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Situated within a 1930's building in the heart of the fashion district, the Armani Hotel Milano combines Giorgio Armani's style and philosphy into a luxury hotel focused on harmony and privacy. There are two Signature Suites within the hotel. Both of the suites are duplex suites, each with private kitchens, and sweeping circular staircases leading from the elegant living rooms to the en-suite bedrooms. Continue reading below the photo of one of the Signature Suites. 

Signature Suite at the Armani Hotel Milano

The difference between the choice of the two Signature Suites is the size (2,185 and 2,045 square feet), along with some of the added amenities. One of the suites has a private gym with a shower and bathroom, while the other suite features a private cinema space with an extra-large TV and plush seating. 

The Michelin-starred Armani/Ristorante offers a contemporary and innovative take on Italian cuisine. Including the restaurant's unique addition to the four traditional tastes, with a new, fifth taste: Umami, a word that in the Japanese language means flavorful. Continue reading below the Armani/Ristorante photo.

Armani/Ristorante at the Armani Hotel Milano

There's also the Armani/Bamboo Bar for crafted cocktails and light snacks, plus the public areas are concentrated on the seventh and eighth floors in the so-called glass "hat," providing panoramic views of the city. There's also the 10,763-square-foot Armani/SPA with a relaxation pool (see photo below), refreshment station featuring Armani/SPA herbal infusions, and a blend of exclusive and personalized treatments and services.

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Relaxation pool at the Armani Hotel Milano


Situated along the coast in West Waterford, The Cliff House Hotel offers contemporary accommodations overlooking the historic Ardmore Bay. The House Restaurant received a Michelin Star for its mix of Irish and International cuisine, The Well Spa offers a range of treatments, and the indoor pool provides water views. In addition to guest rooms and suites, the property has the Cliff Cottage, providing a self-catering setting steps away from the luxury hotel. 

Ideal for families and groups, the private cottage is set within a heritage building, and sleeps six adults, with additional space for children. Accommodations include one double room with en-suite bath, an additional double room, and one twin room, along with a bunk bed room, and children's den with sofa bed. Read more below the photo. 

The Cliff Cottage Living Room at the Cliff House Hotel

The contemporary Irish cottage decor is inspired by the colors of the sea, sand, and sky, plus there are large windows to provide an open and airy feeling. There is a fully equipped kitchen with a gas stove and smeg fridge along with a dining room overlooking Ardmore Bay. The spacious living area features a bay window, large TV, and couches for relaxing and enjoying the views. Guests are greeted with a welcome basket of fruits, breads, and snacks, plus, they receive access to all of the amenities available in the main luxury hotel. Continue reading below the photo.

The Cliff Cottage Kitchen at the Cliff House Hotel Ardmore

Close to Cork, The Cliff House Hotel was built in the 1930s. Transformed in 2008, the five star luxury hotel provides a seaside setting with Irish modern decor with white walls, sedum moss-covered roofs, cupa stone columns, and limestone terracing. Throughout the hotel there are specially commisssioned handcrafted glass works of art by Glasshammer and resin designs by Sasha Sykes. The cliffside property has an award-winning restaurant with an outdoor terrace ideal for dining outside while taking in the views of Ardmore's sands and dolphins in the water. Plus, there are championship golf courses nearby. 

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The Pool at the Cliff House Hotel Ardmore


Perched on the eighth floor of the Divani Caravel Hotel Athens, the Presidential Suite 815 provides unparalleled views of the Acropolis. Offering an ultra-luxurious setting, the two-bedroom suite has a private gym with a treadmill, fully equipped office, opulent living room with a 55-inch flat-screen TV and stereo, bar with premium beverages, and an elegant dining room. Continue reading below the photo.

Living Room of the Presidential Suite 815

The suite's master bedroom has a plush king size bed, pillow menu, and a private marble bathroom. There's an additional bedroom with twin beds, and both of the suite's marble bathrooms have deep soaking tubs, separate steam baths, vanity sets, lighted makeup mirrors, and premium bathroom amenities. There's an in-suite sauna, plus the private gym for relaxing and rejuvenating while in Athens. Plus, the suite's crown jewel is the fully furnished terrace providing exquisite views of the Acropolis. Read more below the terrace photo. 

