There’s a lot to be said for Asian-style hospitality, but some luxury hotels go well beyond warm greetings and a polished staff with top-of-the-line, extravagant hotel suites. Our Forbes Travel Guide editors found four suites in Asia that are truly inspired:
The Peninsula Suite: The Peninsula Hong Kong
Perhaps the grandest suite in all of Asia, The Peninsula Suite sits on the 26th floor of the venerable Five-Star Hong Kong hotel, covers more than 4,000 square feet and has stunning panoramic views of Victoria Harbour. The space includes a mini private gym, a full kitchen, a large terrace and a marble bathroom with a giant soaking tub that looks out over the harbor.
Primo perks: A butler and a chauffeured Rolls-Royce are on standby 24 hours a day.
The Ritz-Carlton Suite: The Ritz-Carlton, Tokyo
Those timid about staying in a soaring skyscraper may want to forgo this 3,300-square-foot sky-high suite on the 53rd floor (said to be the highest hotel room in Tokyo) — its large windows have impressive views of the city, Imperial Palace and beyond. All the usual top-of-the-line amenities are here: Frette linens, an oversized marble bathroom with separate rain shower, a large living room, a den and a walk-in closet and pantry.
Primo perks: Guests are privy to private in-room check-in, personalized stationery and a dedicated concierge.
Mandarin Suite: Mandarin Oriental, Hong Kong
Sleek, sophisticated and utterly chic, the Mandarin Suite is a serene getaway sprawled across the Forbes Travel Guide Five-Star hotel’s top level. The 3,143-square-foot space features floor-to-ceiling windows and a large private balcony that wraps the suite on two sides. Inside, modern décor, antiques and Asian design details coincide with high-tech amenities, a steam room-equipped bathroom, a dining room and a large master bedroom.
Primo perks: The suite connects to a private couple’s spa suite for services by the hotel’s impeccable Five-Star Mandarin Spa.
Presidential Suite: Four Seasons Hotel Singapore
This 2,142-square-foot suite is especially compelling for its three bathrooms — there’s a powder room, plus each of the two bedrooms has a full marble bathroom with a double vanity. Views from the 19th-floor haven are of Singapore’s skyline and the Four-Star hotel’s pool. The full kitchenette has a separate private entrance (for catered meals and the like) and the large, elegant living space is filled with oriental rugs and Asian antiques.
Primo perks: Pillows from the pillow menu, butler-drawn baths and in-room massages are available upon request.
Photo Courtesy of Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group