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Short, suite stays

Take your holiday up a notch by checking into these luxurious hotel rooms, some of which used to house royalty
The Straits Times - April 24, 2012
By: Nicholas Yong
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Short, suite stays Presidential Suite, Banyan Tree Macau -- PHOTO: BANYAN TREE MACAU

Once used by friends of former Philippine first couple Ferdinand and Imelda Marcos, it is now said to be Manila's most opulent hotel accommodation. The recently launched Imperial Residence at the Sofitel Philippine Plaza (CCP Complex Roxas Boulevard, Pasay City, 1300 Manila, Philippines, tel:+63-2-551-5555, www.sofitel.com/gb/hotel-6308-sofitel-philippine-plaza-manila/index.shtml) is being marketed as a literal mansion in the sky.

Designed by Japanese interior design firm Spin Design Studio, it consists of five suites, a 10-seater dining room, a fully equipped kitchen and a wraparound balcony. The entire 576 sq m goes for US$10,000 (S$12,500) a night. But you can also book the suites individually - for example, the main one is about US$5,900 a night.

Where else in Asia can you holiday in the lap of luxury? Here are some of the most opulent hotel suites.

Presidential Suite, Banyan Tree Macau

Residents of the Presidential Suite at Banyan Tree Macau (Galaxy Macau Resort, Avenida Marginal Flor de Lotus, Cotai, Macau, tel: +853-8883-6688, www.banyantree.com/en/macau/) never have to leave their suite to gamble.

That is because it has its own private gaming room. The auspiciously sized and priced suite (888 sq m for 88,888++ MOP or S$13,890 a night) occupies the 30th and 31st floors of the hotel and commands dazzling views of the Cotai strip.

A relaxation pool, measuring about 5.7m long, 2.5m wide and 0.7m deep, occupies the balcony between the master and second bedrooms.

The master bedroom has an island-style bath tub in marble, a sauna room and a treatment area with massage beds.

Presidential Suite, World Summit Wing, Beijing

While the China World Summit Wing (Jianguomenwai Avenue Chaoyang, Beijing, China, 100004, tel: +86-10-650-522-99, www.shangrila.com/beijing/chinaworldsummitwing) may sound more like a conference venue, it is part of the Shangri-La chain of hotels.

The Presidential Suite is its most luxurious accommodation, with floor-to-ceiling picture windows overlooking the Forbidden City. It also offers a separate sitting room, master bedroom and master bathroom, and a spacious dining room to entertain guests in. Special amenities include a 55-inch LCD television in the sitting room, a walk-in wardrobe and mood lighting.

There is also a 15-inch flat screen LCD television installed in the bathroom mirror. The suite goes for 88,800 yuan (S$17,600) a night.

Ritz-Carlton Suite, Ritz-Carlton Hong Kong

Located on floor 117 of the Ritz-Carlton Hong Kong (International Commerce Centre, 1 Austin Road West, Kowloon, Hong Kong, tel:+852-2263-2263, www.ritzcarlton.com/hongkong), the Ritz-Carlton Suite is the highest hotel suite in the world.

Located 468m above sea level and occupying 365 sq m, it has panoramic views of Victoria Harbour and Hong Kong island.

Amenities include a master bedroom with an en-suite marble bathroom featuring a spa bed and a private sauna room. It also has a study, a fully equipped kitchen, a living and dining room and a walk-in closet.

It costs HK$100,000 (S$16,000) a night, before taxes, which also gets you the services of a private chef, whom you can use throughout your stay, and a 24-hour butler. Other benefits include personalised monogrammed bathrobes, towels and pillow cases, and guaranteed dining reservations at any hotel restaurants during your stay.

Maharajah's Pavilion, Raj Palace Hotel, Jaipur

One of the Presidential Suites at the Raj Palace Hotel (Jorawer Singh Gate, Amer Road, Jaipur 302002, tel: +91-141-263- 4077, www.rajpalace.com) in Jaipur, India, the Maharajah's Pavilion (above) is, appropriately, the former residence of an Indian king.

Occupying about 1,500 sq m, it is a four-storey apartment with a private entrance through the hotel's Charbagh, or Persian-style gardens. With four bedrooms, the suite can take eight occupants.

All four floors are connected by a private gold-panelled elevator. The first floor is a double-height reception room with vaulted apartments. It includes a seating lounge with a bar where the Maharajah used to meet his close friends and dignitaries.

The other floors house, among other things, a library, a private rooftop terrace with a panoramic view of the city, a private spa and a second bedroom with ivory and gold furniture and two bathrooms.

The suite costs US$15,000 ($18,750) a night.

La Residence, Intercontinental Hua Hin Resort

This two-storey beachfront house (right, 33/33 Petchkasem Road, Prachuabkhirikhan, Hua Hin, 77110, Thailand, tel: +66-32-616-999, www.intercontinental.com/huahin) comes with a garden and private parking.

The 480 sq m property includes an infinity pool, two bedrooms furnished with local art and en-suite marble-finished bathrooms, and a fully equipped kitchen with adjoining dining area.

The house's design is based on Thai monarch Rama VI's 19th-century design for Hua Hin's Royal Summer Palace.

The rate of US$3,500 a night includes a 24-hour live-in personal butler.

Duke Suite, Hotel Mulia Senayan, Jakarta

Located at the top of Hotel Mulia Senayan (Hotel Mulia Senayan Jl, Asia Afrika Senayan 1, 10270, Indonesia, tel: +62-21-574-7777, www.hotelmulia.com), the Duke Suite claims to be the most luxurious suite in the region.

With a price tag of US$13,000++ a night, the 595 sq m suite has two wings: one for the living and entertainment area, and another for the master bedroom (above) and private quarters.

The master bedroom boasts a 3.65m bed - more than double the average bed size. Cotton sheets of 1,100 threadcount are used.

Bathrooms feature 24-karat gold bath and shower fixtures.

The suite rate includes airport transfers in a Rolls-Royce, 24-hour personal butler service and a personalised bathrobe with the guest's initials that you can take home.

Tropical Oasis Suite, W Retreat Koh Samui

Surrounded by lush foliage and a beautifully landscaped garden, the Tropical Oasis Suite at the W Retreat Koh Samui (4/1 Moo 1 Tambol Maenam, Surat Thani, Koh Samui 84330, Thailand, tel: +66-77-915-999, www.whotels.com/kohsamui) features its own private pool measuring 11m by 2.5m. There is also a wooden deck complete with an oversized daybed.

When you are done lounging, head indoors to pamper yourself with 350- threadcount Egyptian cotton sheets and goose-down comforter and an oversized bathtub. The 223 sq m suite starts from 17,150 baht (S$690) a night, before taxes.

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