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Travel Impressions’ Top 10 Over-the-Top Suites

When a room just isn't enough – well, room – there's nothing sweeter than a classy upgrade. These sumptuous accommodations from Travel Impressions make going to your room a "suite" treat.

Hotel Brunelleschi

Why we like it: Ever wanted to be the prince or princess in the tower? Here's your chance.

What could be more fairy tale–like than peeking out from luxuriously draped windows surrounded by Byzantine brick and overlooking Giotto's Bell, Brunelleschi's Dome, and Ghiberti's Gates of Paradise in Florence? That's precisely what's in store when staying in the Pagliazza Tower Suite at this amazing historic hotel. This two–level suite, set in a tower that dates back to medieval times, has incredible touches that make the setting even rarer, from 18th century golden iron chandeliers to varnished decorated glass in both bathrooms to architect–designed furniture. Added bonuses include a bottle of local Tuscan wine and a sweets and fruit basket to welcome you, plus an included transfer, complimentary packing/unpacking, clothes–pressing upon arrival, and a list of other added values longer than Rapunzel's hair.

 

The Fives Azul Beach Resort Playa del Carmen by Karisma

Why we like it: Rooftop relaxation meets penthouse posh.

The perks of staying in the two– or three–bedroom Penthouse Resort Residences at this property go beyond its walls. With a private and massive furnished rooftop deck, your real estate is easily doubled. Above the enormous suite, which boasts a contemporary living room, sofa bed, full–size modern kitchen, and private bathrooms for each bedroom, is an entirely separate living space. Alfresco, there's a half bathroom, a patio dining set for six, a pergola, oversized cool–water jetted tub, chaise lounges, a canopied daybed, and even a barbecue grill. Gourmet Inclusive® room service can do wonders to render the gorgeous kitchen unnecessary, though, and available chef service for the grill can keep you far from the work and close to the reward. Trust us; this is living.

 

Jade Mountain

Why we like it: Break the fourth wall. Wait, never mind – they already did that.

Breaking down the fourth wall isn't just for TV shows. At this famously romantic and sumptuous resort in the Caribbean, open–air is the only option … and it's just the way we like it. Indoor/outdoor living runs from 1,400 – 2,000 square feet here in the infinity pool sanctuaries, all overlooking staggered–height, unobstructed views of the Pitons and the sea. But it's the Galaxy Sanctuary category that goes beyond "out of this world" to unimaginable. These are obviously on the larger side, their 900–square–foot infinity pools opening to the mountains and water beyond the cunningly curved walls that retain privacy. Grand sweeping spaces connect the bedroom and living area, while island breezes connect you to the serenity of this extraordinary property.

 

Grand Velas Riviera Nayarit

Why we like it: Book [like] a President, feel like an emperor.

On the Pacific Coast are digs fully deserving of the heads–of–state, noble dignitary denomination … and they are the Two– or Three–Bedroom Presidential Suites at Grand Velas. Their 4,700 square feet is larger than many entire homes and is divided between bedrooms with private bathrooms that feature rain showers, jetted tubs, and their own dressing areas; full dining and living spaces; a hot tub on the oceanfront terrace; and an in–suite bar staffed by your own private bartender. But that's not all. A 50–minute massage per person, per day for up to four people is included, as is a 24–hour dedicated personal concierge and suite service, plus daily deliveries of fruit plates, crudité, and petit fours in case you (quite understandably) can't bear to leave your extraordinary suite. But eventually, you must, and for that, transportation to and from the airport's included as well.

 

Caesars Palace

Why we like it: If you're staying at a palace, you may as well live like a king.

More specifically, choose the Palace Premium Suite, King, a 1,400–square–foot homage to luxury. His–and–hers bathrooms with connecting showers and a jetted tub gets you as squeaky clean as the contemporary, warm, and sharp interior design of the suite. Ornate chandeliers over a lovely dining space, flat–screen TVs, and the option to add another room with two queen beds in it make this suite worthy of a Caesar on vacation. Downstairs, one of the city's hottest casinos and entertainment royalty like Celine Dion, Elton John, Rod Stewart, and Jerry Seinfeld make you feel even more like a king.

