Suite Success: 5 of the world's most extravagant hotel suites

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Jumeirah Vittaveli, Maldives

Royal Residence

With price tags to match a superyacht charter, the world's most lavish oceanside hotel suites offer plenty of bang for your buck. Sophia Wilson reveals the treats on offer to lure you ashore.

1. Jumeirah Vittaveli, Maldives
Royal Residence

The pad: What started as a concept for a two bedroom presidential suite was finally unveiled last year as the five bedroom, 10 building Royal Residence designed to offer unrivalled luxury in the Maldives (a hard task in a destination famed for its five star properties). From its grand entrance, where a stepping stone path through lily pads leads to its heavy dark wood door, to its chandelier-bedecked interiors and panorama pool, every element of this retreat oozes extravagance while remaining authentic to the Maldives. Making the most of its natural surroundings, all rooms, the vast pool and sunken lounge area look out on to the pearly sand beach rolling into the Indian Ocean – the water looks so inviting that even Queen Elizabeth II would be tempted to dig out her swimsuit and go for a dip.

In or out: Draped across a hidden corner of the Jumeirah Vittaveli island, which is less than 20 minutes by catamaran from Malé airport, it is a secluded paradise within a secluded paradise. If family rows break out, however, the entire island’s amenities, including four restaurants, dive centre and even the Maldives’ first ice rink, are a stone’s throw from that heavy door (and there will be a butler on hand to open it for you).

Room service: Forget ordering in – the Royal Residence has its own teppanyaki-style restaurant within a dhoni-shaped building. “The Royal Residence is certainly Maldivian themed,” says general manager Amit Majumder, who was closely involved in every aspect of its creation. “The restaurant, shaped like a traditional Maldivian boat, emphasises that theme.” Watch the sunset, cocktail in hand, from the foredeck. Afterwards head inside for a meal in the open air restaurant.

Pimp my ride: If you decide to venture out, perhaps to the resort’s Swarna Indian restaurant (which last year created its $2,000 Gold 15 course menu, featuring edible gold in every dish), you can arrive in style thanks to the Royal Residence’s customised golf buggies – complete with mahogany effect dashboard and red carpets.

Best by boat: Avoid canoodling honeymooners and get your tender to drop you at the Royal Residence’s jetty. This means you’ll have direct access to the resort’s extensive watersports facilities, including parasailing and jet boards.

Away Holidays offers a four night stay in the Royal Residence from £57,890. awayholidays.co.uk

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Four Seasons Cap-Ferrat, France

Villa Rose-Pierre

The pad: Hidden within a hectare of pine trees and fragrant gardens lies one of the Côte d’Azur’s most sought after getaways – Villa Rose-Pierre. The traditionally styled villa, with pink walls and white balustrades, sits in the grounds of the Grand-Hôtel du Cap-Ferrat, which has been a society hangout for more than a century. Perfect for dodging the paparazzi, this private hideaway offers four guest bedrooms (all with sea view balconies) and an additional two bedrooms for staff. If you don’t bring your own there is a fulltime butler, available 24 hours a day, and seven other staff available to help with anything from party planning to preparing your Bloody Mary the following morning. For those looking to keep in shape, the villa also has a fitness room, sauna, tennis court and swimming pool.

Nauti design: The interior was designed by the late Alberto Pinto, who was also responsible for the interiors of multiple superyachts, including 72m charter yacht Axioma and 81m Alfa Nero. With cream fabrics punctuated by bright colours, sparkling marble bathrooms and a sweeping spiral staircase, the design harnesses the opulence of this glamorous corner of France without sacrificing a homely feel.

Night rider: Take the lift to the rooftop as the sun sets and enjoy an exclusive dining experience under the stars. Afterwards, take a dip in the heated infinity pool with unique mosaics and glow-in-the-dark stars.

Best by boat: The coast directly underneath the hotel is too rocky to dock a tender so moor your yacht at the port at St-Jean-Cap-Ferratand a black Porsche Cayenne will be waiting to whisk you along the coastal road to the iconic hotel.

