True luxury on the top floor

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A penthouse suite is the epitome of luxury – storeys above the outside world with truly spectacular views, here at Total World Energy we have selected a few of the very best. With personal butler services, bullet-proof windows and infinity swimming pools, it really is no surprise they come with such a hefty price tag…

Over the last 12 months we have featured a variety of luxurious hotels and destinations boasting opulence and lavishness for customers from the very beginning of their stay. With infinity pools, award-winning restaurants and stunning panoramic views aplenty, there is no doubt that the hotel industry is growing and becoming an ever increasing luxurious experience.

This month we take a look at a few of the top penthouse suites available for rent across the world, from Bangkok to New York, they really are situated at the very top end scale of lavishness; but of course, quality such as this comes with a rather exorbitant price tag.

The Four Seasons’ Hotel Group was first founded over six decades ago by father and son, Max and Isadore Sharp, establishing what is today, one of the leading hotel groups in true luxury travel. With the first London Four Seasons’ hotel opening in the 1970’s, it began to establish a truly customer-focused experience, paving the way for many signature services which are now provided across the hotel chain all over the world.

FOUR SEASONS HOTEL – NEW YORK

The city of New York is certainly a prime location for a Four Seasons hotel, boasting a restaurant filled with gardenia – aptly named The Garden Restaurant – it is set with trunks of enormous African Acacia trees and Mexican Sycamore wood. Designed by I.M. Pei More and Peter Marino, the penthouse suite, the highest in the city, features one of a kind furnishings and offers stunning panoramic views across Manhattan from four cantilevered glass balconies.

If the views aren’t enough to tempt you, this ‘suite in the sky’ also provides an unlimited supply of champagne, caviar and massages with 24-hour butler service and chauffeur-driven Rolls Royce’s. There is no doubt that the Four Seasons has maintained its irrefutable reputation for ensuring the customer is number one priority. At 400sq meters, the penthouse, 244 meters above street level, will set you back a rather pricey sum of £33,000 per night.

HOTEL PRESIDENT WILSON – GENEVA

Across to Geneva and overlooking the scenic views of Lake Geneva and Mount Blanc lies the Hotel President Wilson which boasts the biggest and most expensive penthouse suite in the world – a rather impressive feat but setting you back an exponential £40,000 a night, this suite is pretty special.

Oozing opulence, this suite is very popular with politicians and celebrities, largely to the high security it offers. With bullet-proof windows and a private lift service, you will certainly feel safe and secure on your stay at the Hotel President Wilson. Luxury is certainly not in short supply with your very own Steinway grand piano and Hermes bathroom products.

THE DOLDER GRAND – ZURICH

The Maestro suite at the Dolder Grand in Zurich covers 400sq meters and provides guests with a library, a private kitchen and two bedrooms with a private lounge terrace overlooking the Swiss Alps. With décor inspired by the conductor, Maestro Herbert von Karayan, it is certainly easy to see these classical influences in the architecture of the suite. Located at the highest point of the tower, guests can also enjoy a truly relaxing experience in the whirl pool and steam shower within the luxurious marble-clad bathrooms, not to mention the on-call butler service. Perhaps an indication of its steep price range, the price of this suite is only available on request.

Çırağan PALACE – ISTANBUL

True decadence exudes from the ÇırağanPalace, Kempinski Hotel in Istanbul with the penthouse suite one of the largest in Europe and offering beautiful panoramic views across the Bosphorus from every room. With gold plates and crystal bathtub facet, the master bathroom is the only one in the hotel with views across the historic peninsula while the master bedroom has been constructed with a handmade marble bath.

Providing a range of holistic therapies, the hotel spa aims to promote health, relaxation and well-being to guests, using ancient and traditional water therapies of the Turkish hamam, the spa also provides views across the Bosphorus allowing for true relaxation.

ST REGIS – BANGKOK

A true city landscape view, the St Regis in Bangkok is located on the 44th floor and is laid out across two storeys with three bedrooms and a 7-meter long infinity pool. With a study leading off the bedroom, a wine room and opulent marble bathroom, the St Regis is situated in a prime location close to award winning restaurants and luxury boutiques on Rajadamri Road and at over £5,000 a night, the suite also has two butlers on hand to provide first class service. Despite being in one of the busiest cities in the world, at 44 floors above street level, I’d say a good nights’ sleep is definitely on the cards here.

With 24-hour personal butler services, breath-taking views across some of the world’s most spectacular sights and decadent décor at its finest, these penthouse suites really are some of the best rooms on offer and although a night’s stay can set you back a rather pricey sum, sometimes we all need to revel in utter luxury to rejuvenate, refresh and remember what’s important.

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