1. SUITE PRINCE RAINIER III AT HOTEL DE PARIS MONTE-CARLO
Hôtel de Paris Monte-Carlo held a special place in the life of Prince Rainier III and Princess Grace. In 1956, their wedding breakfast was served at the hotel; 20 years later, they celebrated their wedding anniversary there; and in 1974, Prince Rainier celebrated the 25th year of his reign at the hotel with great pomp. Hôtel de Paris Monte-Carlo now pays tribute to Prince Rainier, giving his name to this new, exceptional Suite.
The 525m² Suite Prince Rainier III includes two bedrooms, a large main lounge with a bar area, a smaller lounge and a library, a dining room and an office space. Each bedroom has a private bathroom with a steam-room shower accented with a blend of brightness, marble and transparency. The Suite also contains a glass-walled sauna looking out into the Mediterranean sky.
The Suite opens onto a superb 135m² split-level terrace overlooking Place du Casino. The first level is home to a heated infinity-edge swimming pool measuring 10 x 3.7m. The pool is framed on either side by a staircase that leads to the lower-level terrace offering unrivalled views over Place du Casino. Here, guests can truly enjoy the beauty of Monaco – without being seen! The Suite offers a set of tailor-made luxury services provided by a dedicated team of private Clefs d’Or concierges at the entire disposal of guests of the Suite. Valets, housekeepers, cooks, sommeliers and maîtres d’hôtel are also committed to making the Hôtel de Paris Monte-Carlo experience totally unforgettable. Each guest is welcomed at the airport or heliport, with welcome gifts and personalised touches.
2. THE DOME PENTHOUSE AT HOTEL CAFÉ ROYAL IN LONDON
Mary Poppins, Peter Pan, Harry Potter. What is it about London that makes so many authors send their heroes floating above its rooftops? This most elusive dream is just one of the privileges of Hotel Café Royal’s most exclusive suite – the exquisite Dome Penthouse.
A historic masterwork, the suite commands unrivalled views of London’s famous landmarks – because it’s one of them. A former fire lookout, atop a Grade II listed building, the legendary Penthouse at the Café Royal has long dominated the skyline of Lower Regent Street. Yet, the finest artwork in the suite is the space itself. Master interior architect Sir David Chipperfield has achieved an ideal balance of historic detail and modern comfort. Spanning three thousand square feet of sophisticated luxury, this three-bedroom suite is as theatrical as it is intimate, simple in plan while layered in subtle details.
Like the city that is its muse, the Dome Penthouse is a canvas for the imagination. In this unique residence above the capital, guests can be the author of a London dream all on their own. The Dome Penthouse can also be extended to the Dome Wing to include 12 guestrooms with private access.
3. THE PENTHOUSE SUITE AT CONSERVATORIUM HOTEL IN AMSTERDAM
Located in the Museum Square district, the luxury cultural heart of Amsterdam, the Conservatorium has been repeatedly crowned the number one luxury hotel in the country. The city’s crown jewels – the Van Gogh Museum, Concertgebouw, Rijksmuseum, Vondelpark and Amsterdam’s most indulgent shopping – are a stone’s throw away, making the hotel the ideal base from which to explore the city.
The hotel’s Penthouse Suite, the largest suite in the hotel, is filled with natural daylight through its floor-to-ceiling windows. From its spacious living room, there are beautiful views of the Rijksmuseum, the lobby and the hotel’s courtyard. The Penthouse also comes complete with an in-suite kitchenette, large dining table and 80-inch screen, ideal for meetings and in-room entertainment. The bedroom features a super king bed, a walk-in wardrobe and a luxurious bathroom which offers a rainfall shower, solid stone oval bathtub and double sinks. The suite has its own private lift landing and a second entrance to an area for styling with a special make-up desk.
This top-class suite represents a symphony of craftsmanship and iconic design from award-winning architect Piero Lissoni. Every lookout of the suite is a heart-stirring reminder of this contemporary-yet-historical hotel’s distinguished address and its floor-to-ceiling windows also showcase the neo-Gothic heritage of the buildings’ original structure. Guests can optimise every aspect of the Penthouse Suite’s ambience — lighting, sound system, television — through a dedicated iPad. Audio-visuals are state of the art, including a professional-quality sound system and HD800 Sennheiser headphones.
The Penthouse Suite sleeps up to four adults. With an additional six separate bedrooms, the entire floor can be reserved exclusively, accommodating up to 17 guests.
