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

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


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 filmThe 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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