If the best won’t do for a hotel room, if only the best of the best will cut the mustard, look no further.
Lifestyle magazine has drawn up a list of the 100 best hotel suites in the world for 2022, suites where luxury is taken to the next level and beyond.
The ranking includes a £22,000-a-night suite in Paris that features an exact replica of a bed in Marie Antoinette’s quarters, lodges set on an eroded volcanic crater in Rwanda, a room in a Scottish hotel described as an ‘opulent extravaganza’ and a four-floor chalet in costing a cool £33,000 ($45,500) a night.
This year, though, eco-credentials have been taken into account.
Elite Traveler says: ‘Only the very best have been selected for our annual Top 100 Suites – as featured in the print edition of Elite Traveler.This year, our criteria has been more selective than ever. Not just the grandest, most luxurious suites in the world are making the cut, but those that also have inspiring initiatives in place – from employee volunteer programs and community outreach to eco-friendly, sustainable practices.’
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THE MURAKA SUITE, CONRAD MALDIVES RANGALI ISLAND: ‘With its white facade and futuristic design, The Muraka makes a striking impression. But just wait until you get inside,’ writes Elite Traveler.‘Enter this two-level suite on its upper floor; the lower floor is 16 ft (4.8m) beneath the ocean’s surface. There, you will find the master bedroom surrounded by a plethora of tropical fish swimming across an innovative 180-degree window. There are a further two bedrooms, a sundeck and an infinity pool on its upper decks.’ According to the magazine, the hotel will help you direct and star in your own movie throughout your stay, and for young explorers, an underwater safari can be arranged, or a teepee can be set up along with an ‘assortment of treats for a magical night under the surface’.from $9,999 (£7,277)
CASA DEL BORGO MAISONETTE, BORGO PIGNANO, TUSCANY: According to Elite Traveler, the Casa del Borgo maisonette ‘exemplifies traditional Tuscan style, with simple furnishings and pesan nasi kotak terdekat decor creating an atmosphere that feels as though you’ve arrived at a family home’.
It says: ‘Downstairs is a spacious communal area with a fully equipped kitchen and dining area that is perfect for enjoying those long, raucous meals for which Italy is famed. Sleeping quarters consist of one master bedroom, complete with elegant solid wood furniture and inviting Italian bed linens, and two additional bedrooms with views across the Tuscan countryside.’ The maisonette’s ‘hidden courtyard terrace’ is its best feature, the magazine reveals.
from £1,022 ($1,393)
IMPERIAL SUITE, LE BRISTOL PARIS, FRANCE: ‘Classic French style is embodied in Le Bristol Paris’s 3,475-sq-ft (323 sq m) Imperial Suite, with refined touches and thoughtful embellishments,’ according to Elite Traveler.
The suite’s main bedroom ‘has a floral yet understated decor with quintessential French fabrics’, while the ‘adjoining bathroom is decked out with a deep bathtub, separate rain shower and twin vanity unit, as well as a steam room’. In the 12-seat dining room, guests can ‘enjoy a culinary experience by chef Eric Frechon, who leads the hotel’s three-Michelin-starred restaurant’.
The magazine says that the suite offers views across the hotel’s ‘stately gardens’ – ‘a remarkable feature in itself considering the hotel’s central Paris location’. from £11,524 ($15,711)
PALLADIO SUITE, BELMOND HOTEL CIPRIANI, VENICE: Located on Giudecca Island, a five-minute boat journey from St.
Mark’s Square, the Palladio Suite offers ‘unrivalled 180-degree vistas of the Venice lagoon’. And, Elite Traveler notes, ‘in a city as compact as Venice, a private terrace is an unheard-of luxury – but in Belmond Hotel Cipriani’s Palladio Suite, this dream becomes reality’.
The magazine continues: ‘Complete with a sunken plunge pool, lounge chairs and lounge area, the terrace is the perfect spot to relax with an Aperol spritz in hand after a long day exploring the fabled city.’ It adds: ‘The suite’s interiors are equally as impressive, with classic Italian details such as marble floors, central columns, antique furnishings and pastel-hued decorative panelling galore.’ from £6,090 ($8,300)
SAMBU SUITE, OL DONYO LODGE, KENYA: This suite ‘is decked out in classic safari style, with rich wooden furnishings, antique treasures, Persian rugs and atmospheric lighting’.