4. THE PENTHOUSE SUITE AT HOTEL DE LA VILLE, ROME
Hotel de la Ville, a Rocco Forte Hotel, offers the ultimate destination for a panoramic private residence in the heart of the Eternal City. Three suites: Canova, Roma and the Presidential de la Ville, combine to create the largest and most spectacular panoramic Penthouse in town: An exclusive six-bedroom apartment perfect for extraordinary celebrations and bringing together families for an incredible Roman holiday.
The crown jewel of the residences is the panoramic terrace. A total of 345 square meters, the terrace offers several outlooks over the divine city. From yoga classes at dawn and dusk to sunbathing on the rooftop overlooking Saint Peter’s Dome, peaceful reading to the backdrop of the Villa Borghese Gardens and private dinners and parties under the stars with expansive views over the city, the terrace is perfect for any and every occasion. For those wishing to dive into the delights of Roman gastronomy, mixology and cooking classes can also be enjoyed from the comfort of the Penthouse Suite.
Guests begin the unique penthouse experience from the private elevator, which opens directly into the apartment. The suites, designed by revered architect Tommaso Ziffer and Rocco Forte Hotels’ Director of Design, Olga Polizzi, present strong colour schemes with soft and bright tones, tactfully combined with an eclectic collection of local contemporary craftsmanship, bold furniture, and large digital representations of ancient art and rich tapestries.
5. THE PRESIDENTIAL SUITE AT ULTIMA GSTAAD, SWITZERLAND
Located in the upscale town of Gstaad, Ultima Gstaad is an award-winning 5-star superior hotel comprising three sprawling wooden chalets that blend traditional Swiss architecture with contemporary elegance. Recognised for its exceptional services, state-of-the-art facilities, as well as gastronomic and wellness experiences, it has become one of the most exclusive luxury hotels in Switzerland.
Ultima Gstaad’s exquisitely crafted chalets house eleven refined suites featuring chic yet lavish interiors, steam fireplaces for cosy evenings, and private terraces or balconies with breathtaking views overlooking the Alps.
The Presidential Suite at Ultima Gstaad embodies exceptional luxury. As a sumptuous 160m2 apartment, the suite is located on the hotel’s top floor and can be accessed through the hotel or directly by a private elevator from the parking garage. It is uniquely designed in a refined style featuring bold colours throughout. Guests can enjoy views of the mountains and village from the floor-to-ceiling windows and two large terraces with outdoor seating that are accessed via the suite’s two elegant bedrooms. The suite’s entrance opens into a reception area and large lounging space with a steam fireplace, fully equipped kitchen and an eight-seat dining table, making guests feel entirely at home.
Each bedroom includes a king-size bed, writing desk, terrace and a dedicated bathroom, finished in Italian marble with double vanities, a bathtub and a walk-in rain shower. There is also a guest toilet for added convenience.
The Ultima Gstaad boasts fantastic options for dining and drinks, including Ultima Restaurant and the Shisha Bar plus Cigar Room. While on the property, guests can enjoy a cinema room, fitness centre and the Ultima Spa with indoor and outdoor jacuzzies and a 15m-long pool. The hotel is also a great base for skiers, with a ski room for equipment storage and a daily courtesy shuttle to the slopes and Gstaad’s centre.
6. THE KIPLING SUITE AT BROWNS HOTEL, LONDON
Located in the heart of Mayfair, one of the most prestigious addresses in the city, The Brown’s Hotel London is known for its fascinating history and distinguished guests since its opening as London’s first-ever hotel in 1837.
The Brown’s Hotel is where Alexander Graham Bell made the first ever UK telephone call and President Roosevelt stayed on his honeymoon. It is also where both Agatha Christie and Rudyard Kipling felt so inspired that they penned many of their novels while staying here. Till this day, the glamorous, five-star establishment welcomes guests ‘in-the-know’.
The Kipling Suite, named in celebration of the English author Rudyard Kipling, who wrote The Jungle Book during one of his many stays at Brown’s Hotel, was designed by Olga Polizzi, Rocco Forte Hotels’ Director of Design.
The suite features floor-to-ceiling windows throughout, views over Mayfair’s Albemarle Street and the use of English wallpaper and fabrics by designers Lewis & Wood. The suite also features silk curtain fabric by Manuel Canovas and furniture by Julian Chichester. The fames author is central to the suite’s design – from the cheeky monkey statue outside the door to a framed handwritten letter from the author himself, there are playful nods to Kipling throughout. A grand entrance hall leads to the commanding sitting room, which beautifully marries period features and antique furnishings with contemporary style. The stunningly appointed bedroom with a king-sized bed and walk-in wardrobe is accented by the gold and green hand-painted Lewis & Wood wallpaper and one-of-a-kind artwork. The suite’s luxurious Italian Arabescato marble bathroom features a freestanding bath, a double shower and indulgent Irene Forte Skincare toiletries.
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