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The Penthouse, The Silo, Cape Town

The crown jewel of the hotly anticipated Silo—designed by the prominent London architect Thomas Heatherwick and South Africa’s beloved hotelier Liz Biden—is the one-bedroom Penthouse. It offers stunning triple-aspect views of Cape Town and Table Mountain. Along with more than 2,000 square feet of indoor living space decorated with an opulent mix of modern and colonial-style furnishings, the lavish suite comes with a 250-square-foot balcony that hovers over the city.


Above: Penthouse study at the Silo.

Suite Impériale, Ritz Paris

It’s hardly a surprise that the top suite in the lavishly restored Ritz Paris was inspired by the most famously pampered aristocrat in French history. Among the Suite Impériale’s vast salons overlooking the Place Vendôme is a replica of Marie-Antoinette’s bedroom at Versailles—what the hotel bills as a “sumptuous occasion to immerse oneself in 18th-century refinement.” The opulent retreat comes complete with period furnishings, fabrics, and wallpapers; intricate moldings and scrollwork; and a bathroom with a fireplace next to the tub in matching marble finishes.


Above: Suite Impériale at the Ritz Paris. Photo: Vincent-Leroux

The Harold S. Vanderbilt Penthouse, Intercontinental New York Barclay

The cherry on top of the Intercontinental New York Barclay’s recent $180 million renovation harks back to the glitz of 1920s New York City. It was during that time that railroad tycoon Harold S. Vanderbilt called this historic property home. The hotel’s 3,000-square-foot, two-bedroom Harold S. Vanderbilt Penthouse is an opulent revival of that glamorous time, featuring old maps of Manhattan and Vanderbilt family photos and a private fitness room.


Above: Penthouse at the Intercontinental New York.

Extreme WOW Suite, W Las Vegas

Nearly 25 years after “Are You Gonna Go My Way?” launched him into stardom, Lenny Kravitz has managed to reinvent himself as an interior designer. His latest handiwork is the Extreme WOW Suite at the W Las Vegas, created in collaboration with New York City’s Gensler architecture firm (known for such hospitality projects as Santa Barbara’s El Encanto and the Ritz-Carlton, Los Angeles). Sprawling nearly 2,400 square feet and complete with sweeping mountain views (even from the marble bathtub), the suite is all rococo glamour with its silvery grand piano, come-hither photographs, and seas of red velvet.


Above: Extreme WOW Suite at the W Las Vegas.

The Nashville Suite, Westin Nashville

Located on the 26th floor, the 2,000-square-foot Nashville Suite at the Westin Nashville is perched high enough to have stunning views of the city’s skyline through its floor-to-ceiling windows. The one-bedroom suite—complete with cheeky accents like a round king-size bed and see-through shower—is designed with entertainment in mind: There’s a Jacuzzi, pool table, dance floor, and even a Champagne tower. A dedicated butler can get the party started by arranging DJs, singer-songwriters, and, for those in search of a touch of gaudy Vegas in charming Nashville, painted ladies, mermaids, and living sushi models.


Above: The Nashville Suite at Westin Nashville.

Presidential Suite, Four Seasons Hotel Kyoto

No detail has been overlooked at the Four Seasons Hotel Kyoto’s new Presidential Suite. The luxurious brocade that drapes the suite’s interiors was woven at a centuries-old Kyoto atelier that produces textiles for Dior, Chanel, and Louis Vuitton. The tea canisters that stock its living room were crafted by another ancient local artisan, who makes their lids seal just so. Along with more than 2,600 square feet of indoor space, the two-bedroom suite also has a 100-square-foot balcony, from which guests can take in the spectacular views of the 12th-century Myoho-in Temple.


Above: Presidential Suite at the Four Seasons Hotel Kyoto.

The Grand Terrace Suite, The Berkeley, London

Unveiled as part of a multimillion-dollar renovation at London’s Berkeley hotel, the chic new Grand Terrace Suite is a luxe and serene haven in the heart of Knightsbridge. The suite’s interiors are spacious and stylish, but the showstopper is the wide garden terrace with a dining table overlooking St. Paul’s Church. When the weather isn’t quite suited for alfresco dining, guests can borrow his-and-hers Burberry trenches from the suite’s closet.


