The Carlyle - The Empire Suite
“The Empire Suite is truly a one-of-a-kind duplex suite,” says Anthony McHale, Managing Director of The Carlyle, the Manhattan institution favoured by a swathe of the great and the good including George Clooney, Roger Federer and Bill Murray (who filmed his compellingly ramshackle Christmas special there). “Not only does it offer sweeping views of Central Park and the New York skyline,” says McHale, “but it also houses a private art collection curated specially by the MET. It was designed by the legendary Thierry Despont and offers guests the perfect glamorous blend of the American and French Deco periods.” With three bedrooms, four marble bathrooms, and butler service, it’s the crowning glory of an American institution.
Hôtel du Cap-Eden-Roc - The Eden-Roc Suite
Made famous in F. Scott Fitzgerald’s Tender Is the Night, the Hôtel du Cap-Eden-Roc offers an intoxicating taste of the Côte d'Azur - with a stay in the iconic Eden-Roc Suite the most life-enriching way to enjoy the hotel’s 22 acres. Says Communications Director Valérie Muller; “It has an expansive teak terrace - similar to a boat deck - with a jacuzzi, where guests are welcome to relax and meditate while admiring splendid views of the Mediterranean, Lérins Islands and the hotel’s famous gardens.” An unparalleled slice of the Roaring Riviera.
Amanemu - The Nagi Villa
The concept of ‘omotenashi’ - that is, extraordinarily considerate and respectful service which almost pre-empts the needs of the guest - is central to Japanese hospitality. And it’s at the heart of Amanemu, the hilltop retreat in Mie Prefecture, which offers unparalleled service and relaxation - particularly at its Nagi Villa, a modern, elegant reinterpretation of traditional Japanese Minka buildings. “The Nagi Villa is exceptionally special for its 30sq.ft. private onsen (hot spring) with views across the green garden landscape, whilst its open air living area has panoramic views of Ago Bay,” says Hotel Manager Yoshi Kubota. “In spring and summer guests can recline on the veranda’s daybeds and hear only the birdsong of Cettia Diphone and, in the evenings gaze up at the clear, starry skies.”