Life at the top: a sneak peak into the world’s finest Presidential suites.
Signature discovers you don’t have to be the President to press the highest number in the elevator or relish in the indulgent offerings of the world’s finest suites. These exquisite presidential suites are sure to get you royally inspired.
Hemingway Presidential Suite
During the late 1940s and the early 1950s, American Nobel Prize-winning author and journalist Ernest Hemingway considered the Gritti Palace in Venice his home, composing many passages from his novel ‘Across the River and Into the Trees’, while staying there. And so, in the Hemingway Presidential Suite, where floor-to-ceiling French doors open on to balconies that afford rare views of the Grand Canal, guests can sit upon the author’s own club chair. Like the Venetian palaces that took pride of place on the Grand Canal during the 18th century, the suite’s imposing design features stucco walls and ceiling cornices decorated with Venetian Rococo motifs. The Gritti Palace is renowned for the impeccable service delivered by staff members who pride themselves on taking care of the finest of details, ever-evolving exemplary culinary experiences, and intimate, personalised spa and wellness programmes.
High above Washington’s vibrant streets and ongoing political turmoil, this grand three-bedroom, 327-square-metre Presidential Suite has sweeping views of the city, and as much opulence as you’d expect to find in one of the big smoke’s most sought-after rooms. The extravagant haven, which is more like a residence than a hotel room, has an intimate dining room for entertaining up to eight guests, a private kitchen and butler pantry, a guest powder room, office, den, and a spa-like bathroom featuring an oversized, glass-enclosed walk-in shower. The infinity bathtub overlooking the District Wharf is the icing on the cake.
Ty Warner Penthouse
For $50,000 a night, guests can enjoy 360-degree views of Manhattan from New York’s tallest hotel. Floor-to-ceiling windows in every room, cantilevered glass balconies, and bay windows make the most of its lofty position on the 52nd floor, and opulence abounds. The 400-square-metre suite doesn’t just envelope guests in sumptuous surrounds decked out with the finest finishes, furnishings and fittings. A chauffeur-driven Rolls-Royce Phantom is at your disposal, a butler, personal trainer and masseuse are on standby, and you can indulge in caviar and champagne to your heart’s content. In the bathroom, the sinks are carved from solid blocks of rock crystal and, if you tire of the sweeping city views from the choromotherapy infinity tub, the oversized steam shower’s six body jets are sure to invigorate you.
The largest suite in the city of love and light is also likely one of the city’s most expensive ones, at €20,000 a night. The 450-square-metre Royal Suite at the Dorchester Collection’s Hôtel Plaza Athénée has been completely remodelled, yet it proudly upholds its charming Parisian heritage. Much of the furniture dates from the Régence period, between 1715 and 1723, and the antiques, original artworks and an extravagant, colourful palette (pale pinks, burgundies and purple flourishes) come together seamlessly in an interior design scheme by Marie-José Pommereau (co-founder of the French edition of ‘Architectural Digest’). With four bedrooms, four bathrooms, two drawing rooms, an office and a separate kitchen, you could even fit in the kids or friends for a suitably chic soirée.
Rehendi Presidential Suite
Mention the Maldives and images of brilliant blue seas and luxurious villas suspended over lagoons spring to mind, but the Rehendi Presidential Suite at Taj Exotica adds another dimension to a luxury island getaway. This award-winning two-bedroom suite is more like a house, and the enormous freshwater pool and sprawling sundeck that spans the entire frontage, separating the suite from the lagoon, makes this one of Maldives’ grandest offerings. To add to that glorious feeling of not having to go anywhere or do anything but relax and enjoy, there’s 24-hour personalised butler service and 24-hour in-room dining.
One of the magnificent properties in Branson’s Virgin Limited Edition Collection, Ulusaba is all about uniting luxury with a life-changing safari experience. Cliff Lodge is the resort’s pièce de résistance, and it has two suites that can be combined to accommodate five adults and four children, if booked four months in advance. With this comes a chef, a private vehicle for game drives, and full use of a private gym and spa treatment room. For animal spotting while indulging in the unique property, there’s a viewing deck with Jacuzzi and an outdoor deck with a large pool.
‘Regal’ has a new definition: the Corinthia Hotel’s Royal Penthouse. This impossibly posh central London address, which truly is fit for the Queen, sprawls beautifully over two floors connected by a private internal lift. The palatial theme is executed meticulously in every element of the utterly grand space, from the imposing entrance hall to the mirror-walled oval 10-seat dining room (with a dining table created from Makassar ebony), grand marble staircase, private study with an open fireplace, enormous bathrooms of honey onyx and Skyros marble and, of course, 24-hour butler service. There’s a private spa suite, a walk-in wine cellar, a rooftop garden terrace complete with a gas fire pit, separate dining area, and panoramic views of the River Thames. Here, in central London, refined elegance reigns supreme.