1 The Ocean Residence at Milaidhoo Island Maldives
Maldivian owned, Milaidhoo Island Maldives aims to blow guests away by curating bespoke traditional island experiences, serving delicious food inspired by the trade routes of the Maldives and most importantly, with stand-out, Maldivian designed accommodation. Milaidhoo is now more sought after than ever, thanks to the launch of the spectacular Ocean Residence.
Water babies can opt for the breathtaking 380sqm overwater villa – an incredibly spacious and elegant but authentically designed, thatched-roof villa, on stilts with unparalleled views of the Indian Ocean. There is even a ‘secret’ loft deck hidden inside the roof of the villa, which is the perfect place for guests to chill out with a glass of wine, taking in the views at the end of the over-water jetty. The completely private sundeck comes complete with swing chair, sun loungers, huge freshwater and infinity swimming pool, with steps straight into the sea, allowing guests to explore Milaidhoo’s spectacular house-reef.
Guests of the Milaidhoo Residences receive a number of benefits during their stay, including a dedicated, 24-hour butler, champagne on arrival, a dedicated chef to personalize all meals according to preference, a pop-up cinema experience on the deck of their villa, one private, half-day boat excursion during their stay and lots more. Milaidhoo is set over 13 acres atop the Baa Atoll’s beautiful UNESCO Biosphere Reserve, and their villas are just a short, barefoot stroll away from incredible watersports, fitness, spa, yoga, world-class diving and three world-class restaurants, one of which – Ba’theli – is the only Maldivian restaurant in the country.
Rates from $4,693 (approx. £3,567) per night, on a half board basis and including and taxes. For more information please click here.
2 The Beach House at The Legian Seminyak, Bali
Thanks to its unparalleled elevated location and sea facing views, The Legian Seminyak, Bali is one of the island’s most iconic and best loved hotels. One of the reasons for its popularity with high-flying guests is its exclusivity and direct access and views of Bali’s best beach. It provides a gateway to the buzzing Bali beach club, foodie and shopping scene, whilst remaining a stylish sanctuary in the heart of Seminyak.
Those looking for ultimate privacy and luxury can opt for the hotel’s private villa residence – The Beach House – the largest hotel villas in Bali and one of two with direct beach access. The Beach House offers three-bedrooms and can sleep up to six guests. It comes complete with a striking 16m private infinity pool that leads from inside the villa’s sleek living room onto the private garden, acting as an infinity pool disappearing into the sea in front of it. Like the hotel, The Beach House is design by Indonesian architect Jaya Ibrahim. It is chic, locally-inspired and exudes rustic charm through the use of Balinese and Indonesian architecture, natural fibre furniture and indigenous artefacts, all framed by walled tropical gardens.
The Beach House blends harmoniously with the style of the hotel while at the same time maintaining its own identity. Originally built as the hotel owner’s private villa, The Beach House has a ‘home away from home’ and residential feel. With access to all the hotel’s facilities, as well as two dedicated butlers, a car, personal chauffeur and daily complimentary afternoon cocktails and canapes, staying at The Beach House is the ultimate destination for a luxurious beach break. The one-of-a-kind accommodation allows guests to spend long days on the beach or enjoying breathtaking views of the Indian Ocean from the timber poolside sunbathing decks.
Rates start from $3,500 (approx. £2,660) excluding tax per night including suite benefits such as private airport transfers, butler service, breakfast and private car and chauffeur service. The Legian Seminyak, Bali is a mere 25-minute drive from the Ngurah Rai International Airport. For more information please click here.
3 The Garden Suite at The Lowell, New York
The Garden Suite at The Lowell boasts unrivalled views over the New York City skyline which guests can enjoy from its two terraces featuring cosy lounge seating, a dining area, luscious greenery and cascading water fountains. The suite was designed by Michael S. Smith (who also designed Obama’s White House) with hand-picked furnishings to resemble a luxurious Manhattan apartment.
Many of the elements evoke nature, such as the bedroom’s floral 18th-century Chinese inspired wallpaper by Oplontis and the hardwood floors throughout the living area. The suites artwork has been personally sourced by hotel’s Co-Owner and Design Director, Dina De Luca Chartouni and aims to bring the outside in, including photographic landscapes by David Burdeny, Douglas Busch and Manfred Paul.
The suite also features a sumptuous bedroom with a palette of soft blues and greens, a comfortable living space where guests can linger by the wood-burning fireplace and a private gourmet kitchen perfect for hosting stylish, in-suite dinner parties.The Lowell, long the New York hotel of choice for “in the know” world travellers, has recently relaunched with a new restaurant and bar, library lounge, and garden, in addition to an updated lobby and Pembroke Room. Situated amongst the most exclusive addresses on the Upper East Side, the privately owned The Lowell was established as a luxury hotel in 1927 and is the definition of classic New York elegance.
