Want a piano and a personal butler in a penthouse for a night? $45,000 should do it, for the Sterling Suite at the Langham in London. Or $60,000 will get you the Ty Warner Penthouse Suite at the Four Seasons Hotel in New York – replete with cathedral ceilings, diamond skylights and a 360-degree view of Manhattan.
Luxury living has never looked so good.
The suite life
"Spending among one-percenters is at unprecedented levels," the 2015 Survey of Affluence and Wealth from Time Inc. and YouGov reported. In the United States alone, luxury spending in affluent households spiked by 6.6 per cent over the past year and the upward direction is resonating around the globe.
Hotels are responding to the trend with improved offerings and experiences. No longer are standard rooms and services enough, as luxe is the new buzz word for those seeking something special from their stay.
Suites and residences are some of the answers being offered by hotels and resorts, and the tip is to go for trusted institutions.
Tried and tested
"Go with well-known brand names," says Blake Hutchison, general manager for luxury travel site Luxury Escapes. "Brands like Ritz-Carlton, Fairmont, Grand Hyatt, Conrad and One&Only are consistently high quality and full service luxury hotels."
He adds that it's important to do a bit of research if you want your stately stay to be as salubrious as possible.
"Look for hotels that have limited numbers of suites or premium room types. This represents exclusivity, and will almost always mean more attention to detail."
And his top tip?
"Focus on inclusions. If you're buying into luxury it should be about far more than the room. What else is it that you are getting? Buying at the top end will ensure a raft of indulgent inclusions. This is a must for a luxury travel experience and ensures a more relaxed stay once on the ground."
From New York to London, Sydney to Singapore, here are some of the world's hotel suites that go beyond luxurious.
Presidential Suite – Mandarin Oriental, New York
From its location on the 53rd floor, the Presidential Suite of New York's Mandarin Oriental hotel presents a panoramic view of Central Park and the New York skyline.
The suite is furnished with handcrafted rugs and unique artwork while the master bedroom features upholstered silk walls and a spacious walk-in closet. A large living and dining area is serviced by a gourmet kitchen, and a wood-panelled study provides a stylish working environment for business travellers.
The Sky Villa – Ritz Carlton, Bali
With sweeping vistas over the Indian Ocean and views of this Ritz Carlton coastal resort from every window and door - Bali's Sky Villa is luxury, privacy and tranquility all rolled into one.
An outdoor Balinese pavilion and sundeck leads onto a private swimming pool, while inside - two queen beds (or a super king) compete with contemporary Indonesian décor and furnishings.
Shangri-La Suite – Shangri-La at the Shard, London
Floor-to-ceiling windows provide 180-degree views of London and with up to 232 square metres of living space, the Shangri-La's eponymous suite is one of the largest suites in the English capital.
Marble, silk and light wood complete the urban cityscape in the bedroom, while the separate living room offers a dining area, office space, guest washroom and a kitchenette. The marble-clad bathroom features heated floors, a jacuzzi as well as a flat-screen television.
The State Suite – QT Sydney
Located in the heart of city, this eccentric hotel straddles two of Sydney's most historic buildings - Gowings and the State Theatre - and features a state suite created from the original chairman's office and company boardroom.
Sporting restored timber panelling, a fireplace and a view overlooking Sydney's famous Centre Point Tower, this 'penthouse-esque' suite also comes with an enormous dark stone bathroom accented by a signature QT bath and large separate shower. Don't miss the in-room DIY Espresso Martini kit.
Executive Suite – Pullman Hotel G, Bangkok
Located on Silom Road, better known as the 'Wall Street of Thailand', the 165sqm Executive Suite at Hotel G is defined by wooden flooring, modern furnishings and floor-to-ceiling windows with sweeping views of Bangkok.
With a private in-room bar, spacious bathrooms and a couch the size of a cloud – the other big ticks are the personalised private check-in and butler service and access to the Executive Lounge, with complimentary drinks.
Tang Sok Kiar Suite – Marriott Tang Plaza, Singapore
Pool cabana? Tick. Plunge pool on patio? Tick. Complimentary cocktails? Tick. This 206sqm Singaporean hideaway is private luxury personified.
Complete with a separate living room and kitchenette and a separate outdoor area, plus one and a half bathrooms that come with Bulgari amenities – this extravagant hotel suite is almost a resort-style retreat within the city. Add in complimentary dry-cleaning and Executive Lounge access and you'll never want to leave.
Beachfront Villa with Pool – One&Only The Palms, Dubai
Only in Dubai can you be assured of finding some of the finest palatial living and that's exactly what is on offer with One&Only's 325sqm two-bedroom beachfront villa. With Andalusian and Moorish-inspired architecture, this opulent residence features a grand entrance foyer, a private swimming pool and lush gardens.
Two master bedrooms are split over two levels with the upper floor accommodation featuring a beautifully furnished balcony. The open-plan living space downstairs comes with a bar and dining area connected to a private-service kitchenette, as well as personalised round-the-clock service provided by private host.
Peninsula Villa –The Peninsula Beverly Hills, California
Touted as "an exclusive oasis in the City of Angels", the Peninsula's palatial eponymous villa looks and feels like a luxurious residence. The first level hosts a grand foyer and an exuberant living area with a private patio and jacuzzi. Plus an elegant dining room, with an eight-seater mahogany dining table and a fireplace.
Reached by a sweeping stairway, the second floor features a master bedroom with a deluxe king-sized bed and a second bedroom with two double beds, both with en-suite marble bathrooms. Oh, and there's the complimentary use of a luxury vehicle throughout your stay.
Hilltop Estate – Laucala Island Resort, Fiji
Less a suite, more an entire residence, the Hilltop Estate is part of the Laucala Island Resort in Fiji and starts at $50,000/night.
Owned by Red Bull baron and billionaire Dietrich Mateschitz, this palace of opulence is only available by application or personal referral and comes with a private chef and nanny, plus access to a private beach as well as a 72-hole golf course and even a horse-riding school.
JW Suite – JW Marriott Hotel, Hong Kong
Check-in to this luxe 63sqm executive suite and be greeted with a majestic mountain view of Hong Kong's surrounds, three separate sleeping, living and dining areas - and a jacuzzi this size of a small car.
If it's Executive Lounge access that you're looking for - this suite has it covered with complimentary food, an honesty bar and complimentary business services. Plus a heated outdoor pool and whirlpool.
Scroll through the gallery above to see some of the world's most salubrious suites and residences.