When it gets cold outside, there’s no better amenity than to return to your suite and sit near a roaring fireplace. In this issue we spotlight seven luxurious accommodations that also enable you to light your fire. Here are to some future stays that burn brightly.
1. The Lowell, New York – The Penthouse Suite
The Lowell’s 2,500 sq. ft. Two Bedroom Penthouse and can be expanded with a third bedroom. Designed by the Michael Smith (Case del Mar, Shutters on the Beach, the offices of both George Stephanopoulos and Brian Grazer) the master bedroom showcases hand-painted de Gournay wallpaper from Italy, there’s Selene Italian Marble in the master bathroom with a deep soaking bathtub, separate stall shower, and two flat screen TVs. Then of course, there is the living room with a wood-burning fireplace; dining room; a gourmet kitchen; four private terraces; fully equipped kitchen, and five landline phones.
2. La Reserve, Paris – Grand Palais Suite
At 2,150 sq. ft. with views of the Eiffel Tower and the glass roof of the neighboring Grand Palais through the 14 floor-to-ceiling windows leading to balconies and the freestanding bathtub in the Carrara marble bathroom, the Grand Palais Suite at La Reserve is one of the best lesser known choices in the City of Light. It is home to one of the historic building’s original fireplaces and is decorated in Napoleon III antiques; There are two bedrooms, two salons, two private bars, a wine cellar, two large dressing rooms, and 2 Carrara marble bathrooms with rainforest shower, freestanding bathtub, and twin vanity sinks. You also get full personal butler service, two private bars with spirits, soft drinks, and snacks included, a wine cellar stocked with Grand Cru wines, and Bluetooth speakers and a tablet uploaded with helpful information.
3. Royal Mansour, Marrakech – Grand Riad
The 19,375 sq. ft. – yes that’s a 19 – Grand Riad at Royal Mansour is spread over three floors with a center courtyard, private entrance, wrought iron elevator, private garden, fountains, and trees under a retractable glass roof controlled through a touch panel. On the lower level is an office, library, dining room, Moroccan lounge, bar, professional kitchen, spacious living room overlooking private pool in garden, and guest dressing room. On the first floor are four bedrooms each with a dressing room and bathroom, then on the top floor is a split-level terrace including a fitness center, hammam, home cinema, dining room, living room, and swimming pool. Amenities include a private staff with butler, cook, housekeepers, and watch man. Included is a daily selection of chocolate, fruits, champagne, and Moroccan pastries. Children staying receive a personalized cake. You can also utilize the hotel’s Bentley.
4. andBeyond Sandibe Okavango Safari Lodge, Botswana – Family Suite
Set in a forest canopy of wild palms and fig trees andBeyond Sandibe Okavango Safari Lodge looks out over the Okavango Delta. Situated on a private concession, Sandibe has exclusive traversing rights over 55,600 acres of wildlife land adjacent to the Moremi Game Reserve. In the Family Suite, there are two bathrooms, two bedrooms, two entryways with private plunge pools, fireplaces, and of course why you are there – viewing twice daily of game drives.
5. Belmond Khwai River Lodge, Botswana – Khwai River Suite
Housed on raised wooden platforms under a traditional thatch roof the Khwai River Suites feature a secluded deck with a heated pool and open-air bathroom, complete with double showers and a copper-framed Victorian bath. Situated on the banks of Khwai River and Hippo Pool, you will be well positioned to watch the passing game.
6. The Wauwinet, Nantucket – the Anchorage House
Local interior design Donna Elle brings coastal inspired elements with driftwood-like finishes and a palette of sunrise corals, sunset blues, and golden sands. Anchorage House mirrors a classic Nantucket cottage with wooden shingles and white trim and is steps away from two beaches – one on the Atlantic and one on the Bay. There are three bedrooms (one king, one queen, two twin beds), three bathrooms and you ask get keys to a 2017 BMW for use while a guest.
7. The Chatwal, New York – Producer Suite
Located on penthouse floor the 700 sq. ft. Producer Suite designed by Thierry Despoint features glass spiral staircase to a rooftop deck and terrace with views overlooking 44th Street and Times Square. There’s a living room with fireplace, adjacent dining area with outdoor access and the bathroom features a heated floor and jacuzzi with granite countertops. Furniture is custom designed by Despont. Amenities include butler service, including complimentary steaming, pressing, and shoe shine, complimentary use of infinity saltwater lap pool, plunge Jacuzzi, and 24-hour access fitness center at the Red Door Spa by Elizabeth Arden, plus chauffeur service in the Mercedes-Benz house car.