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Our definitive list of the most opulent, extravagant and decadent accommodations on the planet takes you on a journey of discovery from the hills of Bali to the shore of Lake Geneva. Exceptional amenities, stunning design and over-the-top attention to detail ensure these suites are a cut above the rest.

Three-bedroom Villa, La Réserve Ramatuelle, France

While the South of France is known for glitz and glamour, La Réserve Ramatuelle delivers this elegance in a more laid-back, relaxed way. Perched on a hillside overlooking the Mediterranean Sea, the resort is surrounded by fragrant and ever-so-pretty gardens and greenery. There are 14 villas available to rent, providing a home-away-from-home with the amenities of a luxury hotel. The Three-[...]

Villa Rose-Pierre, Grand-Hotel du Cap-Ferrat, France

With its instantly recognizable white facade, the Grand- Hotel du Cap-Ferrat first opened in 1908 and has been welcoming prominent guests ever since (Elizabeth Taylor, Charlie Chaplin and Winston Churchill were all regulars). The hotel has the coveted Palace de France classification and it’s easy to see why: It has timeless grace and old-world glamour in a sublime seaside setting (it over[...]

Royal Suite, Hôtel Plaza Athénée, Paris

French fashion’s long history is celebrated at Hôtel Plaza Athénée from its stylish perch in the Golden Triangle, next to the world’s best boutiques. Elements of haute couture are woven throughout the hotel, from bespoke furnishings to fashion-themed art and photographs with strong connections to designers. It also has world-class cuisine from chef Alain Ducasse and divine pastries from c[...]

Penthouse Suite, Hôtel Martinez, Cannes, France

Cannes, France attracts the rich and famous each May thanks to the Cannes Film Festival, and Hôtel Martinez, originally built in 1929, has been the obvious choice for the world’s most legendary stars since then. You can’t miss its grand, white facade right along the lively Boulevard de la Croisette, which is just steps from the beach. In 2018, Pierre-Yves Rochon completely revived the int[...]

The Baron’s Suite, Hotel Château Du Grand Lucé, France

The Loire Valley is home to France’s most palatial châteaux, and Château du Grand-Lucé is no exception: It is a stunning converted 18th-century castle and is considered to be one of the best examples of neoclassical architecture in all of France. The 2,120-sq-ft Baron’s Suite was built for Baron Jaques Pineau de Viennay, and has striking 17-ft high ceilings, Versailles-patterned oak floors[...]

Presidential Suite, Kempinski Palais Hansen, Vienna

A historic beacon in Austria, the Kempinski Palais Hansen Vienna was first built in 1873 and is named for one of its architects, Theophil Edvard Hansen. The grand red-brick hotel sits right amongst the Ringstrasse, and while both the exterior and interior have classic 19th-century features (think high ceilings, and original columns and fixtures), the decor perfectly blends classic Viennes[...]

Royal Penthouse Suite, Hotel President Wilson, Geneva

With superb views of Lake Geneva and a prime locale near the Perle-du-Lac park, Hotel President Wilson offers a serene stay in the busy city. It has several great bars, including a whisky bar; a spa with La Mer treatments; and a beautiful pool. The restaurants reflect Geneva’s international reputation: Enjoy Lebanese delicacies at Arabesque, Michelin-starred French fare at Bayview by Mich[...]

Maestro Suite, The Dolder Grand, Zürich

High atop a hill overlooking Zurich, the Dolder Grand is at once a fairy-tale come to life and a modern masterpiece. An ultra-modern wing connects to the Main Building, which dates to 1899 and epitomizes traditional Swiss architecture. Inside, there’s an enormous art collection; a 43,000-sq-ft spa with every treatment imaginable, including La Prairie facials; a two-Michelin-starred restau[...]

Lobanov Presidential Suite, Four Seasons Lion Palace St Petersburg

Housed in a restored 19th-century palace, Four Seasons Lion Palace St Petersburg is truly fit for royalty. Passing by, you can’t miss the bold-yellow facade with its large, white pillars or the ornate, neoclassical moldings. Inside, the hotel celebrates the glamour of imperial Russia in all its grandeur, from the opulent fabrics to the welcome offering of black caviar and a glass of champ[...]

Penthouse, Mandarin Oriental Barcelona, Spain

One of this energetic city’s most beloved hotels, Mandarin Oriental Barcelona can be found within a former bank on the famous Passeig de Gracia (be sure to visit the Bankers’ Bar: It evokes the feel of an old-timey gentlemen’s club and has excellent cocktails). The interiors are grand yet contemporary and designed by Patricia Urquiola. Since the Penthouse occupies the entire top floor of [...]

