Elite Traveler July-August 2018

PRESIDENTIAL SUITE 241 LE ROYAL MONCEAU RAFFLES, PARIS The Raffles Hotel is famed for having its own art gallery and 99-seat cinema, so it’s natural that this 3,014-sq-ft suite is an art lover’s paradise. Legendary French designer Philippe Starck led a renovation of the entire palace hotel (completed in 2010), and this presidential suite was a triumph of that redesign. In its three bedrooms, lounge and dining room, the property’s heritage is fused with contemporary design in shades of white, soft gray, pink and lavender, alongside tan leather and marble and the work of French and international artists. The suite hosts a collection of coffee table books curated by the hotel’s Librairie des Arts. Get get to know the art around you by seeking out the expertise of the dedicated art concierge. From$21,000 per night. Contact Aaron Kaupp, general manager, bookus.paris@raffles.com, +33 142 998 800, leroyalmonceau.com


There aren’t many suites more representative of India’s connection to the natural world than the Peacock Suite at ITC Gardenia. UK-based designer Francesca Basu brought the modern interiors of this two-story 5,040-sq-ft suite alive through the subtle integration of peacock feathers and shades of blue and green into each white and bright high-ceilinged room. Not so subtle, but no less stunning, are the full-wall glass peacock mural in the 12-seat dining room and mirror inlay representing the Tree of Life in the master bath. The Peacock Suite is positioned on the hotel’s 20th and 21st floors, where far-reaching views over Bangalore make having your own private terrace and infinity pool even more special. To enter the hotel in the utmost style, arrive via the suite’s private helipad. From$5,850 per night. Contact Himanshu Batra, front office manager, himanshu.batra@itchotels.in, +91 802 211 9898, itchotels.in


Emanating glamour and the feel of a private residence, this suite has celebrities clamoring to stay and will have you wishing you could for longer. Now offering 6,775 sq ft of indoor and outdoor space, the suite can be expanded from a 1,335-sq-ft one- bedroom retreat into a sprawling six-bedroom compound. Private dining for 10, a great roomwith marble-backed fireplace, study, wet bar and pool all add to the suite’s resounding appeal, but the pink-walled Spanish courtyard is the highlight, with secluded lounging and dining areas, fireplace and Jacuzzi. Inside, the suite’s light, modern interiors combine tall arched windows, vaulted ceilings and limestone floors with the use of lightwood, fabrics in burnt orange and royal blue, and design details including a contemporary chandelier. From$9,000 per night. Contact Denise Flanders, general manager, denise.flanders@ dorchestercollection.com, +1 310 909 1602, dorchestercollection.com/hotel-bel-air

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