Elite Traveler reveals: ‘Sambu’s two bedrooms feature oversized, outrageously comfy beds draped in Indian linens, from which guests can look out at the never-ending action of the waterhole below. For a more immersive taste of the Kenyan wilderness, guests can head up to their rooftop open-air beds for a night under the stars.’ According to the magazine, the suite’s best feature is the private infinity pool that leads ‘directly out to the surrounding acacia forest and plains’.
from £2,285 ($3,115)
EDEN-ROC SUITE, HOTEL DU CAP-EDEN-ROC, ANTIBES, FRANCE: Elite Traveler reveals: ‘The sumptuous one-bedroom Eden-Roc Suite covers 1,076 sq ft (100 sq m), which can be extended by connecting the adjoining suite.’ The decor is ‘traditional and charming, with antique furniture and floral prints aplenty’.
It adds: ‘Outside, the suite boasts an enormous rooftop terrace, where guests can enjoy a private dinner featuring fresh ingredients from the hotel’s onsite kitchen gardens while they look out over one of the best views across the Mediterranean.’ The suite’s roof terrace whirlpool tub is a particularly attractive feature, the magazine notes.
from £4,605 ($6,277)
BAOBAB TREEHOUSE, XIGERA SAFARI LODGE, BOTSWANA: According to Elite Traveler, the ‘striking steel Baobab Treehouse stands tall (32.8 ft [9.9m] to be exact) above the surrounding floodplains, with unbelievable views across the Okavango Delta from all three floors’.
It notes: ‘It is up on the third floor, however, that the magic of this treehouse truly makes itself known, with an open-air deck perfect for gazing out at the wide-open views.’ The treehouse’s best feature? It’s the ‘open-air king-size bed, from which guests can gaze at the endless Botswana skies’.
from £1,885 ($2,570)
SUITE IMPERIALE, RITZ PARIS, FRANCE: According to Elite Traveler, the ‘icing on top of the Ritz’s incredibly elaborate cake is its Suite Imperiale, which, having taken inspiration from the Palace of Versailles, embodies the richness and elegance of 18th-century French nobility’.
It says: ‘The 2,347-sq-ft (218 sq m) suite can only be described as ostentatious (in the very best way, of course), with ceilings that stretch nearly 20ft (six metres) high, gilded finishes and a plethora of glittering chandeliers. In the wood-panelled bathroom, a central stone-topped, gold-tapped tub takes centre stage, while the stand-out feature in the lounge is floor-to-ceiling windows with views over the Place Vendome.’ The suite’s winning feature is its ‘larger-than-life four-poster canopy bed that is an exact replica of one in Marie Antoinette’s private quarters’.
from £22,455 ($30,600)
FOREST VILLA, WILDERNESS SAFARIS BISATE LODGE, RWANDA: This camp is set ‘on the slopes of an eroded volcanic crater, and the distinctive design is that of traditional Rwandan royalty’, according to Elite Traveler.
There are six en-suite Forest Villas ‘located in this natural amphitheatre’ and ‘each one has magnificent views of the Bisoke and Karisimbi volcanoes’. The magazine says: ‘The domed villas have unique, opulent interiors – think natural materials, deep jewel tones and considered little touches, such as the Covid-safe face masks that each guest receives.
They are made from traditional Rwandan kitenge fabric, and the purchase of these masks as gifts supports a local community project called Muhisimbi.’ from £1,284 ($1,750)
VILLA ROSE, JW MARRIOTT RESORT AND SPA, VENICE: Elite Traveler recommends the Villa Rose for a ‘slice of peace’ in Venice.