Shangri-La Suite, Shangri-La Bosphorus, Istanbul

The Shangri-La Bosphorus began life as a tobacco warehouse in the Jazz Age of the 1920s. Now, it’s an illustrious jewel that uses its unique position between Europe and Asia as inspiration for its grand interiors: Think majestic Ottoman opulence paired with sleek Asian flair. The Shangri-La Suite is the only one that offers two bedrooms, and each has its own terrace — enjoy views of the g[...]

Villa Rose, JW Marriott Venice, Italy

The fun begins before you even arrive at JW Marriott Venice: A private boat glides through the lagoon from St Mark’s, leaving the crowds behind and delivering you at Isola Delle Rose, a verdant 40-acre island where the hotel is the only edifice. If that’s not enough seclusion for you, Villa Rose is an ‘island within the island.’ The multilevel villa has three bedrooms (two masters), three[...]

Obama Villa, Anantara Villa Padierna Palace, Marbella, Spain

Lush landscapes abound at Anantara, Marbella, and these palatial grounds will surely make you feel like royalty. The ultimate leisure destination offers world-class golf (there are three stunning courses), a Roman amphitheater, direct lake access, tennis, squash, badminton, croquet, ocean exploration and cultural immersion, all in one place. The hotel also has more than 1,200 works of art[...]

The Imperial Residence, Intercontinental Geneva, Switzerland

A sleek hotel just walking distance from the United Nations, InterContinental Geneva is popular with diplomats, heads of state and visiting royalty. But it’s not just for those on a diplomatic mission; there’s plenty to enjoy including a heated outdoor pool with a Mediterranean restaurant; a spa by Clarins; and Woods, a delicious restaurant that champions Swiss ingredients and cuisine, ev[...]

Alcova Tiepolo, Aman Venice, Italy

Housed in the 16th-century Papadopoli Palazzo, Aman Venice is right on the canal yet it is surprisingly peaceful and discreet — so discreet, in fact, that you won’t find a sign out front and no dedicated check-in desk; rather, everything is done in-suite. The interior is jaw-droppingly beautiful, and it’s easy to spend time just savoring the details. The Alcova Tiepolo suite is the icing [...]

Palladio Suite, Belmond Hotel Cipriani, Venice, Italy

Situated on the tip of Giudecca Island, Belmond Hotel Cipriani is a surprising respite from the hustle and bustle of Venice’s winding streets (but a private hotel boat will have you in St Mark’s Square in five minutes). The hotel overlooks the lagoon and has views of the Doge’s Palace and beyond. The Palladio Suite, named for Italian Renaissance architect Andrea Palladio, is a celebration[...]

Panorama Suite, The Alpina Gstaad, Switzerland

Perched on a hillside above the Bernese Alps and the charming village below, The Alpina Gstaad deftly blends traditional Swiss craftsmanship, culture and cuisine with modern amenities, art and superb service. The classic exterior belies the opening year — 2012, not 1812 — and inside, there’s dramatic architecture, art and decor, as well as two Michelin-starred restaurants, a private cinem[...]

Rooftop Penthouse, Grand Hotel Tremezzo, Lake Como

You can’t get a better location — Grand Hotel Tremezzo sits on Lake Como and has the most breathtaking panoramic views across the vast lake and of the picturesque town of Bellagio. Take them in from the hotel’s floating pool, set right within the lake. The two-bedroom Rooftop Penthouse has a 1,200-sq-ft interior with two bedrooms, each with a private terrace and whirlpool that overlooks —[...]

Presidential Suite, Hotel Principe di Savoia, Milan

Hotel Principe di Savoia, a Dorchester Collection hotel, is one of Milan’s historic landmarks — it first opened its doors in 1927, and the neoclassical exterior is certainly eye-catching. Today, it remains a fixture on Milan’s scene, attracting a fashionable jet-set crowd, and is just steps from the metro area. The Presidential Suite is exceptional and nothing short of opulent: It has a p[...]

Penthouse Suite, Hotel Cala Di Volpe, Italy

At a whimsical spot on the Costa Smeralda coastline, you’ll find the dreamy Hotel Cala di Volpe with a private marina to house the many yachts that have anchored here (including Jackie O’s and Princess Diana’s). The hotel resembles a sleepy fishing village with terra-cotta rooftops, beamed ceilings and striking archways. The Penthouse Suite is set over two floors and has three bedrooms, t[...]