Above: Grand Terrace Suite at the Berkeley.

The Chairman Suite, Ritz-Carlton, Budapest

The Ritz-Carlton, Budapest’s Ritz-Carlton Suite might be the hotel’s largest and most expensive, but the recently debuted Chairman Suite is more desirable thanks to its distinctly luxurious design. The one-bedroom accommodation sits on a top-floor corner of the building, and features a lofty terrace as well as two full walls of angled, sloping windows that provide abundant views of the city’s skyline, as well as the pedestrian-only Fashion Street. Classically elegant, the living area has separate spaces for working, relaxing, and dining, and the bathroom is luxuriously clad in marble.


Above: Grand Terrace Suite at the Berkeley.

The Chairman Suite, Ritz-Carlton, Budapest

The Ritz-Carlton, Budapest’s Ritz-Carlton Suite might be the hotel’s largest and most expensive, but the recently debuted Chairman Suite is more desirable thanks to its distinctly luxurious design. The one-bedroom accommodation sits on a top-floor corner of the building, and features a lofty terrace as well as two full walls of angled, sloping windows that provide abundant views of the city’s skyline, as well as the pedestrian-only Fashion Street. Classically elegant, the living area has separate spaces for working, relaxing, and dining, and the bathroom is luxuriously clad in marble.


Above: Presidential Penthouse at the U.S. Grant, San Diego.

Grand Palace Suite, St. Regis Bal Harbour Resort, Miami

Last summer, the St. Regis Bal Harbour Resort unveiled three new four-bedroom signature suites with marble bathrooms, kitchenettes, media rooms, and spacious balconies that have uninterrupted ocean views. On the 23rd floor, two of these spectacular accommodations can be combined to create the 7,500-square-foot Grand Palace Suite. High above the rest of the resort, the oasis-like suite can comfortably accommodate up to 16 guests—with a St. Regis butler on call, of course.


Above: Grand Palace Suite at the St. Regis Bal Harbour Resort in Miami.

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How would one travel the world if there were no limitations? Envision a vacation filled with nearly unfathomable luxury, a global excursion that caters to jetsetters’ every innermost desire…a trip so astonishing one could only call it fantasy. Luckily, you can stop imagining, as experiential travel boutique DreamMaker has just launched a world-class vacation around the globe, turning the most affluent travelers’ wildest dreams into reality.

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Passport to 50 is DreamMaker’s first private jet offering, and it represents the absolute most over-the-top opulent trip around the world ever devised. From accommodations to experiences to cuisine, not a single expense has been spared. The trip features two privately outfitted Boeing 767 business jets that will fly guests to twenty remarkable cities in twenty days. And at every step along the way, they will experience a level of astonishing luxury typically only reserved for royalty.

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Passport to 50 is the first ever private jet trip to completely circumnavigate the globe, covering 50,000 kilometers in 20 days. Koh Samui, Cannes, London, Barcelona, and Ibiza are just a few of the noteworthy exotic locales one billionaire client will travel with a party of up to 50 of their closest family, friends, and associates. The extravagant adventure includes an astounding time ratio of 88% on the ground and 12% in the air, allowing travelers to surely make the most of their journey around the world. Highlights of the grandiose trip include a $500,000 charity poker tournament with the world’s top ranked poker player, a stay at the rebranded “Hotel 50” in London, and a set of 18-karat gold swizzle sticks worth $1 million.

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To provide guests with utterly impeccable service, Passport to 50 is equipped with a staff of 50 hand-selected professionals (for a one-to-one staff-to-guest ratio), and each is a master of their respective field. For instance, DreamMaker goes above and beyond the typical expectations of standard luxury jet vacations by appointing hypnotherapist April Norris to develop a holistic program that blends sleep technology with a variety of wellness techniques — including Reiki healing, Ayurvedic medicine, and hypnotherapy — to help ensure each guest stays in the ultimate state of relaxation during the duration of their stay.

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DreamMaker’s attention to detail when accommodating to guests’ comfort and relaxation is truly unprecedented, leaving passengers with plenty of energy to play in the $500,000 charity in-flight poker. Sitting 30,000 feet up alongside one of the most famed and respected players in poker history, travelers will test the limits of their poker skills. And the tournament is one of several bespoke activities that guests will engage in during their trip, each specifically designed to be an unforgettable experience in and of itself.

