Elite Traveler Winter 2021

Clayoquot Wilderness Lodge, Waterfront Ensuite VANCOUVER ISLAND, CANADA

This remote Vancouver Island resort is located on the Clayoquot Sound, a Pacific inlet lined with conifer forests and secluded bays. Its 25 white tented retreats have benefited from a recent substantial renovation. The Waterfront Ensuite offers a front-row seat to the Bedwell River and its boisterous wildlife. The suite, which sleeps up to four, features specially commissioned furniture from local designers, a cast-iron stove and an outdoor deck with traditional Adirondack seating. Caring for the pristine setting is a resort priority, and all 25 suites are non-invasive to the surrounding Unesco-protected ecosystem. Best feature En-suite bathroom with heated floors leads to an outdoor cedar-clad shower From $1,800 per night. Contact Sarah Cruse, general manager, reserve@clayoquotwildernesslodge.com, +1 250 266 0397, clayoquotwildernesslodge.com

Mandarin Oriental New York, Suite 5000 NEW YORK, USA

You would be hard-pressed to find a better hotel for exploring New York than the Mandarin Oriental, which overlooks Central Park and the Hudson River from its prime spot on Columbus Circle in Midtown Manhattan. Up on the 50th floor, views from the three-bedroom Suite 5000 are unbeatable. The distinctive interiors blend Asian-inspired decor with striking contemporary design. Exuding opulence and sophistication, shimmering silver and gray hues abound in the spacious 3,300-sq-ft suite. Those with a penchant for art will delight in the rotating exhibit of modern works displayed throughout the suite,and the suite’s proximity to the Museum of Modern Art (just a short stroll away). Best feature The freestanding tub illuminated by Swarovski crystals From $36,000 per night. Contact Pamela Feick, director of sales and marketing, monyc-sales&marketing@mohg.com, +1 212 805 8800, mandarinoriental.com

Lotte New York Palace,

The Jewel Suite NEW YORK, USA

With its grand staircase and marble floors, the lobby of the Lotte New York Palace will require a moment or two of marveling. Old meets new at this elegant, ultra-luxurious hotel comprising a historic Neo-Renaissance mansion and modern tower added in the ’90s. The recent announcement of an exclusive partnership with the Wildlife Conservation Society is the iconic hotel’s latest initiative demonstrating its commitment to sustainability. Designed in collaboration with renowned jeweler Martin Katz, the aptly named Jewel Suite makes you feel as if you stepped inside a box of precious gems. The ornate 5,000-sq-ft suite is an Art Deco delight, with chairs upholstered in silver and pearl velvet and a two-story cascading crystal chandelier. Best feature The floating display case showcasing $1.5m of Martin Katz’s jewel creations From $25,000 per night. Contact Yana Thompson, director of transient sales, ythompson@lottenypalace.com, +1 212 303 6053, lottenypalace.com

Fogo Island Inn, Flat Earth Suite NEWFOUNDLAND, CANADA

On a small rugged island off Newfoundland, Canada is where you’ll find Fogo Island Inn. Built on stilts on what feels like the edge of the earth, the Inn has a magical, almost otherworldly quality thanks to its futuristic structure and abundance of floor-to-ceiling windows framing one of the wildest corners of the crashing Atlantic. The one-bedroom Flat Earth Suite offers the best vistas of all: A double-height, dual aspect wall of glass gives views over North, South and East, making you feel like you could set sail at any minute, while a wood stove promises cozy evenings cocooned from the unforgiving ocean gusts beyond the panes. So much more than a luxury resort, the Inn is a social business that reinvests its surplus into the Fogo Island community and protects the oceans through its New Ocean Ethic initiatives. Best feature The suite comes with use of the Inn’s Tesla From$4,000 per night. Contact Alexandra Taylor, sales director, alexandrataylor@fogoislandinn.ca, +1 709 658 3444, fogoislandinn.ca

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