There comes a time when one simply can’t get by with fewer than twenty-seven telephones, and the prospect of sleeping in a non-rotating bed is just too grim to contemplate. For guests in the advanced stages of luxury addiction, these nine suites offer some much-needed relief.
Maldives — The Private Reserve at Gili Lankanfushi is more like a Bond villain’s island hideaway than a traditional hotel suite. Located in the middle of a blue lagoon, it comes with its own spa, wine cellar and motor boat — plus a pair of personal butlers to fetch whatever you might need from across the water.
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Rome — If the Napoleon suite is any less opulent today than it was when the emperor himself checked in, it’s hard to imagine how. After a spare-no-expense renovation, it looks as immaculate as ever — 16th-century tapestries, priceless antiques, enormous oil paintings and all.
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Mendoza, Argentina — A huge cylindrical pod propped above the hotel’s vineyards, the Limited Edition suite at Entre Cielos looks a bit like a lunar lander that went off course and wound up in an especially scenic corner of the Mendoza wine country. And with its massive skylights arching overhead, the views are stellar, too.
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Agra — India’s grand palace hotels are generally pretty rich in over-the-top suites, but the Kohinoor suite at the Oberoi Amarvilas has something none of the others can match: outstanding views of one of the world’s most iconic monuments. You can admire the Taj Mahal from the entrance foyer, the living room, the dining room, the study, the bedroom, or from any of the three balconies — but the very best vantage point of all is in the sprawling white marble bathroom.
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Cappadocia, Turkey — Each of Argos In Cappadocia’s fittingly named Splendid suites comes with its own cave-pool, glowing bright blue in a room that’s been carved out of the surrounding rock. For a little more geology, head to the garden or terrace, with views of Cappadocia’s famous natural landforms.
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Paris — The Plaza Athénée’s royal suite is a study in old-school, unabashed European opulence — crystal chandeliers dangling everywhere you look, an antique bust propped next to one of the four marble baths, and curtains so abundant you might just get lost in them on your way to the window.
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Roxbury, New York — For theatricality, there’s really no beating the mad genius hoteliers behind the Roxbury. Their new Archeologist’s Digs suite is like an Indiana Jones movie come to life, complete with secret passageways, hidden treasures, and poisonous fish guarding a cursed Cleopatra sarcophagus in the shower’s glass wall.
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Miami — Said to be inspired by the ghost of Madame de Pompadour, Louis XV’s legendary mistress, even the entry-level rooms come with “Champagne now” buttons on the in-room iPads and mirrors above the beds. But for some genuine rocks-star opulence, book the Lenny Kravitz–designed penthouse.
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