It sits away from the main hotel in its ‘own two-story building’. It says: ‘The two-bedroom villa’s interiors are ultra-modern, with neutral tones contrasted by striking black accents. The villa’s pretty gardens are just as inviting, with a comfortable lounge space and private pool with a view of Venice sealing the deal.’ In the villa’s ‘expansive dining area’, Villa Rose guests can try the fruit and vegetables that are grown in the hotel’s ‘organic kitchen garden’.
from £4,243 ($5,782)
ROYAL TWO-BEDROOM SUITE, BURJ AL-ARAB JUMEIRAH, DUBAI: ‘Sited on the hotel’s 25th floor, the hotel’s Presidential Two-bedroom Suite is quite literally a taste of the high life, with floor-to-ceiling windows offering expansive views out to the city and ocean below,’ says Elite Traveler.
It continues: ‘Covering over 7,000 sq ft (650 sq m) across two floors, with a dramatic spiral staircase between them, the Presidential Suite has two bedrooms, two bars, a stately dining room, a library and an inviting lounge space.’ According to the magazine, the ‘glass-walled, gold-leafed master bathroom’ is the highlight of the suite.
from £7,407 ($10,092)
THE INDIAN SUITE, THE FIFE ARMS, SCOTLAND: ‘A Braemar landmark in the Scottish Highlands, this 19th-century former hunting lodge is famed for its extravagant interiors.’ So writes Elite Traveler of The Fife Arms, adding that the hotel’s Indian Suite is ‘an opulent extravaganza inspired by Abdul Karim, an attendant and dear confidant of Queen Victoria’.
It says: ‘The one-bedroom suite has an ornate fireplace, plush tweed furnishings and antiques (the writing desk overlooks the village).’ The suite’s defining feature is its ‘marvellous interiors and outstanding art collection’, according to the magazine.
from £1,335 ($1,820)
ALCOVA TIEPOLO, AMAN CANAL GRANDE VENICE, ITALY: ‘Here, gilded carvings and ornate Rococo-style frescos adorn the walls and ceilings, each of which is carefully protected in line with the Aman group’s commitment to protecting local heritage and traditional craftsmanship, with the most beautiful of them all sitting directly above the suite’s master bed,’ says Elite Traveler.It adds: ‘However, the 1,108-sq-ft (103-sq-m) suite isn’t all traditional decor; it has plenty of modern touches that make it fit for the most discerning of 21st-century guests, with sleek contemporary furniture and a state-of-the-art sound system.’ from £3,375 ($4,600)
ORCHID SUITE, SHANGRI-LA VANCOUVER, CANADA: ‘Stepping into the Orchid Suite at Vancouver’s Shangri-La Hotel feels like you’ve walked into your own incredibly swish city-centre penthouse apartment,’ declares Elite Traveler.
It continues: ‘Encompassing 1,395 sq ft (130 sq m), the light-filled suite boasts an expansive living and dining space as well as a kitchenette with a separate service entrance. Located in Vancouver’s tallest tower, the suite features floor-to-ceiling windows and an oversized private balcony that offer sweeping views of the city.’ An ‘elegant four-poster bed’ and ‘marble-clad bathroom with heated floor’ add to the suite’s appeal – not to mention the ‘spacious deep-soak tub with views of downtown Vancouver’.
from £2,201 ($3,000)
FOUNDERS VILLA, ROSEWOOD MAYAKOBA, MEXICO: Founders Villa is ‘the most exclusive of the private residences’ at Rosewood Mayakoba, set ‘on the white sandy shores of Mexico’s Riviera’.
Describing the villa, Elite Traveler says: ‘Thoughtfully designed to blend indoor and outdoor living, the six-bedroom, 16,300-sq-ft (1,514-sq-m) villa has unobstructed views of the ocean and an open-air courtyard as its centre. Paying homage to Mayakoba’s magnificent natural environment, the property is encased in locally sourced wood, features plenty of stone and is dotted with plants.’ The ‘in-villa cooking classes’ are a highlight of the property.
from £18,346 ($25,000)
GRAND PENTHOUSE, THE PLAZA HOTEL, NEW YORK: ‘For those looking to entertain in style, the Grand Penthouse Two-bedroom Terrace Suite is the one,’ Elite Traveler reveals.
