, a seven-layered, super soft, all-feather bed with an extra light down duvet, invites guests to sink in for the most restful sleep. ‘MyPillow’ allows choice from a variety of pillow options.
With a dedicated butler, in-room French amenities, special chef’s recommendations, exclusively handcrafted chocolates, a chilled bottle of Champagne along with specially customized menus and a smooth check-in and check-out service, the Imperial Suite is a delightful upper crust haven.
Distinguished Imperial Suite guests have the pleasure of dining at their Indian signature address Jyran offering choicest Northwest Frontier and rare princely cuisine with the finest collection of world wines in a fascinating setting of Persian visual design poetry and magic.
THE GRAF PILATI PANORAMA SUITE – HOTEL BAYERISCHER HOF – MUNICH, GERMANY
Welcome to life high above the city’s rooftops. This stunningly attractive two-bedroom tower suite was created by renowned Munich interior designer Siegward Graf Pilati. The ground floor of this spacious suite is home to a generous marble bathroom with exclusive appointments, as well as a study-cum-bedroom with a walk-in wardrobe.
A spiral staircase takes you from the spacious living room up to the glass-fronted gallery bedroom, an easy chaise for light reading and a finely chilled Bavarian Sylvaner white wine, all with magnificent views of the Munich skyline as a permanent backdrop. Beige tones accentuate Bavarian warmth glows in sophistication in decor with super soft silk drapes and mellow amber-tinted glows from vantage lights.
Free Wi-Fi connection/24-hour free Wi-Fi in all areas of the hotel, water and fresh fruit in your room on arrival, exclusive cosmetic line green park by Molton Brown, LCD flat-screen TV with 400 channels/pay TV, iPod docking station, free access to the Blue Spa, free access to the Night Club with live entertainment add up to fine privileges.
For discerning guests Atelier, their world renowned award winning world fusion cuisine restaurant with its endearing earthy décor brings alive fine wining and dining with verve.
PREMIER OCEAN BURE – SHANGRI-LA FIJIAN RESORT & SPA – ISLANDS OF FIJI, SOUTH PACIFIC
The island lifestyle at premium spacious spaces here is an experience of a lifetime! Each bure (Fijian villa) on Yanuca Island on the Coral Coast is perfected with rich woods and warm fabrics that evoke the warm, gracious spirit of the South Pacific. Situated between the exclusive CHI Village and quaint, fairytale Wedding Chapel set right on the water’s edge, it offers sweeping views of the lagoon, reef and Pacific Ocean.
Inspired by traditional Fijian beach bungalows, the Premier Ocean Bure suite offer very uniquely exhilarating and exceptionally spacious luxury living in global style.
With uninterrupted azure views of the lagoon, the shimmering reef and the awesome South Pacific in the distant horizon, the suite bure captivates guests with it’s sheer expanse. This one-bedroom suite,- 1,410 sqf of luxury for couples only, with separate living and dining areas is packed with premium amenities, personalized service and dedicated golf buggy for the duration of stay at the resort. Use of golf buggy is subject to a valid driving license being presented upon check-in.
A highly valued and exciting feature of staying at this elite suite is the romantic setting created by the resort for newly wed honeymoon couples seeking ultimate intimacy and privacy. With vows solemnized at the pretty lagoon front chapel to oh-so-special twosome wining and dining, guests carry back unforgettable memories.
Guests can relish premium Italian cuisine and fine global cuisine aided by choicest international wines at the immaculate Golden Cowrie restaurant overlooking the placid lagoon waters. With Fijian tunes and instrumentals lilting your mood soon after sunset, the Rose bubbly sure enhances the dining experience into nostalgia.