Mandarin Oriental, Washington D.C.
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Every comfort has been thought of in the grand, elegant Presidential Suite at the Mandarin Oriental in D.C., including a walk-in wardrobe for millionaires who unpack, a Toto Neorest smart toilet to keep guests from feeling lonely, and a private kitchen with butler pantry to cater dinner parties – all the better for schmoozing with visiting diplomats.
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For the well-heeled who can’t be bothered to put away their heels, Jumeirah provides a professional wardrobe unpacker in the Presidential Suite. There are also two bars, two lounges, two bedrooms and two master bathrooms – just the thing for feuding couples.
Four Seasons Hotel George V, Paris
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There are three Presidential Suites at this Paris hotel, presumably in anticipation of multiple dignitaries visiting simultaneously. Each has lovely, light-filled interiors, but it’s the bathroom where you’ll want to spend most of your time – in the rain shower, the Turkish bath or simply figuring out what to do with the ice fountain.
InterContinental Hotel, Hong Kong
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The 650-square-metre Presidential Suite at the InterContinental claims the title of Hong Kong’s largest hotel suite. Its spectacular features include a wrap-around terrace with views of Victoria Harbour and Hong Kong island, a rooftop infinity pool and spa, a 24-hour butler for midnight snacks and a personal gym to work off said snacks.
Waldorf Astoria, Berlin
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Claiming the title of Berlin’s highest Presidential Suite is the Waldorf Astoria. Look down upon the city’s famously bohemian artistic community from the suite, which takes up the entire 31st floor.
Marina Bay Sands, Singapore
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Tickle the ivories of the baby grand, force your personal butler to listen to you belting out the hits of Toto in the media/karaoke room, or simply crank Old Time Rock ‘n’ Roll and make like Tom Cruise in Risky Business – all of these musical pursuits and more are yours for the taking at Singapore’s most elaborate hotel’s Presidential Suite.
Hotel Principe di Savoia, Milan
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Fit for a Roman emperor, or at least a wealthy Pompeii trader, the Presidential Suite at the Hotel Principe di Savoia has a mosaic-tiled private pool, whirlpool, sauna, Jacuzzi and Turkish bath, as well as frescoed walls and rooms full of antiques.
St Regis, New York
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If you find yourself gazing out of the floor-to-ceiling windows over Fifth Avenue of the Presidential Suite at the St Regis, you’ll know you’ve really made it. Either that or you’ve scored a job as a maid. If it’s the latter, you’ll also need to familiarise yourself with the wood-panelled library, the four full bathrooms and the formal dining room.
Canaves Oia, Santorini
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So picturesque is the Greek island of Santorini with its dazzling whites and bright blues that the Canaves Oia decided to bring the outside in. The colour scheme is pure white with blue accents from the bedroom with walk-in robe to the bathroom with rain shower and big bathtub. An outdoor dining area, private plunge pool and spacious balcony allow guests to watch that famous Santorini sunset sans selfie-snapping backpackers.
Ritz-Carlton San Francisco
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This enormous suite is luxurious enough to please even the most spoilt 22-year-old Silicon Valley billionaire. Note the palatial terrace, dining room, fully-stocked pantry and wine cellar. The most intriguing aspect of these digs, though, is the bathroom with whirlpool bath, separate powder room and “rainforest shower head”.