The 2,100-sq-ft (195-sq-m) suite is located on the 20th floor, with ‘spectacular views’ of Central Park and the skyline. Its decor is ‘reminiscent of an opulent Upper East Side residence’. The magazine says: ‘Think plush velvet sofas, large ornate mirrors, and lavish gold accents.
An elegant staircase leads up to the second floor where you will find the master bedroom and an expansive terrace.’ It adds that the suite’s best feature is the ‘beautiful bathroom adorned with 24-carat gold-plated fixtures’. from £22,013 ($30,000)
THE CHRISTOPHER COLUMBUS SUITE, EDEN ROCK, ST BARTHS: ‘Surrounded by pristine beaches and crystal-clear waters, Eden Rock is a Caribbean paradise.
Perched atop a jagged rock formation overlooking St Jean Bay, the iconic main house has the Christopher Columbus Suite,’ says Elite Traveler. The ‘ultra-private, 2,200-sq-ft (204-sq-m) suite features floor-to-ceiling windows with breathtaking views of the Atlantic’. It’s furnished with ‘oak floors throughout and a lavish Carrara marble spa-like bathroom that connects to spacious walk-in dressing rooms complete with make-up tables’.
from £3,477 ($4,739)
ROYAL VILLA, CHABLE YUCATAN, MEXICO: This ‘sprawling 740-acre Mexican retreat was painstakingly designed around a 19th-century hacienda with spectacular results’, says Elite Travel, adding: ‘The aptly named Royal Villa is the most exclusive of the properties: The three-bedroom, 10,000-sq-ft (929-sq-m)villa has tons of space for relaxing.’ According to the magazine, the villa ‘seamlessly blends old and new with wood, stone and modern art’.It adds that the ‘king-size freestanding bathtub is especially lavish’, and recommends taking a ‘long soak with a glass of bubbly’. from £3,874 ($5,280)
LOVE PUMPKIN, COMO PARROT CAY, TURKS AND CAICOS: Describing Love Pumpkin, Elite Traveler says: ‘Fringed by coconut palms and just a few steps from the ocean, the 10,525-sq-ft (978-sq-m) residence consists of a three-bedroom main house and an additional two-bedroom guest villa.’ It adds that ‘design details are elegant and understated, from the handmade terrazzo floors and thoughtfully chosen Balinese furniture, to the linen drapes and natural stone bathrooms’.According to the magazine, the ‘expansive deck’ and ‘outdoor Balinese-style gazebo’ makes Love Pumpkin the perfect venue for ‘dining alfresco under the stars’. A highlight is the open-air en-suite bathroom with a waterfall shower and sunken tub. from £9,904 ($13,500)
EWOW SUITE, W COSTA RICA, COSTA RICA: This hotel is ‘nestled among the mangroves of Guanacaste and is a stone’s throw from the sandy white shores of Playa Conchal’, says Elite Traveler.
The ‘luxurious’ two-bedroom Ewow Suite ‘boasts floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking the Pacific Ocean, wood-panelled walls, an eclectic mix of modern furniture, impressive marble bathroom and a spacious walk-in closet’. The magazine reveals: ‘The surf-inspired MixBar is ideal for preparing cocktails to sip while watching the sunset from the balcony.’ Don’t miss the ‘private plunge pool with ocean views’.