 

Four Seasons Resort Bora Bora

Why we like it: Count the blessings: Four Seasons, two bedrooms and two bathrooms over the water.

This resort has already been listed as the "Most Epic Stay in the World" by AFAR … so can you even imagine upgrading here to the Poerava Two–Bedroom Overwater Bungalow Suite? Up to six can "squeeze" into its 2,228 square feet, which includes full bathrooms for each bedroom plus a spacious living room that opens right up onto a deck. On this deck are unobstructed views of the lagoon and Mount Otemanu. From the master, there's a view of all of this … plus a private plunge pool. But for those who'd rather stay on terra firma and look out to the ocean instead of in toward the mountains, there's always the Two–Bedroom Premier Beachfront Villa Estate, with room enough for five in 3,228 square feet, bathrooms aplenty with two and a half of them, and—best of all—an inclusive experience option that puts meals, select activities, airport transfers, and other amenities at your service.

 

Zoetry Agua Punta Cana

Why we like it: When every room's a suite, there's a lot to live up to. Good thing Zoetry does.

There is no category at this intimate wellness resort that doesn't stun, but we're a bit enamored of the Oceanview Penthouse. Set on the third floor with its own private elevator, this 1,500–square–foot space is a retreat in every sense of the word. It opens up to an oversized private terrace with endless views and a jetted tub to enjoy it from. The marble bathroom has yet another whirlpool tub as well as a rain shower, all under cathedral ceilings and palapa roofs. Bvlgari® amenities and, of course, all the trappings of Endless Privileges® make it even more obvious that they've fully embraced "The Art of Life" here.

 

Fontainebleau Miami Beach

Why we like it: When too much is never enough, there's always the Fontainebleau.

We recommend the Sorrento One–Bedroom Oceanfront Suite, where 1,232 square feet—twice the size of many apartments!—gives you plenty of space to sprawl out overlooking the ocean. An oversized and fully furnished balcony lies just steps from the king bed with imported linens and a master bathroom that boasts floor–to–ceiling marble and granite, a private whirlpool, and glass–enclosed shower. All of this is in turn a room away from a welcoming living space that gives you a home–but–better feel with a full–size washer and dryer and complete decorator kitchen: granite counters, GE Monogram stainless appliances, dining room, and all.

 

51 Buckingham Gate Taj Suites & Residences

Why we like it: If it's good enough for the Prime Minister, it's good enough for us.

Three bedrooms in a 1,797–square–foot duplex earns this suite a wide–eyed goggle, but it's what's included and within that really makes the Prime Minister's Suite worthy of its name. Spiral stairs join together the living and dining room, kitchen, three bedrooms, and three bathrooms, and 24–hour butler service provides whatever it is your heart may desire. Complementary evening drinks and canapes at Kona entice you to step out of your opulent digs, as does the Michelin–starred Quilon just downstairs, Technogym–equipped fitness center, and La Sultane de Saba Wellness Centre.

 

Rosewood Mayakoba

Why we like it: Over the water and through the… boat dock, plunge pool and outdoor dock. Yup.

Forget "through the woods" because it's certainly not "grandmother's house we go" when you book the Deluxe Overwater Lagoon Suite at this gorgeous property. This romantic nearly thousand–square–foot suspended lodging is really like no other, surrounded by mangroves in a blue body of still water. The luxurious bathroom puts you at one with it all with its outdoor garden shower, as does the private plunge pool and lounge terrace. Or, walk down a few steps to dip a toe or your entire body directly into the lagoon. Another option? Dip into the welcome bottle of mezcal, or find yourself refreshed with daily assorted fruit and bottled water, plus in–room coffee and tea service to keep from relaxing too hard and dozing through your entire honeymoon.

 

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