Luxe Lofts: Top International Suites

While the domestic options are absolutely of international quality, sometimes staying in extra-special rooms can make a long trip that much more exciting. These incredible suites represent the best the world has to offer in luxury hotel suites.

Paris is truly the home of all things luxury, and there’s no better place from which to explore the city than the Hôtel Plaza Athénée’s Royal Suite. It’s nearly 5,000 square feet of classic grandeur, etched glass in golden Baroque frames, and plush wall-to-wall carpets, with elegant accents and antique furniture. The hotel is famed for its classic white-glove service, as well as its prime location on avenue Montaigne in the 8th arrondissement. From $30,000/night.

Named the best hotel in the world by Conde Nast Traveler, the Ritz-Carlton Shanghai Pudong is also home to one of the most impressive suites in Asia — which, when you consider the villas of the Maldives and the high-rises of Hong Kong, is truly saying something. While the majority of the rooms are done in East-meets-West modern style, the Ritz-Carlton suite is decorated in a more ornate style that recalls the golden age of Shanghai in the 1930s, but with all the modern accents and amenities.

With a reputation for opulence that surpasses any other in modern memory, it’s not surprising that Dubai is on our list. The Burj al Arab is already a record-breaker, and the Royal Suite is the most breathtaking room in the tallest building in the world. Located on the 25th floor, the 8,400-square-foot suite is truly fit for a king, lavishly appointed from the largest details (a rotating four-posted master bed) to the smallest (Hermès bath products) and enhanced with a private elevator, private cinema, and use of a Mercedes, Rolls-Royce, and helicopter. From $16,300/night.

The Sanctuary at Parrot Cay is a getaway within a getaway — the most private paradise imaginable at the COMO property on Turks & Caicos. The renowned Shambhala Retreat spa may sound relaxing, but we’d argue that the Sanctuary’s three-bedroom main house and two four-bedroom guest houses with outdoor showers, Balinese furniture in the Donna Karan-designed rooms, infinity pools, king-size beds, and dedicated chefs and butlers is even more so. All 17,000 plus square feet can be yours (and several of your friends’, for that matter) and you can even make the escape permanent by buying one of the private villas. $36,300/night.

While the luxury tents of today’s glamorous safaris may fulfill your Out of Africa fantasies, it’s the state-of-the-art suite at the One&Only Cape Town that will show you the future of Africa. With a view of both the mountains and the waterfront, the Penthouse Suite’s sleek white décor is an urban oasis, with a dedicated butler and access to coveted amenities, like the elaborate One&Only Spa, located on a private island near the hotel and a private 280-bottle wine cellar stocked with an international array of fine wines and Champagnes.