Live As Large As An Ambassador In Old Hue
The Resident’s Suite at Vietnam’s luxury La Residence Hotel and Spa in Hue commands the entire upper-storey of the historic, main building. The suite’s French doors and multi-paned windows yield to a spacious, private terrace that provides panoramic views of the Perfume River, the landmark Truong Tien Bridge and the Flagtower Bastion of the 200-year-old Hue Citadel.
The 76-square-meter suite’s distinctive, circular shape and orientation beneath the historic mansion’s cupola makes for a daring and imaginative space. The high-ceilinged main room contains a four-poster bed, a plasma screen television and DVD player, French drapery and art-deco appointments. The bright bathroom includes three sinks, a free-standing tub and a glass shower stall. Its well-lit nooks are furnished with desks and reading lamps.
Stay In A Modern Italian Design Museum In Saigon
No space is more emblematic of The Reverie Saigon’s grandiose, over-the-top appeal as the 2,981-square-foot Saigon Suite on the top two floors (38 & 39) of the hotel. The $12,000 per night suite’s living room soars two stories, its walls clad all the way in marble but for ample panes of glass that take in the sprawl of Saigon, one of Asia’s most dynamic cities.
Two of Italy’s leading design houses — Cassina and Poltrona Frau — collaborated on the suite’s décor, sparing no expense. Indeed, the hotel flew in one of Cassina’s craftsmen from Italy to ensure that its Veliero (Italian for sailing vessel) bookshelf was installed properly.
In the bedroom designed by Cassina, Le Courbusier’s iconic lounge chair stretches against one window, as much a work of art as a perch from which to take in the city. In a parlour of the bedroom designed by Poltrona Frau, the design house repurposed the aesthetics of a classic leather trunk as a mini-bar, a feat of imagination that one might expect from the firm that supplies leather seats for Maserati and Ferrari.
Also by Cassina are six wooden barrel chairs, surrounding a dining table as long as a conference table, all designed by Frank Lloyd Wright. In the corner of the dining area is the 357 Feltri chair, made entirely of wool felt.
Sleep Like an Empress At Sri Lanka’s Grand Dame
Few hotels can rival the impressive historical guest list at the 154-year-old Galle Face Hotel. And even fewer offer a carefully curated selection of suites named after such notable visitors. Colombo’s grand dame has eight in its collection with the Empress Suite, named for a French royal, as the pièce-de-résistance.
This signature abode measures a capacious 120 square metres (1,290 square feet) with a 60 square metre (645 square feet) terrace consuming the roof of the hotel’s iconic carriage porch. Overlooking the Galle Face Green, the capital’s treasured sea-side park, the Empress Suite has one of the best views in the city. Inside, the three-bedroom suite features French Louis XVI style furnishings from beds with tufted headboards to vintage chairs, chandeliers and a marble-topped dining table anchor the separate living/dining area, and the spacious grand bathroom includes a large free-standing tub.
Life on Top at the Grand Hyatt Taipei
Located in the vibrant Xinyi district in downtown Taipei, a stay at the Grand Hyatt Taipei not only offers a cityscape experience from up top but most importantly, it’s just a stroll to Taipei’s metropolitan hub — Taipei World Trade Center, Taipei International Convention Center and the towering Taipei 101. The City of Azaleas from 2,379 square-feet up at the Hyatt’s Presidential Suite never looked better.
Under the care of an internationally renowned Parisian design firm, this 221 square-metre apartment strikes a unique balance between East and West. At the entrance, the suite is divided into three cozy niches with a grand piano at center stage. Each room gives way to some form of entertainment, whether hosting a dinner party in the dining area, testing culinary skills in its state-of-the-art kitchen, catching up on some reading in the study, taking in the cityscape on the balcony or pouring a glass of wine at the bar.
With just a hint of burnt yellow color throughout, the modern Taiwanese style paintings, vases and decorative dishes give the space an added dose of local culture. In the bedroom, the goose-down king size bed is a lure to aficionados of deep sleep. The master bath’s all white marble floor extends up to its walls and is equipped with his and her sinks, a monsoon shower, steam room, jet spa and of course, Salvatore Ferragamo bath products. To top it off, the master bath’s mirror even transforms into a TV.
A stay at the Presidential Suite not only features dedicated butler service but also complete access to the newly expanded Grand Club lounge on the 22nd floor with panoramic views of the city below.
Embedded with Art in Tokyo
While many hotels can trumpet their waterfront appeal, rare’s the hotel whose waterfront is actually on a moat. But that’s the way it is in the capital of Japan where the city’s Palace Hotel Tokyo has borrowed the moat surrounding the Imperial Palace Gardens to give guests an even sounder night’s sleep, especially if one’s slumber is on the 18th floor in the Palace Suite.
At 210-square-metres in a city where hotel rooms can resemble shoeboxes, the hotel’s top suite is expansive within and without on a private open-air balcony large enough to host an intimate cocktail party.
The expansive views of the Imperial Palace Gardens and the city skyline beyond can also be enjoyed from the wall-to-wall, floor-to-ceiling windows that stream an abundance of natural light into virtually every corner of the suite. Forget Netflix! Let there be light!
Imbuing a sophisticated contemporary chic vibe, the suite is shaded in earthy tones and decorated with contemporary furnishings throughout. Its spacious living room and dining area are accented with hints of muted gold, soft greys and a splash of apricot, while warm hues of gold and aubergine intermingle in the master bedroom.
Otherwise, the suite is a feast of design flourishes, from the hand-tufted carpets to its elegant marble work, exquisite silks and Japanese lacquer work. The art hung from the walls is not so much decorative (though it is that) as worthy of contemplation. To wit, check out the most striking of all, a wall-to-wall mixed media canvas by Yui Higashibata made of cloth, powdered silver and cashew paint.