Three entrances and two private terraces mean guests here can see Chicago’s famed Gold Coast from pretty much any angle. Spread across more than 2,130 square feet on the 26th floor of the mansard-roofed urban oasis, the Presidential Suite is surely misnamed—it’s fit for royalty, not just elected officials. The Simeone Deary-designed, two-bedroom suite is awash in Vispring mattresses (which sell for $30,000 each), Rivolta Carmignani Italian linens, furnished terraces, and a one-touch fireplace for those cold Windy City nights. The fully equipped kitchen is ready for a Chicago chef to cook for anyone lucky enough to gain an invitation to a dinner party here. Or, you can order up serious French cuisine from James Beard award-winning chef Michael Mina’s Margeaux Brasserie downstairs (the Duck Wings À L’Orange and Escargots Bordelaise best any you could find in Paris.)
The two manor houses the resort occupies date from the 16th and 17th centuries, though its 73 guest rooms have been meticulously restored to modern standards without losing any of that rugged, sexy Mallorcan style. The 1,400-square-foot Presidential Suite is the ultimate in privacy, coming as it does with an expansive terrace that has its own swimming pool, covered pergola for al fresco dining, and a pocket garden. Take advantage of the complimentary boat excursion along the Mallorcan coastline (during summer), as well as a private tour with on-site curator Cecilie Sheridan of the resort’s sculpture garden—one of Spain’s largest. There is also the world’s largest collection of original works by artist Joan Miro.
If the world is your oyster, this suite is the pearl. Amanemu (“peaceful joy” in Sanskrit) sits on the shore of Ago Bay—known as the Bay of Pearls—within Ise Shima National Park, just 25 minutes by helicopter south of Tokyo. Bathed in the traditional Japanese aesthetic, the 24-suite resort edges up against an ancient forest dotted with sacred Shinto shrines and makes ample use of local crafts. Every room is a paean to onsen culture, but the two-bedroom Nagi Suite, clocking in at more than 1,065 square feet, goes that extra mile, with striking views over the bay from a veranda, private gardens for Zen meditation, and your own onsen bath filled with water drawn from the nearby hot springs. A dedicated concierge can take you on a guided tour of the 3rd-century Grand Shrine of Ise to witness the morning prayers that echo through coastal trails that have been a religious pilgrimage site for more than a millennium.
What better way to see America’s cultural and financial capital than from 53 stories above Central Park? The sprawling suite at Mandarin Oriental New York was built for Masters of the Universe who require nothing less than Bang & Olufsen plasma screen TVs, Xbox 360s, state-of-the-art surround sound, and a soaking tub that anchors a grand bathroom lined in golden onyx and Italian pearlized mosaic tiles. Priceless artifacts give the space a museum-like quality, though the upholstered silk walls of the master bedroom, handcrafted rugs, and sycamore-paneled walk-in closet add a homey feeling n which any discerning resident could find laid-back comfort. The Asian-style spa attracts the city’s bold-face names for its qi-balancing treatments, while the newly opened Aviary NYC by chef Grant Achatz has everyone in town buzzing.
To truly experience the intoxicating chaos of Bangkok, you also need a respite from the action. Enter the Peninsula Suite, sitting on the 34th floor of the city’s most beloved property. Guests arriving by the hotel’s helicopter are whisked in seconds from the Paribatra Helicopter Lounge to the most luxurious apartment imaginable. Outfitted in Thai silks, antiques, crystal chandeliers, and teakwood floors, the 3,885-square-foot suite also comes with its own fully equipped gym and even a telescope to peer at the Chao Phraya River and the dramatic skyline. Invite new friends up for dinner at your eight-seat dining room, then revel under the stars on your own landscaped terrace. Forgot something? No worries. An emergency button calls directly to your butler, who can bring you a toothbrush, a fresh robe, or another bottle of bubbly.
Grand Suite São Paulo
Don’t be surprised if you run into chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten at this jewel of a hotel in one of the lush parks of São Paulo; the chef loves cooking at his restaurant here. And no wonder: The pool itself could have its own Instagram handle, as could the buzzy lobby. But all that flashiness is stripped away upstairs in the Grand Suite São Paulo, which takes over 3,003 square feet of this elegant Oetker Collection property. Signature touches like sleek black oak wood floors, a cheeky palm-frond motif, and green velvet curtains and furnishings remind guests that São Paulo is as sophisticated as it is glitzy. Heads of state have been known to take over the sprawling suite to host private events of up to 25 guests, with cocktails served on the city’s largest terrace looking onto spectacular views of the lush Burle Marx park. (And if he’s there, Jean-Georges might even cook for your party.)
First, let’s start with the location: on the lesser-trammeled leeward coast of Oahu (but still just 35 minutes from downtown Honolulu). The resort is surrounded by four Pacific beach coves and the Lanikuhonua nature preserve, so you know you’re in some version of heaven on earth upon arrival. Then it’s up to the 17th floor, where the Penthouse Suite takes Hawaiian decor quite subtly, while embracing all the details necessary to create a luxe retreat—two marble bathrooms, a full-service kitchen, a dining room. To be fair, guests will likely want to spend the majority of their time on the 800-square-foot lanai, the ultimate setting for a private yoga session, dinner for two, or just a quiet coffee or cocktail. When you book the Penthouse Suite, you also get killer perks: 48-hour complimentary use of a Tesla, a chef-prepared dinner in your room (or lanai), and $1,500 of credits for use at the hotel’s fine-art gallery.
Take a three-bedroom villa, add Mexican craftsmanship, then place it directly on one of the world’s most breathtaking beaches, and you’ve got a no-fail recipe for the perfect Pacific suite. A favorite among families and A-listers traveling with security detail, the expansive Amanecer suite is like a freestanding jewel-box resort, resplendent with furnishings—including painted tiles and marquetry trays—created by local artisans, a water-facing terrace, a private pool, a Jacuzzi, and an outdoor shower. Should you prefer to bathe indoors, the spacious bathroom is done up in onyx and marble. (And they’ll forgive you for taking home a suitcase full of those delicious Remède toiletries.) The villa truly has everything required for a remarkable retreat (did we mention the cabana on the sand?), but feel free to make your own fun beyond its sea-kissed walls with the help of a dedicated St. Regis butler, who can secure tee times at the Jack Nicklaus golf courses, innovative treatments at the Remède Spa, or a private barbecue in your garden.