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One will be sure to want to enjoy sipping on a few fine cocktails during their flight across the globe, and like the cuisine, the wine and spirits available will be nothing but the best the world has to offer. However, in an effort to make drinking a cocktail on Passport to 50 an absolutely unforgettably opulent experience, DreamMaker commissioned partner World of Diamonds Group to devise the trip’s most lavish amenity — the aforementioned set of 18-karat gold swizzle sticks with dazzling white and blue diamonds, worth a total of $1 million. Twenty white sparklers are arranged into a spinning globe atop the swizzle sticks to represent the twenty cities that will be visited on Passport to 50.

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While one’s experience in the air will be utterly divine, the adventures on the ground will be where the most significant memories are forged. Each stop will present activities that are unique to the culture and feel of the diverse cities you’ll be traveling to. A particularly significant stop on one’s journey is a stay at the iconic Hotel 41 in London. As mentioned, the luxurious hotel will be the first in the world to effectively rebrand itself into “Hotel 50.” Far more than a mere superficial rebrand, changes include chipping out the hotel’s marble tile in the foyer, integrating newly monogrammed beds and bath linens, and completely revamping the hotel’s interior.

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DreamMaker’s latest design was obviously created for a jetsetter with the most extravagant of tastes. The deluxe vacation is currently being offered at $13,875,000 for a party of up to 50 people and departs in August of this year. Passport to 50 is a trip that meets seemingly unreachable expectations, is rich with luxury, and clearly reigns superior to all other exceedingly-lavish inclusive private jet trips. And if you can afford it (a big “if,” even for our readers), then you simply have no excuse.

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Built in 1966, the 34-story Centre Point building gained acclaim as one of London’s very first skyscrapers. The Grade II listed structure—which is located near Covent Garden and Soho in London’s West End—is now being reimagined as a luxurious residential community by local development company Almacantar. Slated to open this fall, the ritzy residential tower will feature 82 one- to five-bedroom units. The capstone will be a 7,223-square-foot duplex penthouse that offers sweeping views of Buckingham Palace and the West End.

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The five-bedroom, seven-bathroom residence is adorned with herringbone oak and limestone floors, stained oak panels, and floor-to-ceiling glass windows that overlook the cityscape. Created for connoisseurs, the gourmet kitchen features Gaggenau appliances, black granite countertops, and black matte cabinets. The spacious master bedroom opens to a bathroom anchored by a freestanding tub, timber vanity, and limestone wall panels and floor tiles. A curvaceous terrace is silhouetted by the iconic Centre Point sign, giving residents the opportunity to see London from an entirely new vantagepoint.

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Residents will have access to the building’s swanky amenities, which include an indoor swimming pool, gym, spa and treatment rooms, and meeting areas. The jaw-dropping penthouse is currently listed for around $70 million.

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Traditionally an adults-only indulgence, an imaginatively inspired afternoon tea is the perfect way to introduce children to fine dining. With its royal connections, London is the ideal city in which to find extraordinary and exciting teatime treats that will satisfy the most discerning adult palette as well as indulging the delightfully sweet fantasies of younger guests.

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1. Best for a healthy treat: The ‘Healthy’ tea at Rocco Forte Brown’s Hotel, Mayfair

An afternoon of indulgence doesn’t have to mean dealing with children’s sugar rushes on the way home. A low-carb, low-sugar variation of the traditional cakes and sandwiches manages to still feel like a treat, with healthy alternatives such as xylitol in place of sugar and smoked chicken with avocado taking the place of the usual buttered sandwiches. The chocolate cake, a staple favourite of children everywhere, is flourless and has a topping of yoghurt instead of sugary icing. The old-fashioned tea room is where Queen Victoria enjoyed her afternoon treats, so children and adults alike can truly feel like royalty!

Price: £47.50 for a traditional tea; children under 11 are half price.