Affresco Suite, Il Salviatino, Florence, Italy

Il Salviatino is set in a 15th-century palazzo with sensational views across its flourishing gardens and the Florentine skyline beyond. The hotel is not only gorgeous, but rich with history: Original frescoes, rare art and prized antiques can be seen throughout, but book the Affresco Suite to bask in the details. Gaze up at the domed ceiling with its 1886 fresco by Bruschi, marvel at the [...]

Belle Etoile Suite, Le Meurice, Paris

Le Meurice oozes elegant Parisian glamour from its prime location opposite the Tuileries Gardens, just steps from the Louvre and Place Vendôme. The grande-dame hotel has many original details and fine French decor mixed with modern design from Philippe Starck that keeps you in the present, not in a museum. At the very top of the hotel, you’ll find the sensational Belle Etoile Suite. It co[...]

The Peninsula Suite, Peninsula Paris, Paris

With a slightly tucked-away location in the 16th arrondissement near the Arc de Triomphe, the Peninsula Paris offers a soothing respite from the city’s throngs of tourists. Inside a gracious Belle Epoque building, the hotel offers classic French beauty, design and hospitality. At the top of the hotel, there’s a chic rooftop bar and the restaurant L’Oiseau Blanc, which has stunning views o[...]

Penthouse Suite, Il Sereno, Lake Como, Italy

Grandiose style reigns supreme in Lake Como, but if you’re looking for something more contemporary, Il Sereno fits the bill. Lauded designer Patricia Urquiola created the interiors, which favor natural materials and neutral colors to really let those views take center stage. The all-suite hotel has a private beach and its own custom-built boat. The Penthouse Suite is 2,150 sq ft with a ma[...]

Prince Rainier III Suite, Hôtel de Paris, Monaco

Following a four-year, multimillion-dollar refurbishment in 2019, Hôtel de Paris unveiled the royal counterpart to the Princess Grace Suite: the Prince Rainer III Suite. It is a tribute to the ‘Builder Prince,’ and you’ll find sculptures created by the late prince within the suite, as well as paintings from his personal collection and original photographs. The 8,930-sq-ft suite has two be[...]

The Penthouse, Four Seasons Hotel George V, Paris

Fanciful French dreams come true at every turn at Four Seasons Hotel George V. Classic architecture, intricate moldings and millwork, original artwork, acres of marble and exquisite floral arrangements set the tone here, where service is an art. Paris and fine dining are synonymous, and the hotel takes it to the next level: Le George and L’Orangerie each have one Michelin star, and Le Cin[...]

Suite Impériale, Ritz Paris, Paris

For over a century, guests have looked to the Ritz Paris for the last word in fashion, style and service. When the hotel recently underwent a lengthy renovation, the world waited with bated breath to see what would emerge; they were delighted with the results. The Bar Hemingway is intact (and now offering cocktail classes), and the hotel has the world’s only Chanel spa, as well as exquisi[...]

Les Grands Appartements, Hôtel De Crillon, Paris

Step back to the 18th century as you enter through the fabulous neoclassical facade of Hôtel de Crillon. After a four-year renovation, the hotel has emerged better than ever, with a new spa with subterranean pool, the charming Winter Garden for tea and cocktails, and a bar with over 100 types of champagne.

Les Grands Appartements is the vision of the late Karl Lagerfeld. Unsurprisi[...]

Suite de la Ville, Hotel de la Ville, Rome, Italy

Standing resplendent at the top of the Spanish Steps, Hotel de la Ville impresses even before you’ve stepped foot inside the 18th-century palazzo. The interior is just as impressive — a collaboration between Olga Polizzi and Tommaso Ziffer, each space is meticulously thought out with plush fabrics and playful color palettes. The one-bedroom Suite de la Ville is more akin to a regal apartm[...]

Villa Eleana, Hotel du Cap-Eden- Roc, France

In a prime location on the rocky southern tip of Cap d’Antibes between Nice and Cannes, Hotel du Cap-Eden- Roc is legendary: Ernest Hemingway and F Scott Fitzgerald spent many a long stint here (Fitzgerald immortalized the hotel in Tender Is the Night), and the Kennedys and the Windsors stayed here too. One of its most famous draws is the seawater swimming pool that is carved directly int[...]