Divani Caravel Hotel Athens

The Divani Caravel Hotel Athens is located in the heart of the historic city. Close to the airport and metro system, the luxury hotel is a member of the Leading Hotels of the World. There's a spa, rooftop health club, and an indoor/outdoor swimming pool with a bar and panoramic views of the Acropolis and Lycabettus Hill. For dining, Brown's Bar Restaurant provides an elegant setting with chandeliers and Mediterranean cuisine, Amalia Restaurant serves American and local breakfasts, while the Constantinople Cafe offers casual dining. Plus, there's the Cigar Lounge with an array of premium cigars, cognacs, and whiskeys. 

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Divani Caravel Hotel Athens


For a celebrity style getaway, the Presidential Suite at The Beverly Hills Hotel offers an iconic setting within a legendary building. Overlooking downtown LA, the suite blends contemporary style with Old Hollywood glamour, such as an emerald green velvet couch, oak furnishings, mohair, and silk accents. There's a balcony with panoramic views and a lounge space, plus a large living room with a fireplace and grand piano. Ideal for entertaining, there's a full kitchen and dining room, complete with a bottle of Krug champagne to toast the occasion. Read more below the photo of the dining room. 

Presidential Suite Dining Room at The Beverly Hills Hotel

To work on closing the deal while staying in style, the suite has a separate office with a regal desk and seating for guests. Continue below the office photo.

Presidential Suite Office at the Beverly Hills Hotel

To unwind, the luxurious marble bathroom and powder provides the ultimate celebrity style retreat. While the opulent guest room has a chaise lounge, elegant furniture, and a spacious, residential feel. Continue below the photo.

Presidential Suite Bedroom at the Beverly Hills Hotel

Does your pet like to travel in celebrity style? The Beverly Hills Hotel welcomes pets with custom dog beds, bowls, and personalized bone-shaped dog cookies with pet's names written on the cookies. 

Dog at the Beverly Hills Hotel

Built in 1912 and named Beverly Farms, the hotel began before there was the city of Beverly Hills. Set on 12 acres with a white stucco Mission Revival-style exterior and a terra cotta roof, the property was built to lure Easterners to the West Coast with a hotel halfway between Los Angeles and the sea. Over the years, the property has been the backdrop of movies on the silver screen including Gregory Peck and Lauren Bacall's "Designing Women," and Neil Simon's "California Suite." Popular with movie stars, royalty, musicians, and athletes, the hotel welcomed Marilyn Monroe during the filming of "Let's Make Love," Faye Dunaway spent the night at the hotel after winning an Academy Award, Charlie Chaplin was a frequent guest in the 1920s, John Lennon and Yoko Ono spent the week in a bungalow in the 1970s, and Liz Taylor was a frequent guest. Throughout the years the property has continued to evolve with renovations to keep it a glamorous setting with upscale amenities, and a bespoke atmosphere.

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The Beverly Hills Hotel Entrance


Nestled amongst 12,000 acres, the Lodge and Cottages at Primland provides a world-class retreat showcasing the natural beauty of the Blue Ridge Mountains. The eco-conscious property offers an array of outdoor activities, golf, and refined dining that incorporates locally sourced and sustainable ingredients from the resort's organic garden. The property recently unveiled the new Pinnacle Cottages with an ultra-luxe, multi-story setting overlooking the Pinnacles of Dan and Dan River Gorge. Learn more about the new addition in the article below the photo from our sister publication, Luxury Travel Advisor

Cottontail Pinnacle Cottage at the Lodge and Cottages at Primland

Experience Luxury Among Nature in Primland's New Pinnacle Cottages

You don’t have to go outside the U.S. to find quaint and quiet luxury. Primland, the 12,000 acre retreat nestled within the Blue Ridge Mountains, has just debuted The Pinnacle Cottages, an enclave of multi-story, chalet-style accommodations offering views overlooking the Pinnacles of Dan and Dan River Gorge.

Located just next to the first tee of Primland’s Highland Course, the four cottages – Hummingbird, Robin, Oriole and Bluebird – were inspired by the wildlife around Primland and named for the songbirds of the region, many of which have been seen from cottage balconies.