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2. Best for Disney lovers: The ‘Snow Queen’ tea at Conrad Hotel, St James’

With Frozen Fever sweeping the globe, this specially themed afternoon tea is a magical experience for young Disney lovers. Icy blue sweet treats include a ‘Royal Sceptre’- a perfect sphere of sponge decorated with praline and snowflake lace, and ‘Palace Snowflakes’ made with crushed sparkling meringue. Child-friendly sandwiches such as peanut butter and Nutella are available and for the adults, traditional scones and finger sandwiches accompany the more decadent fancies.

The tea is held in Emmeline’s Lounge, named after the 19th century political activist, and the décor is subtly altered according to the theme; low blue lighting currently graces the lobby. The themed menu is rotated seasonally (look out for a Secret Garden selection featuring chocolate butterflies in Spring).

Price: £39 per person

3. Best for a celebration: The ‘Children’s Afternoon Tea’ at Claridge’s, Mayfair

With 150 years’ experience serving afternoon tea, Claridge’s puts its extensive knowledge and understanding of customers’ needs to full effect with the Children’s Afternoon Tea. Parties with children are tactfully seated in the Foyer area, so there is no need to worry that your child will be the only one chatting a few decibels too high; the atmosphere is one of a special rite of passage that families are comfortably able to share together. Adults can dine on a regularly replenished selection of sandwiches made with organic chicken and exclusively grown local cucumber; salmon with whipped aromatic butter; Burford brown egg on an exceptionally tasty onion bread and a perfectly balanced sweet and savoury creation involving Quicke’s cheddar with apple and walnut.

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If there is any room left for sweets, the offerings include two kinds of scone and four kinds of pastry, accompanied of course by an extensive selection of tea including the Claridge’s house blend. Younger VIP’s are invited to share in the adult selection as well as their own personal menu, which includes childhood favourites such as sprinkled cupcakes and ice-cream shaped sweets, while the menu itself doubles up as a colouring book. Bliss!

Price: £26 for a child; £55 for an adult

4. Best for a sweet tooth: The ‘Charlie and the Chocolate Factory’ tea at One Aldwych, Covent Garden

This literary inspired tea is a delight to both adults and children. Celebrating the Sam Mendes-directed production of the timeless classic on the stage, the menu offers treats that readers will recognise as having jumped straight out of the pages. The chocolate golden egg filled with vanilla cheesecake and mango is particularly sublime, and younger guests will love the colourful homemade candyfloss.

Particularly appreciated was the variance from the traditional finger sandwiches, which were on offer but were alongside a savoury tomato tart and leek and stilton quiche; this made a nice change from the usual filled breads. The signature ‘Charlie’ cocktail was also a surprising touch, laced according to the theme with chocolate bitters and finished with champagne. If you would prefer to stick to the traditional pot of tea, the menu is short but sweet: four specialist teas including a Chocolate Tea and Winter Spice. The quality and strength of the teas is more than enough to make up for the smaller selection, which can be overwhelming in other establishments.

Price: £37.50 per person; £48 with a Cocktail Charlie

5. Best for imaginative fantasy: ‘Alice in Wonderland’ tea at The Sanderson, Fitzrovia

An utter extravaganza of colour and whim, this sensory adventure celebrates the 150th anniversary of Lewis Carroll’s classic novel. The delights of this experience are not just in the culinary creations but in the detail of the aesthetics. Menus are hidden within vintage book covers, miniature bottles contain ‘Drink me’ potions and sandwiches are displayed on ticking clocks as well as traditional china stands. The tableware has been considered in exceptional detail, with the book’s red-white-and-black colour scheme prevailing and it is difficult to decide which is better; the décor or the food.

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For adults, the smoked salmon, caviar and quail’s egg Scotch egg is an absolute dream, as is the Cornish crab and herb éclair. Adventurous palettes may enjoy the rabbit-inspired carrot meringue to balance the traditional scones, and The Sanderson has created five limited-edition teas to accompany the meal, including a memorable blend infused with blue cornflowers. Younger guests will love the pocket-watch macaroons, the marshmallow mushrooms and cookie soldiers, along with various other sweet treats.

Price: £48 per adult; £35 for children aged 4-11.

Whichever you decide, afternoon tea in London is a memorable experience. These child-friendly themed afternoon teas ensure that the whimsical delight and great British tradition of tea and cake can be shared happily with the next generation.

Source: Luxury Travel Blog