Rates from $2,440 (approx. £1,855) per night. The Lowell is located on East 63rd Street, between Madison and Park Avenues, is a short stroll from New York City’s best shopping and just a block away from Central Park. For more information please click here.
4 The Marylebone Suite at The Marylebone, London
The Marylebone’s collection of stylish suites in the heart of the city, offer unrivalled views over the rooftops and chimney pots of Marylebone and Mayfair all the way to The Shard and beyond. The largest of the suites – The Marylebone – is 860 square feet and is decorated using a sophisticated palette of linens, wools and silks, and finished in limed American oak with polished brass detailing.
The dual aspect lounge has a concealed 60” mirrored TV and separate dining area with access to a private bar. The suite’s spectacular terrace expands to 430 square feet and boasts its own fireplace, outdoor TV and a bespoke retractable roof, ideal for private use or parties in all weather conditions. Guests of The Marylebone suites will receive complimentary airport or station transfers from various locations, in-room check-in, an unpack / repack service if required and dedicated point of contact available 24 hours a day. Complimentary amenities include fresh flowers, a bottle of Champagne and wine on arrival, as well as a minibar fully stocked with premium products.
Located between the beautiful townhouses of Welbeck Street and trendy Marylebone Lane, The Marylebone is perfectly situated to explore London’s most glamourous urban village. Guests can relax or work up an appetite with unlimited access to the Third Space gym and indoor pool in the hotel building, and enjoy the modern British menu at 108 Brasserie.
Rates from £3,500 (approx. £2,660) per night inclusive of VAT and full breakfast. Fore more information, please click here.
5 The Sarva Ritu Suite at Taj Lake Palace, Upaipur
Each room and suite at Taj Lake Palace, Udaipur captures a different mood and period of India’s fascinating history. The hotel’s Royal Suites are the epitome of royal grandeur and offer guests a taste of the finest traditions and lifestyles of the princely kingdom of Udaipur. Gracefully composed details imbue the Sarva Ritu Suite with effortless royal charm. Guests delight in the delicate rescoes, decorative wall niches, antique wooden fans, and panoramic views. The Sarva Ritu Suite has intricate engravings and a Waterford chandelier adding to its grandeur which ties in perfectly with the magnificence of the palace.
The hotel comprises of 66 rooms and 17 suites as follows: 33 Luxury Rooms, 33 Palace Rooms, 3 Historical Suites, 3 Royal Suite, 10 Grand Royal Suite and 1 Grand Royal Presidential Suite. The 270-year-old white marble palace floats like a mirage in the middle of Lake Pichola and looks dazzling from the shore. Reached by a short boat ride, it was built as a summer retreat by Maharana Jagjit Singh who ruled Jaipur in the 17th century. It has undergone major refurbishment which has gone a long way to restore its palatial feel with marble floors and rich furnishings.
There are three restaurants and one bar and, although relatively small, the pool terrace has lovely views of the City Palace. It also has a fitness centre, Jiva spa with an exclusive spa boat experience unlike any other, and there is one outdoor swimming pool heated in winter. Wi-fi is complementary in all rooms and public spaces.
Rates start from INR 84,000 (approx. £880) per night. For more information, please click here.
6 The New Josephine Baker Suite at Le Bristol, Paris
To commemorate the life of one of hotel’s illustrious past guests and a fierce lover of Paris, Le Bristol has unveiled a new Josephine Baker Suite. Paying homage to the great artist, this is Le Bristol’s first suite with a personal dedication to one of the many luminaries who chose the hotel as their Parisian home. The beautiful Josephine Baker Suite looks like a jewellery box of silk, cashmere and precious materials, and features photographs of Josephine herself captured at the hotel on the opening night of her 50-year musical review at the Bobino Theatre in 1975.
As a habitué of Le Bristol Paris, on this night Josephine invited 250 guests to the hotel to celebrate – and so it was that Princess Grace, Alain Delon, Jean-Claude Brialy, Sophia Loren, Mick Jagger and Tino Rossi passed through Le Bristol Paris’s revolving doors to honour the great Josephine in the grand salon of the Parisian palace. Located on the seventh floor at the top of the hotel, the Josephine Baker Suite is flooded with natural light and has spectacular views over the rooftops of Paris and the Eiffel Tower – a sight that bewitched the Mississippi born singer back in 1925 when she began a new life in the city of lights. Like Josephine herself, the suite is nothing short of supremely elegant. Designed by architecture firm MM-Design, it offers the intimate, soothing atmosphere of a classic Parisian apartment in shades of cream, sky blue, white, light oak and powder pink.
Rates start from €4,300 (approx. £3,844) per night, room only. For more information, please click here.