Get the royal treatment at these top hotels and resorts around the world. Home to royal palaces, grand hotels, exotic resorts and everything in between, Asia’s premier hotels and resorts contain some of the world’s most exquisite upper-level accommodations, often graced by celebrities, dignitaries, tycoons and even royalty. Below we round up five of the best presidential suites at the finest hotels around the world.
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Grand Presidential Suite at Taj Falaknuma Palace, HYDERABAD, INDIA
Staying at a presidential suite is a special claim to fame, but few hotels can offer a few nights in what were previously the chambers of a king. The opulent Falaknuma Palace was the sanctorum of Mir Osman Ali Khan, formerly the Nizam of Hyderabad, ruler of India’s richest state at the turn of the 20th century.
The palace is an ode to the grandeur of Europe, reflected in its Italianate architecture and design. Following decades of neglect after Indian independence, Her Highness Princess Ezra, daughter-in-law of the Nizam, oversaw the restoration of the palace personally in conjunction with the Taj Hotel Group.
The intricately detailed Grand Presidential Suite, previously occupied by the Nizam himself, features custom-designed furnishings from Turkey lining the suite and Carrara marble floors lathering the bathroom. Naturally, it also comes with a private swimming pool and a personal butler trained and fit to serve royalty.
If size is of primary concern, then the Soori Estate is one of the ritziest presidential suites in the region. Set at the edge of the renowned Soori Bali, this sprawling 5,250 square metre 10-bedroom estate, accommodating up to 20 guests, is unrivalled in its privacy and extravagance, with a clean, contemporary chic design that makes the best of its picturesque surroundings.
With all 10 bedrooms sitting at an elevated level, each bedroom offers an expansive sea view of Bali’s seafront and its unique volcanic black sand beach at the southwestern coast. Conversely, the 230 square metre infinity pool looks out over the lush green rice terraces and mountains as a contrary but equally striking backdrop.
The private pavilion, combined with the deck, landscaped lawn, and pool, is the centrepiece of this estate, ideal for weddings and large functions, hosting up to 200 guests. With helicopter airport transfers now available, arriving in style is also now an option.
Framing an urban view as vast as Tokyo’s can be a difficult task, but the Mandarin Oriental Tokyo manages it to perfection with its floor-to-ceiling windows in the Presidential Suite that flood the room with light even at dusk, courtesy of Tokyo’s neon glow, with the silhouette of Mount Fuji rising majestically in the backdrop past the glow.
Versatility is a key factor in this sophisticated suite, with the creative layout allowing for one or two-bedroom options. The interiors are elegantly furnished in wooden tones, save for the ensuite white and black marble spa bathroom featuring a jacuzzi bathtub that overlooks the city.
Fine upholstery and art is a consistent theme throughout, with Egyptian cotton linens and several of the decorations featuring especially commissioned fabrics and artworks that recreate the artistic and cultural traditions of Japan.
Looking for luxury a little closer to home? Set in a strangely idyllic retreat from otherwise hectic Macau, the expansive 420 square metre three-bedroom presidential suite at the Crown Towers on Macau’s buzzing Cotai Strip is tastefully designed. Geometric decorative patterns in the carpet play off the spherical chandeliers present throughout the suite, decked in soft, earthen tones that are a relaxing contrast to Macau’s brashness. The Cotai Strip sits in full view, courtesy of the floor-to-ceiling windows.
Complete with a full sized kitchen and a bar, the suite naturally comes with a chef and a bartender for hosting private parties, as well as the customary 24-hour butler. The shower room contains a steam sauna as well as a 17-inch LCD by the jacuzzi tub that sits by the window, perfect for soaks accompanied by champagne.
In a nod to Macau’s primarily Chinese tourist influx, the suite also has a personal karaoke system, popular with Chinese tourists at parties.
What this suite lacks in relative size, it makes up for with a delightful history and an opulent grandeur. Once the card room of the elite Singapore Club, the 199 square metre suite is a throwback to a bygone colonial era, accessible discreetly by a private lift and replete with a baby grand piano.
The suite itself is a beautifully eclectic mix of contemporary and neoclassical, with the classic foyer and living room leading out to the bulletproof glass-enclosed verandah majestically framed by 20 foot Doric columns, a surprisingly seamless contrast to the more modern yet elegant bedrooms, surpassed only by the intimately designed private study. The large white-marbled bathroom is accessorised by Bvlgari amenities.
Guests enjoy daily champagne breakfast, as well as canapés and cocktails in the Straits Club, with a personal butler at hand to arrange any of the guest’s wishes.