Up to €22,000 per night during peak season

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Hotel Cala di Volpe, Sardinia

Presidential Suite

The pad: Concealed at the top of this hideaway favoured by celebrities, the 250 square metre penthouse suite, complete with a sprawling rooftop terrace and large swimming pool, offers envy-inducing views of Sardinia’s summer superyacht fleet bobbing in the bay below. The lavish layout includes three bedrooms, three bathrooms with spa pools, two living rooms and a fitness area. Despite its glitzy credentials the suite retains Sardinian charm throughout – think hand painted furnishings, vibrant tiled floors and swathes of terracotta.

Star worn path: Built in the style of a humble fishing village, the hotel’s rosy-hued exterior has accommodated luminaries since the 1960s, when the Aga Khan first stumbled across this picturesque north-east corner of Sardinia and began to develop it. Its royalty check-in list includes Princess Caroline of Monaco, Princess Diana and Queen Bey (Beyoncé).

Moor(e) up: Cala di Volpe’s Bar Pontile, located directly off the wooden pier leading to the bay, starred as a location in the 1977 Bond film The Spy Who Loved Me. Indulge in a signature bellini or channel your inner Roger Moore and sip a martini – shaken, not stirred. Alternatively, if you prefer more personal liaisons, the Presidential Suite also comes with its own wine cellar.

Best by boat: During summer months, join the flotilla of tenders dropping off designer clad celebrities from the yachts anchored in the bay. A boat is also the only way to experience Cala di Volpe’s private beach – the pristine sands are less than five minutes from the hotel.

€33,000 per night

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Amanyara, Turks & Caicos Islands

Amanyara Villa

The pad: Amid 40 hectares of wild vegetation in the Amanyara resort, this six bedroom residence is almost double the size of the resort’s other four and five bedroom villas. Designed by Jean-Michel Gathy, its high ceilings, warm dark woods and infinity pool made from volcanic black rock exude Aman’s distinctive style. Three of the bedrooms are situated in the main building, while the others are free-standing pavilions with wall sized glass doors on three sides that open on to the terraces. Built on the rocky coves of Providenciales, the villa also has access to its own powder white beach and comes with a fully equipped pilates studio.

Rise and shine: The resort is famed for its range of breakfast offerings, which include kopi luwak coffee. The most expensive coffee in the world, the beans have been eaten and excreted by a small cat-like animal, the Asian palm civet. More mainstream morning options include Thai kingfish benedict and energising juices. The villa itself comes with a chef who serves dishes in the sala (a Thai-style open pavilion) with ocean views.

Ace activities: Take advantage of the villa’s bicycles or four seat golf buggies to navigate the resort’s twisting paths and enjoy the facilities, which include a tennis court – where Roger Federer is rumoured to have played – and a nature trail where you can spot osprey and native skinks. Best by boat: Anchor in the bay and tender directly to the villa’s beach that stretches invitingly in front of the property.

From £26,000 per night

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Mandarin Oriental, Bodrum, Turkey

Presidential Villa

The pad: Spread across two floors, this bulletproof seven bedroom villa is an ultra-cool retreat beloved of Turkey’s glitziest set. Constructed using green-tinged local stone to blend seamlessly into the pines and gnarled olive trees, it sits on the tiered hillside of this ultra chic, 15,000 acre resort, which opened in 2014. Its modernist design includes dark grey marble floors, a striking cube fireplace and slick glass sliding doors, providing seemingly endless views of the Aegean. Its eight bathrooms feature quirky, free-standing, egg-shaped baths alongside oversized rainforest showers and there is also a steam room, fitness centre and sauna. Outside, there is a vast pool terrace where you can see your superyacht anchored in the bay.

Life’s a beach: Wrapped around the horseshoe-shaped Paradise Bay, the resort has two private beaches. Guests of the villa can enjoy the sandy surroundings from an enclosed cabana, with ice-cold beverages and shisha on demand from starch-collared waiters.

Dress to impress: The style factor at this resort could rival Saint-Tropez during the summer months – think stilettos, diamonds and handbag dogs. If you want to top up your wardrobe, the resort’s arcade of shops offers international favourites including Missoni Mare, Stella McCartney and Givenchy as well as Ottoman inspired jewellery and works by local artists.

Best by boat: Anchor in the sheltered bay and tender to the hotel’s jetty, just moments away from the Presidential Villa.

From €40,000 a night

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