from £828 ($1,129)
TWO BEDROOM BEACH VILLA, PETIT ST VINCENT, ST VINCENT AND THE GRENADINES: Petit St Vincent is a ‘115-acre tropical haven scattered with elegant, low-key properties featuring smooth marble flooring and vaulted wooden ceilings’.Elite Traveler recommends opting for the resort’s Two Bedroom Beach Villa, which offers ‘stunning sea views, a large outdoor dining area and private shoreside hammock’. It adds that there’s also the option to enjoy ‘traditional Balinese-inspired spa treatments’. from £1,393 ($1,900)
PRESIDENTIAL VILLA, JEAN-MICHEL COUSTEAU RESORT, FIJI: ‘The striking two-bedroom Presidential Villa comes with an infinity pool, a walled garden and a separate living room, all connected by a large terrace,’ says Elite Traveler.It adds: ‘Guests enjoy a 60-minute spa treatment, and a nightly cocktail and hors d’oeuvres as part of their stay.’ A high point is the villa’s ‘deep-soaking spa tub’. from £2,009 ($2,740)
CHALET NUMBER 10, THE LODGE AT VAIL, COLORADO: ‘Chalet Number 10 is the ultimate snow lover’s paradise.’ So says Elite Traveler of the suite, which spans ‘almost 5,000 sq ft (465 sq m) across four floors and boasts six en-suite bedrooms, so families and friends can enjoy one of Vail’s only ski-in and ski-out properties together’.
It continues: ‘Elevated mountain-style decor can be found throughout, and the endlessly long dining table is the perfect spot to congregate for apres-ski gatherings and chef-catered meals.’ The suite’s best feature, it reveals, is the ‘floor-to-ceiling views of Vail Mountain’s Gondola One and the Gore Mountain Range’.
from £33,369 ($45,500)
COCOON POOL SUITE, WILD COAST TENTED LODGE YALA, SRI LANKA: Elite Traveler reveals: ‘The plush stand-alone Cocoon Pool Suite overlooks the Indian Ocean and features a large deck and private plunge pool.
Inside, elevated ceilings and glass walls optimise the views, while the cream canvas walls, teak floors, copper bathtub and sprawling four-poster bed take design inspiration from the bygone days of Ceylon.’ The magazine notes that the resort has been known to ‘attract the park’s resident elephant population’, which ‘occasionally stops by to dip their trunks in the pool’.
from £830 ($1,133)
WOLGAN VILLA, EMIRATES ONE&ONLY WOLGAN VALLEY, AUSTRALIA: This luxury resort is located ‘on a 7,000-acre conservation and wildlife reserve in the Greater Blue Mountains World Heritage Area’.
Tucked away in a ‘secluded pocket’ of the resort is the Wolgan Villa. Elite Traveler says: ‘The 4,413-sq-ft (410-sq-m) abode has three bedrooms with four-poster beds, living room, dining room and a fully stocked kitchen (plus butler service). You’ll also find a volume of Charles Darwin’s diary in the villa, open to the pages about his visits to the valley.’ It recommends venturing outside to ‘do your own research’ or to ‘just soak up the sun; the villa has a garden, courtyard, pool and pool deck’.
from £5,353 ($7,300)
OCEAN BEACH VILLA, SIX SENSES LAAMU, MALDIVES: Laamu has ‘a strong sustainability mission’, Elite Traveler reveals, with onsite marine biologists protecting the area’s sea turtles and seagrass meadow.
The resort also provided clean drinking water ‘to nearly 20,000 locals by installing water purification systems where they’re needed most’. It says: ‘Booking the two-bedroom Ocean Beach Villa helps fund these great causes.’ The 7,860-sq-ft (730-sq-m) villa is ‘hidden within lush vegetation’, set ‘just yards’ from its own stretch of beach.
‘The sea views stretch past the pool and into the open-plan living room, so you never lose sight of paradise. Want a day of adventure? Join the resort’s marine biologists as they go about their vital work supporting turtles and manta rays,’ the magazine adds.
from £3,813 ($5,200)
THE LODGE, CAPELLA UBUD, BALI: The Lodge is the ‘most grand’ of the resort’s 23 villas, which sit ‘harmoniously alongside dense rain forest’.
Elite Traveler notes: ‘It is the only accommodation with two bedrooms, making it perfect for adventurous families. Its open-plan living room features teak furnishings complemented by local artworks. An open-walls design keeps you at one with jungle life.’ It adds that the villa, which is located at one of the camp’s highest points, ‘naturally offers the best views of the Keliki Valley and is conveniently located close to the resort’s restaurants and spa’.
Its best feature? A ‘dreamy’ 205-sq-ft (19-sq-m) swimming pool. from £2,348 ($3,201)