Elite Traveler Winter 2021

Rosewood Hong Kong, Harbour House TSIM SHA TSUI, HONG KONG

With prices floating around $4,500 per sq ft, Hong Kong is one of the most expensive real estate markets in the world. So it is no surprise to find out that the 12,000-sq-ft Harbour House boasts one of the most expensive nightly rates in this year’s Top 100 Suites. Situated on the 57th floor of the stunning vertical estate that is Rosewood Hong Kong, Harbour House has some of the best cityscape views in the world. With floor-to-ceiling windows throughout its living areas, the sight of Victoria Harbour is rarely out of reach, but it is best taken in from one of two lap pools, the in-suite fitness studio or, best of all, the master bedroom. Best feature A meticulously manicured wraparound sky garden From $70,650 per night. Contact Simon Gilkes, director of sales and marketing, simon.gilkes@rosewoodhotels.com, +852 389 188 88, rosewoodhotels.com

Taj Lake Palace, Shambhu Prakash Presidential Suite UDAIPUR, INDIA

Suján Sher Bagh, The Royal Burra Sahib Suite RAJASTHAN, INDIA Situated in Ranthambore, Suján Sher Bagh is the finest safari camp for observing tigers in the wild. The owning family has been at the forefront of conservation efforts for almost 50 years, supporting habitat conservation and anti-poaching projects. Guests contribute directly to programs with a conservation fee, which funds everything from protecting wilderness to providing primary health care for locals. The Royal Burra Sahib Suite is its top accommodation: Set within a walled garden, the one-bedroom estate offers seclusion from the rest of the camp. Go in search of the elusive tiger with tracking experts on daily game drives before cooling off in the pool. Finish the day with a bespoke farm-to-table dinner on your veranda while gazing out at the majestic grasslands as the sub-tropical sun dips below the horizon. Best feature Beautiful interiors and furnishings From $1,500 per night. Contact reservations@ thesujanlife.com, +91 114 617 2700, thesujanlife.com

This magical hotel was first built as a residence for the ruling family in 1743, making it some 33 years older than the US. Despite no longer housing royalty, the building retains all of its majesty inside and out; the white marble facade appears to float in the center of Lake Pichola. Battery-powered boats transport guests over calm waters and into this fairy-tale property. The Shambhu Prakash Presidential Suite is a resplendent chamber fit for any king or queen. Plush drapes and high arches give the 1,734-sq-ft space an authentic regality that is impossible to replicate in a modern hotel. Breathe in the morning air on your balcony that overlooks the mystical lake, and take advantage of the services of a 24-hour butler. Best feature Opulent interiors inspired by India and Europe From $15,500 per night. Contact Vinayak Kumar, director of sales and marketing, vinayak.kumar@tajhotels.com, +91 294 242 8800, tajhotels.com

Rajmahal Palace Jaipur, Maharaja Suite JAIPUR, INDIA Recently acquired by the RAAS hotel group, Rajmahal Palace has benefitted from the company’s uncanny ability to inject new life into historic properties. This hotel is a regal retreat hidden in the center of the Unesco World Heritage Site of Jaipur. With just 13 rooms and suites, the Art Deco palace offers discretion to all guests as it would have done for its original occupier, Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh. Relics of its royal past can still be seen to this day, including the royal family’s Ford Thunderbird from the 1950s. For the most authentic experience, book the Maharaja Suite, which has served as residence to two Indian princes. Every detail has a decadent touch, from the marble floors to the remarkable rainbow wallpaper in the entrance hall. Original portraits of the Maharajas remain in place, acting as a constant reminder of the site’s original purpose. Best feature Cozy sitting room with original fireplace From $1,360 per night. Contact stay@raashotels.com, +91 141 414 3000, raashotels.com

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