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Suite dreams

From the magnificent to the mercurial, LTN scours the globe to find the most unique and innovative luxury suites on offer.

From the magnificent to the mercurial, LTN scours the globe to find the most unique and innovative luxury suites on offer.

Coco Chanel Suite, Ritz-Carlton Hotel Paris, France

Proposition:A chic renovation of the stylish universe of fashion icon Gabrielle Chanel and the suite she lived in during the 1930's.

Style setting:This suite symbolizes "the private apartment concept" seeking to combine tradition and modernism with refined comfort. Its decor "embodies the intimacy and the special élan of Mademoiselle Chanel"

Accomodation:Three rooms (two bedrooms and a living room) covering 155m² (1670ft²).

Key facilities:Chinese furniture and baroque mirrors, mixed with more modern pieces. The suite is equipped with the most sophisticated technology (including fax, modem, jacuzzi, steam shower, ultra-modern walk-in closets) 17th-century furniture, Persian rugs, beige-toned carpeting and a rock crystal chandelier.

Price:Euro 8220 (US $12,339) per night. Website:www.ritzparis.com Peninsula Suite, The Peninsula Hotel Hong Kong

Proposition:Specifically designed to be the most spectacular suite in Hong Kong and one of the most luxurious in the world.

Style setting:Located on the 26th floor of the tower, the views it boasts of Hong Kong are said to be "truly spectacular".

Accomodation:At 370m² (4111ft²), The Peninsula Suite has one master bedroom with an en-suite marble bathroom connected to a fitness room, a private study, private dining room, a kitchen, spacious living room and a formal dining/reception area.

Key facilities:The security aspects of the Peninsula Suite have been designed according to American CIA and British MI5 specifications for maximum security - ideal for presidential and top VIP visits.

Price:HK $80,000 (US $10,245) per night.

Website:www.hongkong.peninsula.com THE SUITE, Hotel Okura Amsterdam, Netherlands

Proposition:Okura invested 2.3 million euros (US $3.45 million) on THE SUITE, aiming to make it one of the most luxurious in Europe.

Style setting:Designed by London Architectural firm RPW, THE SUITE occupies the top two floors of the hotel and offers a 360-degree view of the city of Amsterdam.

Accommodation:480m² of space including two lounges, a glass stairway, dining areas and two master bedrooms.

Key facilities:Marble floors, silk wallpaper, rich fabrics and warm colours are just a few characteristics of THE SUITE, which also boasts a private cinema (84-inch screen) seating up to 12 guests. This room is also perfect for exclusive presentations and video conferencing.

Price:From EUR 2750 (US $4127) per night.

Website:www.okura.nl Kiwi Collection, North Island Villa, Seychelles

Proposition:With only eleven villas on the entire North Island the location provides a luxury sanctuary for high-end guests.

Style setting:Natural habitats have been rehabilitated and endangered Seychelles fauna and flora have been given a place to regenerate. The exclusive luxury lodges are designed to capture the true essence of their natural environment.

Accommodation:Raised off the ground to catch the cooling island breezes and completely self-contained. Key facilities:Two air-conditioned bedrooms, kitchens, overhead ‘punkah punkah' fans, satellite televisions, DVD/CD systems and internet access. Master bedrooms feature dressing rooms, writing areas and en-suite bathrooms with marble bathtubs and showers.

Price:EUR 4950 (US $7430) per night.

Website:www.kiwicollection.com/property/north-island Presidential Suite Metropolitan hotel, Bangkok, Thailand

Proposition:The suite is the work of Singapore interior designer Kathryn Kng.

Style setting:Designed with the concept of a personal "fiefdom" for clients, the suite is the 240m² with cutting edge lighting provided by lighting specialists Isometrix, London. Accommodation:Two bedrooms each with an en-suite and a dining room.

Key facilities:Unique furniture includes flos lamp in hand-blown red and orange glass, and red lacquer Chinese antiques.

Price:US $2000 per night. Website:www.bangkok.com/metropolitan Grand Water Villa at Sun Resorts Kanuhura resort, Maldives

Proposition:Located on a private island in the Indian Ocean to provide luxury privacy and relaxation.

Style setting:Kanuhura is a unique and private hideaway with some of the world's best diving sites close by.

Accomodation:915ft² in size, the villa overhangs the ocean and has a wooden dock that leads to the shore and stairs that lead down to the ocean for easy access to the warm tropical waters.

Key facilities:A large bedroom, living room and huge sun deck. The Grand Water Villa is equipped with a flat-screen TV, outdoor shower and jacuzzi, air-conditioning, stereo, Internet and a boasts "one of the best views in the world". Price:US $1441 per night.

Website:www.kanuhura.com The Rosewood Cornice Hotel Royal Suite, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia

Proposition:Prides itself on pampering all guests. Style setting:Offering lavish interiors and handcrafted furniture, the signature suite is designed to give a sense of style and luxury. It is located on the top two floors of the hotel and boasts city views.

Accomodation:A four-poster master king-bedded room with private dressing area and separate twin accommodation for staff. Upper and lower relaxation lounges with comprehensive furnishings and the suite's private dining room can cater comfortably for up to 20 guests. Key Facilities:A private elevator, two butlers on call 24 hours a day, a personal cinema and a sunken jacuzzi overlooking the Red Sea. Price:Saudi Riyal 12,000 (US $3200) per night.

Website:www.hotelcorniche.com Royal Villa at Sharq village and Spa, Doha, Qatar

Proposition:Currently touted as the most expensive villa in the Middle East. Style setting:Modelled after a sheikh's palace, the 2099m² Royal Villa is designed to celebrate the regal lifestyle afforded to the select few. Accommodation:Divided into two distinct wings. Guest accommodation includes the royal suite, guest suite, a pair of two-bedroom suites and a pair of king suites, along with majlis seating areas, study and dining room. Key Facilities:Adjacent to accommodation wing is the annex area connected via an overhead walkway. This separate building is for the exclusive use of guests of the Royal Villa.

It features a two-storey high cascading waterfall, luxury pool, jacuzzi, sauna and steam room and gym.

Price:Qatari Rial 40,000 (US $11,000) per night.

Website:www.ritzcarlton.com/en/Properties/SharqVillage/Spa Maestro Suite at The Dolder Grand Hotel, Zurich, Switzerland

Proposition:This established hotel has just undergone a US $65 million refurbishmen and re-opened this summer. Its design is inspired by the famous Austrian conductor Herbert von Karajan.

Style setting:Subtly coloured sofas and chaises-lounges, together with a bar and fireplace complete the distinctive club style. The suite's private lounge-style terrace boasts breathtaking views of the city of Zurich, the lake and the Alps.

Accomodation:The two-tier, top-class suite offers occupants some 400m² (4300ft²) of living space. Key facilities:Each of the two bedrooms has its own luxurious bathroom finished in pale marble and in addition to the whirlpool and steam shower, one of them also features a sauna. Price:US $14,000 per night. Website:www.doldergrand.ch Monarch Suite at The Monarch Dubai HOTEL, DubaiProposition:Touted as the hotel's crowning glory.

Style setting:A private butler waits in attendance in the suite's exclusive foyer. Two hand-carved grand wooden Arabic-style double doors sweep open to receive guests into the first of two Majlis.

Accomodation:Located on the 32nd and 33rd floor of the hotel, The Monarch Suite offers 1130m² of classic luxury.

Key facilities:The suite features two Majlis, a dining room, a private movie theatre and library, three en-suite bedrooms and an extensive outdoor area with private terrace, pool, steam room, sauna and BBQ area.

Price:AED 42,800 (US $11,655) per night. Website:www.themonarchdubai.com

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