Each cottage features two expansive suites and guestrooms, with private balconies rising 2,800 ft. above the river. Balconies can accommodate up to eight people for sunset dining or cocktails under the stars. The interiors reflect Primland’s restorative surroundings, drawing inspiration from European lodges, and featuring nature-inspired accents like stump-root side tables.

Guests have the option to book rooms and suites individually, in pairs or as a foursome for family and group travel. Each floor features separate living areas which are able to opened for mutual use or kept separate for privacy.

The Pinnacle Cottages are joining Primland’s three Fairway Cottages, also adjacent to the Highland Course. Fairway Cottages feature full cathedral ceilings, exposed beams, stone fireplaces and private decks. Available for reservations in full or by the half, the duplex cottages are separated into two sides: one with a master suite, kitchenette, dining room and one and a half bath; the other with a studio complete with a king or two queen-sized beds, one bathroom, a wet bar and dining area. 

Accommodations other than cottages on Primland’s property include the Lodge and Primland, Mountain Rooms, The Pinnacle Suites, Blue Ridge Suites, Tree Houses and Mountain Homes, making Primland a great escape for nature lovers of all interests.

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Blending traditional Mewar style with modern luxury, the Kohinoor Suite with Private Pool at The Oberoi Udaivilas is lavish and spacious suite with a private pool and 24-hour butler service. Guests arrive through a sunlit outer courtyard and chandelier-lit inner courtyard. Once inside, there are domed ceilings, hand carved marble privacy screens, and mirror mosaics. Within the space, there is an opulent master bedroom, twin bedroom, dining room, and living room. The bedrooms have pillowtop mattresses, along with blackout curtains, and pillow menus. The ensuite bathroom has a separate shower with massage settings, standalone claw-footed bathtub, TV volume controls, and natural toiletries created exclusively for Oberoi Hotels. Throughout the suite, there are Frangipani trees, miniature wall pantings, an espresso machine, three 42-inch flat-screen TVs, and five telephones. Continue reading below the photo.

Inside the Kohinoor Suite at The Oberoi Udaivilas

Plus, the suite's private, outdoor, temperature-controlled pool is framed by sun loungers, recessed sofa seating, and an outdoor dining space. Read more below.

Exterior of the Kohinoor Suite at The Oberoi Udaivilas

The Oberoi Udaivilas overlooks Udaipur's Lake Pichola and the Udaipur City Palace. Surrounded by 30 acres of gardens, fountains, and pavilions, the property is styled like a Rajasthani Palace. Standing on the 200-year-old hunting grounds of Maharana of Mewar, there is a wildlife sanctuary with deer and wild boar. The luxury hotel has the Oberoi Spa with Ayurveda inspired, Eastern, Western, and signature Oberoi treatments, plus morning yoga, outdoor pools, and fine dining options at indoor and al fresco restaurants. Read more below the photo.

Exterior of The Oberoi Udaivilas

Guests have the opportunity to partake in exclusive Oberoi experiences such as city tours by boat, traditional Thekri workshops, miniature painting classes, henna painting, safa tying, heritage walks, maharaja rides, pottery classes, cooking and bartending lessons. 

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Presidential Suite at Boscolo VeneziaOffering opulent Venetian styling, the Presidential Suite at the Boscolo Venice provides an ultra-luxe atmosphere. Immersed in the hotel's garden (the only one of it's kind in Venice) amongst hundred-year-old trees, the suite has a loft with large windows on every wall, showcasing exquisite views of the lagoon where land and sea meet. Furnished in the design style of the 1700s, there's ornately carved Venetian furniture, oriental rugs, and Murano glass chandeliers. One of the marble bathrooms has a whirlpool tub, along with  lighted makeup mirror, bidet, robes, and slippers. Plus, the suite has modern amenities such as a minibar, TV, safe, and outlets with dual voltage adapters. 

Presidential Suite at Boscolo Venice

The Boscolo Venezia was built by the Patarol family at the end of the 16th century. Inherited by the noble house of Rizzo, the property was transformed into a 66-room luxury hotel. Surrounded by art and history, the upscale setting provides an ideal location for exploring Venice. In addition to elegant accommodations, the property offers a full-service spa and restaurant offering guests the "Boscolo Food Experience." Learn more below the photo. 

Lobby of the Boscolo Venice

For centuries, Venice was famous for it's marine baths. Today, the hotel's Spa in the Lagoon offers a range of health, diet, and esthetic medicine beauty treatments including waxing, body wraps, and makeup services. Designed to create a regenerating atmosphere in the heart of the "Serenissima," the facility has a steam room and therapy baths. Plus, guests can schedule massage lessons to learn the artful techniques of Venetian massage. 

Giardino Segreto Restaurant

The Giardino Segreto Restaurant is an homage to the Italian gastronomic experience. Set in the garden of the hotel with outdoor seating during warmer months, guests can dine on chef-prepared traditional recipes paired with the region's finest wines. For a night cap, guests can visit the Lounge Bar for an intimate, Venetian style setting. 

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Towering 12 floors above the city of Houston, the Penthouse Suite at the Hotel ICON is a three-level, 1,000 square foot venue, ideal for entertaining. The first floor of the suite features a living and sitting area. On the second floor is the bedroom with a king size bed and a spacious bathroom with a rain shower and antique claw-foot bath tub. Finally, the third floor of the suite offers an Entertainment Area with four large windows, kitchen, TV, and sound system, along with a large, covered, and fully furnished outdoor rooftop terrace providing panoramic views of downtown Houston. Continue below the photo. 

Hotel Icon Penthouse Suite

The Hotel ICON is an award-winning hotel set within the Union National Bank Building. Originally built in 1911, the property recently underwent a $35 million dollar reinvention to transform the landmark building into a luxury boutique hotel with fine dining at BANK - a Jean-Georges Vongerichten restaurant, Icon Bar, Balance Day Spa, and an executive fitness facility. 

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Main Lobby of the Hotel ICON


Perched on the penthouse level on the 23rd floor, the Presidential Suite at the Fairmont Beijing offers an ultra-luxe setting in the heart of the city. Popular with celebrities and dignitaries, the suite provides a unique space with 4 Phillips flat-screen TVs, Bose Audio home theater system with a docking station, DVD player, fully-stocked bar, and bespoke furnishings.

Celebrating Beijing's heritage, the study room has a library with books about Chinese art and Chinese emperors throughout the ages. There's a grand living room overlooking the skyline with an in-suite dining area that provides a luxe setting with seating for up to 10 people. 

The spacious bedroom has moodlight settings and master touch control panels on each side of the bed, along with elegant decor and bespoke furnishings inspired by the city's heritage. The king size bed is draped in 400-thread-count linens and a down-filled duvet, while the bathroom has a Jacuzzi, walk-in experience shower, heated floors, and LE LABO bath products. 

The bedroom within the Presidential Suite at the Fairmont Beijing

Providing an elegant and contemporary setting, the Fairmont Beijing is located in the city's central business district. Offering easy access to the Forbidden City, Tiananmen Square, Wangfujing Street, and Beijing's entertainment, the city is ideally situated for business and leisure travelers. For dining, Lunar 8 is a contemporary Asian restaurant with four interactive open-kitchens, and a signature Peking Duck with plum sauce, while The Cut has an open-show kitchen with a menu of imported beef and seafood dishes. The hotel offers the Willow Stream Spa with traditional Chinese and modern Western treatments, fitness facility, babysitting services, and car rentals.

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Exterior of the Fairmont Beijing


Overlooking the Borghese gardens and the hotel's private park and swimming pool, the Royal Suite at the Aldrovandi Villa Borghese offers panoramic views of Rome and a lavish setting with antique furniture, rich decor, and two bathrooms. Situated on the Penthouse Floor, the unique venue has an office area with a grand desk, and living room with chandeliers and a Bang & Olefsen TV system. Continue reading below the image. 

Aldrovandi Villa Borghese

The opulent bedrooom features a king bed and sitting area, plus a spacious dressing room and vanity. See photo of the bedroom below. 

Aldrovandi Villa Borghese

The Aldrovandi Villa Borghese is set within a former convent, in an upscale residential area, between the Borghese gardens and the Borghese Gallery. The grand property was built in the 19th century, and offers a palatial setting with an outdoor pool, fine dining, and gardens. 

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Aldrovandi Villa Borghese

 


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